๐Ÿ“‘ Why I won’t buy an Ipad: ten years later

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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.

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  1. Replied to bookmarked Why I wonโ€™t buy an Ipad: ten years later by Aaron Davis Aaron Davis Aaron Davis
    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.
    Hi Aaron,
    Iโ€™d read the Gruber piece you also linked to to but not Cory Doctorowโ€™s. I agree with much of both in principal. In practise, in my classroom, not so much.
    We are 1-2-1 iPad. Half the class have old 2013 iPad Airs that have just stopped handling OS updates. Their batteries are good enough for a dayโ€™s use. While we do consume (reading/researching the web, watching videos) they are also pretty creative. Pupils have more freedom to install and customise than they do with our Local Authority managed PCs. They are also very good for mixing with โ€˜realโ€™ work, messy making, being robust and easier to put down safely that our Windows Laptops (no cables). The go outside too.

  2. Why I wonโ€™t buy an Ipad: ten years later by Aaron Davis

    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.

    I think Cory is a bit harsh. I’ve had every version of the iPad since my first iPad (3G) in April 2010, and it continues to be useful as a mid-way point (car) between my iMac (truck) and iPhone (bicycle). In fact, I had an iPad four years before I bought my first iPhone. While there are certain things that frustrate me about the iPadOS, most recently the insanity of gestures and multitasking, I love my iPad Pro and I expect I may always own one.
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