I guess all this has me wondering how and what people are doing on their Macs?!?! I used Macs for 24+ years before gradually switching to the iPad. I still have my MacMini as a file server. But when I think about how I used Macs and how I use the iPad, well, you know, different but the same.
Anyhoo, as I wondered about this I thought I’d do a quick stress test with the 2021 iPad Pro (8GB of memory) running iPadOS 14.6 just to see how it would work compared to the 2018 I used previously. This represents a heavier than normal work load as on any given day I would not likely use this many apps all consecutively. Many of them, yes, but not all of the way I did in the below description.
I opened up two recent project documents, one in Affinity Photo and one in Affinity Designer, 100+ mb and 20mb respectively. I then cycled through all the apps on my dock, opening a variety of windows and documents. In the Newsify RSS reader I refreshed feeds and opened a page. I opened and closed various Safari tabs, several emails, opened Slack, Messages, a text document in TAIO, another document in iA Writer, an html file in Textastic, aPages document, Reminders, Notes, Files. I opened the Settings app and tried a few tabs. During all this I bounced back to Safari a few times to check on some open tabs. 30 minutes later I ventured back to my two Affinity documents to see if they would still be open and in the same state I left them in. They were. Then I jumped back into some Safari tabs. Then I opened up a couple of small, 10 minute projects in LumaFusion and played through portions of the timelines then and back again to the Affinity Apps. During all this I was playing Apple Music.
The 2021 iPad Pro with 8GB of memory seems quite capable of handling quite a work load and at no point did it have to reload any of the app content. As I consider the list of missing features touted the past 3 years and those currently being discussed and then compare those to the features we’ve gotten, it’s obvious that the list get’s smaller every year. The last big items most discussed these past few months that still remain are most notably 2nd display support, better Files app, Apple’s “pro” apps.
I guess I’m still just not getting what’s missing other than the fact that this is iPadOS and not Mac OS. I’m starting to think that for many the only solution is a duplicate of the Mac OS or something so close as to be indistinguishable. Something with floating windows, a menu bar at the top, a desktop and a Finder. But you know, maybe those folks should just be using a Mac and let the iPad be an iPad. It seems kinda weird. I can’t imagine complaining all the time that a Mac doesn’t work like an iPad. I’d just happily use a Mac if that’s what I wanted.
Ultimately I don’t really care as I know I’m happy using what I use and looking around, it seems that Apple has all the bases covered for the folks that want to use Macs instead. I suppose I just look forward to a time when we can get back to using and celebrating this amazing tech rather than always complaining about what it doesn’t do. If a Mac suits your needs better then by all means, use a Mac! If it’s an iPad, then use an iPad.