August 2, 2016

Link: iPad-Only is the New Desktop Linux ☍

Watts Martin (via Ben Brooks):

Even in the best case scenario, the Mac’s speed blows iOS away. Not because of CPU power, but because iOS’s design just doesn’t handle a task like this as gracefully. It’s possible it would have been faster if I were using a different set of apps, ones aware of each other in a deeper fashion. But on the Mac, I could have used any email program and any word processor that handled Word’s revision tracking and followed the same steps.

Like many others, I’m getting tired of the iPad-can’t-do-x sentiment. While I could riff a list of things that a Mac is better suited for, I could also take this one step further and list things that a Mac can’t do that a PC can (Boot Camp/Parallels notwithstanding). Does that mean we should throw away our Macs and get something else? No.

Ultimately, the iPad is a pretty damn good computer for a lot of people. Rather than arguing or feeling threatened that Apple is going to take away your MacBook, why not find the device that works best and use it? Continue to re-evaluate your tools, just as the tools available evolve. This is what makes technology exciting, too. Besides, if you recall, the iPad is a much more powerful and capable device than it was two or three years ago. I’d like to mention a very appropriate comment by Initial Charge’s Michael Rockwell, too:

Perhaps you prefer to use OS X to get your work done because you’re more comfortable with the tools — that’s fine. But arguing that one platform or another is better suited is just foolish. I like iOS more because it fits my lifestyle and offers tools that I typically enjoy using more than their desktop counterparts. And that shouldn’t impede your enjoyment of OS X — there’s no reason we can’t both coexist harmoniously.

August 1, 2016

Link: What’s a Computer? ☍

Apple’s newest ad seems to do provide three different things in thirty seconds: point out the possibilities of the iPad as a traditional Mac/PC replacement, trolls the iPad haters, and validates going iPad-only. It’s an interesting ad and I hope is the start of a larger campaign.

July 26, 2016

News: Apple Reports Q3 Results

Apple announced financial results for its fiscal 2016 third quarter ending June 25, 2016. In the conference call, Apple posted quarterly revenue of $42.4 billion and quarterly net income of $7.8 billion, or $1.42 per diluted share…

July 22, 2016

Link: The iPad Paradox ☍

Michael Gartenberg for iMore (via Jason Snell):

With some products, including TiVo, there’s a distinct conflict between consumer understanding of the features and the value assigned to those features. While the internet was filled with a rabid fan base of customers who loved and praised TiVo at every opportunity, most consumers didn’t understand the value of a $500 “digital VCR.” […]

In short, if you met a TiVo owner at a party, they were rabid. It was like being cornered by an insurance agent. They wouldn’t leave you alone until you tried it. When most people tried it, the lightbulb turned on. TiVo was not an expensive VCR — it redefined watching TV.

I suspect iPad is suffering from the same paradox. Customers who buy an iPad Pro understand the power it unlocks relative to a Mac. The more they use it, the more it displaces their Mac.

As regular readers of this site know, I’ve gone “iPad mostly” for awhile, and tried even on an original iPad, with my Mac relegated to some specific tasks and not much else. While it’s still somewhat of a hard-sell, as a computer is perceived as being able to do more, and larger phones have also become part of the conversation, I think more people will discover that modern iPads pack a lot of power for everyday tasks, especially as a personal, home computer to complement a work-issued one. Apple just needs to start advertising what’s possible and convince people to give it a try.

July 18, 2016

Link: IDC Estimates That Macintosh Sales Slipped at Nearly Twice the Market Rate ☍

Nick Heer for for Pixel Envy:

Apple’s sales decline is an 8.3% reduction compared to the year-ago quarter. Given that the most recent Macintosh news — the discontinuation of the Thunderbolt Display notwithstanding — was a spec bump of the MacBook, this is completely unsurprising. MacRumors’ own buyers’ guide shows a “Don’t Buy” indicator below every Mac except the MacBook.

Although I’m looking forward to an iOS-only future and do appreciate some of the progress in that regard, it is very strange how the Mac lineup has gotten so old. I suspect the Air will be done and sell as-is until the MacBook is cheap enough to take its place. Non-Retina iMacs will eventually disappear, too. As for the Mac Pro and Mac mini, we might as well take bets for if those will be upgraded before or after the iPhone 8 launch.