A Computer for Everything


After years spent adapting what I learned from the Mac to bring it to iOS, what I found on the other side was a more focused, efficient way of working and communicating with people. The iPad Pro accelerated my move to an iOS-only setup; today, I genuinely don’t know how to perform certain tasks on a Mac anymore.

I use my iPad Pro for everything. It’s my writing machine and favorite research tool, but I also rely on it to organize my finances, play games, read books and watch movies, program in Python and Workflow, and manage two successful businesses. While I’ve been advocating for such multi-purpose use of the iPad platform for a while, the iPad Pro elevated the threshold of possibilities, reaching an inflection point that has pushed others to switch to an iPad as their primary computer as well… More at Mac Stories.

This article is not new, but it perfectly highlights what can be done with an iPad Pro given the right amount of time and dedication. The main problem I see is that most people will not make such efforts and this is why tablets sales are dropping. If there is to be an iPad Pro, make the software professional out of the box. Thanks to Vincent for the link.

Categories: Tablets

1 reply

  1. I think the question, is there enough that it does better to be worth the hassle? (And yeah, a big part of that is the file system issue..)

    Early on in the iPad they had the concept of lean forward vs lean back devices, and this article is making the pitch that it’s a good lean forward device. So is it advantage the “well you’ll have it around for the lean back stuff but then it’s ok for the other stuff” too? (Or, maybe, “it’s a clearly better art pad, and then ok for the other stuff too”?)

    I don’t personally find a lot of substance to ” iOS is where app innovation happens on a regular basis with developers one-upping each other in terms of what software can achieve” and “This is one of the best aspects of the iOS platform: competition between developers is fierce and you can always choose between different apps to get work done” Maybe my tolerance for downloading and learning new apps is low? (and paying for new, untried apps – I still think Apple not having a “buy but refund if you immediately delete” really hurts people’s willingness to take a chance in the $5 app space, and so we only get the $1 “mad money” “don’t care that much if it sucks” territory to explore) Or maybe I look more to webapps… but then I’m biased 😀

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