In recent months, especially with the constant improvements of the iPad Pro, the Cupertino company is constantly insisting on a kind of rivalry between the iPad and the MacBook. In fact, Tim Cook seemed to have some interest in “killing” the personal computer in favor of the iPad, although this happened precisely at the time when the tablets began to stagnate in the market. SIf you plan to buy an Apple product for your day to day you may start to ask yourself questions between the MacBook and the iPad, we will help you by reflecting on its main differences.
The cheapest iPad also counts
The new 10.2-inch size of the iPad 2019 and the fact that we can now add an official keyboard in the form of a very useful case makes even the iPad a good bet for everyday use as a “personal computer”. However, to be fair I think we should compare the iPad Pro range with the entire MacBook range and leave the iPad (2019) as an alternative to those who really do not want to spend too much and at the same time do not have too high claims. Remember that iPad (2019) runs iPadOS in its latest version.
However, carece of USB-C port, which greatly limits its possibilities. However, this iPad has 3GB of RAM, Apple Pencil compatibility and we can find it from 369 euros in points of sale like Amazon. With this we mean that if you are clear that the iPad will have limited connectivity, we can take advantage of its lightness and enormous autonomy for basic tasks when it comes to consuming content, editing some photography and of course task and office management. An interesting device that could accompany us every day to the institute and the University for less than 400 euros, seems to me without a doubt better than the alternatives in that same price range that integrate Windows 10.
The “Pro” range is something else
When we go to the iPad Pro, things change. We have two options, 11 and 12.9 inches, memories between 64GB and 1TB and most importantly, a USB-C port that eliminates any type of limitation at the level of connectivity. In this section, except in terms of quantity, we find a technical tie with the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro range, all these devices depend only on their USB-C ports, so the limitations will be put by the adapters. However, we must not mention that the iPad Pro has 4GB and 6GB versions of RAM (depending on the storage selected) so it becomes enough for day to day.
However, in terms of “utility” it doesn’t seem fair to compare the iPad Pro range with the MacBook Pro range if we talk about raw power. It has been proven that the iPad Pro is enough, but the MacBook Pro goes a little further in performance when editing video or carrying out heavy tasks, never forgetting that macOS has certain applications at the level of productivity that take a lot of advantage to iPadOS, very green still in this section.
Portability is also important
The MacBook in any of its versions is still a device designed to be perched on a base and much more complex than the iPad design. The MacBook Air, thin and light par excellence, offers a closed thickness of 1.56 cm and a total surface area of 30.41cm long. For its part, the largest version of the iPad Pro (12.9 ″) is 0.59cm thick by 24.76cm long and 17.85cm wide, but we do not forget the weight, barely 468 grams for the iPad Pro and 1.25 kg for the MacBook Air.
If we are looking for portability, lightness, comfort and above all to be able to use it in a much more versatile way (in bed, on the sofa, in the subway …), the iPad Pro, even in its larger version offers better alternatives even to the thinnest and lightest MacBook. However, we must mention that from the point of view of practicality, iPad Pro loses integers without the Smart Keyboard case, since using it without a support axis and much less without a keyboard is little less than madness.
iPadOS Vs macOS
iPadOS has been Apple’s little big revolution in recent times, the iPad’s operating system has become a small, fully functional desktop system with one of the best user interfaces ever seen, the hybrid between MacOS and iOS that we all expected. However, we find the absence of much of the applications focused on development and productivity that are present in macOS, although we have many alternatives, if we ask for more professionalism, the dependence of iPadOS can be truncated by the absence of software quality.
On the other hand, macOS remains a lightweight, constantly developing and, above all, reliable system. Although iPadOS has grown, there is still work ahead to offer itself as a serious alternative to macOS and therefore to the MacBook. We must not forget that some integrations such as the iPadOS keyboard and mouse system are still immature and require some touch-up that can become a nightmare.
So … when is an iPad or a MacBook better?
The key will be based on the user’s needs. If you are thinking of consuming content, you are a student who bases his development on the Office suite, photo editing, documentation management and you want a versatile device that will allow you to play, easily take it wherever you want, unlimited connectivity thanks to USB- C and especially a heart attack autonomy, the iPad in any of its aspects is your alternative.
If your work depends on this tool, you are looking for reliability, a lot of development at the software level and a reliable and quality product that has decades of good reputation behind it, the MacBook is your team. Also the price is a cornerstone, If your budget is limited to 500 euros, an iPad is better than a Macbook.