If you ever wanted to ditch your desktop PC and switch to a tablet, it might soon be the best time to do it. At least, that’s the idea we can get from the specs of Apple’s latest iPad Pro. According to tech website Bare Feats, the upcoming 10.5 and 12.9-inch tablets are pretty close to the newest 13-inch MacBook Pro in terms of sheer power. And we are not talking about the basic MacBook version with a Core i5 chipset, no, sir!
Turns out, the iPads might really compete with the fastest MacBook Pro, which comes with Intel’s most powerful CPU, Core i7. Take a look at the benchmark below and see for yourself.
Bare Feats/GeekBench/Circles by Business Insider
Is it really the only ‘computer’ you need?
Of course, on paper, the new iPads look incredible, and will seemingly work even faster than the 2016 13-inch MacBook Pro with a Core i7. Not convinced yet? Well, you are right, as tablets could hardly serve as a full-fledged PC replacement. They are slowly getting there, thanks to some important new features Apple is adding to its latest iOS 11. They will supposedly make the mobile devices function more similar to desktop computers. So maybe the iPad is the only ‘computer’ you need, as Apple has claimed?
For starters, iPad will get a Dock, like the one you see on macOS. Apple also adds a new application – Files – which will allow you to explore and organize your files, documents, pics and other stuff.
So, average users, not professionals, might want to consider buying a $900 iPad Pro with 256GB, rather than the fastest $1,800 13-inch MacBook Pro… Will they? I mean, both devices have approximately the same size of their screens, and the iPad does cost half the price for slightly less performance. Well, no, keeping all that in mind, iPads are extremely unlikely to be the only ‘computer’ in your apartment. Some crucial features are still missing, and there is no way around them. Not yet, at least.
First off, touchscreens aren’t really suitable for work or any prolonged activity that requires a lot of navigation through menus. Just imagine, sitting with your iPad and constantly having to lift your hand to browse through different documents or even websites. You will want to find another input method, especially if your work requires a lot of precise movements. Switching browser tabs, clicking links, option menus – this will get pretty tiresome pretty quickly. Not to say, it will slow the process down and potentially annoy you.
A mouse or even a trackpad would be way more efficient and practical. Effortless too, as you won’t have to constantly move your hand all that much. So, most people will still need a laptop for activities more complicated than watching YouTube or browsing Facebook.
Should Apple eventually add a native mouse support, there are other issues too. Nothing that Apple cannot fix in the future, but at this stage, the iPad Pro’s 4GB of RAM just doesn’t cut it. Most users would say that 8GB is the absolute minimum, needed for a work without any hiccups or slowdowns. Truth be told, even moderate multitasking leaves people wanting for more gigabytes.
The latest, most important issue, is the limit imposed by the OS. Apple’s mobile operating system only runs, well, mobile versions of applications. Yeah, it works smoothly as butter and is great for what it is. But limited productivity and versatility of these devices will not be enough.
iPad is a tablet first
Why are we talking about it, if it’s all common sense? Well, honestly, I’ve seen people who tried to replace their laptops with even older versions of iPads. One of my friends actually claims the old iPad 2 (not Air 2), released 6 years ago, is more than enough for him. But I can’t remember how many times he has come to me to use my PC for simple tasks, like editing or sending files.
So make no mistake, the Ipad Pro is a tablet first. Thanks to its incredible power it could temporarily serve as an alternative to a laptop or desktop. And only in very specific scenarios. Even though it has some really powerful apps like Photoshop, Lightroom or MS Office, it is still not there yet. And a $900 Windows machine would be a much better choice.