Why Apple’s iPad is a popular laptop-alternative for many users

Apple’s iPad is a versatile, powerful, and energy-efficient device that can offer users real “all day battery life. The iPad has become a popular alternative to laptops for many people.

The breakthrough performance of M2 enhances an incredible selection of pro apps available on iPad, including DaVinci Resolve, Adobe Photoshop, Affinity Publisher 2 iPad, Octane X, uMake, and more.
Apple’s current flagship 12.9-inch M2-powered iPad Pro

Here are some reasons why you might consider using an iPad instead of a laptop:

1. Portability and convenience: One of the most significant advantages of the iPad is its portability. It is a lightweight and compact device that is easy to carry around, making it ideal for people who are always on the go. It can be easily slipped into a backpack, purse, or briefcase, and it doesn’t take up much space. Moreover, it has a long battery life, so you can use it for extended periods without needing to charge it.

2. Touchscreen: Unlike laptops, the iPad has a touchscreen, which makes it easier to navigate and interact with the device. You can use your fingers to swipe, tap, and pinch to zoom, making it a more intuitive and natural experience. This can be especially helpful for activities such as drawing, gaming, or reading.

3. App selection: The App Store on the iPad has a vast selection of apps that have been optimized for the device. This means that there are plenty of apps available that are tailored specifically for the iPad, including productivity apps, games, and educational tools. Additionally, many apps are free or relatively inexpensive, making it easy to find what you need without breaking the bank.

4. Media consumption: The iPad is an excellent device for consuming media such as movies, TV shows, and music. Its high-resolution display and excellent audio quality make it ideal for watching movies and listening to music. Moreover, there are many streaming services available, such as Netflix, Hulu, and Apple Music, making it easy to access your favorite content.

5. Improved multitasking: With the latest versions of iOS, the iPad has become even more capable of multitasking. You can now run two apps side by side, making it easier to switch between them and get more done in less time.

6. Lower cost: While high-end iPads can be expensive, there are many affordable options available that are still powerful and capable. This can make it an attractive option for people who don’t want to spend a lot of money on a laptop.

As seen above, there are many reasons why you might choose to use an iPad instead of a laptop. Its portability, touchscreen, app selection, media consumption, security features, improved multitasking, and lower cost all make it an attractive option for many people. Whether you’re a student, professional, or casual user, an Apple iPad can provide an excellent experience and meet your needs.

MacDailyNews Take: All that said, until we get a bit more flexibility from iPadOS, we’re sticking with our MacBook Airs and Pros, thanks.

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    1. iOS are iPadOS superior from a security standpoint compared to macOS or Windows. 0 day hacks for the last ones are relatively cheap, iOS ones are not even available or if they are they are affordable to governments.

  1. I go back and forth on this subject. One thought is to get a Mac mini for my 27″ desktop display and use an iPad Pro 12.9″ + keyboard as my second screen and travel companion. Would be about $2,750 at full retail. But I really want a new 27″ display, too. Maybe I could put a popup on my MDN screen that asks readers to contribute to my purchase (sorry, I couldn’t resist)

  2. After 3 years of frustrating experimentation, my 11″ iPad Pro has finally become my most-used, non-iPhone computing device. It serves essentially as a large-screen iPhone (albeit without cellular) with the Magic Keyboard, for most internet browsing, email, Zoom and Kindle reading. I’ve come to clearly recognize it’s limitations and do my MS Word editing, file system organization, Final Cut Pro and other more technically complex tasks on my MacBook.

    I appreciate the grab-n-go, light, touchscreen-first nature of the iPad but I regret that Apple has artificially hobbled it. The 11″ MacBook Air from a decade+ ago is STILL a more capable computer for most people. The severely underwhelming Stage Manager feature practically had to be dragged kicking and screaming out of Apple for pre-2021 iPad Pros, of course they wouldn’t budge on external display support because nothing would have differentiated the new Pros with re-branded A-series processors. They dangled the dream of a futuristic computing device that might become your all-in-one, but they kneecapped it into a mostly media consumption and light work device to pad their profit margins through multi-device sales.

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