Every device we use today has a list of compromises. Nothing is perfect, and as much as we see advancement with every new model of every gadget Apple makes, no single product can satisfy all of our electronic age requirements.
Mac vs. iPad vs. iPhone
For too much of the past year I have tried to shoehorn an iPad Pro into becoming my MacBook Air. Admittedly, for some tasks– browser, email, Contacts and Calendar, Messages, and the like– there isn’t much difference. The iPad Pro’s display is better than the MacBook Air which has a better keyboard experience.
It isn’t even an argument for touch and tap vs. point and click. They are different. A Mac with a touchscreen display cannot be an iPad Pro. Likewise, even with Apple’s Smart Keyboard Folio and the new offerings from Logitech and Brydge, the keyboards for iPad Pro fail by comparison.
iOS just isn’t ready for prime time keyboard work, while the Mac has it nailed (even if you don’t like the butterfly keyboard design) with all the keyboard centric shortcuts that just work.
I get it. Every device has compromises.
When Steve Jobs introduced the original iPad back in 2010, a year before his death, he placed the $499 device squarely between the Mac and the iPhone.
After a year of trying to turn an iPad Pro into a Mac and wishing Apple would turn the Mac into more of a highly portable and totable iPad experience, I’ve come to the conclusion that compromises win.
While I want a Mac to be more touchable and portable, I also want the iPad to become more Mac-like with improved keyboard capabilities and higher performance applications. The iPad Pro has nothing to compare with GarageBand or Logic Pro X or Final Cut Pro or Adobe’s Creative Cloud suite. Likewise, even a MacBook Air, lighter than a similarly sized iPad Pro with an attached keyboard, just isn’t as comfortable to use for more relaxing tasks as the iPad.
There are too many compromises on each side of the fence and while Apple’s Marzipan– the project to make it easier for iOS app developers to port their soft wares to macOS– may help to bridge the gap, Apple seems determined to ensure the twain shall never meet.
A Mac is a Mac. An iPad is an iPad. We have to learn to accept the compromises and use each product to its own full potential.