Is the iPad Pro 2020 really a laptop replacement?
TL;DR: I guess the only thing that, to my mind, really separates an iPad Pro from a Macbook these days is that when I hook up an external HD to my Macbook, I can drag and drop things to my desktop and manipulate them in lots of ways, open them in various programs, and store them locally on my internal HD, etc. Is this possible in the new iPad Pro, or are there still limitations (format of the files, file size, etc.)?
I hope this post is allowed here — I’m not seeking buying advice; just more hypothetically interested in the claim that the iPad Pro 2020 can replace a laptop in light of some conflicting reviews I’ve found on what might be slightly niche questions. I’d love to hear from people who have the iPad Pro 2020, especially if you use it as your primary device. Thanks in advance!
First, I am really excited about the possibility of using the iPad Pro with an external HD. Assuming the HD is in the correct format, how easy is it to transfer (large amounts) of documents (.pdfs, .docs, .pages, etc.) stored on an external HD to the iPad Pro? I think most of us store lots of documents locally (and not just in the iCloud) on our laptops; is this as feasible on the iPad Pro? Is it always necessary to pass via the iCloud for this sort of thing? Do you miss MacOs’s Finder and its Documents folder, or does the Files folder on the iPad work similarly enough to be able to store, search through, and work with a large number of documents, just as you would on a laptop? To my mind, this is perhaps the main feature that might still separate the iPad Pro from the MacBooks, but I might be mistaken.
Also, I’ve seen conflicting information about whether the iPad Pro can play certain media file formats, like .mkv video files, either directly from an external HD or once loaded onto the iPad. Do all video files have to go into the iPad’s native TV app or a Video app? I’ve read that you can use third party apps for some of the unsupported formats — in this case, do those video files get stored in the Files folder? Has anyone tried the VLC iPad app?
Relatedly, can large video files (ie: full movies) be transferred to the device not just for watching, but also for manipulation (ie: making film clips, editing, etc.)? On my laptop, for example, I often make film clips out of .mkv files and insert them into Keynote presentations for teaching, and I’m wondering how possible this sort of work would be on the iPad Pro.
People using the iPad Pro, do you miss anything from MacOs? Or do you think the switch is actually feasible now?