While the latest 10.5-inch iPad Pro reviews, for the most part, have applauded the latest tablet from Apple for its powerful hardware and gorgeous display, not everybody is happy with it, especially Joshua Topolsky, the former editor of The Verge and Engadget.
A couple days ago, Topolsky went off on Twitter, trashing the new iPad Pro and iOS 11, saying the tablet “is inferior to a laptop in almost every way, unless you like to draw.”
Here is the rest of his tweetstorm:
If you think you can replace you laptop with this setup: you cannot. Imagine a computer, but everything works worse than you expect.
That is the new iPad. Now, I know the software is in beta, but I also know how Apple betas work. They don’t massively change.
I have no doubt it’s a very powerful piece of hardware, and the screen is gorgeous. Garageband is a lot of fun to play with.
But this doesn’t COME CLOSE to replacing your laptop, even for simple things you do, like email. AND one other thing. Apple’s keyboard cover
Is a fucking atrocity. A terrible piece of hardware. Awkward to use, poor as a cover. Okay in a pinch if you need something LIKE a keyboard.
Anyhow good to know there are still Apple fanboys who get mad if you insult their products. But I don’t think it’s a very good product.
Finally, iOS 11 is definitely a STEP in the right direction. But guys the iPad has been around forever and it still feels half-assed.
He followed up yesterday to say:
One other thing. OSX was made for computers. iOS for phones. Time to design a tablet OS from the ground up. Huge potential untapped.
One other other thing. Apple needs to let you select default apps. The forced use of first party software is oppressive.
Topolsky clarified to a Twitter follower, even before iOS 11, he never believed the iPad could actually replace a laptop. He appears to be able to speak freely on the subject, since he says “maybe I’m the only person who doesn’t have to worry about access to Apple,” when another follower told him he was the first to pan the new iPad and iOS 11.
The iPad can replace a laptop, but it depends on what you’ll be using it for. Personally, I like using my MacBook Pro for my workflow and can’t ever imagine using an iPad Pro full time. It just doesn’t work for me.
Have you replaced your laptop with an iPad?