Leave your MacBook at home, Apple’s iPad Pro is the travel buddy to take on vacation

“The iPad Pro is a powerful and versatile tablet that’s great for creatives and professionals,” Julian Chokkattu reports for Digital Trends. “While we detail all its pros and cons in our review, we put it through even further testing by replacing our laptop with the 12.9-inch iPad Pro as we trekked through Japan during a two-week vacation.”

“The redesigned Apple Pencil has a matte finish, and it looks more like a normal pencil that the previous version. It feels fantastic in the hand, and drawing with it is incredibly natural,” Chokkattu reports. “It works well for editing photos in Adobe Lightroom CC: Using the Pencil to control sliders for contrast, exposure, and other settings was easy, but we did notice it’s not as fast as a mouse or trackpad. We edited photos slower than we would have on a laptop.”

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.

“We’ve fallen in love with the 12.9-inch screen size of the iPad Pro. It’s vast, and perfect for drawing or binge-watching the entire season of House on Haunted Hill on Netflix (as we did on the 13-hour flight). But looking back, we would have preferred to use the 11-inch iPad Pro for traveling instead,” Chokkattu reports. “Face ID has replaced Touch ID on the tablet, and we’re happy with the change. We don’t need to do anything but look at the iPad for it to unlock, and while it doesn’t save any time, it’s simply far more convenient that using a fingerprint sensor. It works in portrait and landscape orientation too, unlike the iPhone, and we never had a problem with its face-detection ability. It’s excellent. You know what else we like? Gesture navigation that came to all supported iPads in iOS 12. It’s a more natural way to interact with a tablet.”

Much more in the full review here.

MacDailyNews Take: The removal of the antiquated Home button and the addition of iOS gestures is the biggest iPad upgrade ever. We love the new iPad Pros! The jump to the A12X Bionic is no small leap, either.

Apple’s powerful new iPad Pro is a lightweight marvel – December 6, 2018
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

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Fred Mertz” for the heads up.]


  1. Would if I could but I can’t.

    A major piece of software I use isn’t (and won’t) be available on iOS. It’s a small development team and they’re putting their limited resources into Mac OS only.

    I have an iPad Air 1 from 2014 and barely use it anyway. It’s so much easier to grab one of my MacBooks and get things done. But I’m an old man of 46 (snark) so what do I know.

    1. “A major piece of software I use isn’t (and won’t) be available on iOS.”
      And you would need this major piece of software while you’re on ‘vacation?’ That was kinda the point of the story. If anything, taking an iPad Pro means you can have pretty good connectivity for finding a local restaurant or “non-touristy” out of the way sites while NOT having the ability to actually do much work. Seems perfect for a vacation.

  2. Lack of an IOS desktop means that file organization is a pain.
    So, much as I love my iPad Pro and Pencil (especially for drawing), the material I generate with them gets copied onto MacBook Pro or iMac, where I can get work sorted and finished.

  3. More lies. I prefer the MacBook because it has a physical keyboard. A tablet is nice but doesn’t replace a laptop for me. The dream of tablets replacing laptops is long dead. Apple might get closer if the iPad ran OSX but I doubt that will ever happen. I don’t think anyone actually believes tablets will replace laptops. Apple is foolish to push such a strategy even if it is trying to sell more iPads. Apple seems to be attempting to do things that most of the tech industry opposes and that’s a darn shame for all their loyal consumers.

    A tablet is fine for me for viewing video content but I’m just as happy watching video content on a laptop. I don’t have a clue what Apple can do to sell more iPads. It just seems like a lost cause. All that promise of tablets from years ago has come and gone as far as most consumers are concerned.

  4. Does Apple, Macdailynews, or anyone else really believe this marketing pitch? Classic case of believing what you want to believe and spewing that propaganda in the hope that it will convince others believe it too.

  5. I think Apple could do very well by making iPads that run Mac OS or at least a variant of iOS that allows users to do everything Mac OS can do. This is the only thing that holds me back from using an ipad instead of a laptop full time.

    As an engineer it’s really annoying to have to watch people carry around a surface and use all the software available to engineers for windows, when Apple could easily make a better tablet that could run Mac OS and use the software that I use on my MacBook. It would make the surface look even more like a failure than it already is.

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