That’s not what I meant. Even with the software, the iPad’s interactive capability would not be sufficient, as we have already discussed in some detail.
Anyways, we could go back and forth forever, but I took the time to set down my basic premise in the form of a fictional story, so once you have ten minutes of free time, read it under this collapsible link I’m putting it under (because it is so long and I don’t want to annoy other forum-browsers.) I realize that it refers only to architecture, but that is because that is the only field I am capable of speaking for.
[details=This is the story of Mr. Arch I. Tect. We’ll call him Archy.]Archy owns a small architectural firm in a medium-size city. He has designed libraries, fire stations, and private homes for much of the surrounding area. Archy plans, creates, and develops every project with a single, great software called SketchUp. Archy paid $600 for SketchUp Pro, he pays $100 per year for upgrades, and he has spent another $500 or so into plug-ins that help his workflow. Archy has used SketchUp for about ten years, and is considered advanced in his understanding of the software. In the office of Archy and Associates, each desk has a Dell Precision desktop, an ergonomic keyboard (with number pad), three wide monitors, a trackball, and a SpaceNavigator. Archy also has a personal Dell laptop that he uses for remote planning and client meetings.
These remote meetings are happening more frequently as his firm’s reputation spreads, and Archy hears from someone who calls themself AngelArs that he should buy an iPad Pro for this purpose. He hears many wonderful things: that iPads have a higher benchmark than many computers, that iPads can be used with projectors that cast 125-inch images, that iPads are the way the market is going and he should not be left behind. So Archy does a little thinking. Start with the iPad Pro itself. Powerful enough? Yes, AngelArs says so, and he believes it. What about the iPad’s screen though? Way too small to manage his next project – a fully-detailed ten-story apartment complex. AngelArs insists that the touchscreen is better than a mouse, so he concedes that, but there is no way that he can organize all his material, style, shadow, entity info, and layer docks, along with all the extensions, on that little screen, and still have room to model.
No problem, says AngelArs, he can wirelessly beam to a projector or HDMI monitor.
OK great, but hold on, he can’t use the touch screen then, so it’s back to the trackball and SpaceNavigator.
Hold on here, his setup will be exactly the same with the iPad as with the laptop, so what exactly is the advantage?
Well, when he has a design meeting, he can disconnect everything and go to meeting with a device that’s less than half the weight of his laptop! Think of it – less than half the weight, that’s impressive; his arm always used to ache from carrying his laptop all the way from the car, down the hall, to the conference room. Can’t wait to buy this thing! Oh, one more problem. There is no SketchUp for iPad yet. Oops.
So, what does Archy do? He goes back to his laptop, which is three inches longer and two pounds heavier than the iPad, and uses the same old setup, the same setup that he would have had to use with the iPad, and the software is already there.
Archy hears exciting things from time to time. First SketchUp comes out with a Virtual Reality feature. Now his clients can sit in the middle of an empty room with cages on their heads and see what their ten-story apartment will look like. But hold on – where did this incredibly detailed model come from?
One day SketchUp does come out with a full app for iPad, and people can sit in the airplane and model neat little gadgets for their 3D printer to create when they get home. Or they can admire a fully-detailed architectural model of a ten-story apartment and wonder who made it and how they did it on that little iPad.
It was Archy, but it wasn’t an iPad. It was done on a Dell Precision desktop, an ergonomic keyboard (with number pad) , three wide monitors, a trackball, and a SpaceNavigator.
And Archy’s business is booming. After all, he’s one of the few who still works on a dinosaur of a seven-year-old desktop with large screens and physical input devices. Nobody else wanted the market to leave them behind, so they all bought iPads and VR headsets and tried desperately to get their drawings done on time. When they realized they couldn’t, they came running to Archy.
Archy is kind of glad he got left behind.
Anyone who needs a real building designed has to come to him – until Artificial Intelligence takes over…[/details]
Now I’m leaving it up to you @AngelArs, to tell me everything that’s wrong with my story. I’m sure you’ll have plenty to say