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Daring Fireball: The iPad Awkwardly Turns 10

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Gruber doesn’t pull punches when he thinks Apple has it wrong, but I felt this write-up was overly focused on the admittedly poor multitasking interface in iPadOS.

The iPad at 10 is, to me, a grave disappointment. Not because it’s bad”, because it’s not bad — it’s great even — but because great though it is in so many ways, overall it has fallen so far short of the grand potential it showed on day one. To reach that potential, Apple needs to recognize they have made profound conceptual mistakes in the iPad user interface, mistakes that need to be scrapped and replaced, not polished and refined. I worry that iPadOS 13 suggests the opposite — that Apple is steering the iPad full speed ahead down a blind alley.

I agree with him on multitasking. It is confusing, messy, and not at all intuitive. But to ignore every other dimension of the iPad’s march forward seems a bit much. For so many things, it is an amazing device.

Posted on January 29, 2020

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