A proven axiom of bias is that it is always in others, never in ourselves. That’s just science.
4th of July, Matthew Sheffield wrote a Twitter thread pointing to what he saw as a “blatant pro-Apple bias” in tech journalism. (Tip of the antlers to Peter cohen.)
This is fun for Macalope, as he’s largely made a career out of responding to the instinctive anti-Apple bias put forward by a wide swath of tech-savvy.
Distress to well career, yes. But a career.
Of particular interest to Sheffield was the fact that the iPad Pro consistently receives very solid reviews when it clearly sucks.
The biggest downside to iPads is that they are drastically overpriced for what they can do. You have to pay a minimum of US $ 1,000 for a tablet that does not include any of the following:
Sheffield is really only talking about the 12.9-inch iPad Pro here, as the 11-inch iPad Pro starts at $ 799. But it’s a bit ironic that someone criticizing critics’ laziness gleefully drops important modifiers to his irate claims.
You can apologize for thinking that Sheffield’s list of items missing from iPads was faxed as far back as 1999. Yes, there are the mandatory storage spaces, but make sure your mouth is clear of drinks before you get to the last one.
-Storage card slots
-Updatable internal storage
-A headphone jack
-More than one port
-An operating system that can actually open files
-An ability to boot third-party operating systems
Indeed. If there’s one thing people interested in iPads want, it’s the ability to boot a third-party operating system. Personally, if Macalope can’t boot your iPad into OS / 2 Warp, what’s the point?
The only two keyboards Sheffield reviews are those made by Apple, which it complains are too expensive since they start at $ 200. However, there is a large and fairly thriving ecosystem of iPad peripherals. Wirecutter’s suggested keyboards for the iPad Pro start at $ 120, and of course you can use any Bluetooth keyboard you want.
About the magic keyboard, Sheffield says:
… has major flaws …
Honestly, Macalope was reluctant to buy a magic keyboard for his iPad Pro for a long time. That made It looks expensive and I wasn’t sure how much I would use it. However, now that you have one, you never remove it from your device. It has completely transformed the way you use your iPad. It’s fantastic.
You get a trackpad but because iPadOS sucks …
I am very impartial. I am the only unbiased reviewer for iPad.
… you don’t have an arrow to move. Instead, you get an imprecise stain.
An imprecise blob that is magnetically attracted to targets, highlights the item you are selecting for clarity and becomes a standard caret for text. If anything, this combination is more accurate than the arrow on a desktop operating system, and the Magic Keyboard is actually pretty perfect. If you have a problem with the operating system, that is not a hit on the keyboard.
Then we have the Apple Pencil stylus.
… It does not have a secure storage place. So easy to lose.
It is magnetically attached to the device. The Macalope glued his to the iPad when he got it and never lost it. It came out once in a backpack. Guess where it was.
It was in the backpack.
Strange bias to store pens in some kind of dedicated pen receptacle from our intrepid unbiased reviewer. One of the devices Sheffield recommends over an iPad is the Lenovo ThinkPad X12, which has a cloth loop to hold the stylus when not in use.
Literally the first review Macalope found for the ThinkPad X12 had this to say:
That being said, if you were planning long digital inking sessions, you would go for the updated Precision Pen, which adds magnetic attachment capability to the tablet.
Silly Macalope. All reviews other than Sheffield’s are biased. Fool.
While we discuss things the reviewers never mention, let’s mention the one sucktacular iPadOS feature that Sheffield, like many Apple device reviewers, somehow refuses to mention: privacy. Some complain that Apple only uses privacy as a marketing tool, which is like saying that Ford only uses engines as a marketing tool. If it is actually on the device, it is a function.
The iPad Pro certainly isn’t cheap, and God knows Apple is still struggling with certain aspects of the device, particularly multitasking. But iPads are unmatched in terms of longevity. The iPad Macalope had before its 11-inch Pro was an iPad Air 2, which it had for six years. And when he went to find out how long he had had his 11-inch Pro, he was surprised to find that it was over two and a half years old. It feels brand new, even when using apps like Affinity Designer.
An iPad Pro is not necessarily for everyone. But it is still a fantastic device for many.
Besides being a mythical beast, Macalope is not an employee of Macworld. As a result, Macalope is always free to criticize any media organization. Even ours.