Which Pro do I need?
I’ve been in the market for a new MacBook Pro for some time but I am back to square one after the announcement of the iPad Pro! I use my MacBook for part-time degree work, the web, music and games. The iPad Pro’s portability is tempting, but would it do everything I need? Will OpenOffice run on it? Does it have mouse support? Amanda Shawe You can’t use a mouse with any of the iPads because they are designed for touch input only. There are styluses available – Apple has designed its own just for the iPad Pro – but no mice. Using the iPad Pro mainly with the keyboard accessory, so it is propped up, it’s less convenient to select and tap things than when using a mouse.
On the other hand, touch input makes freehand drawing and handwriting possible, so you can use the iPad Pro to take notes in lectures. OpenOffice itself isn’t available for iOS but there are plenty of other word-processing apps, including Word (with a subscription) Google Docs and Pages. UK pricing for the iPad Pro isn’t yet confirmed, but in the US it’s around the same price as the entry-level MacBook Air.