Way back in the day, back to the last turn of the century and well more than a dozen years beyond, I set out on a search of a personal computer. Well, not so much as a PC as a computer. I went to IBM and found their computers were expensive. I went to NCR and found the same thing, but their computers were less expensive than IBM.
I traveled to Wang and realized that anyone dressed in a suit who sold computers sold electronics I couldn’t afford. So, I went to Radio Shack and ended up with what some back in the day called a personal computer. Nearly 40 years later I still have a personal computer.
The question is, “Can you switch from a Mac or PC to an iPad?“
The answer is a bit more complicated than Yes, or, No, or, Maybe, but it has roots back in the days when I went hunting for a computer to help run a business. At every stop, including Radio Shack, the computer specialists asked the same thing.
What do you want the computer to do?
Therein lies the answer to the previous question about switching from a traditional personal computer to an iPad.
The proper answer?
It depends. What do you want the computer to do?
It does not matter whether Mac or PC or iPad or iPad Pro. If you know what you want the device to accomplish, you are better equipped to determine which device fits the job best.
Generally speaking, the Mac is the ultimate personal computer because it can run just about anything; macOS, Windows 10, various and sundry flavors of Linux and Unix, and, if you want, all of them at the same time. Plug an iPhone or iPad into the Mac and it– via display only– runs iOS applications, too.
The Mac is the ultimate PC.
Determining what you want a PC or an iPad to do is more difficult than you think; at least at first glance. Microsoft Office? It runs everywhere, so if that’s your requirement and little else, then a Bluetooth keyboard and a $329 iPad works. If you want Photoshop, then the ante gets upped as, first, Photoshop is not yet available for iPad, and, second, Photoshop might require a more powerful PC or Mac, and that changes the monetary dynamic, too.
If you grew up on PCs– Mac or Windows– you may not appreciate Apple’s iOS file system and the Files app. It works acceptably for most, but is not as elegant as, say, the Mac’s Finder at managing files and folders.
Yet, Apple’s iOS platform– iPhone and iPad– have similar applications that most of us use on the Mac. Calendar, Contacts, Maps, Notes, Reminders, Mail, Safari, FaceTime, Messages, Keychain, and others. That means what you think it means. For most of us, an iPad with a keyboard will do most of what a Mac or Windows PC can do.
But not all.
You can easily switch from a Mac or PC to an iPad if you know what you want and know the iPad can do the deed. You many not be required to buy the more expensive iPad Pro, either.
Know what you need. Get what you can to fit the need.