Regular reader Mike Patterson added a detailed comment to my post yesterday “downsizing from the iPad Pro to the iPad Mini 4” airing his current views on his iPad Pro after just over a week.
“Well I have until 20th January 2016 to decide whether or not to keep the Pro. If you had asked me earlier I would have said “it’s a keeper”. However, what with the issues I am having:-
1. It continually dies after each full recharge ~ this is EVERY SINGLE BL**DY TIME.
2. I am STILL waiting for my online order of the iPencil to change from being Processed to Shipped ~ getting on for two weeks now and no point in walking into my nearest Apple Store….. All this yet in the US where they too have similar online issues Apple have been selling more accessories to Best Buy and Staples than what goes into their own stores.
It’s infuriating, you go into an Apple Store and the answer is “Nope, none in”, yet go into Best Buy or Staples and walk out with one under your arm. Online orders… what a joke. Whatever happened to get up early, place your order and you are now at the top of the delivery system.
What has happened to Apple? I remember when they used to be customer first where other companies were envious of the way they managed to get hardware out on day one to everyone……. Now all they have become is another second rate shipper.
3. Apple should have looked at iOS on the Pro ~ All that wasted space on the Home screens. It needs a rework.
4. Lack of Apps that fully utilise the Pro ~ This I am laying the blame firmly at Apple. For Apps to take full and complete advantage of the pro (not just the screen size but the extra RAM, Processor Speed, etc. etc) requires developers to place a lot of time and effort. Problem is these Apps can not be treated like your normal iOS App. They work similar to OS X and as such would warrant OS X prices. But there’s the rub, users of the Pro are in a mindset this is just another tablet and basically it isn’t. So even before developers start there is a problem.
To counteract this developers would like to offer free trials so that you can test the software before making a huge in iOS terms payment commitment……. But no, Apple will simply not allow software to be released in this manner. They are stopping the development of these type of Apps.
It’s not too bad if you are a big company like Adobe where you can afford to place a team of highly paid developers to build your Pro software. They can run at a big loss and charge a high price at the end……. But for your average one man developer, he/she doesn’t stand a chance.
4. There’s bound to be a number four and a five and a six…… but I just can not be bothered to stay here and write them down.
Apple you enticed me in, you made me fall in love with your whole expensive system of design, management, delivery and performance.
Now you leave us frustrated, short changed and angry.
So many areas of errors and anomalies yet nothing in return of apologies or reasons. And let’s not mention iCloud failures.”