“Steve Jobs’ vision of a ‘post-PC’ future really resonated with me. As a dedicated Mac and iPhone user, I was a day one fan of the original iPad, and have spent countless hours enjoying every full-sized iPad released since then,” Jeremy Horwitz writes for 9to5Mac. “When the iPad mini came out, I happily shifted over to the smaller form factor until buying an iPhone 6 Plus, which pushed me back to full-sized iPads. Like many people, I wouldn’t want to give up my iPad, and would be thrilled if it could replace my laptop.”
“If any iPad had laptop replacement potential, the 12.9″ iPad Pro was it. So I was the first person in line at the local Apple Store to buy one, hoping that it would supplant either my iPad Air 2 or Retina MacBook Pro,” Horwitz writes. “But after a week of daily use, I’m convinced that the iPad Pro won’t replace anything, and am still trying to decide whether to keep or return it.”
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MacDailyNews Take: The promise remains, Apple just has not fully fulfilled it yet. iPad was released in April 2010. Whether you consider that a long time in tech terms or not is likely to color whether you think Apple simply needs more time to continue polishing iOS and the developers need to continue working on their apps (the hardware quality is there, for the most part; 3D Touch is the most glaring omission) or whether you believe that Apple has not yet recovered from the lose of their founder, demanding visionary, tastemaker, and leader.
We believe it’s a bit of both mixed with an influx of new employees amidst rapid growth. Apple will get a handle on it eventually and hopefully return to very high quality, finished software and user interfaces and experiences worthy of the Apple logo. We would also like to see product launches with all important parts and facets ready-to-go at launch in sufficient quantities as to not harm customer enthusiasm. A couple weeks of backorders are fine – good, even – but, a couple of months? No. That should never be allowed to happen (see Apple Watch).