Can the iPad Pro replace a laptop?

Ramesh | Updated Apr 02, 2020

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Apple’s marketing team has been going hard with the message that “your next computer is not a computer.” Yes, that means Apple thinks you can replace your computer with one of its iPad Pro units.

I mean, the 2020 iPad Pro can be outfitted with a $300-ish keyboard that has a trackpad, turning it into a laptop at first glance. Does that mean that it’s powerful enough to replace your daily use laptop?

So, can the iPad Pro replace a laptop?

Okay, so while the answer is definitely yes, there are a few caveats that I’ve found while using an 11-inch iPad Pro attached to a Brydge keyboard for daily work. The first thing is to figure out whose ecosystem you want to work in. Apple’s office suite is far more usable than the app offerings from Google or Microsoft here.

You’ll also need to get used to iCloud as your main storage space. That’s mainly because iPadOS still doesn’t let you hook into other cloud storage apps all that well, so you have to do a long-winded dance if you try to use OneDrive, Dropbox, or Google Drive as your cloud storage solution. The bonus to using iCloud though is that it syncs with your other Apple gear in a beautiful way.

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