Guess which Mac has the most of that list? iPad Pro. Apple is a company of innovation that comes in multiple ways, from different directions. Think Different™ mean revolutionary innovation and iterative innovation. iPad has both.
Since Apple introduced the more powerful iPad Pro a few years ago we’ve been treated to multiple comparisons– how an iPad can be used as a Mac. Without a touchscreen or a detachable keyboard, the Mac cannot be used as a tablet (even Windows PCs with touchscreens make lousy tablets), but any iPad can be used as a Mac notebook.
What segregates Macs from tablets and iPads? A measure of power– no iPadOS equivalents for Final Cut Pro, Logic Pro, or Adobe’s Creative Cloud suite of apps And a favorite feature of power users– screen real estate.
Yet, even an iPad Pro has the option to be used with a large display, plus with iPadOS you can add a keyboard and mouse, desktop style. iPad Pro’s USB-C connector can plug into many new displays, up to and including 27-inch Retina 5K models.
With an external hub, the iPad becomes more Mac-like with peripherals, too. iPads have no trouble with Bluetooth keyboards but until iPadOS arrived, it did not have many keyboard shortcuts and no mouse or trackpad support. Yes, a new Mac mini might provide similar horsepower at a similar price tag, but does not come with the same mobility as an iPad Pro.
All the iPad Pro needs is a keyboard, mouse or trackpad, and an external display. That doesn’t turn it into a Mac, and you may need to modify the iPad’s workflow to get them both to a similar level, but the desktop system will look impressive, work well– depending upon application requirements– and be both mobile and powerful in ways no Mac can handle.
Check out this Dock for the newest iPad Pro models.