(This is Arthas the cat.)
It’s been a few weeks since I closed my Netflix account and a sad yet predictable thing has happened. I stopped using my Apple TV. In the past, I would come home, put my feet up and click on my Apple TV. But as I recently realized. The only reason I turned on my little black box, that was snuggled next to my very big flat screen, was to watch Netflix.
Apparently, I had no other use for my little companion. When I broke up with Netflix it broke my Apple TV. I seriously, haven’t turned it on since I canceled my Netflix account.
I suppose this is evidence of things to come. How many things have we purchased mainly to compliment another device or service? I had not thought about removing the Apple TV from my life and the universe in its all knowing wisdom has made that choice for me.
Look around your house, how many things can you remove? Then how many more things can you remove because the only reason it exists in your life is that it compliments some other device.
Today was one of the hardest days of my life. I decided to end one of the longest relationships that I have ever committed to. Netflix.
As a minimalist, I have a great need to reduce, to simplify and thus to end. It’s not that Netflix is expensive, at around ten dollars a month, the cost is something that I don’t even consider. Sadly, the reason I decided to end this multiyear relationship is that Netflix is no longer bringing value to the relationship.
I have power watched all the TV shows that I even remotely find interesting. I have seen all the movies that I added to my “list” years ago. In some cases, I have rewatched entire series multiple times.
Every month usually one movie is added that I would actually burn two hours watching, but only one. Now Disney will be pulling all their programs from Netflix, I can already see a void appearing, one similar to Hulu. I can honestly see the end of Netflix on the horizon.
I felt sad as I clicked the button to end my subscription. However, now there is one less attachment, one less distraction and one more reason to go outside.
(I don’t have a photo of my iPad, so here are some clouds. Taken in Colorado.)
I really love using my iPad. It’s lightweight. It’s fast. It’s thin. It fits under my driver seat and no creepers looking in can see it, even if they stare hard. I pair it with a very nice keyboard from Brydge. (NOT an Affiliate link, just a link.)
I find that using the touchscreen with my fingers is the most natural input for a device I could use. I have tried the touch screens that came with an Alienware and Razer laptops that I purchased. The touch was not very good when you compare it to an iPhone or an iPad. They are just optimized a whole lot better.
Unfortunately, the iPad is still not at a place that can replace my desktop or laptop computers. The first issue is the serious lack of apps. I know this sounds idiotic to say since the Apple app store is a massive powerhouse. But, when it comes to the iPad, this statement is true. I strongly believe that the developers of apps just don’t care about the iPad.
Which is hilarious considering the Apple push to make the iPad the replacement for the laptop and desktop. But, still, the app store for iPad is missing a large portion of popular apps that are core apps on the iPhone. Instagram? Nope. Popular banking apps? Missing.
Could we live without certain apps on the iPad? Well, we are already handling it. Here is the major issue with going without certain apps. Those companies that neglect the iPad also have iPad unfriendly websites. This is what happens when you go to some websites that have not been optimized for mobile, you get a mix of errors ranging from “You are trying to access this site from a mobile device. Please try again from a desktop computer. ” to “If you would like to continue please connect from a desktop computer.” In today’s world not having a mobile-friendly website is a disgrace. (I’m looking at you State Farm.)
Could an iPad replace a laptop? Yes, it could. Just not right now. I believe most people still need the same apps that are on their phone to be available on their iPads, they also need 100% mobile-friendly websites across the internet. Until that day, iPads will be just what mainstream media tells us they are, an overpriced Netflix watching extra screen we occasionally use to Google random questions on.