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Larger iPad Pros Are Not a Bad Idea and Also Make a Terrible Straw Man

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Anytime I see a tech journalist or blogger taking aim at the iPad for no good reason, I’m going to tee off on them. It’s already ridiculous enough when you have tech snobs looking down their noses at tablet users and their devices as some kind of lower life forms. Today, we have a writer from Tom’s Guide making what appears to be a reasonable request of Apple regarding their laptops. Unfortunately, he decided to set the iPad Pro and its users up as straw men for him to topple over (quite poorly) in his article.

Come on people. iPad users deserve better than this kind of pandering and nonsense.

The article in question, titled Oversized iPads are a terrible idea — it’s time for touchscreen MacBooks, makes the author’s intentions crystal clear. Author Roland Moore-Colyer intends to pour cold water on the idea of larger iPad Pros in favor of touchscreen MacBooks. However, there are a couple of major issues with this line of thinking. 

First off, this argument completely dismisses the requests of many iPad Pro users who are eager to see Apple push the current size limits of the device. Mark Gurman wrote about the possibility of larger iPad Pros last week and most of the responses I saw were at worst “ok, fine, but it’s not for me,” and at best, “take my money NOW!”

What is the purpose of raining all over iPad Pro users who have been talking about wanting larger devices for a while now when we get a little news that points to this as a legitimate possibility? If it’s not for you, that’s fine. Don’t buy it. Write negative reviews of it if you like. I can assure you that those of us who are ready to buy a 14″ or 16″ iPad Pro on day one won’t be reading, but to each their own.

So, this article is unnecessarily combative to say the least. However, the way Moore-Colyer uses the iPad as a cheap straw man is even worse and just a weak argument. What does the potential existence of larger iPad Pros, or ANY iPad Pros for that matter, have to do with rather or not touch ever comes to the Mac? Not one damn thing. Absolutely nothing. Nada. Zip. Zilch. The two are completely unrelated, making this the worst kind of straw man argument.

As a huge fan of the iPad line who uses his iPad Pro at work on a daily basis, I have no problem telling Mr. Moore-Colyer that he can pucker up and kiss my 12.9″ aluminum slab. Go pick on something else to make your argument about touch on the Mac. Or even better, just make a good argument for touch on the Mac and leave it at that. There are really good ones to be made. Others have done it on plenty of occasions. 

Apple executives have made it clear that their current strategy is to keep the Mac and iPad product lines completely separate, at least for the time being. So, if you don’t like that, feel free to rail against it all you like. But don’t put together some shoddy and completely unnecessary argument that is dismissive of an entire community of iPad users who do real work on their tablets every day.

But while I love using my iPad mini for small productivity tasks such as hacking out notes or tapping out an opinion piece while lounging on a sofa, iOS is not a work-grade OS.

Mr. Moore-Colyer- just because you have a very narrow view of what the iPad is capable of and use the smallest hardware available doesn’t mean that your viewpoint is at all representative of the full iPad and iPadOS experience. Why don’t you have a word with someone like Federico Viticci, Tim Chatten, Matt Birchler, Jeff Perry, or others who use the iPad Pro either as their primary computing device, or very close to it to get a broader perspective?

Or you could talk to me or one of the many others who use our iPads for specific tasks at work- tasks at which the Pro absolutely excels beyond what any current laptop can do. The iPad isn’t perfect by any means and iPadOS is still missing features that most of us power users want today rather than later, but you are throwing out a lot more than the bathwater in your article.

What is the point of dismissing the iPad and its power users just to try and make a point in an article that’s really about something else? Does Mr. Moore-Colyer really think cutting one device down is the way to get what he wants for another, or is this really just a fishing expedition for clicks because Mark Gurman, a better-known writer when it comes to all things Apple, talked about this? Honestly, I hope it’s the latter, because the former is just a weak argument that isn’t worthy of the Apple fans who want either larger screen iPad Pros or touch on the Mac.

As stated above, the fact is that many of us who consider ourselves iPad power users would love to see larger iPad Pros come to market, despite the weight, size, cost, or anything else that Mr. Moore-Colyer might care to complain about. What could possibly be the harm in us getting what we want, even if it just turns out to be a niche device geared toward artists and photographers? Why would this be a setback for Mac users?

As for touch on the Mac, I personally hope those who really want this feature eventually get their wish. I don’t use a Mac myself, but what reason do I have to begrudge all of you out there who want this feature getting it? All I hope is that, when Apple does get around to adding touch, they do it right the first time like they did with trackpad support in iPadOS.

There’s just no reason for anyone to dismiss the legitimate requests of one group of users to try and somehow further their own, and no reasons to set up an Apple straw man in search of a cheap win in a flimsy argument. Why not take the high road? Personally, I hope we all get what we want eventually. It may be a bit of a wait, but I have a feeling both larger iPad Pros and touch on the Mac will show up in the coming years.

James Rogers

I am a Christian husband and father of 3 living in the Southeastern US. I have worked as a programmer and project manager in the Commercial and Industrial Automation industry for over 19 years, so I am hands on with technology almost every day. However, my passion in technology is for mobile devices, specifically Apple's iOS and iPadOS hardware and software. My favorite is still the iPad.

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  1. Well said, Once you have used an iPad there is no going back and my 12.9” M1 iPad Pro is a stunning piece of technology that replaced my series 1 iPad Pro (12.9”).

    My MacBook Pro gets less and less use and my windows 10 laptop (msi 17” ) even less

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