- Should the iPad run macOS?
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No. Or, more emphatically, NO.
It is really that simple.
Ever since Apple announced the next iPad would have the same M1 SoC as the MacBook Air/iMac 24"/MacBook Pro 13" the call for having macOS on an iPad did gain traction.
And there are good reasons for, aren’t there? Let’s have a look.
macOS apps are much more capable.
True. That is, mostly. It depends, really. One argued that without the full Photoshop, an iPad just wouldn’t do. Guess what — just use a MacBook. Or try Affinity Photo. Or — really, get out of my hair (admittedly, I did put him there in the first place).
But, just for one moment, lets get into the applications I do use daily. Ulysses. There is hardly any difference between Ulysses for iPad and macOS. Or Pages, for that matter. There is no substitute for Final Cut or Logic or Xcode. And that is perfectly ok the way it is.
macOS would benefit from a touch screen
No, definitely not. Ever watched an iPads screen after a couple hours of use? It looks just awful. Thats ok for an iPad, but soon thereafter someone would asking for a touch screen on a Mac and we’d geht that. Even on Windows, which is the single promoter of touchscreens on a Laptop, it is hardly ever used. And you know why? Touchscreens are brilliant for non-windowing operating systems, and truly horrible trying to navigate multiple windows. Every time I see someone using a Windows device sporting a touch screen the first thing they do is turning the app to fullscreen, or pin it to one of the sides. Which kind of morphs the OS it into a slightly demented iPadOS.
The iPad would be much more versatile.
I do believe in having specialised devices. It’s like having some kind of multi-purpose gardening tool. They are kind of ok to use, but you get more work done in a better way having a spade instead of a spade-cum-rake thing. One size fits all is just an euphemism for fits nothing at all, but is reasonably well pretending to be not totally useless. If you need a rake, get one. If you need spade, get one. If you want a Mac, get one. And so on. Multitools are good in case of an emergency, and I refuse to live my life in a constant state of emergency. Please, aknowledge that an iPad is an iPad, not a Laptop which, for some reason, hasn’t got a keyboard and a touchpad attached.
I do use my iPad mostly for writing, emailing, using Teams (because it sucks on any platform anyway, but the least on an iPad), email and calendar. And watching streams. I wouldn’t want to be tempted to use it like my MacBook. Because, knowing myself, I would. And it would taint the superb experience my iPad has given me so far.
- Date of publication:
- Thu, 04/22/2021 - 12:31
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