Just in time for its 4-day holiday sales event, Apple runs a new ad that serves five reasons why iPad Pro can be your next computer. In true Apple fashion, it's a fun, hip and flashy advertisement that will undoubtedly hover a few people to plummet up a thousand dollars on a new iPad.
But for most, they also need a Mac. Do not pay attention to the semantics of the difference between computer and PC, but what Apple really means is that iPad is a great replacement for a Mac if you only use it for basic tasks like email and browsing. Because it definitely can not replace your Mac for real work.
Apple lists the following reasons why iPad is as good as a computer:
- It's more powerful than most computers.
- It's versatile. It's a scanner, camera, editing package, notepad, movie theater, music studio, book and computer.
- Anything thanks thanks to LTE.
- It's as simple as this (focusing on movements).  It's even better with Apple Pencil.
They are all valid points that make iPad Pro an excellent tablet, absolutely the best Apple ever made. But for all these reasons you can point out a specific counter argument that shows why it's not and should not be your next computer:
You can not run any Apple pro apps
The iPad can have a ton of power available thanks be the A12X chip, but most people will never tap into their full potential. It's not because they do do strenuous work, but rather because they can not . There are third-party apps, such as Photoshop (coming soon), Pixelmator and LumaFusion, but there are many app manufacturers that either make stripped versions of their apps for iPad, or just do not worry about making iOS apps at all.
Even Apple does not offer any of its proapps for iOS. You can not use Final Cut Pro, Logic Pro or even X-code on iPad. So what's the point of having a piece that's as fast as a MacBook?
It does not have a real directory
iPad can do a lot of things, but getting files and pictures out of their apps is a real pain. iCloud Drive helps a bit, but for the most part, you'll jump around screenshots and share sheets when you want to take a scanned document or MP4, no matter what app it's in, and take it somewhere else, especially if that's the place outside your iPad. It's not even a built-in download manager.
There's a big limitation on iOS and especially iPad, and it does not appear to be high on Apple's list of things to record.
It is not comfortable to use for long strings
Laptops are called laptops because they fit into your lap. I can sit on the couch or train with my MacBook for several hours and get as much work as I wanted on my desk.
iPad may be able to go anywhere thanks to the LTE chip, but ease of use is another story. On my own, I can either lay it flat on my knees or hold it up with both hands, and none of them helps to make serious work done. If you come to the smart Folio Keyboard, it is still meant for a flat surface and not at all comfortable or stable in your lap. Even if you can find a comfortable place, without a marker or trackpad, your hands are always moving from the keyboard to the screen, which is brutal for editing.
You can not connect to an external hard disk
It's not denied the simple iOS on iPad, but it's not like the Mac is hard. But what's not easy on iPad is to find out what things are working with the new USB-C port.
It's a hit-or-miss affair, but one thing that definitely does not work is external storage. Connect a USB-C drive, and your iPad will not recognize it at all. Since it's probably 90 percent of what people are using the Macs' USB C port for (apart from charging), they're going to be out for a rude awakening the first time they plug in an external drive to the iPad.
It's more expensive than most Macs
I do not want to contest the fact that iPad Pro is better with Apple Pencil, but it also makes the iPad Pro $ 129 more expensive. In fact, if you buy an 11-inch iPad Pro and will beat all the points here, it will cost you $ 1,257, only $ 42 shy of the 13-inch MacBook Pro and $ 158 more expensive than the new MacBook Air. If you want a 12.9-inch model, you'll see $ 1,477. And it's only 64GB of storage, at least half of what you get with your MacBook. You will get engraving for free, so at least it is.