My Next Computer is an iPad
The last few weeks have been quite crazy from a technology standpoint. I am a huge Apple fan and I have been since I was in grade school. I remember my first IPod, MacBook Pro, and iPhone. When the iPad came out, I knew I wanted it, but unlike the other devices I failed to justify my purchase on how I would use it. Once I started in ministry and teaching, I was presented the opportunity to purchase an iPad Mini. However, over the last few years, iPad has been in a sales decline due to the growing size of smartphones like the iPhone Plus series. In addition, MacBook devices are getting thinner every generation.
With a growing size of the iPhone and increased mobility of the MacBook, iPad has struggled to find a place to exist in the lineup of Apple products. For some reason, laptops lost their appeal to me as a mobile device. With my investment in cloud storage, laptops seem to be an expensive burden to carry. My MacBook stays at home and I treat it like a desktop. Therefore, I have forced myself to wok with the tablet in a world of smartphones and laptops. iPad truly is the future of computing and a maturity of software was the only barrier until June 5th, 2017.
iOS 11 is a Game-changer
WWDC 2017 had more anticipation for me than any previous year. Based on the rumor mill, the 10.5 inch iPad would be the newest hardware addition to the lineup, but details about the software updates were vague. When the iOS 11 iPad portion of the Keynote arrived, my mind was made: iPad is going to be my new computer. There are a few features in the update that make this device ready for the masses.
This is a huge help to the iPad. HUGE. In order for iPad to function similarly to a laptop, a consolidated location for file management and access is needed. macOS has Finder, and iOS now has Files. What makes this app great is that you can link in your other cloud services like Box, Dropbox, Google Drive or iCloud Drive all in one place.
Docks are really a boring topic in general, but this is one piece of the Mac that makes iPad better. I refer the Dock as the home base for a user. In previous versions of iOS, the dock was static and had no other functions besides holding apps in place. With iOS, the Dock has purpose and function for a better computing experiences allowing you to expand the Dock to 13 favorite apps and an area for 3 suggested apps, for a grand total of 16.
I wrote about multitasking in a previous post. You can click here to read more about my thoughts on multitasking. Having too many windows open on a computer can be cognitively painful. Focus is something that should be protected. I believe that new multitasking efforts in iOS 11 do a good job of creating for functional multitasking without distracting from the main work at hand.
The Mobile Computing Lifestyle
To clarify, I am not putting macOS down by any means. In fact, I still think that it is a necessary piece of equipment. The role of the device is just changing. You could see in full Keynote, Apple is pushing the boundaries of Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) creation on the Mac, which is a big deal for mobile devices. Without the Mac, iOS content cannot exist. I still love my MacBook, but I believe that the iMac may be a better choice for me in the future once my MacBook is outdated.
iPad and iPhone are truly creating a mobile computing lifestyle. They are malleable devices that can become what you need them to be at anytime. In addition, iOS devices are becoming just as powerful as MacBook Pro in certain cases with Apple’s custom A Series silicon. That’s why I believe that we are truly getting started with a true mobile device lifestyle movement. Finally, iPad no longer is a companion device for me and I am happy about that.