However, there are definitely areas where an iPad Pro does not make sense at this time. For one, there's no way to transfer files between an external hard drive except for a few constrained workflows. Doing any real web dev and design is going to be a challenge and slowdown without a dedicated desktop browser and inspector/dev tools, along with the ability to install and run background processes as needed. I can't yet do my day job on this iPad Pro where I need to design and develop with an advanced prototyping tool for macOS called Framer. Even if my mockup design tool of choice (Sketch) existed for the iPad Pro, the speed with which I can create and manage dozens of mockups with the precision of a mouse would be sorely lacking
So....... errr..... what EXACTLY can it do? Sounds to me like it's just an email and slack machine.
He's not arguing that it could replace your work computer, but that it replaced his home computer (used for browsing, hobbies, and the like) and maybe it could replace yours too.
I for one can vouch for the viability of an ipad to replace ones home computer (obviously depeneding on what you use your home pc for). I replaced mine with an iPad mini and it was fantastic.
So the article is simply repeating, or rather, confirming what Apple says during each of their keynotes?
Of course you can replace your computer with a tablet if you only use it to read emails, watch videos, browse the internet etc.. It's literally what it's made for..
This is exactly what the original iPad was created for though, let alone the "Pro"...
I saw ordinary screens of browsing the web or messaging to anyone. So, no workflow discovered or shown, No insights. Just a toy
glad you like your tablet.
I just recently purchased and sold an iPad Pro. Here are my takeaways:
It's a nice device—it really is. But I couldn't due much with it when it comes to my profession (UI Designer first, Front End Dev. beginner/intermediate second). I couldn't even use CodePen on it :-/ There's no UI Design tool available for it that I'm aware of. It's great if you're a traditional artist/illustrator or write articles for a living. And of course, it's great for anything else related to everyday tasks like browsing, paying bills, FaceTime, etc. So no—I don't believe you can make anything remotely close to a final release product on it.
As a UI designer, you couldn’t benefit from using it as a drawing tablet, trackpad, additional display, fast wire framing tool, etc?
Things like using it as a trackpad, additional display, etc. are all just a gimmick. Yes—the fast wire framing was pretty cool when using tools like Paper by 53, but it's not as convenient when using in the real world i.e. meetings, client reviews, etc. Everyone usually participates in these instances, so it's not like they're are going to hover over an iPad and ideate. The whiteboard is still the better option. I'm not an illustrator, so it's not useful to me as a drawing tablet.
Yeah I could see that, everyone has a different workflow. I use it all the time when I'm designing, I love having the touch element and I also use an app that has programmable shorcuts for different apps which is nice. I'm not an illustrator either, but if I have to make an icon or other vector artwork it's way nicer (IMO) using my Apple Pencil versus my Wacom tablet. And using the pencil to take searchable hand-written notes or ideate super quickly then transfer over to my Mac is pretty sweet.
Is this an advertorial?
This is a thoughtful deep-dive on the iPad Pro. Thanks for this, @Stammy!