Ben Bajarin reviews Apple’s iPad Pro: ‘The start of something new’

“The beginning of my experience with the iPad Pro started with thinking I would use it with the intent that it could replace my laptop. In fact, I was going to write this article with that in mind,” Ben Bajarin writes for Tech.pinions. “I realized quickly that the iPad Pro could easily replace my laptop for more than 90% of the things I need on a day to day basis. The only thing my laptop still does more efficiently than the iPad Pro is work on spreadsheets, which may also be the most boring part of what I do. It also happens to be something very few people do regularly and for long periods of time. In so many ways, all the things we consider as ‘productivity’ are perfectly doable on the iPad Pro.”

“However, if all we do is look for the iPad Pro to replace our desktop or laptop, we are missing the point. The paradigm of a fixed desktop computer plus a portable desktop computer, along with a mouse and keyboard as a primary input mechanism, is the old world of computing,” Bajarin writes. “I believe Apple has laid the groundwork for something new in this category.”

“There is truly something happening with this [new] generation growing up spending the bulk, if not all, of their computing time using mobile operating systems and doing new things with new tools,” Bajarin writes. “Being the techie that I am, I was a bit disheartened that my twelve-year-old was getting more out of the iPad Pro and pushing it further limits than I was. But she is a part of the mobile generation after all. For them, the future will look quite different and the tools they use to make that future might look quite similar to the iPad Pro.”

Much more in the full review – recommended – here.

MacDailyNews Take: Welcome to the new world of personal computing for the masses. Given what the average users do, Apple’s iPad is what “personal computing” for the average user should’ve always been, had the technology existed back when Steve Jobs first delivered personal computing to the masses.

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  1. I have four daughters and four sons-in-law. They all use their phones as their primary computer. (Or is that: they all use their primary computers as phones?) Seeing them in action I realise, as someone who considers himself tech-savvy, that they are working differently to me, they are on a new paradigm.

    Two of the guys have ‘tech’ work and so use ‘computers’ at work. Not at home. They also have tablets to watch things on. Two of the pairs do not own a TV. This iPad Pro, and in particular, the pencil, are the final nails in the coffin of the mouse-keyboard-intel pc deal.

    For the record, and to claim my ‘best-dad’ status, all of them are Apple only.

  2. Years ago, Apple publicly made fun of the idea of a touchscreen + keyboard interface on the MacBook, putting up a huge image of an arm reaching up over the keyboard and ignoring the trackpad to poke something on the screen instead. No one wants this, they said.

    Today, they have a device that not only forces that input method by eschewing a trackpad entirely, but also limits the user to a single viewing angle and heavily compromised typing experience, to say nothing of the limitations imposed by the OS itself relative to a desktop OS.

    This, they say, will replace the laptop.

    I guess I’ll let that speak for itself.

    1. You did make me laugh, do you realise just how dated and out of touch you sound, you are still judging things by ancient standards. Personally I am happy to let history speak for itself and your attitude will likely be but a footnote, like so many one dimensional types before you.

  3. The Excel thing… Most of the “Excel” that are generated at work is not beneficial as it should be done with a database. They also have no way of relating the information. So, the Excel thing is likely a bust. Maybe people should learn a DB mor than Excel. Flat Filers.

    1. There are times when I feel that I’m the only one who uses FileMaker where many people choose to use a spreadsheet.

      In reality I use both, because there are obviously things that one will do better than the other, but for most of the things I need to do a database proves to be a better option.

      FileMaker is especially useful once you understand how to create scripts to do operations automatically. Some of my colleagues look at me using specially written databases for specific tasks and are blown away at how it automatically does so much by itself.

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