so...if you can just natively run iPad OS apps on the ARM Mac, why would anyone make a Mac app ever again?
@bnys Same reason people write iPad apps instead of just iPhone.
@tewha but there's a huge gap between the capabilities of a small screen and a big screen. iPad and Mac functionally are near identical by comparison.
The Mac's secret feature is that it'll connect to anything and let you manipulate the UI into anything. That's not only for everyone, but it's an anti-feature for a lot of people. That's fine, though. It's still a feature others need.
@tewha @mookie the versatility of the interface is absolutely a selling point for us nerds but for 99% of folx, who just want a browser and maybe office or a few other programs? they don't care if it's an iPad app or a Mac app. So why make anything but an iPad app that can hit 2 platforms well enough?
@mookie @bnys One of the things I've liked about macOS releases since Lion or so is that Apple's been making the Mac simpler in day-to-day use without actually removing the power. Meanwhile, iPadOS has been adding a few of those features without removing the simplicity. It's exciting. I don't really see one disappearing soon, but maybe one day.
@mookie @bnys I sort of had this discussion in 2007. "This has more power than those servers you used to work on," I said. He said something "Yes, but it won't connect to 32 networks simultaneously. There's always a market for connectivity."
He was right. It shrinks, but it still exists.
The UI mutability is more relevant, I think. I don't see iPad ever catching up there, because Apple considers it an anti-goal. (As they should, it makes things too complicated for almost everyone.)
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