Those days are not gone, but they are heading out of town during sunset, thanks to ever increasing app prices, and the In-App Purchase price and subscriptions on the Mac and iOS App Stores. So, let’s talk shop. A computer is a computer. iPhone, iPad, Mac– Windows PC, Chromebook, Linux PC and Android smartphone. Yep. All are computers.
Stop The Madness
Even here on Mac360 there is disagreement whether Apple’s hot and powerful iPad Pro is a real computer, or can replace a Mac or any notebook computer. I’m here to tell you it doesn’t matter because iPad Pro can, 1) replace a personal computer, and, 2) not replace a personal computer. That’s because all our Apple gear– and whatever you may use from the Dark Side of the walled garden ecosystem– are computers that work together, differently.
It’s easy. Yes, you can edit 4K videos on an iPhone but it takes little effort, time, or consideration to determine you need a larger display. Duh. Yes, you can run Microsoft Office on iPads, but seriously, who does Excel spreadsheets with fingertip, hand, wrist, arm, elbow, and shoulder? When it comes to spreadsheets, iPad is not a good replacement for keyboard, mouse or trackpad. Ditto for iPhone. Screen real estate rocks and rules. Where appropriate.
Likewise, a Mac notebook, even the diminutive MacBook Air, is not a good iPhone replacement. Both are computers, but that damned Mac just won’t fit into my butt pocket. iPhone rules. iPad won’t fit there, either. iPhone rules when it comes to pure mobility. iPad rules for pure convenience over Mac or PC.
Different strokes for different folks rules everywhere and trumps all the noise about whether or not an iPad Pro can replace a Mac notebook or PC laptop.
Says who? Jony Evans has, so far, a 7 Part series on “How To Use Your iPad Pro As A Laptop Replacement,” a series that dates back to the early part of November and absolutely castigates the nattering nabobs of negativism who decry an iPad as a worthless Mac or PC replacement.
The user interface is very different from the Mac, but it is important to remember that iOS is a multi-UI system, combining multiple inputs — voice, touch, Apple Pencil and shortcuts — you may need to spend time learning these.
Can you do the same things the same way on iPad as on Mac? No. Just remember, you cannot do everything on a MacBook Air than you can on an iMac Pro with that drool-worthy 27-inch 5K Retina display and all those extra Intel Xeon horses Inside.
Both are computers, and both are different.
The biggest limitations tend to be when working with bespoke enterprise apps built by old-hat tech support teams who don’t seem to have been told that we now live in a heterogenous platform world.
Different strokes for different folks is the new 21st century meme we need to pay close attention to when determining which product solves which problems. No Mac is as portable or convenient as an iPad (better camera, easier to master, less cumbersome, et al) and no iPad Pro has the same type of professional level applications. Likewise, an iPad Pro with cellular LTE built-in, works in situations where a Mac cannot.
Evans does a superb job of slicing and dicing the differences, and laying out the issues of where iPad Pro (or, any iPad) can do what a Mac does, and where it may not suffice or where steps are more cumbersome. This is a worthy– 7 parts, so far– read if you want to see how your Mac workflow can be adjusted to work well but only on an iPad.
Remember, too, Apple is a hardware company and has no desire to close the gap completely between iPad Pro and Mac. Apple wants us to buy at least one, and preferably, both– or, all three; iPhone, iPad, and Mac.
Can an iPad Pro replace your Mac? Sure. Easy. But it depends upon your work requirements and workflow because even a MacBook Air will not replace an iMac Pro.