Perspective from someone whose iPad Pro has replaced a laptop
Given the debate whether the iPad Pro can replace a laptop – I’d like to chime in with my own experience successfully replacing my MBP with the iPP.
I had the 12.9” IPP during university and I used it to take notes, do my readings and for basic media consumption. I was a Communications major so all my writing, design work, video editing and presentations, I was doing on my IPP. Ever since getting that IPP, I was using my MBP maybe once a week to transfer photos from my iPhone to my hard drive. Getting the IPP truly revolutionised my study experience since I didn’t need to print anything, had all my notes and lecture slides on my iPad. It made studying so much easier and more efficient.
So when I had to go for a summer programme overseas, I had to choose between bringing my MBP or IPP because I felt it didn’t make sense bringing both. Plus, I didn’t want to risk losing both my beloved. This is when I became very well acquainted with the shortcomings of IPP. My exchange university used some pretty old website for one of my courses and I couldn’t access it because it ran on a plugin that the IPP didn’t support (I can’t remember what). Also, we had to use Excel for the class and while I had Excel on the IPP, the particular feature that we had to use wasn’t available on the iOS version. +some other problems too. Basically, I found myself getting frustrated with my IPP because it was slowing me down.
However, despite the frustrating summer I had, I never found myself in that situation again when I was back home. I mean there are times when I do run into some issues where I need to use a laptop, but pretty rarely. I graduated and got a job where I had a desktop at work so any intensive work (sometimes I need to pull up Adobe InDesign or Photoshop) I do at work. Whatever I had to do at home, I never had difficulties doing on my IPP.
Fast forward to 6 November, a day I will always mourn, for it is the day my MBP died. It fell while I was in the toilet trying to refresh the Apple website to order the new iPad Pro. So on 7 November, I became the proud owner of the new 11” iPad Pro while mourning the loss of my dearly beloved MBP. I was thrust into a life where my iPP HAD to replace a laptop. And so far so good!
The conclusion I’ve reached is that yes there are short comings with iOS, but they haven’t been glaring enough for me to need a laptop (or consider the small fortune to fix my MBP). They are problems that I can easily manage with a simple solution like borrowing someone else’s laptop lol But the ease it affords me in my daily life like being paperless, having everything consolidated on one powerful, portable device far outweighs the little annoyances that I occasionally experience.
My intention in writing this post is to provide a perspective from someone who has actually transitioned into using the IPP as their main device and what my life looks like for me to be able to do that. I hope if you are thinking of the question every tech reviewer is dead set on answering in their review videos, you use me as a barometer to reflect on your own needs. If you find yourself in a similar position then yes, an iPad Pro can definitely be your main device especially at a time when MacBooks have become really expensive, the IPP is a great alternative. But if you see yourself needing to do much more than I do, then maybe you’re better off looking elsewhere.