“I’ve been asked several times to sum up what I think of the iPad Pro, and it’s something I’m still struggling to articulate. As a reviewer, I try to be fully conscious of the fact that my use cases (and even many of our readers’ use cases) aren’t everyone’s use cases,” Andrew Cunningham writes for Ars Technica. “The right product for me isn’t necessarily the right product for everybody. I don’t need or want a Mac Pro or a Linux laptop or a $4,200 gaming PC for myself nor would I recommend them for most people, but I can understand why others would want all of those things.”
“There are people who have stopped using Macs and other more traditional computers in favor of switching to the iPad full-time, and there are plenty of people out there who use iOS, not Windows or OS X, as their primary computing platform and aren’t bothered by its limitations,” Cunningham writes. “The (relative) simplicity that comes with these limitations can even be a bonus rather than a shortcoming. That’s just not true for me, and it’s not going to be true of a lot of happy Mac or Windows users.”
“It’s best to think of the iPad Pro as a starting point, especially for iOS 9. These multitasking features are still brand-new, and there’s a lot of low-hanging fruit to pick in future iOS 9 revisions and into iOS 10. My biggest gripes with the iPad Pro are with the software rather than the hardware, and that means that most of them can be fixed given enough time and enough feature requests,” Cunningham writes. “Given a couple of iOS updates the iPad Pro has room to grow into a more versatile laptop replacement without necessarily giving up the things that people like about iOS. For the rest of us, there’s still the Mac.”
Tons more, as usual, in the full review – recommended – here.
MacDailyNews Take: iPad Pro hardware and software is more than powerful enough for the vast majority of people.
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