Tim Bajarin: Apple’s iOS 11 finally brings Steve Jobs’ vision for the iPad to life

“When Steve Jobs introduced the iPad in 2010, he made a rather bold statement: the iPad will become the mobile computer of tomorrow,” Tim Bajarin writes for PC Magazine. “I saw some early glimpses of how Jobs’s vision could someday become a reality. Seven years later, it hasn’t quite come to fruition…”

“But three features coming in iOS 11 could change the way I work on the road,” Bajarin writes. “Drag and drop, for example, moves the iPad into the arena of being the dominant mobile computing tool everyone can use.”

“The new mobile OS also brings the file format used on the Mac to the iPad, making a file you create on iOS compatible with any macOS device. Also, the folder structure is the same, so the look and feel is very familiar to anyone who already uses the Mac,” Bajarin writes. “The third notable addition to iOS 11 is the Mac-like Dock, making it easy to work between apps.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Yup.

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  1. The iPad Pro2 is an impressive piece of machinery especially with iOS 11 installed. For me it’s close to perfect. With Pro motion the speed of the screen looks insane, the improved dock, multitasking drag and drop and at last a proper file system, I cannot wait until the autumn to buy one as an upgrade. For me there is just one major thing Apple could do to make it indisputedly the best pound for pound mobile device on the market. When docked to an Apple keyboard, I don’t want to interact with the screen with my fingers because it’s uncomfortable to stretch forward especially if working for any length of time, I know because I have a 2015 iPad Pro (which I love). The answer to this is to incorporate a magic Trackpad onto the Apple keyboard and allow point and click when attached to the keyboard. That way it would be simply perfect. Anyone else agree, can we do a straw poll? Vote Trackpad if you agree, vote Crackpad if you think this is nonsensical.

    1. Yes, this is obvious. Reaching for a screen all the time is a massive step backwards ergonomically compared to a precise, elegant trackpad. With hardware advances over the next few years, Apple should offer the full Mac OS on their tablet/laptop hybrid devices, as MacRumors has suggested before.

  2. I type this on an iPad Pro v1 large and have yet to see iOS 11. Hopefully it lives up to the advance hype.

    As to the article’s posit about the iPad, Steve Jobs was dead set against any kind of stylus for a tablet.

      1. Saying that is does not violate his wishes is not accurate. Steve Jobs did not want a stylus. That said, I think the pencil is a great stylus – as long as it is a secondary input device.
        At an iPhone OS 4 event:

        Q: How do you close applications when multitasking?

        A: (Steve Jobs) It’s like we said on the iPad, if you see a stylus, they blew it. In multitasking, if you see a task manager… they blew it. Users shouldn’t ever have to think about it.

        Steve Jobs, 2007 Macworld. Convention

        “Who wants a stylus? You have to get ’em, put ’em away, you lose ’em. Yuck! Nobody wants a stylus. So let’s not use a stylus.”

        “God gave us 10 styluses. Let’s not invent another.”

  3. iPad Pro with iOS 11 “Cannot” replace a MacBook without the capabilities of opening two or more files in the “same” app. Hey Apple give us two copies if IWorks so we can use split view to open two copies in the same app.

  4. Apple and Steve Job’s vision with iOS was to “finally” get rid of the file system completely. So now you see how Steve and Apple were wrong with their original strategy. It only took about a decade to figure this out, all while pro’s and power users went off to discover other platforms.

    1. The problem with creating compelling “reality distortion fields” is that even the best of the creators can get lost in their own creation…

      ….there are other enduring examples of this in other Apple product decisions over the years. The holy grail of no or almost no ports (and always only the most advanced) years before the infrastructure is ready for them springs to mind….

    2. The vision was not to get rid of the file system, but rather to make it not be a concern for the user. And for the large majority of them it’s been a fantastic success. I’ve seen so many examples of “non-tech” people finally and for the first time become productive, proficient, and confident on a computer.

      The “pro” users can handle an exposed file system and be more productive because of it. And no doubt that many of the previously “non-tech” users, now that they have the confidence and foundation to understand what they’re doing, will now be able to incorporate the notion of a file system into their workflow.

  5. Yawn. Just think how great the Mac would be by now if it hadn’t been ignored for the last several years.

    As the iPad creeps up towards the moribund Mac OS, Mac users are gravitating to Windows.

    While ever I have to use my finger as a cursor to edit text I am never going to be a fan of iOS.

    And no Mac user who knows his stuff is ever going to be attracted to a version of the Mac OS that is missing 75% of its functionality.

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