Macht das iPad Pro Sinn?

Eine Frage, die jeder nur für sich selbst beantworten kann, zu unterschiedlich sind die Bedürfnisse und Erwartungen an ein Tablet.Bei der Entscheidungsfindung können Reviews helfen.

Ich habe mir viele Reviews, mit unterschiedlicher Ausrichtung, durchgelesen. Da wäre das Review von Federico Viticci von Macstories, ein überzeugter iPad Anhänger. Ein sehr gut recherchierter und äußerst umfangreicher Artikel. Für ihn ist das iPad schon länger der primäre Computer. Er war sich nicht sicher, was ihm mit dem sehr großen iPad Pro erwartet. Er hatte die Möglichkeit das Gerät für eine Woche zu testen. Es hat ihn überzeugt, und er wird das iPad Pro von nun an als primären Computer verwenden.

The week I’ve spent using the iPad Pro more than 15 hours a day has been enough to show me how I can work better on this device than any other iPad model. Those who have been reading MacStories for the past few years know that I take my iPads very seriously, and that I’ve gone through an interesting evolution in terms of preferences, projects, and responsibilities. The iPad Pro sacrifices some of the portability of the Air 2 without being a deal-breaker for me, and in return it offers a canvas of opportunities for my favorite apps.

And the best part is – while many will argue that the iPad Pro further blurs the line between laptop and tablet, this device is still very much an iPad at its core. It’s a bit heavier and it’s bigger, but I can pick it up, walk with it around the house, take it with me in the car, and read articles in bed. iOS 9 is able to express its full potential on the iPad Pro’s large screen, with features such as Picture in Picture, Split View, and the Shortcut Bar having more room to coexist with the rest of the system.

Those who will only compare the iPad Pro to a laptop will miss the big picture – this is a large tablet that can be used at a desk and that runs iOS. The richness of the iOS ecosystem is what sets the iPad Pro apart, and the reason why, ultimately, people like me will prefer it over a MacBook. It can be used at a desk, but it’s also portable, and it runs iOS.

John Gruber widmet dem iPad Pro ebenfalls einen länglichen Artikel, in dem er seine Eindrück von einer runden Woche Verwendung wiedergibt. Er ist von der Hardware beeindruckt.

From a hardware perspective, the iPad Pro strikes me as a seminal device. It runs faster than the Intel x86-based MacBooks, gets better battery life, and costs significantly less. And it has a better display with significantly more pixels than even a 15-inch MacBook Pro.

Software-wise, support for the Smart Keyboard needs to get even smarter — but I’d be shocked if it doesn’t. For me, the iPad Pro marks the turning point where iPads are no longer merely lightweight (both physically and conceptually) alternatives to MacBooks for use in simple scenarios, to where MacBooks will now start being seen as heavyweight alternatives to iPads for complex scenarios.

Is it a MacBook replacement for me, personally? No. For you? Maybe. For many people? Yes.

It brings me no joy to observe this, but the future of mass market portable computing involves neither a mouse pointer nor an x86 processor.

Andrew Cunningham von Arstechnica liefert ein sehr technisches Review, mit vielen, äußerst interessanten Benchmarks, ab. Die Benchmarks belegen, das iPad Pro agiert auf Augenhöhe mit schnellen x86 Notebooks, muss sich selbst hinter einem Macbook Pro nicht verstecken.

I’ve been asked several times to sum up what I think of the iPad Pro, and it’s something I’m still struggling to articulate. As a reviewer, I try to be fully conscious of the fact that my use cases (and even many of our readers’ use cases) aren’t everyone’s use cases. The right product for me isn’t necessarily the right product for everybody. I don’t need or want a Mac Pro or a Linux laptop or a $4,200 gaming PC for myself nor would I recommend them for most people, but I can understand why others would want all of those things.

But I’m having a uniquely hard time putting myself in the shoes of a potential iPad Pro buyer, particularly those who Tim Cook believes will replace a laptop with a big tablet. Some of that is because the iPad Pro isn’t really for me, even as someone who already works on an iPad Air 2 with some regularity.

Even with a bigger screen and new accessories, the iPad still feels like a “sometimes computer.” I can take it with me on vacation instead of a MacBook and do pretty much everything I want, and I can even get quite a bit of work done on one (the majority of this review was written on an iPad Pro, usually while also chatting in Slack or Messages or firing off e-mails). But what really does it in for me are the many small ways in which the iPad Pro is not quite a traditional computer and iOS is not quite OS X.

That’s true for larger things like the limited multitasking UI and the lack of a precise finger-friendly pointing tool like a trackpad, and it’s true when you go to use iPad apps that haven’t yet been optimized for iOS 9 or the iPad Pro. It’s true every time you want to place two Safari windows side-by-side. It’s true when you run into little weird edge cases, like trying to format a long article in WordPress only to need to scroll all the way back to the top of the page to see the formatting controls or when you go to copy and paste text from Word for iOS into WordPress to find that all of the links and formatting have been stripped out (these are the kinds of things I do, but you’ll surely run into your own little frustrations). There’s no exposed filesystem, no easy official way to install apps from outside the App Store, no iOS version of Xcode for developers. Connecting external accessories (cameras or SD cards, mics or audio interfaces) requires dongles and adapters and, occasionally, external power supplies. There’s no true multi-display support to speak of. Even companies like Adobe and Microsoft, who seem relatively enthusiastic about adding iPad Pro and Apple Pencil support to their apps, don’t offer the “full” versions on iOS.

Does everyone need all of this stuff? Of course not. There are people who have stopped using Macs and other more traditional computers in favor of switching to the iPad full-time, and there are plenty of people out there who use iOS, not Windows or OS X, as their primary computing platform and aren’t bothered by its limitations. The (relative) simplicity that comes with these limitations can even be a bonus rather than a shortcoming. That’s just not true for me, and it’s not going to be true of a lot of happy Mac or Windows users.

It’s best to think of the iPad Pro as a starting point, especially for iOS 9. These multitasking features are still brand-new, and there’s a lot of low-hanging fruit to pick in future iOS 9 revisions and into iOS 10. My biggest gripes with the iPad Pro are with the software rather than the hardware, and that means that most of them can be fixed given enough time and enough feature requests. It took Microsoft three tries to really nail down the Surface Pro concept, and given a couple of iOS updates the iPad Pro has room to grow into a more versatile laptop replacement without necessarily giving up the things that people like about iOS.

For the rest of us, there’s still the Mac.

Zum Abschluss noch ein Video Review von Jonathan Morrison.

Wäre das iPad Pro etwas für mich? Nun die Hardware ist definitiv beeindruckend, es happert allerdings an der Software, und das an mehreren Fronten. iOS ist ein großartiges Smartphone OS, und ich würde mein iPhone gegen kein anderes Smartphone tauschen, da reicht nichts auch nur annähernd ran.

iOS hat allerdings seine Limitierungen. Limitierungen, die das Arbeiten mit einem iPad für mich mühsam machen. Das zeigt sich beim Multitasking, dem File Handling, uvm. Abgesehen vom OS fehlt es auch an einem großen Angebot an Apps mit professionellem Anspruch. Was bringt die beste Hardware, ein derart großartiger Bildschirm, der sich für die Fotobearbeitung anbieten würde, wenn die Apps mit der Hardware nicht Schritt halten können.

Ich war iPad Nutzer der ersten Stunde, habe viele Hoffnung in dieses Produkt gesteckt. Habe mit vielen Anstrengungen um die Limitierungen herum gearbeitet, um das Maximum an Produktivität aus dem iPad zu kitzeln. Resignierend habe ich dann mit dem iPad Air zur Kenntnis genommen, dass das iPad nicht für meine produktiven Bedürfnisse geeignet ist. Das iPad ist für mich ein super Gerät zur Medienkonsumation, wenn man entspannt auf der Couch knotzt, aber nicht mehr.

Ich habe für meine ultramobilen Bedürfnisse vor Monaten das iPad Air mit einem Macbook Air ersetzt. Für mich eine sehr gute Entscheidung!

Das iPad Pro ist derzeit kein interessantes Gerät für mich.

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