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Snow Leopard for iOS

Ina Fried from Axios posted an article stirring the pot for the iOS community. In part Fried explains that iOS 12 may be more of a refinement update and less feature-rich than past updates.

Apple has shaken up its iOS software plans for 2018, delaying some features to next year in an effort to put more focus on addressing performance and quality issues, Axios has learned.

Fried goes on to say that this is coming from Craig Federighi in a meeting with employees.

After this report was published Dan Moren posted his thoughts on Six Colors

… any major software release is all about prioritization, and I’m sure Apple has done the math of balancing new features vs. optimization pretty much every year. It may just be a matter of seeing behind the curtain this time around, combined with the context of the recent situations that Apple’s found itself in that makes this seem more significant. But it’s hard to say because, again, Apple tends to keep its hand pretty close to its vest.

In short: this is probably no cause for either panic or jubilation.

Personally, I couldn’t agree more with Dan Moren, this “scoop” seems to be legitimate and very well may be true. However, I don’t think this is necessarily something that warrants panic or worry for iOS users.

Nick Heer of Pixel Envy also I had a great point in regards to this “Snow Leopard for iOS” rumors:

While High Sierra experienced a couple of fairly serious security vulnerabilities and has its share of irritating bugs, Snow Leopard — the go-to example of a refinement-oriented release — wasn’t exactly immune. It shipped with a bug that sometimes wiped user data after logging into a guest account, a bug which took months to fix; and, like High Sierra, Snow Leopard experienced a text rendering bug as well. We should hope software gets better over time, of course, but you can look back at every single new version of MacOS and find bugs that categorically should not have shipped. I don’t expect the next version of iOS — or MacOS, for that matter — to be an exception, but I hope it is.

We are still several months away from WWDC and this is only the beginning or rumors season, but this isn’t one rumor to grab your pitchforks over.

Especially for iPad users, iOS 11 was leaps and bounds ahead of where iOS 10 was with features. Things were upgraded to be more user friendly, we got the Dock that allowed multitasking to be more fluid, and hardware to go with the new version of iOS to boot.

2017 was a great year to be an iOS user and if 2018 is more of a “toc” instead of a “tick” to allow for Apple to make things better and less buggy, so be it.

Why iPad vs Mac

I love my iPad, so much so that I created a blog for it. It’s clear that I talk a lot about how to use an iPad as a “laptop replacement“” but I never have gone into why I chose to do this.

To explain this there are two schools of thought, one being why I personally chose this and then the reasons that can be universal to everyone.

Personal Reasons

Federico Viticci really changed how I looked at the iPad and is one of the biggest reasons I picked up my iPad for something other than Netflix and YouTube. It all started with him and his blog MacStories and his story of how while he was battling cancer he found a way to write on his blog with the iPad. This lead to him finding ways to use that device for everything he did. Knowing how someone can turn this big slab of glass into a work horse of a machine-made me really rethink of what you need from a computer, even what a computer actually was.

From there it was my curiosity and persistence to throw everything I could at these machines to see what stuck and what didn’t. To continue with the spaghetti metaphor, I found most of what I threw at the wall stuck.

I needed a machine that can handle multiple areas of my life: podcasting, writing, and the occasional image editing. All three of these things were handled in some capacity or another, some with less friction, and others with more. No matter the obstacles I had to hurdle there was a solution to allow me to use this tablet as my main machine, and that was easily the hard part of the battle. I was able to store my laptop away from my desk and accomplish everything I wanted with just my iPad Air 2, and now my iPad Pro.

But my personal reasons are just a portion of why I use the iPad. I also have some more general reasons that I think goes further than just my personal journey.

General Reasons

My personal reasons were much more intimate, but for the general reasons I wanted to list them out and just show how many reasons there are for me, and possibly you, to use an iPad over any other computer.

Portability

Having the ability to carry a tablet that weighs light enough to hold as a book in my hand-made even my MacBook Air seems cumbersome. The iPad is the epitome of a portable computer and having to take my computer with me to work and other places regularly this meant my bag was getting a lot lighter.

Ease of Use

David Sparks of MacSparky has said before that working on the iPad such a “delight.” I couldn’t agree more with him in the regard. Something about being able to move things with your fingers directly on-screen is much more satisfying than using a trackpad on any Mac. It felt like the future when I can actually move a piece of text or part of an image with the tips of my fingers.

There is also something special with the Apple Pencil as an input device. I know there are things you can buy to use a stylus with a computer but The Apple Pencil has no frills or hiccups because it is an Apple product for Apple devices. The Apple Pencil isn’t something I use all the time but when I do I am elated to have it. I jot notes down with it, markup PDFs, even just use to fight RSI when I get cramps on my hands. I posted some other reasons to use an Apple Pencil as well if you’re considering getting one. 

Battery Life

Charging my Macbook was a given when I decided to take it outside my desk, which meant that I also needed to find a place to do my work that had an outlet readily available. Finding a place to work that also has seating at or near an electrical outlet made my goal to find somewhere to work outside my home very undesirable.

iOS Software

Development for iOS is on a much more secure foundation than macOS is in my opinion. Buying a Mac App isn’t as easy as a one-stop shop that is the iTunes Store. The Mac App Store has had its issues over the past several years and it doesn’t look like there is a light at the end of the tunnel just yet.

Ability to Focus

One of the big reasons I love the iPad is because it allows me to focus on what matters. With a Mac or PC of any kind it is way too easy to have your writing app next to a YouTube video or search for things and go down a Wikipedia rabbit hole. With only having just one or two apps up and nothing else in the way I can find ways to focus on the things that matter.

Conclusion

So there are a plethora of reasons for me to love the iPad, but this is more about why you love the iPad. I hope these reasons helped explain that. If I missed something or you would like to add to this feel free to comment below!

What’s a Computer?

Apple’s new ad, titled What’s a Computer?, has a message many iPad enthusiasts have been saying for years: The iPad changes our definition of a computer.

The 1 minute ad shows a young teen going out into the city using their iPad for things like writing, taking photos (and marking them up with the Apple Pencil), talking with friends on FaceTime, and making art. These things aren’t all that the iPad can do, but it certainly showcases that the ecosystem and the apps available aren’t the limitation it once was on iOS.

Also, as a quick side note the music in this (Go by Louis the Child) goes to show that the Apple marketing team knows how to pick the perfect music for their videos.

The whole reason I started this blog was because I wanted to share how the iPad is my main computer, and those interested in making their slabs of glass with the Apple logo on it their main computer can do so with little friction. When Apple makes the same message clear in their marketing and advertisements it just goes to show that they are embracing the iOS lifestyle head on.

The line the teen says at the end, “What’s a computer?” Really put me off at first because it seems as those this young person genuinely didn’t know what a computer was. However, after more thought on this it doesn’t seem that is the real question Apple is making.

In my opinion it seems to have two meanings outside of the obvious. The first being that there may be a day where computing on a desktop or a laptop is something only those in certain industries need. Things like video editing, high end graphic design, and anything else that requires a lot of power to get the job done will still need the Mac. For the rest of us, we will be able to do everything we need to on an iPad with ease and simplicity. The question here of “What’s a computer?” is more of a look into what the future could hold and not just a simple question a young girl asks.

The other meaning is more of a philosophical question Apple is asking us. Outside of the iPad enthusiasts like myself many people see the iPad as a giant iPhone. They say that the tablet is more of a media consumption hog instead of a powerful computing device that can handle a large majority of the work you throw at it. Apple asking this question of “What’s a computer?” is a question they are asking consumers to rethink and change their perspective on after nearly a decade of people saying tablets aren’t for “real work.”

Regardless of how you, or others, interpret this ad, Apple is sending a clear message that the iPad isn’t just for YouTube and Netflix. It is for creativity, communication, and a way to make the things you want to make and the iPad can be a great home for that.

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