Apple’s brief history of apologizing for its mistakes: did we make a difference?

Apple's brief history of apologizing for its mistakes: did we make a difference?

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  • Well, finally, with iPadOS 16 getting released this fall, all that is actually on its way to your iPad, but there’s a caveat – only if it’s a modern M1 iPad Pro or M1 iPad Air. That’s a limitation I was certain Apple would set anyway, but it’s still pretty unfortunate that if you have even the highest-specced iPad Pro from just a generation behind – you won’t get that sweet, new multitasking. So did Apple finally cave because many of us iPad fans and reviewers were constantly complaining? You know, about the iPad not having “real” multitasking, not living to its full potential, despite all that horsepower, thanks to its M1 chip. The same chip that’s also powering full-blown MacBook laptops?

  • Nobody on the outside has any idea what’s going on inside Apple Inc.’s big, top-secret hivemind, but my guess is that the Cupertino company has always been eager to nerf the iPad’s capabilities in fear of it dipping into MacBook Air sales. Not long ago, the iPad was just another tablet. Even basic multitasking features like running two programmes in split view at the same time were only released a few years ago. Not to mention anything like desktop-style multitasking, such as a fixed dock, several windowed programmes, and so on.

It sure took a while until our words were heard, and whether or not my theory about Apple not wanting the iPad to rival a MacBook was true or not – the important thing is, the company finally listened. Hallelujah. The iPad got mouse support after years of none, while Android tablets had it forever ago Apple’s short history of admitting its mistakes: We made a difference? A couple of years back nobody who knew Apple would’ve even jokingly said that the iPad is going to have mouse support, ever. It really seemed like adding a cursor and support for trackpads or Bluetooth mice was not something the company was interested in doing, at all. The few persistent people who really wanted to use their iPads like laptops had to go and buy weird made-for-iPad third party mice that kind of worked, kind of not.

And while we could still argue that all this is just an accessibility feature the Cupertino giant decided to embrace and expand, the mere fact that Apple is now constantly advertising its iPads together with a keyboard and a trackpad makes it pretty obvious what it’s full vision for the iPad is – it’s pretty much a laptop now, and as such, there’s a mouse cursor involved. Of course, you don’t have to use it like a laptop, but… you finally have the option – and it looks and works pretty great. MacBooks actually got thicker, and previously-removed ports are back

But lo and behold – a seemingly hidden accessibility feature showed up in 2019’s iPadOS 13.4, that since then has evolved into a full-blown mouse support feature. Not only that, but Apple started selling iPad keyboards with trackpads since then! That’s a major 180 from the Apple of 5 years ago, with its seemingly “Thou shalt not use an iPad with a mouse” philosophy. Apple of 5 years ago wanted us to know that this was a tablet, and just a tablet, not a laptop. Apple of today, though, really wants us to know that this is a laptop-replacement that looks and feels, and kind of works like one now.

Old vs. new MacBook Pro design (right); the chonk factor has gone up, and frankly, for the better – Apple’s short history of admitting its mistakes: We made a difference? Old vs. new MacBook Pro design (right); the chonk factor has gone up, and frankly, for the better Apparently it’s raining in hell, because yes, this last generation of M1 MacBooks actually got thicker and have ports returning that were long gone. You mean to tell me Apple doesn’t still focus on pretty and minimalist designs over user convenience and basic functionality expectations?

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