OK, hear us out, we know the iPad is never going to replace the PC of many individuals, but for the majority of consumers though it is now much more possible to do with the iPad Pro models available.
Now, we know what you’re thinking, you’re thinking isn’t the iPad Pro, especially the smaller iPad Pro, just a fancy iPad Air 2? No lie, without the Pro accessories, absolutely, but with them, things completely change.
Surface Pro story all over again
We remember when Microsoft first unveiled the Surface Pro (and the quite frankly awful Surface RT), a perfect Windows 8 PC is what we ended up defining as, though it’s fair to say it wasn’t without it’s doubts from the world of consumers, including us.
Why are we mentioning the Surface Pro? Well, it turns out that the iPad Pro has more in common in the Surface Pro than you would think! Sure, you could argue Apple “copied” the Surface by implementing an attatchable Keyboard and a Stylus, but it’s not the addition of these that we’re talking about, it’s when you have them it completely changes the device in question!
Have you ever used a Microsoft Surface without a Keyboard (like the iPad Pro, it doesn’t come in the box) or the Pen? It’s terrible, though that may be more to do with the fact Windows has never being designed for a touch-first environment, which does mean the iPad gets the lead on this configuration, but when you attach the Keyboard and use the Pen with the Surface, suddenly you’ve a very capable versatile PC, and that level of change is genuinely what you get out of the iPad Pro.
Don’t get us wrong, we’re in no way saying the iPad Pro is a full-on PC, but what you seem to be able to do once you attatch theses accessories really change the way you can use the iPad.
The keyboard on the iPad Pro, specifically the 9.7 inch model, is actually very good, we know it doesn’t look like it would be, we had our massive doubts and were expecting to be taking it back the day after getting it, but genuinely it’s actually good. Whilst it would have been nice to be able to re-position Apple’s keyboard, it’s much better than nothing. Plus, the Smart Connector allows third parties to make keyboards which we can’t wait to check out. (Ironically our experience with the 12 inch iPad Pro’s keyboard has being less favourable)
Sidenote: Some apps on iOS don’t support the Smart Keyboard for actions such as shortcuts unless system wide such as Clipboard, but once more are, it will only improve the experience.
The Pencil on the iPad Pro, despite being the victim of a bad charging design (though Adapter is in the box to charge through AC/USB), is undeniably very good. In comparison, if we must, against the Surface Pro’s Pen, is very interesting, and whilst we’ve always credited the Surface Pro’s Pen, minus the switch from Wacom to Ntrig, we have to say the iPad Pro’s Pencil is actually better due to the fact it can also detect Tilt positions, which in drawing Apps such as ‘Paper by 53’ really boost the drawing potential through the iPad Pro. And, the fact that the Surface Pro doesn’t offer that through it’s Pen, something ahead on the iPad Pro’s side. (Plus, it doesn’t hurt that the iPad Pro, at least 9.7″ get’s Office Mobile for free, whereas on all Surface devices you have to have Office 365).
UPDATE: In our tests with the Apple Pencil, we were able to see an incredible speed in Charging. Charging an Apple Pencil with 25% battery up to 100% took just over 19 minutes, meaning you could easily get a full 0 – 100% charge in just over 25 minutes, which is quite a feat in itself. And, just like before, the iPad Pro remained, as it still is at 100% throughout the charge (which was done with the iPad Pro’s Lightning Port).
A very important boost in Productivity
The fact that we’re able to write and create this entire post using the iPad Pro without any major discomfort just shows how far iOS has come, and how much future the Accessories take the iPad to being a super capable device for more than just the everyday consuming the iPad originated from. But, when it comes to a pretty decent sized structure of users, this now I believe can actually make the iPad Pro a viable PC (or Mac let’s be fair) replacement for some.
In some peoples cases, Tablets already have taken over there Computer lifestyle, both my Mum and Grandma much prefer to use a Tablet as oppose to using a tradition Computer whether that be on Windows or macOS, so the trend is likely coming when we will all likely be using ‘post-PC’ devices in the future. Tablets can now browse the web, do tasks, connect with our fellow devices, play games, consume media and more much better than a Computer can in most cases, so it’s not too surprising.
EXCEPTIONS TO THE RULE
Of course not everyone will be able to use any Tablet as a viable PC/Mac replacement as they just have such a user set which these devices can’t compete with, but it says a lot by just how far these devices have come, and the fact that nearly everything we use Computers for, can now be done efficiently on a Tablet such as the iPad Pro with the Accessories says a lot to us.
- Hardcore Gamers – Sure Tablets can play Games, and man are the graphics getting there, and whilst Consoles are simpler to manage and tend to get more Titles coming to them, there’s still PC Gamers out there where anything lower than the 60fps mark at near 4K graphics just isn’t cutting it.
- Producers / Editors – Sure you can edit on a Tablet, iPad is probably the best for that with incredible apps such as Apple’s iMovie, Pixelmator and nothing comes close to GarageBand, but of course when it comes to professional work, a Computer will always be the home for those kind of users.
- Developers – Despite a breadth of Apps and Books that can help you do so, if you want to Develop for any Mobile platform, you need a Computer, and we think this will likely always be a limit.
What do you think? There’s no denying that Tablets are going far and we can’t wait to see how the world of technology evolves around them, but it turns out for the majority of folks, the iPad Pro can actually replace the Computer for many, but of course not all.
We will be sharing our full thoughts on the iPad Pro in an upcoming review coming shortly.