One of the inherent benefits of getting old is the wealth of experience gained through the years. Since I can track my computer using years back to the last century, back to the days of CP/M, WordStar, dBaseII and SuperCalc, I have the benefit of looking at today’s technology from a different perspective.
For the past few years we certified Apple watchers have criticized the company for ignoring the Mac and iPad in favor of all things iPhone, and then, over the course of a few months, Apple lays down upgraded Mac notebooks, iMac Pro, a new MacBook Air, and even a very powerful Mac mini. The jewel in the crown of new products, though, is the new age computer. iPad Pro.
Nearly everything that most people need in a computer is found in iPad Pro. Look around. What do you see? A few billion fellow earthlings using their smartphones as their computer. The keyboard– a stalwart component of computing in the last century–is built-in and onscreen. Just like iPad Pro.
Apple sells nearly twice as many iPads as Macs, and the latest Pro models are faster than most Macs; faster than most PC notebooks (Apple says iPad Pro is faster than 92-percent).
Faster at what?
Onscreen graphics? OK. Background processing? Probably. Usability? It depends.
To answer the question about “To buy or not to buy iPad Pro” requires consideration of usage; workflow. If you dabble on a keyboard, then iPad Pro might take the place of a Mac or PC. If you are keyboard centric– a key qualification of a Mac or PC power user– then iPad Pro comes up short.
Yes, you can still use an iPad for content consumption, and it’s a good tool for some measure of content creation, but when it comes to productivity and workflow, the Mac’s keyboard, trackpad, Mac, and shortcuts cannot be equaled on iPad Pro, regardless of power.
Let me draw the line in the workflow sand with the keyboard and professional level applications. Macs win. iPad Pro loses. If you are not required to slave over a hot keyboard all day and don’t worry about bursitis in the shoulder, or tennis elbow, then an iPad Pro with a keyboard may fill your daily dose of computer requirements.
For a price.
A MacBook Air with 8GB RAM and 256GB SSD storage starts at $1,399 for a 13-inch Retina display. A 12.9-inch iPad Pro with 256GB SSD storage and Apple’s Smart Keyboard Folio prices out at $1,348.
That price parity is not by accident. Apple is proud of iPad Pro. Whether you prefer the Mac or iPad depends upon your requirements and it’s almost a simple exercise. If you are keyboard centric and rely on professional level applications, iPad Pro is an expensive bauble with a frustrating workflow. If you dabble in keyboard usage and prefer mobility and less cultured applications, iPad Pro is a good experience.
See? Easy. To buy or not to buy iPad Pro is an easy question to answer.
I want one.