Can you replace a Mac with an iPad Pro? Yes. Should you? It depends. As much as Apple would want us to believe that the notion of a notebook, laptop, or computer is so 1999, the reality is this. Computers are still here and will be here for a long time to come.
Apple’s in-house chip design team has put the technology world into a frenzy to compare and contrast the new iPad Pro models– which have power and capabilities beyond 90-percent of the entire PC notebook market– with Macs and PCs. Let me just just set the record straight so everyone understands.
First, iPad is a computer. Second, iPad is a notebook. Or, it can be if you add a keyboard.
The problem most of the industry’s critics have when they decry iPad’s place at the notebook table is simple. iPad does not do all that a traditional Windows PC or Mac notebook can do. So what? A MacBook Air does not do all that a fully tricked out MacBook Pro can do. There is no one-size-fits all definition of what defines a computer, therefore, there cannot be much difference in notebooks, either.
The only similarity in notebooks is keyboard. Some are detachable. Some are not. But if it’s a notebook, it has a keyboard. iPad does not have a keyboard but one can be added, and if you’ve tried out iPad Pro’s new Smart Keyboard Folio you’ll understand that Apple isn’t afraid to raise the bar. Or, at least, challenge where the bar is today.
iPad with keyboard is as much of a notebook as a Microsoft Surface-whatever PC is a tablet when it doesn’t come with a keyboard.
The Surface sucks as a tablet and that might explain why it gets used more as a traditional Windows-based PC notebook. iPad Pro does not suck so much as a notebook– with the aforementioned keyboard requirement– because it’s likely that 90-percent of what most people use a notebook to accomplish can be done on an iPad.
With a keyboard.
Just as a MacBook should not be used as a Final Cut Pro video editor when compared to an iMac Pro, iPad Pro should not be compared to a pre-defined and non-qualified set of criteria. If you need a notebook for email, browsing, games, calendar and reminders, messages, Skype or FaceTime, photos, music, movies, and do not have a specific application that resides only on Mac or Windows, iPad fills the bill quite admirably, and the iPad Pro more so.
For a price.
Jonny Evans on Computerworld has a series on How To Use iPad Pro As A Laptop Replacement. As with any compare and contrast, there are caveats, but the reasoning is sound. As a notebook replacement, it depends upon your requirements, but the reality is obvious.
iPad Pro is a notebook in every sense of the word.