Originally Posted by Prof. Peabody
I completely agree with this.
I'm a sort of "edge case" iPad user in that I use mine almost exclusively as a productivity device. It's basically my main portable computer like a netbook or a laptop. I know most don't use the iPad that way, but the point is more and more people will over time if it's ever to replace traditional laptops (and I totally think they can). If Apple doesn't get the finger out and attack the productivity issue soon it might be too late.
Apple really needs to move iOS in the direction of productivity and personally I'm hoping that's what iOS 5 is all about because if it isn't, they might not have another year of lollygagging around by the other manufacturers to do that. I use Pages on the iPad every day all day and it's seriously lacking. It's not feature complete, and when it first came out it was essentially a beta product. So far they've release a single, weak update that added in a few thing that were missing from the beta (but not all), and some bug fixes. That's it.
Hell, DoodleJump on my iPhone must have been updated and patched literally 20 times in the same amount of time it got Apple to put out the single bug-fix to Pages. Pages is obviously a more complicated and involved app, but Pages is supposed to be the leading productivity app on the platform
. If this is the best they can do then the iPad really is just a toy.
I think it's kind of embarrassing how little Apple has done on this front, but I'm still assuming that they are working on a big update that will surprise us all soon. I can't imagine what the hell they are thinking if they are not.
: Oops -- working on a Mac instead of an iPad, in bed -- and I truncated the post I was responding to (above) and My first points (below):
I agree with what you say!
I believe that MS should offer Word and Excel apps for the iPad ASAP, or they will miss a great opportunity -- the paopportunity to be apart of the tablet environment as it evolves. If, later, MS enters the market with a Win tab solution. they will have existing, proven tablet versions of these apps. If not, they will have apps running on the dominant tablet platform.End Edit.
That said, Apple does need to flesh out its iPad iWork apps.
However, I do not believe that these apps need to be able to handle every little feature in their respective MS apps -- rather handle the most commonly-used features.
I suspect that Apple is in the process of cross-breeding or combining the OS X and iOS versions of these apps -- while adding support for more MS features & compatibility. It would be stupid if they aren't doing this, IMO.
I believe that this may already be a "done deal" and the code has already been written.
I think that there are several things key to Apple's plans for the immediate and near future.
Greatest of these are:
1) iOS 5
3) the NC Datacenter
I think that iOS and Lion are going to have common features where possible.
I thing that most (if not all) Apple Software products will run on either iOS or Lion
I think that companion apps and or services will be offered from the cloud as some sort of rejuvenated MobileMe -- regardless of what it is called.
I suspect that we will see a lot of this rolled out at WWDC on June 6 -- D-Day, on the Beaches of Mosconi.
Apple's foremost Pro app suite, Final Cut is scheduled for a total replacement upgrade as FCPX in July.
I fully expect FCPX to integrate with Lion, iOS where possible, and Apple's cloud offering.
Somewhere in the 3-6 month time period after WWDC, I expect Apple to release their cross-OS/Cloud-integrated iLife and iWork apps.
This time, however, Apple won't try to do it all at once -- rather they will roll out a piece at a time.