Jack thinks it’s possible to be more Mac-like with a desktop iPad Pro:
Even an iPad Pro has the option to be used with a large display, plus with iPadOS you can add a keyboard and mouse, desktop style. iPad Pro’s USB-C connector can plug into many new displays, up to and including 27-inch Retina 5K models.
With an external hub, the iPad becomes more Mac-like with peripherals, too. iPads have no trouble with Bluetooth keyboards but until iPadOS arrived, it did not have many keyboard shortcuts and no mouse or trackpad support. Yes, a new Mac mini might provide similar horsepower at a similar price tag, but does not come with the same mobility as an iPad Pro.