CAN AN IPAD PRO REPLACE A LAPTOP?
One question some business users ask is: can a ‘pro’ tablet replace my laptop? On one hand, the appeal is obvious — a lighter, slimmer device that can fit in any bag and can be charged using a normal phone charger. On the other hand, can a ‘pro’ tablet really replicate the normal daily tasks as efficiently on what used to be considered a super-sized phone? Can one type properly? How does one mitigate the loss of a cursor and different windows? Apple’s most recent ipad Pro versions have gone a long way to bridging the gap with a lot of software and interface changes.
You can now drag and drop files from one location to another, a step change for a tablet. Apple’s recently-introduced Files app also lets you change the way you set up your workflow. You can store and work with documents and images that are stored either locally on the machine or in commonly-used cloud services such as Dropbox, Box or icloud Drive. Aside from ‘drag and drop’ and ‘Files’, there’s a new customisable Dock that provides quick access to frequently-used apps and documents from any screen. And for those who can’t hack a smaller screen, the ipad Pro comes in two sizes: 10.5-inches and 13 inches. Although I still use laptops, I do most of my work (writing, researching, photo-editing, office admin) on an ipad Pro. It’s still marginally slower at some tasks, but far quicker at others. And it’s much easier to transport around with me. Finally, Microsoft’s Office apps work really well on the ipad Pro, a crucial consideration for many business users.