Yours truly, back in April 2010:
After the iPad was announced, I got two types of emails from
readers. The first group saying they were disappointed, because
they had been hoping I was right that The Tablet would be Apple’s
reconception of personal computing.
The second group wrote to tell me how excited they were because I
was right that The Tablet would be Apple’s reconception of
Count me in with the second group. Apple hasn’t thought of
everything with iPad, but what they’ve thought about, they’ve
thought about very deeply. I got mine Saturday morning, and I’ve
been using it since — or at least as often as I could get it
away from my son. Here are my thoughts.
Nothing hammers home for me just how long 10 years is more than looking at that photo.
The whole thing feels fast fast fast. The only thing that feels
slow overall, so far, is web page rendering. Not because it’s
slower than the iPhone — it’s not, it’s definitely much faster —
but because it’s so much slower than my MacBook Pro. It’s easy to
forget on modern PC-class hardware just how computationally
expensive HTML rendering is.
The funny thing is, the iPad, in raw CPU terms, is a far slower
machine than a modern Mac. But the iPad is running a lightweight
OS and lightweight apps. It’s like a slower runner with a lighter
backpack who can win a race against a faster runner wearing a
Ten years later, iPadOS is still significantly lighter weight than MacOS, but Apple’s custom-designed ARM CPUs are faster than the Intel chips in MacBooks.
★ Tuesday, 28 January 2020