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Why I won't buy an iPad: ten years later

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  1. [4]
    babypuncher
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    I have a hard time taking people serious when they state exaggerated claims as if they are truth. I had an iPad Air for 5 years before I traded it in for a 2019 mini and never felt the need to...

    I have a hard time taking people serious when they state exaggerated claims as if they are truth.

    The iPad you buy today will be e-waste in a year or two (less, if you decide not to pay to have the battery changed for you).

    I had an iPad Air for 5 years before I traded it in for a 2019 mini and never felt the need to replace the battery. While it's life span ended closer to 6 hours than the 11 I originally got with it in early 2014, I would hardly call that unusable e-waste. This thing remained in active service longer than any of my laptops, and was still a viable machine when I traded it in.

    If you want to write code for a platform where the only thing that determines whether you're going to succeed with it is whether your audience loves it, the iPad isn't for you.

    What does that even mean? Are there platforms where your content can be successful even if people hate it?

    This mostly reads like an anti-DRM screed from about 10 years ago, not someone trying to fairly evaluate the pros and cons of Apple's ecosystem.

    10 votes
    1. [3]
      joplin
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      Thank you! I was wondering the same thing. WTF? Given that iPads are basically just really big iPhones, I don't see what the difference is between owning one (or any other tablet) and owning a...

      What does that even mean? Are there platforms where your content can be successful even if people hate it?

      Thank you! I was wondering the same thing. WTF?

      Given that iPads are basically just really big iPhones, I don't see what the difference is between owning one (or any other tablet) and owning a smart phone, at least in terms of e-waste. I mean, the bigger size means there will be more of it when you get rid of it, but in terms of lifespan, the doom and gloom financial crowd has been going on and on about how people aren't buying new iPhones because they're lasting "too long." So which is it? They last too long so Apple's doomed, or they wear out in a year or two so the planet is doomed?

      1. [2]
        Deimos
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        Both of you are just misreading it, but the phrasing is a little weird. On platforms where the user has full control of what they install, if you build something that users love, you should be...

        Both of you are just misreading it, but the phrasing is a little weird.

        On platforms where the user has full control of what they install, if you build something that users love, you should be able to be successful. However, because Apple has complete control of what's allowed in the App Store, whether users love it isn't sufficient on its own. You also have to be able to get past Apple's gatekeeping and keep your app available in the App Store, otherwise there's no way for users to be able to use your app, no matter how much they want it.

        20 votes
        1. joplin
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          Thank you for the cogent explanation! That makes a lot more sense.

          Thank you for the cogent explanation! That makes a lot more sense.

          4 votes
  2. ali
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    I think a lot the author says reiterates one problem I definitely agreee with: the fact that the App Store is pretty much your only channel to get apps. Having an alternative would be amazing. But...

    I think a lot the author says reiterates one problem I definitely agreee with: the fact that the App Store is pretty much your only channel to get apps. Having an alternative would be amazing.
    But he also said:
    If you want to live in the creative universe where anyone with a cool idea can make it and give it to you to run on your hardware, the iPad isn't for you.

    • which is just false, I mean people can share their Xcode project with you and you can compile it and install it on your device yourself. It does require a Mac though. Another option would be sharing swift playgrounds which should work...

    I feel like his whole premise is that the iPad would be your only device - which is actually fine for a large chunk of the population, i doubt a lot of people would change the batteries if it meant having to unscrew parts of your iPad, not even most tech minded people do.
    But: the iPad in my opinion is a great device to read stuff on, much more chill compared to a pc. It’s also nicer to watch shows or YouTube videos on. To take notes during lectures, read slides, I could probably go on later.

    For any heavy lifting work I have my PC(Windows/linux) and MacBook though. And I think the iPad is a great additional device for a lot of people that work on a pc anyways. And for some people maybe a pc isn’t really needed (like my mother who only goes on Facebook, YouTube, whatever)

    2 votes