November 30, 2015

Link: Can the MacBook Pro Replace Your iPad? ☍

Fraser Speirs offers a great satire piece, with just enough truth to the whole unnecessary Mac vs. iPad argument:

There has been a lot of talk in recent weeks about the MacBook Pro and, in particular, whether it can replace an iPad Pro for getting real work done.

Firstly, consider the hardware. The huge issue with the MacBook Pro is its form factor. The fact that the keyboard and screen are limited to being held in an L-shaped configuration seriously limits its flexibility. It is basically impossible to use a MacBook pro while standing up and downright dangerous to use when walking around. Your computing is limited to times when you are able to find somewhere to sit down.

November 12, 2015

Link: Desktop Computer ☍

Asymco’s Horace Dediu offers an explanation on who the iPad Pro is really for and how it differs from the rest of Apple’s lineup. This 9 minute video is thought-provoking and well worth your time.

Article: A Magical Week

When it comes to input devices, I find myself heavily conflicted. My daily driver at home and work is the Apple Wireless Keyboard (2011), which is a quite nice product and has held up quite well. The scissor mechanism has always given me a faux-mechanical click that is much more pleasant to type on than the cheap rubber dome keyboards found on most PCs. It’s nowhere near the experience of beloved Cherry MX-based mechanical keyboards, but it’s also a lot smaller and cheaper. Plus, it matched the last few portable Macs I’ve owned, creating a consistent typing experience. As far as pointing devices, I gravitate towards the Magic Trackpad, as I’ve grown accustomed to the gestures and also spend a lot of time in iOS. When Apple introduced the Magic Keyboard and Magic Trackpad 2, I thought I’d give both a try and see if Apple’s newest iterations deserved a spot on my desk…

November 11, 2015

Article: Post-PC

There’s a narrative that the iPad is doomed as a device, mostly because industry-wide tablet sales are a bit flatter than in prior years. The Surface isn’t exactly setting the world on fire, and Google’s latest offering, the Pixel C, has a lot to prove, since Android-based tablets have mostly felt geared towards entertainment. The iPad Pro is being looked at with some skepticism, and it’s unfounded, especially with the introduction of iOS 9, more powerful apps, and the computing needs of many people…

Link: Yet ☍

Stephen Hackett:

I don’t get my job done on an iPad like Federico [Viticci] does. There’s a lot in my workflow that could be done on a tablet, but there’s a lot that can’t be.

Yet.

That single word is why I feel so weird today. I look at this iPad Pro, being updated via my Mac, imagining the horses that were used to deliver materials to Henry Ford’s factory.