See the problem? We humans have a tendency to compare and contrast almost anything; we love to put people, products, and trends into categories for easier identification for the next time. Comparing an iPad to a Mac is superfluous nonsense.
Function, Meet Capability
Steve Jobs once told the Mac faithful– way back in the day when Apple and the Mac were mostly synonymous– to get over the notion that for Apple to succeed then Microsoft must fail. Have we not seen that both Apple and Microsoft can succeed? At the same time?
To say that an iPad can do all that a Mac can do is shortsighted analysis. To say a Mac– any Mac– can do what any other Mac can do is faulty analysis. There is a reason why Apple manufactures different Mac models. Different strokes for different folks is a meme for a reason. It matches reality.
For example, if you need to compile some code or edit video in 4K can you do it on a MacBook Air? Yes. Just not very fast. Why not? MacBook Air was not designed for that level of heavy lifting. For that kind of work you need a more powerful device, hence the iMac Pro, or the new 15-inch MacBook Pro with more powerful graphics and component upgrade capability not matched by MacBook Air.
How is that not understood by tech writers who are happy to tell you an iPad Pro is not a Mac? Or, that you cannot do real work on an iPad? You can. But it depends upon the work and how efficient you need to be while getting it done.
Can an iPad do real work? Of course. Can it do what can be done on a Mac? It depends. Many Mac applications– Adobe Creative Cloud apps, Microsoft Office, Final Cut Pro and Logic Pro X– have capabilities and functions that cannot be replicated on iPad Pro or iOS.
Just remember the obvious. A MacBook Air cannot replicate the same capabilities and functions of a more powerful Mac. Does that make it less of a personal computer? No. A Chromebook faces a similar plight? Is a Chromebook considered to be a PC? Yes. Is a Chromebook, regardless of price and hardware components, as powerful and capable as a MacBook Air? No. Macs run Windows, macOS, and most flavors of Linux, which makes the Mac one of the most flexible PC devices money can buy.
Does that mean a Chromebook is not a PC? Here’s the rule to follow.
Just because an iPad cannot do all a Mac can do does not make it less of a computer any more than a MacBook is less of a computer than an iMac Pro. Different strokes for different folks still rules, folks.
For example, let’s say Apple does not sell Macs at all– only iPads. How do iPad sales, itself little more than a highly portable personal computer, compare against the big PC brand names; Dell, HP, Lenovo, Acer, Asus, or even Microsoft? Apple sells more iPads than any of those brands sell traditional PCs. That makes Apple the #1 personal computer maker on earth. Add the Mac to the mix and Apple is just that much larger and more successful than other brands.
Apple is the #1 personal computer maker on earth because an iPad is a computer, too.
Hey, wait. I know what you’re thinking. “Jeffrey, if iPhone is a computer, too, then isn’t Samsung the #1 computer maker?” Plausible reasoning, yes, but insufficient to overcome the distinct difference between a traditional PC vs. a smartphone. Both computers, yes. But not the same.
It’s time to end the iPad vs. Mac nonsense. Both are very good personal computers, but just as a MacBook Air is not an iMac Pro, they are not the same.