The editor reflects on new ways of working.
It’s too early to tell because at the time of writing this, our previous issue still isn’t on sale, but I’m looking forward to reading your views on
Mac|Life in our reader survey (p6). But I almost needn’t wait, as the continued feedback I receive in our inbox has given me a pretty good insight ahead of the much-anticipated results.
It’s interesting to note that a great deal of you are very outspoken about the use of iPads for, shall we say, more practical purposes. It seems the majority of you are using an iPad of some description (usually a Pro, I might add) alongside a MacBook. Many of you are impressed with what the iPad is capable of from a productivity standpoint, but nobody has yet felt the need to ditch their MacBook altogether because it’s faster and easier to use when it comes to “getting things done.”
There’s been a lot of talk recently about the possibility of a new Apple device that bridges the gap between iOS and MacOS — a hybrid that is both portable and productive. Personally, I didn’t like it when Microsoft did a similar thing in Windows 7. But whether you or I like it, or want it to happen, matters not, since Tim Cook recently stated, quite categorically, that iOS and MacOS will never be aligned, for fear of watering down the Mac and iPad platforms. So, don’t hold your breath — no really, don’t.
If you’re convinced that using an iPad for work is the best idea ever, but you don’t want to pay for an iPad Pro, then take a look at our definitive review of the all-new iPad (p50). If the idea of using an iPad for “grown-up” stuff makes you raise an eyebrow, then I’m guessing you’re probably a Mac fan. If that’s the case, might I suggest heading over to our guide on how to save money on your next Mac purchase (p30). Whether you prefer to use an iPad or a Mac for your core duties, there’s one thing that unites us all: we want faster internet! This issue’s main feature (p18) will show you how to make sure your home network is performing at its best, so you can make the most of whichever platform you’re loyal to. Nick odantzis, Editor Twitter: @maclife