Apple’s powerful new iPad Pro is a lightweight marvel

“I’m sitting in a meeting with 17 other Quartz editors. Everyone else is typing away (or staring blankly) at their Apple laptops. After the meeting is over, they’ll carry these large, metal machines back to their desks, building up to tennis elbows and strained shoulders over a lifetime of office work,” Mike Murphy writes for Quartz. “I, on the other hand, have joined the future. I’m writing (and definitely paying attention to the meeting) on my new iPad Pro, a lightweight marvel that has pretty much replaced my laptop in most situations.”

“I’ve been traveling a lot the last few months, usually dragging with me my laptop and its weighty charger, as I have for years. It’s an annoying reality of working on the road. But for my last few trips, I left my laptop at home and relied solely on my 1-pound iPad Pro,” Murphy writes. “There are minor hurdles to overcome, but it’s really been quite simple.”

“After using the new iPad Pro as my main travel, living room, and office-meeting computer, I’ve generally realized that the iPad Pro really can handle just about everything I need to do,” Murphy writes. “This is not going to be the thing that replaces your work computer — if you need to crunch a ton of data, or edit videos with pixel perfection, get a Mac. But I’m not sure I can see myself buying another normal laptop in the future.”

All-new designs push 11-inch and 12.9-inch Liquid Retina displays to the edges of iPad Pro.
All-new designs push 11-inch and 12.9-inch Liquid Retina displays to the edges of iPad Pro.

“I don’t really care whether it’s the future of computing or what a computer actually is, philosophically (I think we all have powerful computers in our pockets these days, and many have ones our wrists, too!),” Murphy writes. “I just care that after eight years of trying, it feels like Apple has made an iPad that I actually want to use other than in a few spare minutes on the couch.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Trucks and cars.

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. — MacDailyNews, November 11, 2015

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

Apple’s MacBook Pro vs. iPad Pro: Which should you buy? – November 12, 2018
Already in love with Apple’s new compact 12.9-inch iPad Pro – November 7, 2018
What Apple’s iPad Pro enables matters more than what it replaces – November 7, 2018
The Independent reviews Apple’s new iPad Pro: ‘The most powerful, most beautiful tablet you can find anywhere’ – November 6, 2018
The Verge reviews the new iPad Pro: Apple’s approach to iOS is holding back powerful hardware in serious ways – November 5, 2018
Laptop Mag reviews Apple’s new 12.9-inch iPad Pro: ‘The most powerful mobile device ever made’ – November 5, 2018
John Gruber reviews Apple’s new iPad Pro: ‘A better value than any MacBook Apple has ever made’ – November 5, 2018
New iPad Pro benchmarks blow away Windows PCs – November 5, 2018
Apple iPad Pro’s A12X chip has no real rivals; it delivers performance unseen on Android tablets – November 1, 2018
Apple Smart Keyboard Folio will make your new iPad Pro a work station – October 30, 2018
Adobe is bringing full Photoshop to Apple’s iPad next year – October 15, 2018


  1. Cars and Trucks

    Mac Pro = 18 Wheeler. It can handle a massive workload.

    MacBook Pro = Powerful 4 wheel drive SUV/Pickup capable of handling many large jobs.

    MacBook / MacBook Air = Cars. What most people really need.

    And then there’s iPad

    Beautiful, elegant, bad ass, sexy, super powerful, fast as all get up, 0 – 60 in the blink of an eye, Ducati motorcycle.

    Yes, most of those people using the “cars” above could get where they are going and Get there fast, and in style on the Ducati iPad, but they’re going to have to give up
    A lot including the ability to carry lots more people, and they’re going to have to learn how to pilot a completely
    Different device. The goal is the same, get from point a to point b, but how you Do it is very different.

    Most people are going to look upon the Ducati with envy, sigh, and buy their Honda Accords… the MacBook Airs.

    Some lucky people will buy the MacBooks, the MacBook Airs, or the MacBook Pros even and still buy the Ducati and ride it on the weekends and after hours,

    But come Monday morning, when its time to go to work, they will be back in the car.

      1. Pardon me for the garbled post above.
        Here is a clearer one i hope….>>

        ….Come Monday they will go back to what ever they feel most familiar with and hence more productive with for the particular task at hand..
        Some tasks may call for a windows desktop… some a mac desktop or laptops… and some tablets.
        Imo its all in what one feels most familiar and efficient with for the task.
        Tablets with stylus ( besides mobility ) offer their own unique interactivity advantages that neither a desktop or a laptop can.

        Hybrids … Apple….🤞🤞

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

  3. I think I’m at the point I can use an iPad for almost all I need to do. My only “work” now that I’m retired, is the rare spreadsheet report and income taxes. I like buying tax software on my Mac and doing it from my own drive. Maybe this year I can do it on anew iPad. If not, my MacBook Pro is only a few years old…unlike me.

  4. I upgraded from Gen1 12.9 pro+pencil to 12.9 3rd gen with pencil and i absolutely love it .
    The thing is blazing fast.

    But it needs an iOS Pro… lack of core, user managable file/folder system with a consistsnt UI across the os , accessible from all apps for all files… plus the restricted IO to external drives is a huge handicap for assett intensive jobs and productivity.
    Apple, i implore you to remove these handicaps..
    It will be a power house.

    As for Pro work.. i agree and disagree with the author.
    Imo, it is not good for typing intensive jobs.. programming, ..etc..

    But Given the nature of the task the iPad Pro with the pencil can deliver the same precision and quality of work as a desk top can in ‘most cases’.
    Photo retouching can be incredibly precise, same with graphics creation and paint tasks.. video editing ..etc……….with Apps like Luma Fusion, Affinity, Procreate and more ,.. the results can be absolutely amazing and pro level…and ipad can handel complex taskes and effects and layering and compositing without a hickup. ( i come from a desktop CGI background this is not a blind comment )
    To see capability and horsepower of this beast review Adobes presentation of their upcoming photoshop for iPad in 2019

    Its also an Amazing music creation machine.. and yes some pros do use it to make music. With likes of Music Studio , Garage band, effects generators etc.. … yes they are not Logic pro or Sonar..
    But good enough for a lot of Pro level tasks never the less.

    Is ipad pro as powerful as a full blown pro desktop… Absolutely Not.
    But most jobs dont require that kind of power unless they are super data intensive. Or super computation intensive like rendering complex 3d animations..etc.

    Yet even in the realm of 3d Ipad is getting there.. with apps like
    Putty 3d, , Umake, Shaper.. etc…..not quite desktop pro level yet but catching up fast.

    Doing pro work on ipd is possible… but its a paradigm shift.. one has to give it a chance and learn and adapt to it.

    The new ipad pros are amazing.. just give us a Serious , Core , Pro level file/folder sys Apple ! And an open usb-c port Apple.

    1. Yes, typing is a chore and I quickly stopped wasting my time when laptops are superior. Dabbling around in this and that so called pro software, without a file system, is playing on a souped up iPhone nothing more. No pro is going to retrain him or herself DOWNWARD on the severe limitations of the pad and give up their serious hardware, dual monitors, professional software for decades. The pros I work with would not risk their livelihoods or waste their time for a New York minute on this hip and cool fantasy — we ALL know better…

  5. It is indeed great for what it’s great for, but that’s all it’s great for. I imagined the hub concept back when the iPhone first debuted, that one small, powerful device would drive all of our computing through connectivity – we aren’t there yet. As of now, connecting a bunch of peripherals to an iPad pretty much just makes it a Surface or an awkward laptop.

  6. I published a book a year ago. It’s done pretty well worldwide. I wrote half of it on my brand new MacBook Pro tricked out to the Max. The other half was written on a first generation 12.9 inch iPad Pro with keyboard and Apple Pencil. My work forces me to use a MacBook Pro, due to a specialized data base program required to do what I do. It is not yet set up for the iPad, but it is coming. Having said this, I can tell you that the whole argument above is silly. Apple designed the MacBook Pro for the general computer market and the iPad Pro as the ultimate touch computer. Rather than try to substitute one for the other, they both can perform almost all of the tasks as the other, but each serves best in different situations. The experience of writing this book on each computer for me was that certain situations were best done by the iPad Pro (taking it to cafes, carrying around the lightest weight, illustrating, photo editing). Others were best done on the MacBook Pro (typing at night when an illuminated keyboard was best, using a database, editing shared documents.

    It isn’t a comparison of cars and trucks or motorcycles and cars. It’s more like a Ferrari Vs a High Performance Tesla. Both are nice, really fast and are totally different experiences. Each can get you from here to there, just like a Honda, but each provides much more than a way to get from point A to point B. The thing is, I never set out to write that book on each type of computer. I just chose the one I wanted to use in individual situations and it came out to being written equally on each device. I wasn’t trying to prove I could replace my laptop with my iPad Pro. I actually never thought of it. The real joy was how seamless the experience was between the two devices.

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