Big, bigger iPad
Apple’s latest offering could be a pill too big for Garreth van Niekerk to swallow
Apple iPad Pro
From R14 499 to R18 999 at takealot.com
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.