Why Apple's Next Laptop Should Run iOS and More

One: Why Apple’s next laptop should run iOS

"The dividing lines between Apple products are clear. Apple makes phones and tablets that run iOS, and laptops and desktop computers than run macOS. But it’s time for Apple to start breaking down those barriers and experimenting with new kinds of products that cross the streams. It’s time for Apple to expand beyond the MacBook and MacBook Pro. It’s time for the first iOS laptop.

"Consider the iPad Pro. With screens that measure 10.5 and 12.9 inches diagonally, they’re practically the size of Apple’s old MacBook Air models. The iPad Pro was the first iOS to ship with an Apple-designed keyboard, the Smart Keyboard. When the Smart Keyboard is engaged, at a glance the iPad Pro already looks like a strange laptop."

Jason Snell, Macworld


Two: A Year After Pledging Openness, Apple Still Falls Behind On AI

“'Apple is the NSA of AI.'

"That was how storied computer scientist and Stanford University adjunct professor Jerry Kaplan described Apple's unconventional approach to artificial intelligence research in 2016. A year later, his assessment of the company is largely the same — despite Apple's pledge to more fully engage with the research community that drives innovation in the field.

“My observation is that Apple tends not to be as heavily involved in the academic AI world as other companies that are well-known for being involved,” Kaplan told BuzzFeed News this week.

"Two years ago, Apple’s penchant for keeping its artificial intelligence research secret was notorious throughout the industry. But since then, Apple has made a big show of ramping up its efforts in AI. The company hired Russ Salakhutdinov, a highly respected Carnegie Mellon professor, to be its first AI director, and it publicly pledged it would engage more with academia. This past July, it debuted an official blog covering its progress in AI and machine learning."

Davey Alba, Buzzfeed


Three: Platforms, distribution and audience

"I've been writing a blog at ben-evans.com since 2010, more or less, first on self-hosted Wordpress, then Tumblr, and now Squarespace. In parallel, I've built up 90k or so Twitter followers and I have a newsletter with 40k subscribers, both of which serve in part to drive traffic back to the blog. This is what the monthly traffic looks like.


"In January 2013 I posted a bunch of interesting and rarely seen Facebook data (and launched my newsletter) and in January 2014 I joined Andreessen Horowitz. 

"This is blogging the old-fashioned way. It's not the really old-fashioned way - I'm not writing raw HTML in notepad and uploading it over FTP (or indeed editing it direct over Telnet). You could do that, though - you could start out the way Justin Hall did 20 years ago, or use Wordpress, Squarespace, or one of the other new WYSIWYG publishing platforms. The challenge, and the point of the chart above, is that writing is not the same as being read. 20 years ago Netscape might have made you cool site of the day, but today there are hundreds of thousands or millions of 'blogs'. You can publish, yes, but you won't be seen. So, I spent two and a half years blogging regularly before my traffic picked up, and that was with a lot of work and a lot of time on Twitter as well. Blogging has never been easier but getting read has never been harder."

Benedict Evans, ben-evans.com


Four: The Mac Still Feels Like Home

"When my 10.5" iPad Pro arrived I decided to do a little experiment. You see, I honestly believe that the iPad, iPhone, and other micro super-computers are the future of computing and I want to force myself out of old-man complacency. Five months ago I committed to that experiment and avoided using my Mac unless there was absolutely no way to do something on my iPad or iPhone. Last week I ended my experiment and I have a few opinions (big surprise).

"As the title suggests, the Mac still feels more comfortable for almost everything. The Mac feels less innovative and "fun" but I actually feel more relaxed when using multiple windows, real keyboard shortcuts, and a true file manager. The irony here is that the size and design of the iPad makes it more of a joy to use, but it's also tainted by inefficiency. I do almost every task faster and more easily with my Mac than I can do it on my iPad Pro."

Gabe, Macdrifter


Five: Fixing the MacBook Pro

"Despite my love for the previous Retina MacBook Pro, I won’t be able to use it forever. The best laptop to ever exist should be in the future, not the past.

"There’s a lot to like about the new MacBook Pros, but they need some changes to be truly great and up to Apple’s standards.

"Here’s what I’m hoping to see in the next MacBook Pro that I believe is technically possible, reasonable, widely agreeable, and likely for Apple to actually do, in descending order of importance..."

Marco Arment, Marco.org




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