It’s hard to understand what Apple’s doing with the iPad. It was “resuscitated” last year with the iPad Pro, and now, almost a year later, it’s barely addressed at WWDC despite every software platform being updated — even the App Stores.
Federico Viticci, of MacStories and iPad-usage fame, might be onto something here, though:
If this isn’t the case, it should be. Moreover, I’d say it gives Apple reason to dedicate the Spring keynote to the iPad.
From how things sound, the iPad still seems to have ways to go to even match the Mac’s functionality (or the PC’s for that matter), which I don’t mean to say condescendingly. If Viticci’s right, the rate of improvement from now on should be exciting for iPad users.
Maybe if it one day becomes viable for most Mac and PC users to switch over to the iPad, I believe it will absolutely be for the better, just on principle of there being less “device” to deal with. I think the appeal of a thin glass slab replacing a comparatively analog desktop or laptop with physical, moving parts and multiple input mechanisms (as well as a comparatively confusing file system for most people) is a long-lasting one that I don’t think will die anytime soon.