It’s all over the interwebs. iPad Pro can replace a Mac. iPad Pro is faster than most PC notebooks. No. Wait. iPad Pro and Mac need to merge. Now. No. Not now, but now. No. Wait. iPhone and Watch need to merge. I’m thinking fold out 3D hologram screens.
Let me throw in a little reductio ad absurdum to spice up the stupidity of why a Mac and iPad Pro must merge.
In logic, reductio ad absurdum (Latin for “reduction to absurdity”), also known as argumentum ad absurdum (Latin for “argument to absurdity”) or the appeal to extremes, is a form of argument that attempts either to disprove a statement by showing it inevitably leads to a ridiculous, absurd, or impractical conclusion, or to prove one by showing that if it were not true, the result would be absurd or impossible
So, the iPad Pro and the Mac must merge. Stupid, right?
The iPad Pro and MacBook Air Need to Merge. Now
No they don’t. If they did, then wouldn’t they be the same? If they’re the same, then what’s the point of having a Mac? Or, an iPad Pro?
They’re so different they might as well be made by different companies.
Yes, Apple Watch and iPhone are so different they might as well be made by different companies. Yet, somehow, both Watch and iPhone are typical Apple. iPad Pro and Mac are typical Apple products.
I get why Apple has wanted to keep the iPad Pro and MacBook product lines separate.
Why? I know why. Money. Apple wants us to buy both so, if an axiom of product marketing is differentiation, iPad and Mac will remain, well, different.
Duh. Where is insightful analysis when you need it.
Now that the company makes a chip powerful enough to go toe-to-toe with anything from Intel, it’s time to start blurring the line between iPads and Macs.
No it’s not. That line is already blurred. What you do on a Mac and an iPad has overlap. Some tasks can be handled on either device. Other tasks are better suited for one over the other.
Any other reasons the Mac and iPad should converge?
In this day and age, a laptop without a touch screen is downright anachronistic. I’ve seen kids walk up to MacBooks and try to touch the display and ask why it doesn’t work; it’s just expected — even on cheaper Chromebooks.
So, if a Mac had a touchscreen would that make it an iPad? And if a Mac is an iPad, then what’s the point of a Mac? So many questions. So little time. Hey. Wait. What about Photoshop on iPad? Will that make iPad Pro a Mac?
It’s the real deal running on iOS. This is the operating system that will likely win out; Apple just needs to add some of the missing pieces from macOS, like a true desktop (when you need it), a persistent dock (in laptop mode) and better cursor control (yes, touchpad support).
No, it isn’t the real deal. You’ve never ever used Photoshop– the full on Photoshop that runs on a Mac– on an iPad. I defy your finger to be as precise as a mouse pointer on a touchscreen. I defy Smart Keyboard Folio and iOS-whatever to have the same keyboard shortcuts as macOS.
Apple makes the best tablet in the world, and arguably some of the best laptops. However, people don’t want to carry around both devices.
Apple wants us to own both devices. Does that sound like a strong argument for a future merge in capability? No. I can do things on a Mac that cannot be done on an iPad and backwards, I can do on an iPad that which cannot be done (as easily) on a Mac.