The Critical Path #172 This is an iPad Pro and This is an  iPad Pro

On this special “in person” edition of the Critical Path, Horace and Anders discuss Apple’s latest product offerings, the iPhone SE and the new 9.7 inch iPad Pro 9.7, and take listener questions via Twitter.

Source: The Critical Path #172

  • neutrino23

    I don’t disagree with your assessment of the iPad Pro(s). However, I would point out that for other work different judgements will be made.

    You said you mostly work with text and spread sheets so for you the smaller size was fine. That is OK.

    I would point out that for other people the larger size will be necessary. I have no idea what the breakdown will be. Photographers, graphic designers, engineers and maybe realtors to name a few may benefit from the larger display to view and show off their work.

    Personally, I like the larger size for work because I view a lot of scientific data in the form of images and I need to see (or show to others) multiple images at once. I use it on the sofa or in bed to read with and don’t find that to be difficult.

    Also, as a change of how I work I am considering giving up my MacBook Pro 15 and getting an iMac 27 and then using some form of VNC to remotely connect with the iMac through the iPad Pro 12.9 while on the road. I have been testing this with Splashtop and it works fairly well. I wouldn’t demo my company’s product this way or try to do a lot of work this way but in a pinch I can fairly easily calculate a result and send it to myself via iCloud or Dropbox. Presumably this will only get better as time goes on. The larger screen of the 12.9 iPP helps because of the mismatch with the screen of the home computer. When I tried this with my smaller iPad it required so much panning and zooming I quickly got tired.

    It is interesting to think that in five years or so we would rely solely on our phones as our computing devices. From this vantage point it seems awkward. You really do need a large display, keyboard and maybe a mouse. Inside of a company that could work. How would this work when you travel? Will airplane setbacks have these built in? Will coffee shops rent you a carrel with a monitor, keyboard and mouse? How about hotels? If you have to carry all that with you you might as well just carry an iPad.

  • Bill Esbenshade

    Horace – it seems like diffusion you talk about often seems to line up with Christensen’s definition of new market disruption, which includes the creation of consumption in a formerly non-consuming context — e.g., the first personal computers and the first iPhone allowing computing first on the desktop and then in the hand. I didn’t think new market disruption had to be low end per this definition. Confused by seeming abandonment of disruption concept in all cases except low end disruption.