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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.

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