Humanity seems to have a built-in genetic code which enjoys compare and contrast. That may help explain why there are so many product wars going on in the technology industry. Mac vs. Windows. iPhone vs. Android.
Even the Mac vs. iPad has become a trending item thanks to new iPad Pro models with more power than 92-percent of all PC notebooks on planet earth. Of course, fully tricked out at $2,227, an iPad Pro is as expensive as the MacBook Pro models it may replace.
What do Apple executives think of Mac vs. iPad? Or, tablet vs. notebook?
Never the twain shall meet.
Apple’s own software honcho, Craig Federighi, described the company’s position– Mac vs. iPad, traditional notebook vs. notebook tablet hybrid– this way.
We really feel that the ergonomics of using a Mac are that your hands are rested on a surface, and that lifting your arm up to poke a screen is a pretty fatiguing thing to do.
A Mac is keyboard centric. An iPad is touchscreen centric. Yet, there is plenty of overlap in what a customer can do on either or both devices. Since Apple is a hardware company it takes little effort to see why the Cupertino tech giant wants to segregate specific capabilities from Mac and iPad.
Federighi is correct. A notebook tablet hybrid device gets used far more as a notebook than a tablet. A Mac notebook can be used as a desktop personal computer but not as a tablet. No touchscreen and an attached keyboard make such usage a non-starter.
Yet, Microsoft Office runs well on iPad Pro, and Office requires a keyboard. In fact, most of the work that most of us do on our Macs and PCs require a keyboard. Using a keyboard on an iPad is not a bad experience, so there is some overlap between notebook and tablet– Mac vs. iPad– but the experience differs depending upon what is required.
An iPad Pro– already more powerful than most PCs, and competitive with a MacBook Pro– can do real work but with a caveat.
Lifting your arm up to poke a screen is a pretty fatiguing thing to do
If you’re not slaving over a hot keyboard all day then any Bluetooth keyboard connected to an iPad will suffice for keyboard entry work in situations where you’d rather avoid the arm fatigue and potential for bursitis or tennis elbow.
If you’re serious about keyboard entry, Apple’s new Smart Keyboard Folio does the best job of marrying the Mac’s strong suit with the iPad’s mobility. For a price substantially higher than iPads of yesteryear.
Mac power users know the value of keeping hands on the keyboard for enhanced productivity and efficiency. Many of those same keyboard shortcuts show up on iPad as Tom’s Guide explains in detail. If you need to get down and dirty with basic physical keyboard shortcuts on iPad Pro with either an Apple keyboard or Bluetooth keyboard, shortcuts about as detailed on MakeUseOf.
Federighi is correct. Arm lifting is fatigue inducing and that explains why Microsoft’s Surface models are used more as traditional PC notebooks than tablets.