That’s not exactly a bold statement. Mac users have tens of thousands of applications from which to choose. iPad users have a few hundred thousand applications available. Macs can run Windows 10, various flavors of Linux, even some Unix operating system; all at the same time if you prefer. iPads run, well, iOS 10, a powerful, even elegant mobile operating system, but let’s face it. The iPad is no Mac. Macs do more.
Says who? Apple’s CEO, Tim Cook. About the iPad:
Expect us to do more and more where people will view it as a laptop replacement, but not a Mac replacement – the Mac does so much more… To merge these worlds, you would lose the simplicity of one, and the power of the other.
In other words, don’t expect a single OS– Mac or iOS– to rule all devices the way Microsoft is pushing Windows to be a tablet OS, a phone OS, a desktop OS, or even a server OS. One size does not fit all. But size matters.
So, why is it that the iPad hasn’t had much love from Apple in recent years and sales continue to drop, while the Mac has received even less apparent love, and sales are at record levels?
The Mac does so much more… Don’t think something we’ve done or something that we’re doing that isn’t visible yet is a signal that our priorities are elsewhere
In other words, because you can’t see what we’re not doing, doesn’t mean we’re not doing something. All Cook has done is to state publicly that Apple continues to work on product upgrades, probably Mac and iPad, but true to Apple’s religion, won’t say what or when.
You will see us do more in the pro area. The pro area is very important to us. The creative area is very important to us in particular.
In other words, we know you’re worried about pro-level Macs, but don’t worry about it. We might have something planned for the future.
Here’s the problem with such statements. They are mere words. Where’s the action? Back in 2013 Apple had been roundly criticized then as it is now for a lack of innovation, especially with the Mac. Apple responded with the Mac Pro. Marketing VP Phil Schiller introduced the made-in-the-US cylinder shaped device as if it was manna from heaven.
Can’t innovate anymore, my ass.
Since then, the trash can Mac Pro has not received a single update of any kind. Not CPU, not connector ports, not GPU, not storage; nothing, nada.
Why the iPad sells so poorly should be obvious. It doesn’t do much more than it did a few years ago. The cameras, CPUs, GPUs, and sensors are less than in the most recent iPhones so we cannot even say the iPad is just a big iPhone. The MacBook, decidedly more powerful with more RAM and macOS Sierra, is about the same thickness and price as an iPad Pro. iPhone screens are larger, too, so the iPad is in a squeeze with no real reason for customers to upgrade.
Why is the Mac selling at record levels despite a lack of upgrades to key models? It’s a mobile world, and the most mobile of all Macs is the MacBook and new MacBook Pro; power users need to be patient or look elsewhere because Apple knows which side of the bread is buttered.
Yes, Macs do more than iPads. That’s Apple’s fault.