This whole year peoples, even Apple itself hints to replace MacBook with new iPad Pro but will it be possible? let’s begin the battle to see which one’s better.
As much fun as it would be to ring up another round in the heavyweight battle that is iPad versus Mac, I say we call the whole thing off. Instead, let’s focus on what actually matters: tailoring the computer you want to buy the tasks you need to accomplish.
The iPad Pro can be an incredible device for artists, those that need a portable cellular connection, or extreme portability. In contrast, the MacBook (and by extension, MacBook Pro) laptops are perfect for those who need a super-charged multitasking machine, a compact Mac, or a permanent keyboard solution. Both can be ideal for planes, in coffee shops, studying in classrooms, presenting in boardrooms, and relaxing in living rooms.
The MacBook and MacBook Pro, in contrast, both start at $1299 and can be configured all the way up to $4199; they also offer more out-of-the-box hardware features (like a keyboard and trackpad).
An iPad Pro will run you anywhere from $649 to $1229 — and that’s without any accessories like the $129 Smart Keyboard or $99 Apple Pencil or AppleCare.
MacBook: Pro & Cons
I have used the ultra-portable MacBook for one and a half years, and there are many things I like about it, including:
- All-day battery life
- Beautiful design
- Gorgeous display
- Silent due to lack of any moving parts
But I have also noticed that the MacBook’s Intel mobile CPU quickly reaches its performance limits. I’m not talking about doing video editing or other CPU-intensive tasks. Just using everyday apps, such as Mail, Safari and Microsoft Office seem to be less responsive than what I’m used to from iMac or even iPhone 8 for that matter.
The MacBook and entry-level MacBook Pro offer a Force Touch trackpad with support for Force Click and gestures, allowing for more subtle and powerful interactions; they also sport a built-in full-size keyboard with new butterfly switch-style keys.
Plus, the MacBook’s keyboard is just a pain in the butt type on. I tried to like it and get used to it, but I haven’t so far. As a result, I am not using MacBook as much as I could and even around the house, I rather grab iPad Air 2 than MacBook.
Upgrade to the MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, however, and you’ll get the equivalent of a tiny multitouch iOS display where your hardware function keys once lived. These virtual function keys adjust and change depending on the app you’re in and your personal preferences, offering you dynamically changing options for tab switching, autocorrect, frequently used app commands, and more.
iPad Pro : Pro & Cons
That’s why I decided to give the iPad Pro with Apple’s Smart Keyboard a shot. The first thing that popped into everyone’s head when they took the iPad Pro out of its box was: “this thing is huge!” Don’t get me wrong; the display is impressive, but because of its size and weight, it won’t replace iPad Air 2, which is much easier to hold and to put on the nightstand when it’s not in use. As a result, the iPad Pro will probably not become “go-to” device when I’m home and need to type a longer email real quick. Instead, I would probably just go to (home)office. To me, that’s a key performance indicator (KPI) that determines how much value a given device has to me. The iPad Pro loses some points in this category.
The Smart Keyboard took me a day to get used to, but I like it better than the keyboard of the MacBook. It’s been a couple of days now, and I have no major complaints about it as far as typing is concerned. But there is room for improvement:
- The keyboard is relatively narrow, which makes me accidentally touch the screen with right ring finger from time to time.
- It’s not backlit, which makes typing in the dark or dimly lit rooms more challenging.
- It’s not very sturdy, which makes it difficult to type with the iPad Pro on your lap.
It took me a while to figure out that there are two ways to fold the Smart Keyboard for typing and viewing. For our first FaceTime call, we stuffed a package of tissues between the iPad Pro and the folded Smart Keyboard to make it stand more upright. But it turned out, that you can fold the Smart Keyboard to make the iPad Pro stand more upright for watching movies or for FaceTime calls. I just wish changing angle would not take so many extra steps.
I ordered an Apple Pencil as well, but I am neither an artist nor do I like writing stuff by hand. So I don’t think I’ll use it much. But I am amazed by the technology and how accurately and responsive the Apple Pencil was during tests.
Apple claims the iPad Pro offers up to 10 hours of battery life under regular use. That’s the same as for the second generation MacBooks. The first generation MacBook, which is the one I have, was rated at 9 hours of battery life.
In testing, the battery of the iPad Pro lasts longer than the battery of MacBook. That’s maybe because I have more apps running on MacBook than on iPad Pro. Overall, I have no complaints about battery life on either device.
There is still a lot of room for improvements when it comes to multitasking and app switching. But thanks to the large screen and enhancements in iOS and various apps, working with two apps side-by-side is a breeze. You can even have two Safari windows side-by-side. But Apple’s approach seems a bit disjointed. For example, opening two Safari windows side-by-side works completely different to viewing other apps in Split View. Apple clearly has some cleaning up to do here.
Lacks and Problems
The 12.9-inch iPad Pro is by no means a top of the line device and lacks some of the features of other iOS devices. That includes 3D Touch and the True Tone display of its 9.7-inch sibling. Those are not deal breakers for me, but I wish that Apple would combine those features into the top of the line iPad Pro.
More important than the lack of essential features, are issues that seriously hamper productivity. Unfortunately, I have run into a couple of such problems during the past week, during which I almost exclusively used the iPad Pro.
- Copy/paste doesn’t keep formatting: When trying to copy/paste between applications, you lose all formatting, including links.
- Individual web pages (web apps) don’t work properly. Examples include Grammarly or the WordPress backend.
- Limited file management: Despite the iCloud Drive and Dropbox apps, it’s still a pain to open a Pages document that is stored in Dropbox. Instead of opening it in-place, you have to export a copy and then save it manually back to Dropbox.
There are also some minor issues, such as lack of application support. The most notable ones are Parallels and Final Cut Pro X, but I can live without them while I’m on the road.
The one app I didn’t expect to be an issue was Grammarly, to check the text for grammar and style issues. Even worse than an absent mobile app, is a web page that doesn’t work on mobile without having to jump through hoops.
Which one should you Buy
In Comparison of MacBook and iPad Pro, I think iPad is more responsive, its battery lasts longer, it has Touch ID, its screen is bigger, and its keyboard is more comfortable to type on. The iPad Pro handles most tasks gracefully, and I would say, I can do 90% of what I usually do on MacBook. Unfortunately, that 10 % it cannot handle, can get you into serious trouble if you are on the road without access to a Mac. After the experience I have made this past week, I’m hesitant to go on a long trip without MacBook. But I’m determined to figure out workarounds, especially for the copy/paste problem. For Most Likely, I like the iPad Pro too much for its compatibility and workaround features.What do you think about it?.