Here’s my conundrum. I write and need lightweight mobility. So, should I get a new MacBook Air. Or, should I get a new iPad Air 2 and add a keyboard? The way Apple prices products and features does not make it an easy decision.
Buy Both And Suffer
In recent years I’ve managed to help support Apple as the world’s richest and most valuable company by buying up plenty of the company’s products.
Mac, iMac, MacBook Pro, iPhone, iPad, iPod. You name it. If there’s an Apple logo on it, I’ve got more than my fair share lying around the home and office.
The problem is simple. The iPad has become much like the Mac. The annual upgrades are nice– more performance, newer features, same price– predictable. Because I’m on the road far too much and slave over a hot keyboard much of the day, smaller and lighter is an advantage.
Compare the high end iPad Air 2 with the low end MacBook Air. Believe it or not, only $50 separates the two devices.
iPad Air 2 comes with a better screen, slightly longer battery life, weighs in at a pound, can get up to 128GB of storage, 2GB of RAM, more security with Touch ID, and has a hundreds of thousands of apps available. But no keyboard. Add a keyboard and that moves the price slightly above a MacBook Air, and doubles the weight to make it just a bit lighter than a MacBook Air with 11-inch display.
On the other hand, the MacBook Air comes with OS X, full flavored and powerful Mac apps, non-Retina display, great keyboard, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of storage.
See the problem? In the past I’d not hesitate to buy one of everything, but this latest decision not to go that route even though functionality isn’t exactly the same, means about $1,000 can be saved and spent on me, rather than enriching Apple’s already overflowing coffers.
Add a keyboard to an iPad Air 2 and you’ve got the size and weight of a MacBook Air without the RAM. Neither the convenience of the tablet nor the power of the Mac can be overlooked. Each is decidedly different for some tasks, but similar for others.