I’m feeling ever so slightly conflicted about Apple’s new line-up. Whilst I feel significantly more at home on macOS than iOS this is largely because this is where I’m spending my time at work, sitting at my desk, at my MacBook Pro. Moving my focus between multiple apps on a large screen, moving content between those apps couldn’t be simplifier on such a mature platform.
By comparison, iOS feels restricted. Even the latest iOS 12.1 needs some polish in a few areas. However, driven by iPhone sales, iOS is obviously the focus of Apple’s software development. Unlike on the Mac, Apple’s controlling and innovating on the hardware stack as well, from the CPU and chipset through to displays and enclosures. All of Apple hardware continues to be of the highest quality, but even with updates to the MacBook Air and Mac Mini, last weeks event clearly shows where most of the hardware development is going.
There’s nothing new in this observation. It’s been obvious for years. But in all that time I’ve been resistant to consider the potential of iOS.
Instead of feeling like I’m swimming upstream on iOS, I feel I should instead be embracing iOS. To skate towards the puck and the future of computing, even though we aren’t there yet and won’t be for some years.