Why Apple’s new iPad Pro makes Mac users feel weird

“I’m typing this on a top-of-the-line 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display,” Stephen Hackett writes for 512 Pixels. “It’s beautiful, powerful and quiet. OS X and the dozens of apps I have open are running smoothly, thanks to powerful hardware and the UNIX underpinnings holding it all together.”

“It’s attached to a 27-inch LCD. Running out from behind the display is a white USB-to-Lightning cable. At the other end?” Hackett writes. “The iPad Pro.”

“There’s a lot in my workflow that could be done on a tablet, but there’s a lot that can’t be,” Hackett writes. “Yet.”

“That single word is why I feel so weird today. I look at this iPad Pro, being updated via my Mac, imagining the horses that were used to deliver materials to Henry Ford’s factory,” Hackett writes. “Did they know that by doing the very job they were tasked with, that they were ultimately dooming themselves?”

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MacDailyNews Take: Actually, those horses were in many ways freeing themselves.

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  1. Unfortunately, some of us can’t use a touchscreen because of physical limitations. I’ve been using a Mac exclusively since 1985. I guess the time for something else is coming.

    1. That is an unreasonably pessimistic viewpoint, IMO. There is no reason to believe that your Mac computing experience is going to fall apart anytime soon, if ever.

      Apple is more committed to accessibility to technology than anyone else.

  2. Personally I don’t want to see the iPad replace the desktop.
    I guess it can in many usage scenarios but I hope that’s not the goal overall.

    They each have strengths and weaknesses and I’d like to exploit both platforms to my advantage.

    1. iPad will not replace a desktop, although it may replace a laptop for many. Apple knows this, because Apple did not release iPad Pro until its weight was about the same as the original iPad (from 2010). And Apple did not release the original iPad until it was comfortable to hold and use at the same time. I saw it yesterday at an Apple Store, and it did not look ridiculously large; it was easy to hold (or cradle) with one hand and interact with the other hand, like the original iPad.

      Apple will probably not create an iPad that is larger or heavier (than the current iPad Pro) because the iOS multi-touch interface is not optimal for a “stationary” computer. iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch are computers where the screen moves easily to accommodate the user. The user does not move to accommodate the screen. MacBook is mobile, but it is typically NOT mobile during use; it is stationary. The largest iPad needs to be easily mobile while in use.

      iPad Pro can be used as a stationary computer (with its keyboard or by placing on a surface), but it is not designed to used that way all the time. Apple customers who need to type a lot or need a stationary screen (including a much larger screen) to interact more efficiently using both hands (that don’t block line of sight to screen during use) should get a Mac. Even if that Mac is a MacBook with a screen that is now smaller than the largest iPad.

      Again, Apple knows this, which is why Apple keeps the OS X Mac interface distinctly different and separate. The Mac’s interface is optimized for a stationary (while in use) computer.

  3. Until Apple release tools to develop apps on iOS they’re going to have to continue to support Macs. There’s also a practical reason for wanting much larger screens than even the iPad Pro. Even if an iPad at some point could power an external monitor wouldn’t it then be a Mac in all but name? The fact that they’ve launched the Pro alongside the existing iPads, and now have different sized iPhones is that they know one size doesn’t fit all. Similarly, they don’t need hundreds of different models like some manufacturers seem to think. It’s all about balance.

        1. How do you figure that? Developing and distributing your own app usually are to your own clients/friends.. Is your argument that someone will install an apk file from someone they don’t know? The point was that Android can develop apps that runs on itself, something iOS cannot do on it’s own due to how the OS and ecosystem is structured.

  4. I like iOS, but it is NOT stable enough to replace OS X at this point. iPads crash and freeze with complicated tasks far too often still. I think they still have several years to go. But if all I did was use the Internet for reading and for email and music, I’d ditch the laptop in favor of the iPad. But I think it’s still too difficult to get work done on an iPad. I had to scan some documents. While I’m sure you can get some particular scanner to send images to an iPad or use the camera to take a distorted image of a document, I can’t use my scanner. I still need Photoshop and Illustrator. While the Pro-Apps for the iPad show a lot of promise, it will take awhile before they aren’t second-rate to a desktop app.

  5. I have no idea what the point of this article is supposed to be. There is no ‘yet’ when an iOS device replaces a Mac. I’ve gone over this subject so many times I’m going to hurl if I attempt it again.

    So I’m just going to sit back and laugh.

    1. Derek, Derek, Derek, I am disappointed in you…
      You seem to think that only if ALL USE CASE SCENERIOS are replicated on iOS will iOS devices replace the mac

      You miss a simple flaw in your reasoning…. see if you can read this again CAREFULLY and maybe you will stop hurling so much: “There’s a lot in MY (emphasis mine) workflow that could be done on a tablet, but there’s a lot that can’t be,” Hackett writes. “Yet.”

      Just because you need a semi truck does not mean a hatchback could work for some, all the time.

      the author is pointing out that as the software applications mature, and maybe even small enhancements to iOS, that the job HE DOES (remember, Derek, the world does not look the same through other peoples eyes, nor does their workflow/job) could be eventually done on an iPad

      Calm down your gut and read carefully

  6. That’s all well and good, but if we end up connecting our iPad Pros to larger displays, how are they any different than any other desktop device, in theory? So much of modern tech is silly semantic marketing ****. I imagined the hub concept right along with everyone else when the iPhone first came out, but if tethering is where we’re headed, it looks an awful lot like where we’ve been before, and if you have to add a keyboard and a mouse to make a tablet fully functional, you basically end up with a laptop (and yes, iOS utilizes a file system even if you can’t see it). This is all so ridiculous.

  7. You can’t run Xcode, Eclipse, a web design program or StarCraft II. And you can’t buy Office for iPad for $150 once instead of annually paying for Office 365. Also, there’s no dedicated graphics card and you can’t plug one in. I really think Apple should make Retina MacBook Pros and Mac Minis more expandable instead of soldering in components for the sake of reducing weight and thickness. Form is nice, but it shouldn’t supersede function, especially to the point where even the biggest Mac fan is left scratching his head, thinking “What were they thinking?”.

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