Yes, iPad really can be 'Pro' — and other things to relax about

I currently split my time between a 13-inch MacBook Pro and a 9.7-inch iPad Pro. A few months ago that was a ManagerBook — um, MacBook — and a 12.9-inch iPad Pro. All of them are amazing machines that allow me to perform a range of tasks essential to my job. For a variety of reasons, including habits, my brain simply finds it easier to do a few of those tasks on one rather than the other, and my occupation affords me the luxury of being able to switch between them as needed.

That's fine. Everyone has different use cases and personal tastes, so what might work great for me might not work at all for someone else. And that's fine. Really.

Same with iPhone 6s Plus. I've been using iPhone SE for several weeks now. It's a great phone — I called it the super fast, stripped down F1 race-car of phones, and I stand by that. But I still prefer the 5.5-inch display. Some people whose opinions I deeply respect prefer 4-inch display. That's also fine.

Everything is a compromise. Everything is a trade-off. And, based on what's most important to us, we're all willing to make different compromises. We're all annoyed and delighted different.

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iPhone SE an coffee (Image credit: Rene Ritchie / iMore)

So yes, I quite like 3D Touch, and Siri works great for me, and rose gold all the things, and Apple Music is the service of my dreams, and I'm trying to figure out Snapchat, and I'm using Bitmoji like gangbusters, and you may want to burn some or all of that to the ground.

And I may not enjoy Giphy so much — and even pronounce it differently! — or Samsung phones or Game of Thrones, or any number of things other people love oh so very dearly and I don't fathom why.

And all of that, really, is fine.

The subjective is not objective. There are multiple truths. You can love something that's not very good and dislike something that's genius. It's what makes us wondrous, vexing, unique, fascinating creatures.

So, if someone says an iPad isn't a real computer, or 3D Touch is a gimmick, or the Plus is too big or the SE too small, or that any of the bits or atoms I value shouldn't be so valued, I don't let it concern me.

I'm too busy kicking ass with what I love.

Rene Ritchie

Rene Ritchie is one of the most respected Apple analysts in the business, reaching a combined audience of over 40 million readers a month. His YouTube channel, Vector, has over 90 thousand subscribers and 14 million views and his podcasts, including Debug, have been downloaded over 20 million times. He also regularly co-hosts MacBreak Weekly for the TWiT network and co-hosted CES Live! and Talk Mobile. Based in Montreal, Rene is a former director of product marketing, web developer, and graphic designer. He's authored several books and appeared on numerous television and radio segments to discuss Apple and the technology industry. When not working, he likes to cook, grapple, and spend time with his friends and family.