iPad Pros and MacBooks: Next week will reveal where Apple’s mobile computing strategy is headed

“While there are a number of large and small announcements expected at Apple’s event next week, there’s one big-picture issue that cuts across at least two of the company’s product lines: the future of its mobile computing devices,” Dan Moren writes for Macworld.

“Convergence is a dirty word to many consumers of Apple products, conjuring up images of toaster fridges and Microsoft Surfaces,” Moren writes. “But it’s undeniable that the iPad Pro and the MacBook are, if not converging, then certainly on a collision course. The real question is whether both can survive.”

“Stack a 12.9-inch iPad Pro up against a 12-inch MacBook, and you wouldn’t be wrong to wonder why Apple has two products that seem to occupy the same place in the line-up,” Moren writes. “Especially when you add the iPad’s clear advantages, like a touchscreen and the ability to convert between tablet and laptop form factors… Certainly most of us don’t need both an iPad Pro and a MacBook in our lives, and so the likelihood is that people are choosing to go one way or the other.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: The turning point was iOS 11. iOS 12 just improves on that. As we wrote back in August 2017, “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 Pro truly could be their next personal computer..

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

15 Comments

  1. I’m sorry, but am i the only one who finds this correlation ridiculous? There are many apps and processes that just won’t work on an iPad. The functionality is not there, and it won’t be, without the iPad ceasing to be an iPad. Software needs to be molded quite a bit to get an iPad Pro to do what a desktop can do.

    1. Touching on screen is not easier than using a mouse for text selection or speed. Also, the iPad needs a proper file system and the ability to sync files securely with a Mac – so that folders on both devices can be kept in sync.

  2. If MakeMusic would release a version of Finale on iPad, I’d give up my MacBook Pro in a heartbeat. I have Notion by PreSonus on my iPad Pro, but it can only do about a tenth of what Finale can do. At this time, MakeMusic says they have no plans to do make an iOS version. So, I’m stuck with using both – iPad Pro for reading music, and MacBook Pro for writing music.

    1. That’s exactly where I am, and why I now carry both! I’m thrilled with my new MBP. But I use Sibelius rather than Finale – still, Avid also has no plans to make an iOS version, and it doesn’t come close to the same workload.

      There are surely plenty of similar examples in other fields, too. the iPad has a long way to go to replace a MBP.

    2. It’s like they aren’t even listening to their customer base! We have been screaming for an Ipad port of finale since ipad was released. Please MakeMusic MAKE IT HAPPEN! Look at what Adobe just put out. Surely it can run everything you need it to and more now! GET ON THE GRAVY TRAIN! Shoot I would even pay full price!

  3. I will likely will be buying both next week. A couple of additions to the iPad and I likely would not. I need multiple apps open and I need multiple pages of the same app open. When that happens, I can give up a MacBook.

  4. Agree with MDN’s note, but here’s the thing…
    The iPad is not a PC replacement, never was, still isn’t. It’s a replacement for the netbook, which is a terrible PC.

    People who’s need are met with a netbook have bought and are not exactly cutting edge in performance. There’s very little motivation to upgrade an iPad.

    And no, yet again, a computer that cannot be self programmed in native code, directly on the computer is not a PC. A computer that needs someone’s permission to have programs, is not “personal”.

  5. I am considering one of the hybrid Microsoft Surface tablets. Exactly what I want only a Mac/iPad hybrid. Prob not ever going to happen but I’ll see what happens next Tues.

  6. I have both and the iPad Pro is in no way a replacement for a proper computer, and when pricing is figured in it is not even competitive.

    Love my iPad Pro for the call room at the hospital to watch TV or movies, read up on the news and check email.

    I also carry my MacBook Pro, for when it is time to do real work. Word Processing, Presentations and such on the iPad is a joke. Editing music or video is a joke. You cannot rip a DVD, connect it to a scanner a bunch of other things. Multi-tasking is very marginal and that is being generous.

    If you can do your work on an iPad- pro or no- you do not need a Mac.

  7. The comments on this have been encouraging and remind me that this is, indeed, MAC Daily News, not APPLE Daily News, or iOS Daily News. Sure, those things are relevant, and I like seeing them, but this is a still a Mac site, even if it ventures far into those other territories, and often.

    I’m with many other commenters that the Mac and iPad are vastly different machines. And the two shall never meet. And probably shouldn’t! I do with Apple would add touch screens to the MacBooks, though. I find myself often sitting here with both open in front of me, and it can become confusing when I should touch the screen vs. reach for the track pad (or mouse – it is often while I’m at work on a Windoze PC, like right now)!

  8. Just a shame that Apple sat on its laurels for so long fiddling with skumatics and the like rather than make serious improvements like the belated addition of the file system for those who need it and USB-C. Until these new versions my iPad 3 has, apart from sluggishness, kept me happy while a new iPad seemed to offer little other than doing the same that bit better and faster. I will see if next week along with iOS 12 which I can’t use presently goes beyond that, even if my present machine is in all honesty getting close to obsolescence finally. I want to see more flexibility, wireless is great but as my stepson found out all your eggs in one basket isn’t great for pros when transferring big numourous files for example expecially when iCloud offers such little storage without wanting more of our hard earned cash. Only so many one way street can be tolerated when your business as is on the line.

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