The iPad holy war. Why can't we just get along?


What is it about the internet that makes people think they know better than everyone else? What is it about the internet that takes what I can only assume are relatively normal people and turns them into trolls?

More importantly, what is it about the internet that makes people think they have the right, or even the ability to tell someone that their specific use case is wrong? That what they just told them was rubbish because it doesn't fit with their outlook on a specific topic?

What makes them think that, having read a piece of writing that articulately explains that someone could in fact use an iPad instead of a Mac full time, they have the right to tell that writer he is wrong? That they're even going so far as to lie about it?

That's what is happening right now after Federico Viticci, the man behind Macstories, wrote an excellent article that started out as an iPad Air 2 review and then turned into a piece about how he doesn't use a Mac anymore because that same iPad does everything he needs and in many ways, does it better.

What most right thinking people should be able to agree on is that an excellent piece of writing has been turned into a one-sided flame war in which Viticci has been told, repeatedly, that he is wrong and that an iPad simply cannot, must not, and never will replace a 'real computer.' Countless tweets and blog comments have seen everyone with a keyboard and an irrational hatred of anyone who disagrees with them, come out of the woodwork.

One commenter on a BGR post claims that "...sorry no way a tablet no matter who is going to replace a laptop." Except, you know, for the people that it already has done exactly that for.

Another exclaims: "completely ridiculous. Of course an iPad can't replace your PC...EVER." Except, well, for the people that it already has done exactly that for.

Another. "A total load of #$%$. Doing what work? Writing columns. Twitting. Texting. LoLing. Browsing. Silly to suggest that a tablet replaces a computer." That comment even manages to contradict itself in the same paragraph. Yes, when working. Writing. Like I am now. You know. On an iPad.

See, I can use ridiculous punctuation, too.

The point of writing this isn't particularly to point out, again, that I too don't use a Mac anymore. It's not even to agree with Federico's post either. Instead, it's to point out the ridiculousness of an argument that just keeps on reigniting and seemingly just won't be smothered out for good. Are iPads real computers? Can they be used for real work? Can they replace a notebook?

Well yes. And yes. And yes again. Because I'm doing it. And because Federico is doing it, too.

Oh, you're not, you say? You can't play Grand Theft Auto 5 on a 60-inch monitor using an iPad? You can't do some specific workflow that requires a $3,000 piece of software that 95% of the population has never even heard of, on an iPad? Oh well, then I'm obviously wrong. You're right. iPads can't be used for real work.

Except the real work I'm using it for.

I guess what I'm trying to get at after this lengthy late-night-in-the-UK ramble that I can't seem to wrap up is this: Why can't we just call get along? Why must my working habits conform to yours? Why, because you can't do something on an iPad must I either be wrong, or worse, simply lying through my back teeth when I say that I can live without a Mac?

Why does it have to be some kind of holy war, with Mac owners on one side and iPad owners on the other?

Can we not all just get along?

Written on an iPad. Because I can.