One week in and my iPad Pro is almost the best computer Apple has ever created. Behind the iPhone 6s Plus, and almost neck-and-neck with a new MacBook Pro. What do the professionals think of iPad Pro? Most reviews are positive; reviewers love Pencil, Smart Keyboard not as much. What do shills in digital technology rags think?
While I enjoy using the device, and it’s an impressive piece of technology, I have come to the conclusion that like all other iPads that have come before it, the unit is totally inappropriate and undesirable for enterprise use.
Now, think about that statement for a moment. The iPad (and iPhone) own the enterprise with more iPads than Android tablets, and triple the usage of the latter. What he probably meant to say was the iPad Pro, or any iPad, is no match for a dedicated PC or Mac notebook. That’s easier to swallow despite being subjective.
Understand that I have never used my iPad to do real work — I’ve owned every “regular-sized” model since the product’s introduction in 2010, and have always considered it my off-hours device.
Translation: ‘But that makes me qualified to speak for the enterprise.’
What has to be understood is that technology products– all of them– have different use case scenarios and anyone who claims to speak for ‘the enterprise’ should be aware of that. A notebook running Linux and GIMP is just not the same as a MacBook Pro running Adobe Creative Suite.
Deal with it.
Does this sound familiar?
It’s what I use first thing in the morning, and it’s my primary media and entertainment device in the evening as well as on the weekends.
While I do some light work with it, such as answering emails and viewing presentations and documents, I have never gone to a work location with an iPad.
A similar analogy would be something like this:
I have a Mazda Miata which is what I use to go to work each day, and cruise around on the weekends, but it’s totally inappropriate and undesirable to take my in-laws and children on a weekend camping trip to the mountains. Mazda should know better than to market the Miata to people with multiple use case scenarios.
Wait. There’s more.
But the real reason why I don’t travel with iPads is that I find them to be too fragile. There’s far too much exposed glass on a “naked” unit, and to compensate for that, you have to put it in a very heavy duty hardcore.
So, the real reason it’s an inappropriate and undesirable device is because it needs a very heavy duty hardcase, because, you know, fragile. Funny. I stuff my iPad into a neoprene zip up case and toss it in the backpack with the MacBook Pro.
The iPad has always been a consumer-grade device, which due to its success in consumer settings has been shoehorned and reluctantly allowed into business environments.
Yeah, like the iPhone, which, coincidentally, rules the enterprise,too.
And, as a shoe-horn consumer device, iPad outsells every Microsoft Surface model and all other tablets combined. In the enterprise.
However, I think a lot of reasons why execs were willing to deal with this trade-off in functionality is that the regular-sized iPad is convenient to carry around.
Puhleeze. Stop with the technology charades and just run for political office already. Dude, you called the iPad Pro ‘morbidly obese’ but replaced it with a Surface 3. What’s the difference in size? If only the iPad Pro could run Microsoft Office. Oh, wait. My bad.
The iPad Pro, if you leave the case out of the equation, is about the same exact weight as the first-generation iPad. The fundamental problem is how awkwardly large the unit is. The screen area is actually larger than that of a 12″ Macbook and the tablet itself is significantly larger in screen area than a Surface Pro 4.
But it’s the same weight as the first-generation iPad, which everyone held with one hand. Or placed on a lap. Or, used the various and sundry covers to sit upright.
So we have this powerful, “Professional” grade content creation-oriented tablet that has limited portability, and also currently lacks apps that can truly exploit its capabilities — not to mention that it’s also too fragile for doing real work or for vertical apps.
iPads can’t be used in the enterprise because, you know, apps. Despite the fact that the iPad runs more apps than are available for any Windows device. And, it’s fragile because it’s roughly the same size as a MacBook and most Surface hybrid tablet-notebooks and might need a case. And it doesn’t have enterprise apps. Well, except for the hundreds of custom apps made by IBM. Just for the iPad and iPhone. Oh, and Office.
I’m beginning to wonder how much Microsoft pays ZDNet writers to scourge the competition at every turn regardless of how lame their arguments to prop up Microsoft’s sagging, beleaguered business model.