Big test: Will the iPad Pro replace a laptop?

When our notebook had to be repaired, we switched to the iPad Pro as a working device for ten days. How did that work?

Electronics manufacturers and technology media have been chattering on their laptops for years. The tablet is to replace the notebook and gradually make the entire device category obsolete. There are already hybrid devices that are half laptop and half tablet. This is not the case with the electronics giant Apple, so far there is only a tablet or laptop for dialing. Apparently, the iPad Pro works just as well as a mobile computer. But is that true - does the iPad Pro replace a laptop? We tried it.

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This article is with one iPad Pro written. Forced, because ours MacBook Pro 2016 with Touch Bar has some keyboard, chassis and trackpad issues and is now in the manufacturer's repair shop. For seven to ten days we are without our beloved work equipment. What alternative did I have to work productively anyway?


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The only replacement is the iPad Pro 12.9 inch and an external Bluetooth keyboard. That should not bother us. Because since then the iPad Pro in the 12 inch version has appeared, propagated Apple the device as a replacement for a laptop. The gadget was lighter, the battery last longer and you can work optimally from anywhere with the iPad Pro. Also pertinent TechnicalSpecialists have been propagating the end of the laptop and the triumph of tablets for years.

With the right adapter from Lightning to HDMI or display port, you can also use the iPad Pro with an external display. Photo: Sascha Tegtmeyer
With the right adapter from Lightning to HDMI or display port, you can also use the iPad Pro with an external display. Photo: Sascha Tegtmeyer

Tablet with specifications like a top notebook: Does the iPad Pro replace a laptop?

And indeed, it is also true that current tablet models like the iPad Pro in 12.9 inches are basically a small laptop. Processors, batteries and chips are so fastthat many a laptop can pack. But is that enough to replace a notebook? We are currently forced to test and will find out: Will the iPad Pro replace a laptop? Personally, we doubt this from the beginning. But we still want to try it out and are happy to let us teach you a better way. Our work week equipment was just iPad Pro, the iPhone X and an external keyboard.

Test categories: Can the tablet win the notebook in some categories?

Yes, we have prejudices. We personally do not believe that the iPad Pro replaced a laptop, We are fully used to working with a notebook. But we do not want to do it that easy. We are currently conducting a detailed test and look in practice, whether the iPad Pro can keep up with a notebook or even replace it.

Replace a laptop? The iPad Pro comes to the MacBook in any case already dangerously close!

For this reason, we have considered the following categories for our test according to which we would like to compare the iPad Pro and notebook: manageability, operability, reading, writing, photo and video editing, productivity and speed of work. For people who have a creative career and are faced with a choice, whether they prefer an iPad Pro or a laptop such as a MacBook Pro exactly these categories are crucial. In particular, the speed of work read on previous iPads with the former operating systems but much to be desired. Only with the new iOS 11 the iPad seems to have made a significant leap. But will that be enough to make laptops obsolete? We want to find out.

The iPad Pro is the laptop as a working device in any case dangerously close! Photo: Sascha Tegtmeyer
The iPad Pro is the laptop as a working device in any case dangerously close! Photo: Sascha Tegtmeyer

Page 2: Does the iPad Pro replace a laptop? So the tablet beats the MacBook Pro in our test categories!

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About Sascha Tobias Tegtmeyer 93 Article
As a journalist, passionate diver and ambitious stand up paddler, I've become more and more specialized in water sports topics. For several years as an online editor, content and SEO manager for the year Top Special Verlag in Hamburg, I edited the leading diving portal TAUCHEN.de editorially and am at home in the water sports industry. My passion is the sea and all the activities that can be practiced on, in, on and under water. To give this child a name, I created www.just-wanderlust.com - for all people who love the sea - love to travel and water sports like diving, surfing, stand up paddling.