Many decades ago I found myself sitting in an NCR office– pre-Apple II, pre-Mac, pre-IBM PC era–with an idea of what I wanted a computer to do. The NCR folks were pleasant, professional, well-dressed, well-educated, and full of questions for me.
“What do you want a computer to do?” was the basic mantra. I wanted it to automate. Something. Back in those days NCR was one of a number of computer system vendors not named IBM but with a combination of hardware and software that performed specific business tasks and functions.
Not much has changed in all those decades. To determine which computer to use, you have to know what you want the computer to do. For example, if you are a videographer you’ll want Adobe Premiere, Adobe Effects, or perhaps Final Cut Pro. You won’t want a MacBook Air or lowly MacBook. You need horsepower.
At the other end of the scale, if all you use your computer for is email, web browsing, photos, music, YouTube, and many of the trivial pursuits we’ve offloaded from real computers onto iPhones and iPads, an iPad might just be all you need.
Can you replace a Mac with iPad Pro? Yes. It depends. You won’t replace a fully tricked out iMac Pro that Photoshop photographers and Final Cut Pro videographers use– horsepower comes with a price tag; and power– but for many, iPad Pro will do the job. Earlier this week I satisfied an urge:
In the era of fake news and fake outrage what’s a little fake controversy? Yet, that’s what you see everywhere. Headlines that pit Apple to oranges, and apples to fruits with less appeal. Every computing device you own performs specific functions, has built-in capabilities, and every one of them has overlap with other devices.
We need to get over the notion that one device or platform is superior to another just because. Do you know anyone who uses their… insert your favorite Apple device here (hint: Mac, iPhone, iPad, Watch, Apple TV)… the same way as you?
So, we need to stop thinking that an iPad Pro can or cannot replace a Mac. It can. But it depends upon what functions on the Mac can be moved specifically to an iPad. Look at what we’ve accomplished over the past decade. Or, rather, put another way, look at what Apple has accomplished over the past decade.
There was a time when Apple and the Mac were synonymous. Apple was the Mac. iPod and iTunes changed that. Music went from the Mac to the iPod in our pocket. iPhone made a more dramatic change and took email, browsing, applications from the Mac and married them to phone calls, text messages, and a camera, not to mention a million or so applications that do not have a home on macOS.
iPad carried that same trend to a more mobile, more convenient device; more applications than the Mac in a smaller, more intuitive, and easier to use package that offloaded tasks and functions from the Mac.
Like it or don’t, I use my Mac less these days because Apple found a way to take more of my money to spread out the workload that once was reserved for the Mac.
How can you replace a Mac with an iPad?
Figure out what you need to do. Many of the functions that most of use harbor also overlap on each device. Apple is a hardware company and wants you to buy more hardware. I would like a single, portable, mobile, convenient and intuitive device that does everything.
That isn’t possible unless I change what I need to do to match the device.