Apple’s 12.9-inch iPad Pro has replaced my 12-inch MacBook

“When the iPad was first announced, I was hoping it would be the perfect companion to my iMac. I envisioned a world where I did the bulk of my work on my desktop, and used the tablet when I was on the go,” Dennis Sellers writes for Apple World Today. “That never happened. Until now.”

“I’ve used my iMac for the bulk of my work; my iPad Pro for reading, watching videos; surfing the ‘Net; and checking my email when I’m away from my desktop; and my 12-inch MacBook for work when I’m traveling,” Sellers writes. “However, with the combination of the latest 12.9-inch iPad Pro and iOS 11, I’m not using the latter. It looks like it may end up being the Mac I do beta testing on, while my Apple tablet is my go-to portable device.”

“iOS 11 kicks the iPad’s operating system up a notch (or three), making it much better for work purposes,” Sellers writes. “The new Dock provides quick access to favorite and frequently used apps and documents from any screen. It makes it much easier to work with multiple apps with Split View and now Slide Over.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: As we wrote back in August, “Since its inception, iPad has always been the future of personal computing for the masses, it just really needed what iOS 11 will soon deliver to fulfill its promise!”

For the vast majority of current Mac users and PC sufferers, Apple’s iPad truly could be their next personal computer, thanks to iOS 11.

As our own SteveJack remarked seconds after Apple’s Craig Federighi unveiled iOS 11’s new features (namely, Multi-Touch Drag and Drop, the new Dock, and the Files app):

Finally, the promise of iPad is realized.SteveJack, MacDailyNews, June 5, 2017

Listen, we want new MacBooks. We’re Mac users. We love Macs. We’ll be getting them (to replace our beloved 11-inch MacBook Airs). But, we won’t need them on the road anymore as soon as iOS 11 is loaded onto our new iPad Pros.

In fact, the new MacBooks might be the last Mac notebooks we ever buy. About that, of course, we’ll be a little sad, but we believe that the iPad is the portable Mac of the future. And, as Mac users, we like to push forward. As always, we have no respect for the status quo. — MacDailyNews, June 21, 2017

What’s more natural than dragging and dropping with your finger? It’s certainly more natural than doing so with a mouse. With iOS 11, many people’s biggest conundrum for their next road machines went from MacBook vs. MacBook Pro to 10.5-inch iPad Pro vs. 12.9-inch iPad Pro. — MacDailyNews, June 9, 2017

iPad Pro. The future of computing is here (or will be, as soon as iOS 11 is released this autumn).MacDailyNews, June 23, 2017

We find that there are many older users longing to make iPad work like a laptop, because that’s what they know.

Take a look at a twelve-year-old who’s only really ever used an iPad for personal computing. It’s an eyeopener. It’s like looking into the future.

The answer isn’t to try to make the iPad into a MacBook. The answer is to provide all the tools possible in iOS for developers to make robust apps that can take advantage of the multi-touch paradigm. — MacDailyNews, May 16, 2017

iPad Pro can replace the vast majority of people’s MacBooks because people never had an alternative to a MacBook to accomplish what they use a personal computer for: Web browsing, email, light word processing, music-video-photo storage and playback, and maybe some messaging (but they do most or all of that on their iPhones or iPhone wannabes).

Note: Obviously, we are not talking about our readership which skews heavily toward techies who use their Macs for far more than the vast majority of current personal computer users.

For the vast majority of people even a crappy low-end Windows laptop is vast overkill for what they do. Therefore, the headroom for iPad remains virtually limitless, especially as Apple’s A-Series chips, iOS and iPad apps become ever more powerful.

This “iPad pause” will not last forever.MacDailyNews, November 11, 2015

Apple: With iPad Pro + iOS 11, a post-PC world may be closer than you think – November 17, 2017
Apple’s iPad Pro from the perspective of a college student – October 13, 2017
Apple’s iOS 11 turns the iPad Pro into the only device your family needs – June 28, 2017
Apple’s iPad Pro is now a true photographer’s tool – June 26, 2017
10.5-inch iPad Pro: Back on an Apple computing device, but not in the form I anticipated – June 23, 2017
Apple’s powerful, new 10.5-inch iPad Pro is a typing champ – June 22, 2017
Apple’s iPad Pro and iOS 11 will finally kill the MacBook Air – June 21, 2017
How Apple’s iPad Pro’s 120Hz ProMotion technology works – and why it’s awesome! – June 21, 2017
Tim Bajarin: Apple’s iOS 11 finally brings Steve Jobs’ vision for the iPad to life – June 20, 2017
Macworld reviews Apple’s 10.5-inch iPad Pro: ‘If any iPad replaces the MacBook, it’s this one’
Tuesday, June 20, 2017

CNBC review: In the market for a new tablet? You should buy Apple’s new 10.5-inch iPad Pro – June 17, 2017
TechCrunch reviews new 10.5-inch iPad Pro: ‘Apple pays off its future-of-computing promise’ – June 14, 2017
Apple’s game-changing 12.9- and 10.5-inch iPad Pros arrive in stores – June 13, 2017
Jim Dalrymple reviews Apple’s new 10.5-inch iPad Pro: Highly recommended – June 12, 2017
LAPTOP reviews Apple’s new 10.5-inch iPad Pro: Amazingly fast performance beats most Windows laptops – June 12, 2017
Ars Technica reviews Apple’s 10.5-inch iPad Pro: Much more ‘pro’ than what it replaces – June 12, 2017
These go to 11: Apple makes iOS more Mac-like and iPad’s promise is finally realized – June 9, 2017


  1. If an iPad can replace your Mac you didn’t need one in the first place.
    Have everything from a Mac Pro to an iPod Touch- including a MacBook Pro and iPad Pro. The answer is no. An iPad is a nice compromise for lugging around but does only a fraction of what a real computer is capable of doing.

    1. DavGreg:

      This. I am so sick of these stupid comparisons and articles about “iPad replaces laptop for a person!”

      You’re right. If your iPad can replace our Mac, you never needed a Mac in the first place. I have a MacBook Pro and a 12.9 iPad Pro. Even with the new iOS 11, iOS and the iPad Pro don’t even come close to the power and productivity of the MacBook Pro.

      It’s is frustrating and awkward to try and do anything productive in iOS, and iOS 11 is full of clunky gestures that makes for a bad experience.

      Give up. iOS was never meant to be a replacement for OS X.

    1. I agree, but it is evolving. While it cannot do the things by MacBook Pro can do, it has amazing capacities. I wrote half of my recently published book on my MacBook Pro and half on my 12.9 inch iPad Pro. For making charts, tables, and importing media, the iPad Pro was superior. For Video and animations, the MacBook Pro was superior. Both performed typing well. The book looks great! When I wanted to go out of my office to write or write in a coffee shop, my iPad was a joy.

  2. I totally agree with SteveJack, no tolerance for status quo. I’ll check out iPad Pro real good before I get a new MacBook Pro, which I need soon. But I absolutely must be able to run some real programs like Quickbooks. Maybe that’s the only program I need for iPad to run. Pages, Numbers, Outlook already do that part of my work okay. iPad Pro is surely expensive enough to replace MacBook!

  3. “I envisioned a world where I did the bulk of my work on my desktop, and used the tablet when I was on the go,” Dennis Sellers writes for Apple World Today. “That never happened. Until now.”

    That never happened for me either. Until 4 years ago when I got a Surface. Now I do everything on it. No exceptions (you still have to make some, as you admit later.)

    I know this is MacDailyNews…but come one guys, be honest and give credit where it’s due. iPad has not proven itself to “always have been the future of personal computing” just because it FINALLY introduced a few basic os capabilities like multiple windows, drag-n-drop, and (limited) Files, which have been there on devices like the surface for years.

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