“Apple Inc. fired a broadside at what remains of the personal-computer industry last week, when marketing chief Phil Schiller claimed the company’s new iPad Pro is aimed at anyone still using an old PC,” Christopher Mims writes for The Wall Street Journal. “It is a wonderful notion—imagine iPads raining down on the users of 600 million PCs more than five years old.”
“Still, it isn’t clear Apple’s iPad Pro can deliver on that promise—at least not yet,” Mims writes. “For one, it is missing some tools essential to PC-like work, most notably a mouse or a trackpad.”
MacDailyNews Take: Old school thinking from someone steeped in operating computers via mouse and trackpad. As we wrote back in December:
Certain complaints (“I want a cursor,” for example) are the result of users who’ve been steeped in a different way of operating and interacting with computers. iPad in the hands of the young are a completely different thing. They’d never think to ask for their cursor back, since they never had one to begin with; they truly know how to operate a multi-touch UI. They’re not stuck in old ways of thinking. When older users… hit a minor roadblock (that isn’t actually a roadblock – there’s a way to do it, they just don’t know it) they immediately start screaming for their old tools. “I need a trackpad!”
Well, you already have one (this works for all iPads with iOS 9 and later): Turn your keyboard into a trackpad. Touch and hold the keyboard with two fingers until it turns light gray. Drag around the keyboard to position the insertion point. Lift, then touch and hold with two fingers to reveal the drag points. Move your fingers to select text. Tap with two fingers to select a word. Double-tap with two fingers to select a sentence. Tap three times with two fingers to select a paragraph.
The iPad Pro is not meant for older generations. Unless they are willing to completely unlearn and let go of old tricks and learn new ones. That’s very tough to do for some. Those are the people who ask questions like “Is it a sketch pad? Is it a laptop replacement?” iPad Pro and iOS are really for the young and for future generations. They are the future. Until the next paradigm shift, perhaps decades away, Multi-touch will be how most people compute, not with physical keyboards, mice, cursors, exposed file systems, etc.
“As its competitors, including Google Inc. and Microsoft Corp., race to create hybrids of tablets and PCs that can function as either, Apple is missing a golden opportunity to dominate the touch-based world it pioneered with the iPhone,” Mims writes. “Touch interfaces can be intuitive and sophisticated, but mice and trackpads persist because having to touch your screen for even the most elementary actions, like selecting text, can be both clunky and tiresome.”
MacDailyNews Take: Because you don’t know how to use an iPad correctly. Because your thinking is polluted with anachronisms and you can’t let them go or get past them. Because you’re the guy who would’ve replied “a faster horse,” had Henry Ford bothered to waste his time asking you what you wanted.
“I still think tablets — and the iPad, if Apple is lucky — will ultimately replace nearly all PCs,” Mims writes. “But rhetoric about an iPad Pro as a drop-in replacement for a five-year old PC — now just one part of a much larger network of habits, software, infrastructure and dependencies — is folly.”
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MacDailyNews Take: Again, iPad Pro and iOS are really for the young and for future generations. They are the future. For those who can manage to let go and learn new ways of doing things, iPad Pro most certainly is a drop-in replacement – a big step up, in fact – for a five-year old PC.