Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 19th Sep 2017 21:52 UTC

iOS 11 has been released, and if you have an iPhone or iPad, you should really update right now. It's a big release, and especially iPad users will get to enjoy an overhauled user experience on their tablets. If you're not convinced, be sure to read the only two reviews you need: the one by fervent and enthusiastic (his enthusiasm for the iPad is infectious, in a good way) iPad user Federico Viticci, and the Ars Technica review written by Andrew Cunningham.

I've been using the betas on my 2017 iPad Pro 12.9", and it truly transforms how you use the iPad, to the point where I can use mine comfortably for work (translating, posting OSNews stories - like this one - and so on). No macOS or Windows laptop is as responsive and fluid as this iPad Pro, and the battery life of this machine is so good, it's probably illegal in 12 US states. Unlike macOS or Windows, I don't have to spend time fighting with iOS 11 to get it to do what I want, like fidgeting with windows, or anxiously managing battery life because otherwise I won't get through a day, or manage applications. And trust me, there's no PC - not even my own €4000 monster PC - that is as fluid and responsive as this iPad Pro.

The iPad Pro with iOS 11 is the truest realisation yet of it just works.

I'm not going to claim this is for everyone, or that you should ritually sacrifice your ThinkPad and run to the Apple Store and get the iPad Pro. However, after a few months of use, there's no way I'm ever going back to a traditional laptop. That being said - my only complaint about the 2017 iPad Pro 12.9" is an odd one: it's not a mobile device.

I am a sit down behind my desk kind of person. I work and compute behind a desk, with a large display at eye height and a comfortable chair. The iPad Pro isn't suited for this kind of work, as it forces you to look down, which due to back problems I cannot do for longer periods of time. What I really want is a small iOS box I can hook up a display, keyboard, and mouse to. Apple already makes such a box - the Apple TV - so I know they can do it. Mouse and keyboard support is probably coming to iOS over the coming years, and with the Mac Mini languishing, it feels like they might be working on just such a box.

I'd easily pay €500-700 for such a machine.

I know stating iOS is a great general purpose computing platform tends to be controversial - I myself have been skeptical about this very thing for years - but iOS 11 and the iPad Pro have utterly convinced me. This is the platform I want for laptop and desktop computer use. Windows and macOS feel like the past now.

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Apple Fanboyism
by aliver on Wed 20th Sep 2017 14:42 UTC
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Apple could put out a pet rock, call it an iRock, and Thom would write some glowing article about it. No matter how collectivist and hyper-conforming Apple goes with their draconian App-store, high prices, sealed batteries, or UX groupthink there are people who will flag-wave for them. I personally find Apple's behavior appalling and their products ultra-dumbed-down disposable consumer tripe. They lost my interest after they ditched the M68k architecture. Emoji keys and attractive looking but crippled "apps" that place form higher than function aren't nearly enough to get it back.

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RE: Apple Fanboyism
by pmac on Wed 20th Sep 2017 14:48 in reply to "Apple Fanboyism"
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Thom is usually not that supportive of Apple at all. Your comment made me laugh because it's definitely true that no matter what he writes he gets accused of pro/anti Apple/Google/Microsoft/Linux bias. Can't it just be his honest opinion? His opinion of the iPad holds more weight with me given that he usually is quite critical of Apple products.

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RE[2]: Apple Fanboyism
by yerverluvinunclebert on Wed 20th Sep 2017 15:57 in reply to "RE: Apple Fanboyism"
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Opinion is fine and that's normal, we all have opinions, read the article and you'll see what he means by fanboyism. I've not seen Thom have quite as religious experience as his latest piece demonstrates. That was dangerously close to fanboyism, possibly beyond.

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