What’s holding you back from making Apple’s iPad your main computing device?

“As previously noted, I’m very close to being able to go with the iPad as my main computing device. Yes, as someone who writes quite a bit (both email and posts like this one), I prefer a physical keyboard — but I found one for the iPad that I quite love: the Logitech variety,” MG Siegler writes for ParisLemon. “So there must be something else holding me back.”

“One thing is specialized VPN access to certain things I need for work. But I suspect that sooner rather than later, that will be resolved,” Siegler writes. “So what else holds me back? Well, habit.”

“While the physical keyboard aspect gets most of the attention2, I actually believe the tendencies many of us have formed using PCs these past 20 to 30 years are just as important when considering what is holding us back from entering the tablet-only world,” Siegler writes. “The first step in breaking these habits is acknowledging them. Hence, this post. The second is correcting them. Hence, this post (posted from my iPad).”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: You have to force yourself to break old habits. They won’t break themselves.

Posted via iPad Air.

93 Comments

    1. Well THAT blew the argument out of the water, good and proper! Thank you.

      I have work to do, which includes some UNIXy stuff and lots of applications running at the same time. I must be the master of POWER on my computer! Thank’s not the concept of the iPad and iPod Touch. They have their own thought realm and lesser power niche. I enjoy having both. 😀

      1. This question is a joke right?

        iOS 7 is a pathetic POShit… attaching files to apps is a stupid idea and will never work… and then cripple the OS so you can only transfer one file at time between limited apps.

        WHAT A JOKE!

        1. hahahaha! So you put on a new mask JUST to reply to one of my posts with iOS 7 hate? That’s really odd.

          Anyway, iOS was clearly cut down from full OS X to fulfill a new vision for portable devices. I’ve stayed out of the iOS 7 Warz because I know Apple’s still working on it and it’s not perfect. But I still use it and find its fine, with some nice perk improvements over version 6. It’s great for mobile moments! But my work is mainly done on Macs. I’m not really the target audience.

          1. iOS 8 will be better. Those of us who grumble must suffer until then.

            It’s apparent that, in the aggregate, Apple customers have stayed the course since the release of the disconcerting iOS 7, not deserting the platform in droves despite the anecdotal claims of anti-evangelists.
            The company’s imminent quarterly report is certain to affirm this.

            You and I, for example, still use our iPhones despite certain annoyances, hoping and expecting that our muttered oaths of frustration (yours robustly declared, mine demurely subvocal) will join a chorus of user discontent, jarring Apple leadership out of their wealth-induced complacency.

            1. … as a “teleprompter” this weekend. Couldn’t sync my script to it. OK. Couldn’t use a thumb-drive, of course, so I spent a couple hours typing it in, and saving it, before I went to bed. The next morning, there it was. And it wouldn’t open!
              The icon was there.
              The network was there. (if that mattered)
              It. Would. Not. Open!
              So I brought this MacBook Pro instead. Screw iOS7, the iPad did the job two years in a row – PRE iOS7.

    2. Careful what you say about old habits MDN, quite a lot of Nuns would be unhappy to hear you say that, what with the credit crunch still current, you cannot expect Nuns to keep buying new habits, can you? 🙂

        1. … it is fairly obvious you meant that most PICKUP trucks on the road carry nothing that a typical sedan could not carry as well. And more stylishly. And where-ever that load is intended to go.
          My current car is a Mazda3 hatchback. It offered the good milage and handling I wanted, more importantly it offered the ability to carry a larger load than nearly any sedan that gets good milage and handles well. And I needed that for the past two years. Not so much any more, But, once a month for the past two years, we stuffed it to its gills! What I’m saying, is “sometimes you need more room”. Your “99%” may be off, though, how about 99.99% – the rest of the time it’s “guys pretending they work for a living”. 😉

    3. Hmmm, not sure Xcode would fix my problem.

      I use an Apple keyboard to type on an iPad, but it really needs a mouse. I DO NOT LIKE having to poke at the screen to move the curser to a new spot to delete or add text.

      Make the iPad work like a laptop screen and we are good to go. Sure, somethings work with finger on screen. And some do not.
      Nuff said.

    4. I think MDN’s Take can often be non-committal, or interpreted both ways.
      That way they can’t be accused of a point of view; they could just say they were talking about the other point of view.

    1. Preview for iOS – Yes! Yes! Yes!

      The current state of affairs sucks. You can create PDF’s on your Mac using Preview and save them in iCloud, but you can’t view them in iOS without sharing them to yourself via e-mail or iMessage. What a kludge!

      It’s a major oversight and a major inconvenience…

      We need either an iOS version of Preview, or a way for iBooks to access Preview’s iCloud storage partition.

      Apple product people – are you listening?

  1. I think for many people mobile devices already have, but not as a “replacement” of full size computer, just the “most used” computer. People now turn to their laptops and desktops only as specifically needed, but not as their first choice.

      1. Let’s say ‘nearly Europe’.
        Really want to commit to a modern fruity tablet, but only viable options are android shit-tier trashtabs and Microsoft’s tablaptops, both even more ludicrously overpriced.

    1. My friends in UK say the same. What they forget is that the prices in UK stores include TAX while prices in US stores do NOT. When you work out the tax from your country the price is the same (same….ish)

      I looked at both Germany and Sweden (assuming you are from one of these countries)….and the price is about the same.

  2. I could not agree more that an iOS version of Preview is a key missing product. I do, however, use my iPad Air about 85% of the time and my 2011 MacBook Pro remains as my “truck” for heavy writing and video editing. Without the iPad, I would have upgraded to a rMBP by now. So, in one sense, my iPad has “replaced” or perhaps displaced a new machine.

  3. 1) I was originally going to respond using my iPad but the realized it is much easier for me to type of Apple’s full sized keyboard than typing a response on the iPad.

    2) My preference is for a much larger screen (for older eyes).

    3) Hard drive capacity. (I wish folks would learn the difference between capacity and size. Hard drives are NOT getting bigger. If they were, then the drives wouldn’t fit into the standard enclosures.) The ability to store documents where I want is paramount. iCloud doesn’t work for me because truthfully I just don’t trust the NSA. Fine for iTunes though.

    4) With my Mac Mini, I am NEVER concerned about battery life.

    5) Better hardware performance with the current generation of desktop than with the current generation of iPad.

    6) Ability to rip CD’s into Apple Lossless or any other format I choose.

    7) I just like trucks.

    For me, the iPad is a wonderful data consumption device. I love its portability and intimacy compared to a laptop and would NOT trade it for any other device. My iPad gets plenty of use – more so than my desktop. However, my preference for data creation is on a desktop. To paraphrase Ellen Feiss (the version which never aired), “Yeah I really love my ‘Mac Mini'”.

    1. Hi Tim, I enjoyed your succinct and coherent post. I think the rumored “iPad Pro” would solve a lot of those issues.

      1&2: Could be addressed by the bigger screen and Apple-made (or not) detachable keyboard/cursor.

      3: Larger size would provide ample room for hard drive space, at cheaper price than you would get with a MBA. I’d bet Apple is planning their own version of Dropbox, which will be non hierarchical and save to the cloud by default (although likely with an option to store locally only).

      4: iPad battery life is great already, and may even improve because..

      5: Apples A series chips keep getting more capable while using less power due to Apple’s ability to customize hardware to work with software.

      6: I don’t think this is a problem for 99.999999% of people out there, and can be solved by putting a thunderbolt cable on their external optical drive.

      7: Change is good 🙂

      I’d be curious if you have any thoughts about this, would these things solve your issues?

      1. ” Change is good :-)” Except when it results in events that make situations worse rather than better, which in the overall scheme of things is about 50% of the time. Just the nature of the world.

        This is the best discussion of this subject I have seen. Too many times, a thread on this subject becomes dominated by iTunes kiddies who know nothing about computing and think that the entire world revolves around entertainment consumption. They have absolutely zero comprehension of how the content they consume is created: “Like, uh…man..it comes out of the cloud, that thingy out of the sky…..man…???? “

      2. Hello PatchyThePirate,

        First of all, sorry for not responding sooner. Busy weekend.

        Thank you for your response and thoughts. My comments were based upon the existing technology (products which Apple has actually shipped) but you are correct in pointing out near future tech / trends may address some of my issues with using an iPad as my primary computing device.

        Specifically, yes a detachable, portable keyboard would address the issue with typing on a screen – which is fine for most uses for the iPad. Typing an essay for me would require a physical keyboard. (Apple made the right decision of not including a physical keyboard on both the iPad and iPhone.) I know there are plenty to choose from now. I particularly like Logitech’s wireless, solar keyboards which are designed to go with a Mac / iPad.

        Regarding screen size, Apple naturally could not and should not make a screen too big for the iPad. The screen size that I am using at home is 24 inches. Again, I have older eyes and like the larger size. For me, a 13 or even 15 inch iPad would not be the same.

        If Apple had a decent amount of storage in the iPad for creating and storing documents, then the iPad would be more practical.

        Regarding batteries, I’ll just say it. I am anal. This drives my wife crazy but I hate recharging any battery if it has more than 5% battery life. More than once when we are ready to go out shopping or somewhere ( and I should have a phone in case of an emergency) my iPhone is at home charging because I didn’t charge it prior to the weekend. I KNOW battery technology has gotten better and the storage “memory” is no longer an issue as it once was. As MDN stated, this is a change I just need to learn to make.

        Item 5 – completely agree with you.

        Item 6 – if the iPad allowed for connecting an external drive and ripping CD’s then I am fine with that approach. In fact, my 2011 Mac Mini Server Edition does not include a built in DVD drive. I use an external USB 2 Apple SuperDrive.

        As you have gotten me thinking about near future technology, having a more capable iPad coupled with a docking station – as we see with notebooks today – might be the solution which would allow me to use the iPad as my primary data creation device.

        Thank you again for your remarks as they have gotten me to think a little more “outside of the box” to the near future. I’ve enjoyed our discussion. Cheers!

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