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TIL there exists an "iPad Pro" with up to a terabyte of storage. Apparently Apple doesn't want people to have any reason to have a laptop unless they're a developer, thus completing their segregation the computing population into "users", whose entire computing experience is controlled by one company, and "developers" who are enslaved to that company, at least if they want to reach those users.

No thanks.

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@freakazoid

There’s a lot of ways the iPad Pro can be a useful developer’s machine. Blink is a fantastic SSH/Mosh client with a lot of flexibility for hardware keyboards. Once you have an SSH client, you’re set in a lot of ways. But there’s also Pythonista, which comes embedded with a Python runtime and UI toolkit for programming/scripting on iOS. Working Copy is a great Git client, and the filesystem API is very good now, allowing for pretty sophisticated cross-app functionality.

Obviously an iPad will not be supporting compilers or full-fledged IDEs any time soon. But if anything, making these lightweight tools available—including things like the first-party Shortcuts app—allows casual users to become power users without investment in desktop hardware.

The brunt of this is, the line between user and developer is blurred, and that’s a good thing, because the barrier to entry to being constructive in software is now just an iPad, not a laptop or a workstation.

@freakazoid what? the ipad pro is marketed to people who work in creative industries, and that often entails working with large file sizes. there are plenty of valid criticisms of apple, this is just ridiculous. if they only had small storage sizes, you would complain about that too.