“It surprises me that a lot of people have been quick to highlight what they think are apparently major shortcomings with the iPad Pro, seemingly writing it off before most of them have even seen one in person,” Sanjiv Sathiah writes for MacNN.
“While it may or may not be another hit product from Apple, there are a couple of aspects about it that have been widely misunderstood. One centers around the question of whether or not it is a genuine notebook replacement, and the other centers around its ‘inability’ to run full desktop versions of apps, like Adobe Photoshop, for example,” Sathiah writes. “Have people learnt nothing from Apple’s recent history?”
“A lot of criticism that has been leveled at the 12-inch Retina MacBook for example, and the iPad Pro seems to stem from the fact that these, for most power users, [are] not devices that can be your only computing device. That they are not for everyone, for one reason or another, seems to have caused undue consternation,” Sathiah writes. “What critics should be focusing on is what they can do for certain sets of users. When looked at these devices through this lens, they make much more sense, and will offer these users undoubted appeal.”
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MacDailyNews Take: People often ask us why we choose the 11-inch MacBook Air, of all things, for our mobile Macs and why we’ll likely choose 12-inch MacBooks next, if we don’t choose iPad Pros instead.
That’s it. That’s our specific use case. Can it run a browser, Mail, Messages, Pixelmator, and TextEdit (yup) while we’re on the road? Check! Okay, then, which weighs the least? We’ll take it!
“Bu, bu, but, it’s re-gawd-damn-dicuolous that there’s only one port on the MacBook!” some scream. Ad nauseam, no less. Guess what? We don’t care! For us that’s one port too many. We’ll never use it. Imagine that. If Apple made a MacBook with no ports and it weighed even less, we’d buy those instead.
If you’re going to be doing other things on-the-go, you might choose a MacBook Pro. That doesn’t make the MacBook or the iPad Pro a “mistake” by Apple. Those devices are just not for you vs. what the MacBook Pro offers for your specific needs. That’s why Apple offers a full range of portable computing options, from the iPod touch to the MacBook Pro.