Apple had their spring event this last week an announced some new devices. I’m a huge fan of the iPad Air (which is, like, the only iPad I don’t own). It’s the device I recommend to people who just need something bigger than their phone that can do most things. The iPad Air was one of the many devices that got updated this week and so now the device I was recommending, I will still recommend. The M1 Processor is a smart choice that has me thinking a lot about the future... but we’ll get to that in a sec.
The Mac Studio is out of my use case. Looks impressive, but being tied to a single location has never been my preferred way of computing. So, I’ll suggest that if you want to understand that beast, you check out someone else’s part of the internet. I can tell you that Steve Jobs was selling $10,000 NExT computers at one point for the high-end user market. That was $10K before today’s inflation. If you were to spend $10K today on Apple’s devices you’d end up with may more bang for your buck that you would in the days of NExT.
The green iPhone is meh. If color is what convinces you to buy an iPhone that you’re just going to put a case on then please, reach out to me. I’d like to understand this line of thinking more.
Apple TV+ is getting some new content. I still haven’t gotten around to season 2 of Ted Lasso yet.
What I have been noodling on is this choice to use the M1 chip in the iPad Air. It’s a smart choice from a business standpoint. The fewer chips Apple has to manage, the more efficient they can make their manufacturing processes and pass those savings on to their computers. The real hinderance to the iPad isn’t its processor. It’s the operating system.
Last year, I was hoping that Apple would have come out and given us a windowed OS on the devices…. Instead, we got widgets and quick notes. While those are welcomed features, they’re not exactly blockbuster items. I still think it’s on their radar though, and let me share how I think this could play out.
I think every iPad that can connect to Apple’s Magic Keyboard is powerful enough to run MacOS. After all, the first Apple Silicon desktop chips were essentially the same ones that were in the iPad Pro from 2020 and during the demo those machines ran just fine.
My thinking here is that Apple is letting the user base who would appreciate this sort of thing grow. They’re selling more and more iPads that fit the magic keyboards, and by doing so they’re building their user base for those who might want a desktop like experience on a tablet. I think that the magic keyboard is actually the trigger.
You see, iPadOS is fine in tablet mode. It doesn’t need to change. It’s only once the iPad is paired with a keyboard and mouse that iPadOS feels clunky. So, what if you docked your iPad into the keyboard and it instantly switched the UI to something resembling MacOS? The hardware is powerful enough to handle it. And, let’s be honest, the iPadOS team at Apple has to be working on something bigger than what we’ve seen from them in the past couple of years. I think they’ve spent the last few years getting ready for a big change, and I’m hoping that change will be announced this June.
Of course, in this model, that leaves out the base model iPad and iPad Mini from participating. There, I think it could be a setting in the control center. Again, Apple’s chips are powerful enough to do this… how do I know? Because the intel chip they put in the fanless MacBook from nearly a decade ago is still running the latest version of MacOS. If that thing can run it with all of its throttling issues, then certainly any iPad fit to work with a keyboard can.
So, Apple, good job on the spring event. The hardware bump was certainly one that got the industry to stand up and take notice. Now, can we get the same sort of bump when it comes to software on the world’s most popular tablet?