Which Pro do I need?

Mac Format - - APPLE TALK -

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.

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