Of all the reveals at Tuesday’s Apple press event, perhaps the most intriguing one is the unveiling of the iPad Pro. Looking at the name one would suspect the device is an upgraded version of the iPad, but a quick examination of the specs makes it clear that the device is far more similar to Apple’s laptop offerings than to their tablets. This is another indication that Apple – and the entire computing market – could be taking a turn away from desktop and laptop computing.
The iPad Pro ups the ante in almost every department. It features a 12.9” screen, which is nearly the same size as a Macbook Pro and is larger than the Windows Surface Pro 3. Powered by an A9X chip, the device can run two apps side-by-side and is incredibly snappy when doing standard tasks. Apple claims that the iPad Pro is faster and performs better than 80% of portable computers sold last year. It’s also large enough to support a full-sized keyboard, which is another clear sign that the iPad Pro is looking to replace your laptop before it replaces your iPad.
The main difference now between the iPad Pro and a MacBook Pro are the operating systems. Macs run OS X, which has been Apple’s main operating system for over a decade, while the iPad Pro uses the iOS platform. This means that the iPad Pro still functions more like an iPad than a Mac laptop or desktop, but the fact remains that the iPad Pro is gunning to replace those Macs. The implication is that Apple wants more users on its iOS platform as opposed to OS X. This is a fear for dedicated and advanced users who fear the simplicity of the iOS operating system will infringe on future releases of OS X. Perhaps they should worry more that there won’t even be an OS X in the future.
The iPad Pro has a starting price tag of $799 and will be released in November.
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