Apple really wants consumers to see the iPad Pro as their next computer, but what do consumers — at least those who read tech news — think?
The ZDNet reader response to Apple’s new ad with five reasons why the 2018 iPad Pro can be your next computer is surprisingly split.
Apple contends that:
- 2018 iPad Pro is more powerful than most computers.
- iPad Pro is many more things than a laptop. It’s a camera, a cinema, an editing suite, a music studio, a book, and — with the keyboard — a computer.
- iPad Pro with LTE is mobile.
- It’s easy to use.
- It’s “even better with Apple Pencil”
While some of you are not convinced a device without mouse or trackpad could ever be a computer replacement, overall the view is whether or not it can replace a computer depends on how you use it.
One reader who initially said there is “not a f*&%ing chance” that the new iPad Pro could replace a laptop, admits that the iPad Pro is fine for email, minor document and spreadsheet editing, which, with a few other tasks “cover about 90 percent or more of what we do”.
One designer argues that using an iPad Pro will “blow away” almost any computer at video rendering, and that the iPad is better than a computer because just seeing one app at a time is less distracting.
Still, there are some valid points as to why it can’t replace a laptop or PC for many people. The most common complaint is lack of a pointer or mouse support, which in some ways could be compensated for by the Apple Pencil.
But not for this reader: “Apple wants you to use the Apple Pencil (not included, of course) as the mouse. The trouble is moving from pencil to keyboard is not very efficient.”
Others point out the lack of a file system in iOS and that it’s difficult to work with virtual machines compared with a Mac.
The biggest issues for another reader is the “lack of a true file system and its failure to support pointer input”, again coming back to the absence of mouse or trackpad.
“I would like to sync an external touchpad so I don’t put fingerprints on the screen but that’s just me,” writes one reader.
The other major qualm is lack of proper USB support, for example, for being able to transfer files to external storage devices, but also support for connecting to printers and scanners.
And one IT pro lists so many missing features that it appears anyone in his shoes will never swap a PC or Mac for an iPad Pro.
“I need internet tools, some of which are common, like SFTP, SSH, Telnet, nslookup, tracert, etc — and some of which are less so, like good RDP clients, VPN clients, a way to connect to and manage SQL servers, and active directory support.
“Virtualization, and being able to spin up VMs, has become such a productivity tool that it’s a little hard to imagine life without that.”