Wait. What? Who compares iPad to a Mac? Is such a comparison of similar tech gadgets a thing? If you read the most recent headlines, yes. Apple’s new iPad Pro benchmarks well against more than 90-percent of all personal computers and that includes the Mac; specifically, even a MacBook Pro.
For all the horsepower in Apple’s latest iteration of the tablet, isn’t iPad Pro really just a big iPhone? I mean, can you do everything on an iPad Pro the way you can do whatever you need to do on a Mac? Any Mac?
The answer is the same as always. Yes. No. It depends. Look, the new iPad Pro is on my list of wants, not so much the list of needs (refrigerator tops the list this month). Why? iPad Pro is a big iPhone. It is not a Mac, but can be a very lightweight– albeit expensive– Mac notebook.
Let’s say the new 13-inch MacBook Air– 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD storage, Touch ID, Thunderbolt USB-C, Retina display– weighs in at $1,399. The similarly sized and equipped 12.9-inch iPad Pro with 256GB SSD storage, Face ID, USB-C, and a Retina display weighs in at $1,348 (with Smart Keyboard Folio; you know, just to keep the comparison balanced).
$51 difference between an entry-level Mac notebook and iPad Pro. Well, if the iPad is little more than a big iPhone, how does that compare?
iPhone Xs Max with 256GB SSD storage, Face ID, etc. comes in at $1,249. Those closely knit price tags are set up that way for a reason. We live in a capitalist society and everyone is out to get your money. Who is better at that than Apple?
The Wi-Fi + Cellular option for iPad, to bring it some of the same capability you get in iPhone Xs Max, is an extra $150, or $1,498. For an iPad that has one big advantage over a new iPhone.
Screen real estate.
Yet, that’s exactly what you get with a MacBook Air. Screen real estate. And less portability (no removable keyboard, one less camera, and fewer applications from which to choose (iOS App Store dwarfs the Mac App Store in selection; though perhaps not capability).
iPad Pro is just a very big and expensive iPhone.
Still, if you want more capability from iPhone you can mirror the screen to a Mac using QuickTime or the Reflector app.