iPad Pro vs. MacBook: Can the iPad Pro replace the 12-inch MacBook?

iPad Pro vs. 12-inch MacBook

I finally decided to buy an iPad Pro and see if it can replace my 12-inch MacBook for meetings outside of the office and for traveling. Last week, I had to go to Europe for work and decided that it would be the perfect opportunity for a showdown of iPad Pro vs. MacBook.

I bought the 12-inch MacBook when it was first released, with the purpose of complementing the 5k iMac I have in my office. At the time, the iPad wasn’t a reasonable laptop replacement due to lack of screen size, app support, and multitasking. When Apple released the iPad Pro about a year ago, I was intrigued by it, but it didn’t convince me enough to replace my 12-inch MacBook.

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MacBook: The good and the bad

I have used the ultra-portable MacBook for one and a half years, and there are many things I like about it, including:

  • All-day battery life
  • Beautiful design
  • Gorgeous display
  • Lightweight
  • Silent due to lack of any moving parts

But I have also noticed that the MacBook’s Intel mobile CPU quickly reaches its performance limits. I’m not talking about doing video editing or other CPU-intensive tasks. Just using everyday apps, such as Mail, Safari and Microsoft Office seem to be less responsive than what I’m used to from my iMac or even my iPhone 7 for that matter.