Change happens. One sure constant that we all deal with is change. Nothing improves without change. Apple is in the process of changing how we use personal computers. Actually, they’ve already done it, but more is coming.
For most Mac users who have ventured into the land of iPhone and iPad we know that many tasks once reserved for our favorite personal computer have been offloaded to mobile devices. Hell, even some iPhone functions have been offloaded to my Watch. So, how is iPad Pro like YouTube?
Not quite singlehandedly, Google’s YouTube has changed how a generation of mobile device users use television. Television, cable TV style, is richer than ever with a wide variety of video entertainment, information and news. YouTube has more. For some segments, more people watch YouTube than television. YouTube, somewhat like Netflix, has changed the habits of a generation of TV watchers.
Apple’s iPad has changed a generation of personal computer users and helped move the mobile device revolution down the road. For all the concern critics, naysayers, market analysts, and talking heads show for iPad’s sales, there are about 300-million iPad users vs. about 100-million Mac users. What does that say? Apple sells double the iPads vs. Mac, and the latter is chugging along with record sales.
For many, many personal computer users, an iPad is sufficient to almost-but-not-quite replace a Mac or Windows PC. Just as Windows users who switched to the Mac needed the comfort of Microsoft Office or Windows running in BootCamp, there is some resistance to the inevitable.
Personal computing has changed. The post-PC era is here. It’s mobile. And, for a few hundred million users, iPad works as well as whatever their basic needs were on Mac or Windows. The iPad Pro is merely the zenith of iPads.
Likewise, YouTube changed the viewing habits of hundreds of millions of television watchers who could take their version of television wherever they went; iPhone, iPad, Android device. YouTube is television for them. Similarly, iPad is a personal computer for hundreds of millions of Mac and PC owners (even more so, of course, for iPhone and Android smartphone owners).
To be honest, I’m almost to the point where I could use an iPad Pro everywhere I use my MacBook Pro. Almost. Not quite. But there was a time when a desktop computer did far more than most notebooks, but convenience of mobility won the battle and notebooks rule. iPhone’s biggest negative screen real estate. There is a limit to how much we can stuff into a pocket. Just as YouTube has become television for a whole generation and then some, an iPad is like an iPhone in every way except screen real estate and the phone component.
What’s not to like?
Except for a few power user apps that are not common to most Mac users– Photoshop, Lightroom, Final Cut Pro, et al– an iPad Pro and keyboard is about all many Mac and PC customers require. The switch has begun. iPad is ahead. Mac is falling behind. The post-PC era of mobile devices is here.
Likewise, YouTube and the many and varied ways a generation of video watchers gather their entertainment, information, and news sources has changed. That change will continue.