In July, Apple silicon made me wonder if Apple saw the iPad as a laptop replacement. The M1 chip tempted me into ordering a Macbook Pro, but I canceled and re-ordered 6 times. What did it offer over the iPad Pro 12.9"?

The answer was XCode, and there was no 7th cancellation. Benny Lim’s story shows others share my indecision. MacOS or iPadOS? Touch-pads or touch-screens? Steve Jobs demanded clarity in a different time, but he would still have a point.



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Will J Murphy

Read me to discover how to exploit your Apple tech. I also write about economics and climate change. Email:;