Thursday, March 3, 2011

You Can Keep Your Stinkin' Tablet

2010 was dominated by the iPad. No matter who you were, you knew someone who had an iPad. With its apps, Netflix streaming and ability to outlast any laptop battery, the iPad was the thing to own in 2010. With all the hoopla over tablets, many have wondered what this means for the regular Mac user. Are MacBooks going to be a thing of the past? Over my dead body.

With the release of the Developer Preview of Mac OS X Lion, Apple has made it clear that it does not want people to worry about the future of regular computing. A platform can only become truly independent  when apps designed to run on it can be written and designed on that same platform. Currently there are no plans in the near future to allow Xcode to run on any iOS platform. Therefore a Mac is still required to write apps for the iPad. The iPad being a citizen in a closed system will prevent it from truly becoming an independent platform for Apple.

Just think of what you can't do on the iPad. You cannot play Flash media. You cannot sync your iPad without a cable or on multiple computers without it wanting to erase your media every single time. You cannot store more than 64GB of media on the largest version of the iPad. With iPad 2 coming, you can no longer purchased an unlocked version of the iPad, something the technorati have failed to notice. I love my iPad but I am not turning a blind eye for any corporation.

The Mac will always be the platform you don't need to jailbreak to get the full use out of it. It has apps, plays Flash content, allows me to look at "adult" media without fearing the wrath of Jobs and it has true multi-tasking. The Mac will always be the platform that provides not only a way to consume information and media but truly produce information and media. The next time you ask me for a way to watch Flash media or gain more storage I'll simply tell you this; there's a Mac for that.