Keep It Simple Stupid. KISS. Or, keep it simple, silly. Or, keep it short and simple. The argument between iPad and Mac needs to be simplified and reduced to the basics.
Apps Are Power
If someone asked me the differences between iPad and Mac it would be a simple conversation. iPads are touchscreen devices while Macs are traditional keyboard, mouse, or trackpad. Simple, right?
The KISS principle states that most systems work best if they are kept simple rather than made complicated; therefore, simplicity should be a key goal in design, and unnecessary complexity should be avoided
Yet, those differences become complicated depending upon what each user requires each device to do. Charlie Sorrel wanted the iPad to do what the Mac does easily.
As powerful as the iPad is, the Mac is still way, way better for some tasks. In my case, that task is recording and editing music.
Yes, there are many similarities but the end result of recording and editing audio– music or podcast or spoken word varies depending upon the hardware and software being used.
Apps for iOS devices, iPhone and iPad, do not have the same capabilities as similar recording and editing apps for the Mac.
Nathan and I work in a private school with many, many hundreds of Macs, Windows PCs, iPads, and Chromebooks. All of them can record audio with a few clicks or a few taps to the screen. Mac and iPad users have GarageBand ready to record and edit. Which does the better job? They are similar, but screen real estate and precision pointing matter.
The Mac may not have the same number of apps as iPad users can find on the App Store, but those apps can be made far more powerful thanks to the Mac’s built-in hardware connectivity.
The iPad is still a big iPhone, in that you are expected to use one app at a time. If you try to connect apps together, those connections often fail. For music apps, RAM can run low, and one of the apps you’re using will be killed.
The Mac, of course, handles applications differently, and each can have their own connected device– or, many.
The iPad, of course, is far more mobile, and the camera far more accessible. And then there are the apps. Hundreds of thousands of apps.
The Mac is a far better audio recorder than the iPad. It’s more reliable, with a lot more flexibility. But the iPad offers better (and cheaper) music apps. And these apps use the touchscreen to do things the Mac never could. The solution is to use both.
That’s exactly what Apple wants customers to do and that was Steve Jobs’ expectation when he introduced a $499 iPad in 2010– a device that fit perfectly between iPhone and Mac. Since then, Apple has sold about three times as many iPads as Macs, and slowly but surely iOS has become more powerful, but the Mac handles specific tasks with ease– audio recording, video editing come to mind– than iPad.
Yes, it’s the apps. And it’s how those apps work. And it’s what hardware those apps use.
The Mac is the truck. Maybe it’s not as comfortable or as easy to use as the iPad, but it carries a much heavier load with ease.
My old, old Mac is still easily fast enough for the job. Taken in this context, the idea of a unified device, an Apple version of Microsoft’s Surface, is laughable and terrifying.