Now that iPadOS has robust mouse/trackpad support, what does it need to replace your MacBook?
I just tried connecting my Magic Trackpad 2 to my 11″ iPad Pro and it’s pretty awesome. It works better than I imagine and is super fun to use.
With this and a bluetooth keyboard, I can use my iPad in the vast majority of cases where I’d consider using my MacBook. Whenever it can’t, I’m at home and use my Mac Mini.
But I feel like it’s missing two things to become a proper computer replacement:
First is robust external monitor support. Arbitrary resolutions, or at least the common 1080p, 1440p, 2160p ones, and extended display. Many iPads have stronger graphical processing than simpler or older MacBooks, so I don’t see why this would be a hardware issue. Of course iOS has always been designed around a finite set of screen shapes, but we already have a lot of different screens on iPhone and iPad, and I think most developers are already using AutoLayout properly for this. For editing text, or using spreadsheets, proper use of an external display is fundamental. I sometimes use my iPad with a 4K monitor, but it’s not really useful since it’s just mirroring the tablet’s display.
In general, the iPad is becoming an incredible device. It’s fast, flexible and fun to use. Oddly enough, it gives me less headaches than macOS, but I do know exactly what it is capable of doing or not.