How can the iPad replace your laptop?


Mouse support would turn the iPad and the Smart Keyboard combo into a true competitor to the laptop, as well as position it as a direct competitor to devices such as Microsoft’s Surface Pro… More at ZDNet.

No it wouldn’t.

Mouse support would make a big different, but to presume that this change alone would build a laptop competitor is pure folly.

The list is long to make the iPad replace a laptop and it reaches the point very quickly that you may as well buy a laptop anyway.

Full multi-tasking OS, multiple users, really good keyboard, tons of power and on and on and on.

The iPad is not a laptop and it never will be.

PaperLike for iPad Pro could be very good!

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Sketching with the Procreate App and the PaperLike is the best digital sketching experience that feels like paper on the iPad. With the PaperLike, your hand slides nicely on the iPad’s surface, making the sketching experience much more rewarding.

No more printing, no more heavy books or documents. You can now write directly on a page, make notes or highlight on the iPad while keeping the paper feel. Combine the haptic feedback of paper with today’s connected digital tools.

Makes writing on the iPad Pro with Apple Pencil feel like paper
No fingerprints
Protects your screen from scratches
Drastically reduces glare… More at kickstarter.

This does look good. Always been a fan of anti-glare screen protectors and this takes the idea much further.

The iPad Turnaround


Changing the foundation under a building inhabited by hundreds of millions of people isn’t a small undertaking, and Apple pulled it off without incident. iPhone and iPad users didn’t lose their data; instead, they got a file system that improves storage management, encryption, reliability, and performance. (Full disclosure, I have a personal connection with Dominic Giampaolo, one of the APFS architects. I’d love to do a piece on the topic of APFS and file systems in general, but I’m not sure I can do justice in digestible words.)
There’s more to this than an indisputable technical advantage. As hoped for in this space, it’s part of a shift that partially explains Cook’s fervor for the iPad: iOS, not macOS, will be the software engine of Apple’s future. Mac fans, I’m one of them, might disagree with Apple’s strategy, but here it is in plain view… More at Monday Note.

Interesting thoughts. I wonder if Apple will make a big play with the iPad to become a real computer?

A Computer for Everything


After years spent adapting what I learned from the Mac to bring it to iOS, what I found on the other side was a more focused, efficient way of working and communicating with people. The iPad Pro accelerated my move to an iOS-only setup; today, I genuinely don’t know how to perform certain tasks on a Mac anymore.

I use my iPad Pro for everything. It’s my writing machine and favorite research tool, but I also rely on it to organize my finances, play games, read books and watch movies, program in Python and Workflow, and manage two successful businesses. While I’ve been advocating for such multi-purpose use of the iPad platform for a while, the iPad Pro elevated the threshold of possibilities, reaching an inflection point that has pushed others to switch to an iPad as their primary computer as well… More at Mac Stories.

This article is not new, but it perfectly highlights what can be done with an iPad Pro given the right amount of time and dedication. The main problem I see is that most people will not make such efforts and this is why tablets sales are dropping. If there is to be an iPad Pro, make the software professional out of the box. Thanks to Vincent for the link.