Early reviews are in and almost unanimous. Apple's new iPad Pro line is great. High speed. Great screen. And what more do you have? To be a real workhorse, iPad Pro needs a keyboard. And maybe a pencil.
What more? What about raison d 'être ? A real reason to exist. Well, iPad does it already, outsells the Mac with a long shot, and has an installed base almost triple Apple's once flagship product. Whats missing?
iPad vs Mac
Personal computing we've known for the past 40 years has changed dramatically. Command Line Interface was graphical user interface. Keyboard and mouse drive PCs have given the opportunity to touch devices in the post-PC era. Touchscreens rule. There are more touchscreen smartphones on the planet earth than it's combined with Windows PCs or Macs. Trucks have given way to cars.
Apple's new iPad Pro can be the first tablet to really replace a Mac or a Windows-based PC. It's almost so good. Almost.
Hardware is not much of a problem there. A new iPad Pro is faster than most PCs sold today, thanks to Apple's own home-based design player. Even the iPad Pro screen is better, touch is better (especially for graphic designers who love pencil). The price is competitive with everything, but the premium end of the notebook spectrum, but an iPad Pro with a 1
I see a handful of problems right away.
First iOS 11. Apple brings drag and drop to iOS 11, and it's starting to make iPad Pro more competitive with MacBook, MacBook Air, and others who do not rely on professional applications to live.
Second, File app. It also comes in iOS 11. Think of an almost-finder from Mac, but on iPad and iPhone. It's just an easier way to get to files and emulate Mac's file management system.
Third, Keyboard-Centric Touch-Free Alternatives. Think of it like mouse-like features from the keyboard. By this, I mean ways to use the keyboard on almost everything, so we are not forced to retrieve a hand and arm from the keyboard to perform specific touch-focused gestures. Mouse support will be a plus because Windows and Mac users know how to use a mouse, but putting trackpad functionality on an iPad screen works well in the lap but not in desktop mode where a keyboard is required.
The fourth keyboard itself. The new 10.5-inch iPad Pro is only $ 749 for 256GB of SSD storage, but no keyboard, other than the onscreen keyboard. I tried it. It's not good enough for me. Many third party Bluetooth keyboards are available, and more come. Apple's own iPad Pro Smart Keyboard is not a genuine keyboard, but it also doubles as a kickstand, but it's also an extra $ 159 that pushes the total price tag for a MacBook replacement to $ 908. It's cheaper than a new MacBook ( and iPad Pro is more powerful and has more applications than Mac input levels) by almost $ 400. It also adds a pound to the one-pound iPad Pro; total, two pounds, or about the same as a MacBook.
A better smart keyboard that is easier and more capable would be a plus. Apple missed the boat here.
Can this iPad Pro line replace your Mac? Yes. If your Mac is a MacBook Air, MacBook, or MacBook Pro that does not use professional applications such as Adobe Creative Clouds Photoshop, Lightroom, Illustrator, et al., Or Apple's own Final Cut Pro or Logic Pro, or other apps that make it more than their iOS colleagues.
With iOS 11 drag and drop and File app, iPad Pro becomes more like using a Mac, but with a smart keyboard, it weighs about the same, but unlike the Windows 10 touch screen notebook and tablet hybrider , iPad Pro is a really mobile tablet that wants to be a very powerful notebook.
Nests and Mac. But not entirely.