- Nov 5, 2005
The same things the iPad has going for it over tablet competitors: Simplicity, Polish, Developers.
For tablets sure. For a convertible device? I don't see anything with the iPad Pro that makes it any better of a laptop solution than existing convertible devices that indeed function as laptops with a full desktop OS, applications, etc.
You keep acting as if Microsofts model is the only way to do this.
Maybe Apple has a better way to do it, but when Microsoft forced tablet and touch elements in Windows 8 that failed in large part because people were screaming about where did the desktop go? And by desktop I mean the desktop UI paradigm that's the same on laptops.
I'm not saying that it can't be done but I don't see how Apple wouldn't face similar issues no matter how elegant their solution would be if it totally removed the desktop UI paradigm.
How many Macbook owners do you see using a mouse? I have never seen even one.
But they all have trackpads, something that's on available to iOS devices.
Also for a lightweight travel laptop, external monitor usage is all but irrelevant. Heck most of my friends who uses a laptop at home, never connects it to an external monitor. AFAIK iPads also have some limited external monitor capability for presentations.
You can duplicate to an external monitor with iPads, I know people that use Netlix like that on their TVs. But you can't drive multiple monitors. I'm not saying that's critical for everyone using a laptop. But it's a pretty big deal for a primary work machine.
You keep harping on desktop software. Exactly what critical OSX desktop software do you think is missing from a potential iOS laptop?
Development tools? Existing software that don't have iOS equivalents? Yes there's a version of Office for the iPad. Does it work with a standard printer? Marcos?
You seem incapable of thinking outside your Microsoft box, that says any device must be include everything and the kitchen sink. Often less is more.
And often less is just that. What does the iPad Pro do to solve the primary issues that mobile OS tablets have had in the past becoming convertible laptop replacements? A keyboard cover with no track pad isn't exactly what I think laptop users are clamoring for.