What is the iPad Pro, now that the MacBook Pro is here?

What is a Pro device, really?

“Pro” may be the most commonly used word in consumer technology. It originally referred to a pro product – duh – but is often used to refer to luxury. An apple XDR Pro OLED an offer? This is for professionals. The iPhone 13 Pro? This is the iPhone 13 but it’s prettier – despite those cameras Is that true Nice.

The term also means different things in the same product line. Over the past few years, the MacBook Pro has really been an improved MacBook Air. The New MacBook Pro It was revealed last week, and at the same time, it really is for the professionals. They’re bringing back a bunch of ports, adding M1 Pro and Max chips are strangely powerful And getting a Mini LED display is very similar to what the iPad Pro already has.

So, right, iPad Pro. It is difficult to classify and market it as a tablet and a laptop. It’s got “Pro” in its name, yet it’s hard to immediately understand how it differs from a designer almost identically iPad Air (or even other iPads). The 2021 iPad Pro comes with an M1 chip, from the same family of processors used to power Apple’s MacBook Pro. It looks like they’ll be the same, and the MacBook and iPad lines converge. not exactly.

Is the iPad “Pro” because it can replace your laptop as your daily driver? When you consider that there are four subcategories of iPad, including the newly improved iPad Mini, who is this for? Using the 12.9-inch iPad Pro for about two months has cleared up some of my confusion about where the iPad is next to the MacBooks… and what “pro” means on the iPad.

First, the iPad Pro is not A replacement for a laptop. Second, this he is Professional device. And that’s the point. Being a truly professional device means not being with anyone else.

Is the iPad Pro the next laptop?

The iPad Pro is a dream machine, which many people, including myself, have fancied about being a convenient alternative to a laptop. Stylish keyboard that can be attached to the keyboard, which supports Apple Pencil to take notes? yes. Apple’s Magic Keyboards, which comes with keys and a trackpad, puts the iPad Pro in sight for being a portable computer for the everyday driver. Unfortunately, not quite there.

Hardware is not the problem. The Magic Keyboard is comfortable enough despite its small size, battery life isn’t an issue, and the iPad Pro certainly isn’t lacking in power. The problem is that the iPad Pro is working iPadOSwhich is still more like a phone’s operating system than a computer system.

In most cases, iPadOS features require simple solutions. For example: Google Docs. The Google Docs app is heavy compared to the browser experience, as the app requires you to switch between reading and writing modes. A quick solution I found was to access Google Docs via the Safari browser, rather than the app. I had to rethink many small tasks this way, but after a few days I was able to do almost all of my work on the iPad Pro.

approx everything.

iPad Pro is a type of laptop.

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I can do 98% of my work on the iPad Pro, but unfortunately the remaining 2% is significant. I can write stories pretty well in CNET’s content ecosystem, for example, but often find it hard to publish. This is clearly a problem. Likewise, my email client often makes me sad in all sorts of boring but painful ways — our version of Outlook can copy and paste on computers, but not my iPhone or iPad Pro — making it unreliable. None of this is Apple’s fault. It wouldn’t help if companies built tools to work on computers instead of hybrid operating systems like iPadOS, but the truth is that most companies won’t have in-house tools dedicated to iPads.

As far as things Apple Could you Control, the biggest item on my iPad wishlist is the ability to display a dual screen with an external display. Currently, you can mirror the iPad Pro screen to an external display, but you cannot extend one screen to another. Given the tablet’s power and its own USB-C input, this sounds like something Apple could (and eventually do) unlock with a software update rather than limit hardware.

Many were hoping that real multi-monitor support would come iPadOS 15, which appeared on iPads in September. This was not the case. Instead, iPadOS15 brings a few other improvements that make working with the iPad Pro more seamless: it makes multitasking more convenient, integrates home widget support and adds a neat feature that lets you view notes with a diagonal swipe from a corner if you’re using the Apple Pencil.

iPad Mini and 9th Gen iPad
iPad Mini, iPad Air, and 12.9-inch iPad Pro: A Series of Sizes.

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Display and Processor Quality

The iPadOS15 updates certainly improve the iPad Pro experience — since UI elements aren’t exciting in 2021, I found them particularly useful — but don’t change it drastically. But here’s the point: You don’t have to buy an iPad Pro expecting it to be a laptop.

It’s back to that obscure word, bro. Pro does not mean “best version of”, it means “pro”. The iPad Pro is similar to the XDR Pro display in this sense. Many of us find this monitor priced at $6000 and make fun of it, while a bunch of creative professionals see it as an industry-wide alternative to five-digit monitors. They don’t see a great screen, they see a device that solves a problem. Same with the new 16-inch MacBook Pro, Which can be configured up to $6000.

There are many professionals who look at the iPad Pro and see a problem that they will help solve. They may be the creators who see the extra processing power and RAM of the 2021 iPad Pro, helping to make apps like Procreate, LumaFusion and Photoshop run more smoothly. They could even be tennis players, and some of them obviously like an app that takes advantage of the iPad Pro’s lidar cameras.

The MacBook Pro still doesn’t have a touchscreen, works with a pencil, or has the iPad’s high-end cameras. iPad Pro is your art and photo tool, more than anything else. the rest? Perhaps you need to think of something else. This means that if you don’t already know how it will make you more productive, it’s best to get an iPad Air, Mini, or the regular iPad.

Or maybe a Mac.

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