I’m selling my iPad Pro because my iPhone X does everything I need

“I bought Apple’s 10.5-inch iPad Pro last year when it launched because I thought I’d use it for work, taking notes and watching movies,” Todd Haselton writes for Forbes. “Now I’m selling it, because I bought an iPhone X and found out it does everything I need from an iPad, and more.”

“The 5.8-inch screen on the iPhone X is big enough for everything I thought I needed a larger screen for,” Haselton writes. “And, compared with both the iPhone 8 Plus and 10.5-inch iPad, it’s more comfortable to hold for longer periods of time. Movies and games are still just as immersive, and the stereo speakers provide really good audio when I’m watching or playing them.”

MacDailyNews Take: That’s just silly. A 5.8-inch display is not “just as immersive” as a 10.5-inch display. Not to mention that the iPad Pro offers a ProMotion display with a stunning 120Hz refresh rate, while the iPhone X does not.

“I also thought the 10.5-inch iPad Pro would be great for taking notes, but I’ve found that I barely ever use it or the Apple Pencil that works with it,” Haselton writes. “For example, say I wanted to take notes at a meeting. I had to take the iPad Pro in my backpack, pull it out and set it up on a table. Then, because my handwriting isn’t perfect, there’s no guarantee I’d be able to read my notes later. It’s a lot less cumbersome and more reliable just to pull my iPhone out of my pocket and take notes with the digital keyboard, then access them later on my laptop through iCloud. Plus, with my iPhone I don’t have to worry about a hotspot or tethering to a mobile device, since I bought the cheaper iPad Pro that doesn’t have a built-in cellular connection.”

MacDailyNews Take: It’s not iPad Pro’s fault that all you seem to use a handheld computer for is watching movies, playing games and taking notes or that you inexplicably don’t use iPad Pro’s soft keyboard (hint, it works the same as iPhone’s).

“Finally, I can’t really use iPad Pro for work, since it doesn’t support the online content management system we use to write and post articles at CNBC,” Haselton writes. “That means I need to carry a laptop anyway. It’s just not worth carrying another large form-factor device… So, for now, my 10.5-inch iPad Pro is for sale. What once fit wonderfully into my lifestyle is no longer needed. Funny it was cannibalized by an iPhone.”

MacDailyNews Take: Blaming Apple for CNBC’s limitations. Go tit. (Typo and it’s staying.).

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Well, here’s a nice contender for Stupid Article of the Week.

We can’t wait for Todd’s next gem: I’m selling my new BMW because I live in NYC next door to the office and I don’t know how to drive.

The iPhone X is the best smartphone Apple, and therefore anyone, has ever made, but it can’t adequately replace an iPad Pro for people who actually need and know how to use an iPad Pro.


  1. People who ask for touchscreen Macs, and want to use a mouse on an iPad got everything backwards.

    This article, though, I got rid of my iPad 4 and I use my iPhone on a daily basis. Ingress is easier to play on an iPhone than an iPad, anyway, and I prefer using Pages on my Mac.

  2. This is essentially why I stopped using my iPad years ago. I don’t work outside my office so have no real need for a laptop or anything more powerful than my phone. When I’m at home or work I like a full Mac for a variety of reasons. The iPad falls in-between all my usage scenarios and just isn’t worth it. Of course clearly everyone is different so Apple need to have enough of a range of products to cover all the bases without overcomplicating things.

  3. I love my iPad Pro but admit that I use it far more infrequently than my phone or iMac. Then again, I haven’t yet begun taking advantage of using hot with the pencil for my art, even music projects. What surprises me is that he considers the phone an iPad replacement, but no way finds use for the iPad as (a sometime if not frequent) laptop replacement. “User Error.”

  4. I always run into something, at least once a week, that is simply impossible or ridiculously cumbersome to do on iOS. The latest was a form submission button that wouldn’t submit. Clicking the button multiple times did nothing. Also, is it just me or is it still impossible to attach multiple photos at once to an email in the mail app?

    1. No, multiple photos are very easy. Just tap the shar button, and select all the photos you want to send. Most email systems have a limit of around 10mb for attachments, so if you keep them small you should be fine. iMessage can’t send too many at once, but email can, and you can airdrop an entire album if you’d like .

  5. If you can do everything on a Phone you do not need a computer. If that is your reality, feel free to proceed. That is not the reality for most of us. Many can get by on an iPad, but that is not my preference or reality.

    I have an iPad Pro, a MacBook Pro, a Mac Pro Quad Core Workstation, a Mac mini and an iPhone 7. I will take a desktop Mac any day of the week over any iOS device and I will take my iPad Pro over any iPhone- with Parallels SW I can run Mac apps remotely anywhere I have decent internet. With Citrix Receiver SW I can access my work’s Windows environment on my iPad or my Mac.

    Sitting in front of a 32″ 4K screen and would not trade it for any mobile device.

  6. Agreed this article was a so what. BUT how many people feel, as I do, that the same thought might be more meaningful when we get our hands on an X Plus

    I really have been wondering if the X Plus will reduce my inclination to pick up my iPad

  7. Some people are just clueless when it comes to size appropriateness; e.g., exploring The Room 1 – 4 on anything smaller than an iPad Pro is surely missing the point … not to mention a bevy of nifty details. Reading books and magazines on an iPhone X is totally ridiculous. Then again, some people probably DO want to be cross-eyed when they’re in their 60’s. They’ll then be able to get disability payments …

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