I didn’t watch the Livestream of today’s Apple event, where the iPad Mini 3 and Air 2 were revealed. To paraphrase one of my favorite movies of all time, Office Space, it wasn’t that I was too lazy to watch…it’s that I just don’t care.
I have an iPad– an older model, the 3 I think –and it’s just fine, for what it is: a device to surf the web, use Twitter, watch TV shows on long train rides, et al. For those purposes, which is really the only reason I own a tablet (and why I’d never buy one for over $500), it’s a solid device.
For literally anything else, though, the iPad in it’s current incarnation (whether it be my years-old iPad 3 or the new ones premiered today), the iPad simply doesn’t cut it.
And, therein lies the problem.
Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3 is also a tablet, by definition. However, the company has positioned its version as a “replacement” for the standard laptop– and, to their credit, they have at least made some technical modifications to allow the Surface to do just that. Keyboards and stands, USB ports and a display-out; all standard on the Surface Pro 3. All things, incidentally, that don’t come with the more-expensive iPad.
Touchscreen is nice– but it isn’t great for productivity. One thing I really was hoping to do with my iPad was to be able to write for this blog without lugging my Macbook Air back-and-forth from work. Problem is, WordPress isn’t the easiest to maneuver without a mouse. Their app is OK; but, still, it can be tricky to get formatting and options filled out with just a finger-point.
Another issue? Though Apple touts “iPad designed” apps on their site, the fact is, many developers still aren’t actually customizing their applications for the tablet; instead, iPad owners are often left with a stretched-out iPhone app, one that doesn’t utilize the brilliance of the Retina display at all.
When the iPhone was only available as a tiny little model, iPads offered up a larger “mobile” experience to iOS users that made them somewhat unique; however, with the iPhone 6 & 6 Plus, this larger experience can now fit into our pockets. Why shell out money for something that’s slightly bigger but not quite as portable??
Maybe I’m just missing the point of the allure that iPads, and tablets in general, have. And that’s fine; though I enjoy my iPad, it’s something I could certainly live without. Therefore, maybe I’m not the target audience for these products. For me to invest in an iPad, Apple would have to make it, well, a Surface Pro 3 running iOS, I guess.
But what about you? Do the new iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3 appeal to you? Will they be on your Christmas list this year? I’d love to hear what I’m missing with these tablets.