Started off with this TUAW article linking to And Ihnatko’s article on MacWorld UK about the “post PC era” and how an iPad can replace toting around a MacBook for a lot of mobile tasks. While I think a MacBook Air-esque MacBook Pro could be an amazing laptop, I’m with Andy Ihnatko—my MacBook can stay at home most of the time and my iPad is my carry about machine:
No, I no longer wish I had an 11in Air. What I have here – a third-generation iPad and an Apple Wireless Keyboard – is better. I have better-than-good native iOS apps to handle almost all of my mobile needs. When only a desktop app will do, I have VNC, and/or the wonderful OnLive Desktop service that allows me to run Microsoft Office on a virtualised Windows 7 server.
I’ve used Splashtop Remote to get back to my machine if there is something that I didn’t stash in Dropbox—there isn’t much that isn’t in Dropbox, all my current writing and book projects are there—with decent success. No, it isn’t perfect, but it works pretty darn well. When I went away for a week to visit my mom in Virginia I took my iPad and that’s it. Didn’t even bother with the external keyboard (often I don’t carry the extra keyboard). You know what? It was just fine. I edited photos. I edited book proposals. I wrote emails. I updated things. Okay, I needed to use my mom’s laptop to print something, but …
The essential part of this discussion is how we use computers and the internet has changed in the past 5 years. We use a lot of services that require only simple apps to complex things. Even creating content has gotten simpler. I could write this post just as well in a simple text editor as I could in a browser or an iPad app.
And the things I need my MacBook Pro for…I need my MacBook Pro for. Sometimes I need the storage and oomph to get something done. Once in a blue moon I need to print something. And yes, I still write all my books on my MacBook Pro. However, if I have an idea that needs fleshing out or a flash of brilliance that can’t be lost, you can be sure that capturing it on my iPad isn’t going to mess with my workflow on my MacBook Pro one iota.
Have iPad, will travel. Will write. Will get stuff done. Thanks MacBook you can hang out at home.