For example, one presidential candidate wants to deport– physically– 11-million illegal immigrants. Smart people with less money than delusion have called the idea what it is. Looney. Such a misguided action won’t play well with most Americans, let alone the rest of the world.
Likewise, answering the question, ‘What’s the best computer Apple ever built?’ depends a great deal on who answers the question, the criteria they used to arrive at a conclusion. Time Magazine says it’s the new iPad Pro. I say it’s the iPhone 6s Plus.
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Time Magazine is in the business of writing for money. If there were no advertising revenue, there would be no Time Magazine, so it’s in the company’s best interest to write something interesting to read, hence, reviews of notable technology products, including those not quite ready for prime time.
If you haven’t seen it yet, the iPad Pro is a special device. It’s not a Mac. But it’s close. It’s a giant iPhone but without the phone. iPad Pro has a great screen and great capabilities– but it’s unfinished; the start of a new platform, perhaps, but underpowered and overpriced in a number of areas.
The Mac is selling at over 5-million units per quarter, and the iPad sells double that amount, though it’s safe to say Macs sell for a higher average price than an iPad, so both computer lines are valuable to Apple and to the customer base.
How is the iPad Pro ‘the best computer Apple has ever made?’
First: The Good:
- Breakthrough accessories (which you cannot buy)
- Powerful processor (better graphics than iPhone 6s Plus)
- Gorgeous screen (there’s no substitute for screen real estate)
- Expensive (add it up, about the same as a new MacBook)
- Very big (about the size and weight of a new MacBook
- iOS (lots of apps, just not as powerful as OS X)
- “The iPad Pro is best computer Apple has ever made”
Time’s article offers plenty of superlatives and immediately after calling it the best ever by Apple, says it’s not the fastest, not the most portable, not right for everyone, but it’s a great balance between traditional computing and mobile devices.
If that’s the case, then the criteria must also include screen size because an iPhone has many of the same capabilities, much better cameras, more functions, and it’s a phone (which, apparently with Time’s writer, doesn’t carry much weight in an increasingly mobile computing world).
One other problem that must be noted is that most of the hands on reviews (and there’s little indication that Time Magazine’s writers are on the list of advance review products) are of iPad Pro models that are almost complete– with Pencil and Smart Keyboard which current customers will need to wait to own.
Personally, I love my MacBook Pro. It’s the best Mac I’ve ever used, and not one iPad comes close (though, arguably, there are many tens of thousands of apps and games available for iPads than Macs) to being a must-have product. If I had to choose between using ONLY an iPhone or a Mac, the choice would be difficult; not just for me, but for many of Apple’s customers (those who own multiple products), but it’s the iPad I could live without and with ease.