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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RE[2]: Other OSes?
by zima on Fri 22nd Sep 2017 13:53 UTC 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[3]: Other OSes?
by darknexus on Fri 22nd Sep 2017 16:37 in reply to "RE[2]: Other OSes?"
darknexus Member since:
2008-07-15

Personally, I don't give a damn which browser engine I'm using as long as it supports web standards well enough. The lack of productivity apps for Android hurts it, for me, far more than lack of browser choice on iOS. Ymmv of course, and it's all about how you use the device and for what. The only thing I really miss, between Android and iOS, is the USB flash drive support which is present in some versions of Android but that's not a stock feature and doesn't always work as expected.

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RE[4]: Other OSes?
by zima on Mon 25th Sep 2017 12:25 in reply to "RE[3]: Other OSes?"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

Personally, I don't give a damn which browser engine I'm using as long as it supports web standards well enough.

And Safari moves slowly when it comes to adopting new standards ...it's basically the new IE6.

Oh well, I figure I have at least a year to decide with which OS/ecosystem to go. It might be Win10 with pen if they fix their issues (Win11? ;) ), it might be Android with Evernote & simple capacitive pen (probably enough for notes/equations/diagrams) ...though I doubt it will be iOS. ;) I have become cheap, now I would never spend 1000+€ on a ~computer like I did 17 years ago. Plus there's the issue of perception... I mean, I adored and recommended Apple a decade ago; I got an iPod in a place where they were quite rare; Apple fans back then were... cute. But the success spoiled Apple & its vocal fans, I guess; now they're crazy / I don't want to be associated with people like this:
http://www.osnews.com/story/29448/_Pixel_iPhone_7_and_grading_on_a_...
http://www.osnews.com/story/28618/_Make_the_world_a_better_place_

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