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Ditching your laptop for an iPad Pro

Ben Brooks argues that you should ditch your laptop for an iPad Pro. He says the iPad has shown it is a better tool than a laptop.

Up to a point I agree with Brooks. The iPad Pro can be a better work tool than a laptop in many circumstances. One day it may always outperform the more traditional computer format all the time.

The gap between what you can do on an iPad compared with what you can do on a laptop has almost closed. Every new version of iOS makes the gap smaller. That will accelerate now Apple has split iPadOS from iOS.

But we’re still not all the way there yet. Some tasks are still better done on the laptop. Take, for example, troubleshooting a web page. Despite there being excellent iOS web inspection tools, my favourite is Inspect Browser, this still works better on a laptop with a desktop-style browser.

Some webpages still force the iPad to a mobile version, although you can now demand the desktop page.

There are tasks that are better on an iPad Pro than on a laptop. I’m a journalist, I write for a living, all day most days. Writing is arguably better on an iPad Pro than a laptop.

I no longer use my MacBook as a portable. When I’m on the move the iPad is my preferred device. I fly with it, take it cafes and to meetings. Soon I will drop the MacBook, but not yet.

By Bill Bennett

Not actually a geek, more a chronicler of geekdom. Still mainly a journalist, sometimes a blogger.

6 replies on “Ditching your laptop for an iPad Pro”

Can you develop iOS/macOS/iPad OS apps, for example, Adobe Lightroom, on an iPad Pro? Can I shell out to the command line on iPadOS and put together a quick script that pipes the output to the input of another app?

Ditching your laptop for an iPad Pro by Bill Bennett

The gap between what you can do on an iPad compared with what you can do on a laptop has almost closed. Every new version of iOS makes the gap smaller. That will accelerate now Apple has split iPadOS from iOS.
But we’re still not all the way there yet. Some tasks are still better done on the laptop.

I don’t have a MacBook but my wife does. I have a 27″ iMac with 9TB of storage and lots of peripheral ports. I also have an iPad Pro.I wish Ben, who writes for a living and so has a limited understanding of “work”, would stop evangelising about the iPad. Let us each use what we like.Related

I think Macs are great. I think iPads are great. Whatever works is great. It’s pretty fantastic that we have such great platforms to use and enjoy. My first Mac was a Color Classic back in 1992 and I’ve had many since. I still use a Mac Mini 2012 as a media and file server. I’ll always have a Mac. That said, I happily sold my last Mac laptop 3 years ago and now use an iPad Pro full time for all of my freelance work. I code and manage client websites, layout newsletters, design brochures, etc. It’s my favorite computer. But, still, I’ll happily celebrate the Mac and the iPhone and AirPods. All these work so well together. It’s not either/or.

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