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

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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Other OSes?
by zima on Thu 21st Sep 2017 16:54 UTC
zima
Member since:
2005-07-06

So, where does that leave Android on tablets? Or for that matter Windows on convertible laptops? (like Lenovo Yoga series; from my totally unscientific observations they seem to finally becoming semi-popular...)

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RE: Other OSes?
by darknexus on Thu 21st Sep 2017 17:21 in reply to "Other OSes?"
darknexus Member since:
2008-07-15

Well, until Microsoft decides to not be inconsistent and sometimes, maybe, sort of, do real touch support in some places, I don't see Windows on convertibles really being much use as a tablet os. They're more like laptops with touch screens at this point, and that includes the Surface Pro. Android... the os is largely fine, but the apps really suck for tablets. Most of them are just stretched out phone apps with zero tablet optimizations.

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RE[2]: Other OSes?
by yerverluvinunclebert on Thu 21st Sep 2017 20:15 in reply to "RE: Other OSes?"
yerverluvinunclebert Member since:
2014-05-03

Windows is appalling as a tablet o/s. I just disposed of two Linx 7" tablets and wrote this review on amazon. Forgive me for quoting it in full here:

"We had two of these tablets and initially we were most impressed, decent quad core processor, good quality screen and full windows in a compact package. It is exactly what I had previously wanted. Having tried the tablet my beliefs were soon disabused. The device is very slow and any form of multi tasking seems to slow it to a crawl, dropbox synchronising in the background - forget trying to use it to browse the web. The wireless is very poor and a single wall will reduce signal strength to a point where it becomes unusable. Storage is reasonable but 1gb of memory is simply not enough to run packages that we all tend to use. Battery life is poor. There are some good concepts behind a small windows tablet like this but it has to have at least 4gb of memory, 32/64gb of storage and a more powerful wireless card and cpu, the 10" Linx 32 tablet approaches this spec. and is much more usable. Windows 10 is a real problem on the 7" tablet, you are forced to use Microsoft's crappy tablet mode and that limits its usability in desktop mode, restricting it to simple app usage. You cannot even zoom the desktop nor does the on-screen keyboard pop up when you have a text field to fill. This is actually the fault of Microsoft and not the tablet but it is another step toward making the Linx 7 unusable. Both devices bought were discarded as being useless as stuttering, lagging, refusing to respond was a minute by minute occurrence. Why would anyone buy Windows as a tablet o/s? Only a fool would do so. A better o/s might have been Android, I should imagine Android running quite well on this tablet though I have not tried it"

I am sure the tablet was a fine bit of kit, it was just Windows that ruined the experience.

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RE[2]: Other OSes?
by zima on Fri 22nd Sep 2017 13:53 in reply to "RE: Other OSes?"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

Android... the os is largely fine, but the apps really suck for tablets. Most of them are just stretched out phone apps with zero tablet optimizations.

At least the browsers situation is much better than on iOS... so probably Android is fine already if all/most of what you do on a tablet is browsing/reading.

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RE: Other OSes?
by Soulbender on Fri 22nd Sep 2017 04:47 in reply to "Other OSes?"
Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

Considering that most Android tablets are a fraction of the price of an iPad Pro they'll do fine for a long time still.

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