According to Wikipedia, there are only half as many iPad apps as iPhone apps, so there is a significant difference in availability. Does this justify treating iphone and ipad as separate platforms? In that case, is ios warranted?
Here's what I think should happen:
No, we shouldn't ban the iphone and ipad tags. There are many requests where an app which runs on one device specifically is needed. For example, I really want a Stack Exchange client on my iPhone, and I don't really care if it works on my iPad. Just having ios doesn't convey this.
(As I don’t know much about mobile, I can’t decide if this requirement should be specified in the tags instead of in the title/question only. So in this answer I assume that we need tags for this difference.)
If it’s true that there are iOS apps that run on one kind of device only (e.g., iPad or iPhone), is this true for other mobile platforms, too?
According to this question on SO, it seems to be the case for Android, too.
- a question asking for apps that have to run on an iPad would be tagged with: ios, tablet
- a question asking for apps that have to run on an Android smartphone would be tagged with: android, smartphone
(But again, only if we really need tags to differentiate. Personally, I think we could do without and specify it in the title/body only.)