Tuesday Morning News
The iPad Pro. Throw any kind of adjective at it and you’ll find that it’s the biggest, fastest, most expensive, iPad Apple has ever made. Apple might be positioning it as a perfect tablet for creatives and those that have gentler computing requirements, but ultimately, whether you buy one will depend on the kind of work you do and whether you require a more traditional computing experience or something that can be described by quite a few superlatives.
Anthony Agius’ take on the iPad Pro as a post-PC device — that term so often cited by iPad champions — looks at the various locations he performs his computing tasks and evaluates the iPad Pro against each of them.
If you’re planning on doing writing on the iPad Pro, then it might not be the best choice. Even with Logitech’s external keyboard, 9to5Mac calls the iPad Pro a disappointing choice compared to the MacBook Air, and I feel as though a MacBook would be even better than the iPad for strictly portable writing.
Jared Sinclair says there’s a number of factors holding back the iPad and the App Store. The App Store points have more or less existed since its creation, but the fact that the iPad remains a mystery is definitely cause for concern. These problems affect developers, too, which only exacerbates the cycle — developers don’t buy iPads, aren’t developing apps for the iPad, and then in turn, neither are consumers (on both fronts).
Speaking to the Irish Independent, Apple CEO Tim Cook has said Apple won’t create a Mac and iPad hybrid. “So we want to make the best tablet in the world and the best Mac in the world. And putting those two together would not achieve either. You’d begin to compromise in different ways”, Cook said, emphasising that splitting two devices would be the best way to create the best of either device.
Rumours of a four-inch iPhone have once again raised its ugly head, with the latest predictions, uh, predicting a 2016 launch date. Whether this will be a cheaper iPhone 6/6s or an entirely new cheaper device that turns out to be not-so-cheap is anyone’s guess.
Apple World Today notes that Apple Maps is now listing Foursquare as one of its business listing data sources, if only people used to use Foursquare as much as they used to. Is it just me, or does Foursquare usage seem to have fallen off of late compared to a couple of years ago?
An issue with the App Store is incorrectly ranking Apple apps in top chart listings, but weirdly, the issue only appears to be affecting some iOS devices and not others. You know, just before you start rummaging for your torch and pitchfork.
Macworld checks out a few weird and crazy apps that you’d never think to run on your TV, but can thanks to the Apple TV App Store.
To put how far we’ve come into perspective, the number of pixels between icons on the iPad Pro exceeds the number of pixels along the horizontal of the original iPhone display. That’s this morning’s header image, as tweeted by Dennis Munsie.