Bookmarked Why I won’t buy an Ipad: ten years later (Boing Boing)

If you want to live in the creative universe where anyone with a cool idea can make it and give it to you to run on your hardware, the iPad isn’t for you.

If you want to live in the fair world where you get to keep (or give away) the stuff you buy, the iPad isn’t for you.

If you want to write code for a platform where the only thing that determines whether you’re going to succeed with it is whether your audience loves it, the iPad isn’t for you.

Reflecting on ten years since the release of the iPad, Cory Doctorow reflects upon the limitations of the device. From the restrictions placed on content to the inability to fix the hardware, iPads are designed to create consumers out of their users.

Buying an iPad for your kids isn’t a means of jump-starting the realization that the world is yours to take apart and reassemble; it’s a way of telling your offspring that even changing the batteries is something you have to leave to the professionals.

Along with John Gruber’s post, these pieces provide a useful provocation to reflect upon.

Liked The iPad Awkwardly Turns 10 (Daring Fireball)

The iPad at 10 is, to me, a grave disappointment. Not because itโ€™s โ€œbadโ€, because itโ€™s not badโ€‰โ€”โ€‰itโ€™s great evenโ€‰โ€”โ€‰but because great though it is in so many ways, overall it has fallen so far short of the grand potential it showed on day one. To reach that potential, Apple needs to recognize they have made profound conceptual mistakes in the iPad user interface, mistakes that need to be scrapped and replaced, not polished and refined. I worry that iPadOS 13 suggests the oppositeโ€‰โ€”โ€‰that Apple is steering the iPad full speed ahead down a blind alley.

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