AMITIAE - Wednesday 18 October 2015
iPad Pro and Accessories Released for Users in Thailand (Bangkok Post, Life)
By Graham K. Rogers
iPad Pro and Apple Pencil - Image Courtesy of Apple
Wozniack prefers the flexibility of the MacBook (Patently Apple). The one I have on loan is a delight to use and surprisingly fast despite its 1.1 GHz processor: plenty of RAM and a fast SSD make a major difference. The iPad Pro weighs 713 grams (723 with cellular capabilities), while the MacBook is 920 grams. The iPad Pro is considerably faster with its A9X processor and will perform better than many higher priced notebook computers.
The iPad Pro is not a desktop computer and the whole user approach - from using touch commands to wider use of the cloud - needs to be adjusted. Younger people adapt to this more easily. I know many students who use hand-held devices for most of their tasks. This is reflected in comments by Ben Bajarin on TechPinions who looked at school children and "was stunned by their fluency and efficiency" when using iPads.
On The Verge, Walt Mossberg, who clearly likes other iPads, is not so sure about this larger cousin. His main criticisms came from the size (and weight), the optional keyboard and case, and the lack of apps that take advantage of the larger screen. Not having handled an iPad Pro as yet, the size and weight suggest a different approach.
When the iPad was introduced in 2010 Steve Jobs demonstrated it when seated. Apple keyboards do not include some of those commands we find useful in OS X (this is iOS of course), so some may prefer keyboards from other companies like Logitech. It will take a short time before some of the apps used on iPads are optimised for the iPad Pro. We saw this when the iPhone 6 Plus with its larger screen appeared: within a few weeks many updates referred to being optimised for the new device.
I had a Pencil stylus by Fifty-Three a few months back that I bought online. While it was useful to draw with, the square shape may not suit all and I gave it to a friend who does everything with his iPad mini who found it more useful than I ever would. Other styluses available in Bangkok at that time had not impressed me.
Magic Keyboard; Magic Trackpad; and Magic Mouse - Image Courtesy of Apple
Graham K. Rogers teaches at the Faculty of Engineering, Mahidol University in Thailand. He wrote in the Bangkok Post, Database supplement on IT subjects. For the last seven years of Database he wrote a column on Apple and Macs. He is now continuing that in the Bangkok Post supplement, Life.
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