It’s not only possible, it’s probable. After all, the handwriting is on the wall. The Mac and iPad are heading toward one another at Apple speed. The new MacBook is little more than a very expensive iPad. Will Apple’s new iPad Pro become the low end Mac?
It’s Trucks vs. Cars
Apple co-founder Steve Jobs once used the analogy of trucks vs. cars. One hundred years ago, the basic mode of transportation was a truck; not the automobile. The truck helped people and farmers and businesses carry things.
As society changed, so did the nature of trucks; soon limited to heavy duty, while cars began the easier task of carrying people to and from a destination in greater comfort. Today, in the U.S., about half of all new vehicles are trucks, but they do what cars do not.
The Mac is a truck; popular, useful, a heavy duty computer model. iPad and iPhones are cars; the 21st century’s new computing device. Look at where the iPad is going; larger, faster, thinner, more capability, high resolution screens, longer battery life, fully Wi-Fi and network enabled.
Look at the low end of the Mac; the MacBook is thin, light, less powerful, but has horsepower, so to speak, that you won’t find in even an high end iPad Pro. Yet. There’s still a gap between Apple’s new automobile-like mobile devices and the truck-like Mac, but you can see easily the trend.
iOS 9, due in the fall, as a few specific features only for iPad Air, but which would work wonders on a 12-inch iPad Pro. The single app modal experience of iOS is going away, as Apple adds multi-tasking to the screen– two apps open and visible on the iPad’s screen at the same time; fully interactive. That function is available only for iPad Air 2, and presumably on future iPad models, including the expected iPad Pro.
Steve Jobs coined the phrase ‘post-PC era’ to define the iPad generation. That’s partially appropriate, but the Mac, iPad, and iPhone are all modern computing devices; modern PCs. What is happening in this generation is not just changes among hardware and software, but a distinct change in which jobs, tasks, and projects assigned to each. A Mac can do more heavy lifting computing than an iPad or iPhone, but the latter are more convenient, and more portable, and, increasingly, they’re taking away from the Mac tasks and work and fun that once was reserved for the Mac.
What we’re witnessing is merely evolution, the iPad is evolving to become more Mac-like, more so in tasks and actions than look and feel, but a dramatic and visible change nonetheless.