Big, big­ger iPad

Ap­ple’s lat­est of­fer­ing could be a pill too big for Gar­reth van Niek­erk to swal­low

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Ap­ple iPad Pro

From R14 499 to R18 999 at

iPad Pro “as­ton­ish­ingly light” as Ap­ple cares to mar­ket it, but that isn’t what makes its size so un­fa­mil­iar to the typ­i­cal tablet user. Hold­ing it in your hands, you worry that the ex­posed ex­panse will suf­fer cracks, shat­ter­ings and scratches more eas­ily than the for­mer-gen­er­a­tion iPads. It may seem a bit para­noid, but if you’ve had to re­place a smashed iS­creen, it is a re­ally painful mo­ment for your wal­let, and ev­ery iOwner does what­ever’s pos­si­ble to avoid it.

For me, though, I still can’t help com­par­ing the iPad Pro with the MacBook Pro, es­pe­cially be­cause they are so close in scale. For R15 500, the 13-inch Dual Core i5 Ap­ple MacBook Pro makes the iPad Pro look like a toy. Even if you aren’t in­tend­ing to use it for any­thing spe­cialised, you will find that there is no end to the space, speed and sim­plic­ity of the MacBook. I’ve had the same one for eight years now.

But ac­cord­ing to Ap­ple CEO Tim Cook, I’m out of touch. He’s been trav­el­ling the world lately, say­ing things like: “Yes, the iPad Pro is a re­place­ment for a note­book or a desk­top for many, many peo­ple. They will start us­ing it and con­clude they no longer need to use any­thing else, other than their phones.”

I can’t blame them ei­ther – if all you use are games, apps, books and so­cial me­dia, then the iPad, es­pe­cially the iPad Pro, is where Ap­ple is able to shine bright­est.

It de­pends what you need, but as my con­cerned (sex­u­ally frus­trated) col­league pointed out, the fu­ture of the iPad Pro lies in get­ting the bal­ance right – iPad for iPad things, and MacBook for its own.

I’m told that prac­tice makes per­fect.

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