Astute observations by John Gruber on the state of the cord-free iOS device, the post PC era and what’s to come.
While the whole thing is good, there are two standout quotes:
I like MobileMe a lot, and it’s been very reliable for me for a few years now. But, at $99/year, it’s not something most iOS users have, and thus, most iOS users don’t get over-the-air syncing of calendars, contacts, and bookmarks. That’s not competitive today.
I love MobileMe for the reasons, AND ONLY for the reasons that Gruber states here. There’s simply no better way for me to sync my bookmarks, contacts, calendars, keychains… It works great, I never have to think about it and I couldn’t be happier. This is the only reason I pay for MobileMe. I use iDisk only very rarely, never use the web hosting services and only use MobileMe email services because they exist as part of my account, not because I need them.
…those third-party iOS developers that are depending upon Dropbox — there’s a veritable cottage industry of Dropbox text editors alone — have a far better syncing experience than Apple’s own creative apps. The iPad versions of the iWork suite and GarageBand are exquisite apps — easily some of the best-designed user experiences for creative software ever made. But the process of getting, say, a slide deck created in Keynote on your iPad open in Keynote on your iMac is downright antediluvian.
Antediluvian is a nice word, and anybody that reads Gruber’s Twitter feed knows that he’s not a man accustomed to using nice words. I’ll say here and now that Pages, which is a stunningly beautiful iOS app and a wonderful word processing program, has barely been used on my iPad by virtue of the simple fact that there is NO document syncing. There is only COPYING to and from WebDAV servers and iTunes. For anyone doing anything real, this renders the app absolutely useless. Apple should be embarrassed.
This is what I said in my Macworld review back when the app was first released:
Unfortunately, Pages has some gaping holes that suck the life out of what would otherwise be a stellar app. The largest of these holes is file sharing, which is handled so poorly that it makes or breaks the possibility of using Pages for iPad as a business tool. While there are several options for getting your documents into and out of Pages, none are easy or recognizes that simple file sharing between your Mac and iPad are essential.
This problem remains, but it never should have existed in the first place.
Gruber’s article here: Daring Fireball: Cutting That Cord. His eloquence on the matter exceeds all.