TechCrunch reviews new 10.5-inch iPad Pro: ‘Apple pays off its future-of-computing promise’

“This is an amazing iPad. It pays off years of setup in ways that come home when you see how well iOS 11 works,” Matthew Panzarino writes for TechCrunch. “Last year, Apple’s Tim Cook said that ‘we believe that iPad is the perfect expression of the future of computing.’ This year, that claim seems more ideologically sound than ever.”

“This iPad is Apple’s ‘swing away’ moment. It executes on the years of insistence that the iPad is the future of light work computers,” Panzarino writes. “But that moment is only telegraphed, shadowed, until you see it through the lens of iOS 11.”

“Science fiction for has decades displayed tablets as the future of mid-range computing,” Panzarino writes. “With the iPad Pro, especially when it’s armed with iOS 11, it’s beginning to feel possible to see Apple in this world… The iPad is a full-fledged computer, and you can argue against it but you’re going to increasingly sound like a contrarian.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Yes, thanks to iOS 11, iPad Pro certainly is a full-fledged computer now.

Finally, the promise of iPad is realized.SteveJack, MacDailyNews, June 5, 2017

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  1. “The PC has taken us a long ways, it’s brilliant, and we like to talk about the post PC era, but when it really starts to happen I think it’s uncomfortable for a lot of people, because it’s change and a lot of vested interests are going to change and it’s going to be different. And this transformation is going to make some people uneasy.
    When we were an agrarian nation, all cars were trucks because that’s what you needed on the farm. But as vehicles started to be used in urban centers, and America started to move into those urban and then suburban centers, cars got more popular. And innovations like automatic transmission and power steering and things, you didn’t care about in the truck as much, started to become paramount in cars. And now probably, I don’t know what the statistics are, maybe one out of every 25 or 30 vehicles is a truck, where it used to be a 100%. PCs are going to be like trucks. They’re still gonna be around, and they’re still gonna have a lot of value, but they’re going to be used by one out of X people.
    Of course, PCs are going mobile in an ever greater degree. So I think the PC is going to continue. This general purpose device is going to continue to be with us and morph with us. Whether it’s a tablet or a notebook, or a big curved desktop that you have at your house, or whatever it might be.”

    Excerpt from: ” Steve Jobs: The Unauthorized Autobiography”

  2. “The iPad is a full-fledged computer”

    Oh yeah? Can I connect a mouse and a USB flash drive or external SSD? Or how about a SCSI interface? Can I add a Nvidia GTX 10 series vid card? Or more memory?

    Yeah, Nope. I though so, so much for a so called full-fledged computer.

    1. And the aubergines in my greenhouse are not pumpkins either.
      Magic words “the future”…which doesn’t include yesterday’s increasingly niche clobber. Notice, the article doesn’t say “the future of the MAC”.
      You could have just said “Not for me” and saved us the rant.

    2. If you like those things, fine. As for me, I just want to plug and play, whether it’s an iPad pro (great with a Pencil for visuals of all sorts) or an iMac (good for what the iPad Pro cannot do) so plenty of room for all.

    3. Bah! Any more, everything’s being built for simpletons. Today’s hardware simply can’t provide anything like the thrilling joyrides of yesteryear, trying to get a SCSI chain to work. It built character, it did. And cars! First the self-starter, then the automatic transmission, now any fool thinks he can drive.

    4. The iPad as a full fledged computer . . . has more processing power and memory storage than all the onboard computers of the first moon flight. So, yes, it is a computer. You are not ancient enough with your scsi, flash drive more memory talk.

      1. Isn’t it ironic then then that you can’t do nearly as much with iPad than you can with a full-fledged computer. All that processing power wasted on parallax effects

  3. As much I love my 9.7″ iPad Pro, I am extremely tempted to get this new Pro when iOS 11 is released. After reading all the reviews, these new Pros seem like they are finally designed as they were always destined to be.

    1. I had a Mini2 and a 12.9″ pro and finished my upgrading a couple of months back with the replacement of my Air2 with the 9.7″ Pro. I’m one person and really two iPads would have served my purposes as I do like my reading on my mini. But the 9.7 was a Pro and I had to take the leap. I don’t regret it. But when I saw the advancement of the 10.5 and read up on iOS 11, I decided with a little $25 push from BestBuy that I would leap further yet and get a fourth iPad. I do expect with the dock and multitasking in iOS 11 I’ll be over powered with iPads for the coming years.

  4. On an unrelated note, how does the MDN community feel regarding the two 10.5 iPad Pro designs: Which one to get? Is WiFi now built out enough and adequate enough with all the hotspots etc. to not leave one in the dark or should one, who would hate to be someplace where WiFi is not available and needs internet access for web, email, and some apps that require access to the internet, is the WiFi plus Cellular still the most viable option?

    Appreciate the commentary.

  5. Lets not get Apple’s “future of computing” confused with what the best possible solution for users is. When price isn’t a factor, almost everyone would choose a Macbook of some type over an iPad. For Apple, iPads are their low-cost computer, which offers both a higher profit margin and access to a broader market and is also conveniently locked down from any form of user upgrades or most peripheral attachments. The only thing missing for me from iPads is a trackpad on the smart keyboard, but then what you have is basically a touchscreen Apple laptop, what a concept!

    I’ll never get over the ass-backwards step that reaching to touch a screen constantly is over an elegant and precise trackpad that allows for movements and clicks all over your screen within the space of several inches. When carpal tunnel and related issues (not to mention smartphone face, yes its real) become more widespread, we’ll see how foolish this departure from tried and true ergonomic design was. Health factors aside, typing on a tablet touchscreen is painstakingly slow compared to a regular keyboard. This and the fact that most tablet users won’t pony up for a keyboard means typing proficiency and writing proficiency will continue to decline.

    Mark my words, the future is a hybrid device with a keyboard/trackpad and removable tablet/screen, no it won’t be made by Microsoft, but by Apple. It’ll be the aspirational device everyone wants but most can’t afford. The iPad will remain the entry-level computer. This device will represent the fusion of the iPad Pro and Macbook Pro lines and will be called the MacPad.

  6. Since writing is one of the most basic functions of the personal computer, the iPad will never be a full-fledged computer until it becomes a much better writing tool. Writing (especially editing) is still still a very cumbersome task on current iPads. A stubby finger is a poor substitute for a screen cursor!

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