The iPad Pro’s Mini LED display It also looks like it will put my MacBook Pro’s panel to shame. The Liquid Retina XDR packs 10,000 LEDs into its 12.9-inch screen and offers 1600 nits of peak brightness and a contrast ratio of 1 million to 1.
Add optional 5G connectivity, Thunderbolt support, and a new 12 MP ultra-wide front camera to keep you in the picture during video chats, and you’ve got plenty of reasons to switch from a MacBook Pro to an iPad Pro to consider.
Despite all these advantages, I’ll stick with my MacBook Pro and wait for the new one MacBook Pro 2021. Here’s why.
The iPad Pro is very expensive
The 12.9-inch iPad Pro has just gone from $ 999 to $ 1,099 – and that’s just for the tablet. If you want a Magic keyboard to go with it (which would be essential for me) the total suddenly goes up to $ 1,448. The 13-inch MacBook Pro now costs $ 1,299.
Note that the iPad Pro starts with just 128GB of storage while the MacBook Pro has 256GB. It will cost you an additional $ 100 to get 256GB on the iPad Pro. Apple stick? That’s an additional $ 129, please.
I’d probably skip the pen, but if I had the same amount of storage as the M1 MacBook Pro and Magic Keyboard, the price difference would be $ 249.
When it comes to multitasking, macOS still beats iOS
The iPad has gotten better at multitasking over the past few years, and I love that the home screen can now show more information with the redesigned widgets and smart stack feature. In addition, the app design has been improved, with pull-down menus for quick access to additional functions.
For pure multitasking, however, I still prefer macOS. Yes, you can work on several different apps at the same time on iPad OS, but with features like Slide over and Split view do not offer the same versatility as a full-fledged desktop operating system.
I don’t expect Apple to turn iPadOS into macOS, but it would be great if the iPadOS interface automatically turned to a “window-friendly” mode when the Magic keyboard is plugged in.
iPad Pro battery life compared to Mac laptops
Apple rated the new 12.9-inch iPad Pro for 10 hours of surfing the internet over Wi-Fi. This corresponds to the previous version. That’s pretty good endurance, but the MacBook Air M1 is rated for 15 hours of wireless internet and the MacBook Pro M1 has a claimed 17 hours of battery life.
In our MacBook Air M1 reviewThe Apple laptop lasted an impressive 14 hours and 41 minutes – which comes very close to Apple’s high standards. The MacBook Pro M1 achieved an even higher score of 16:32. I’ll be taking 4.5 to 6.5 hours of extra juice on the new iPad every day of the week.
Tiny touchpad on the Magic keyboard
The Magic Keyboard for the iPad Pro is remarkably good for a tablet accessory, but the touchpad is tiny compared to the trackpad on the MacBook Pro. A bigger trackpad gives you more space to scroll, select text, and do whatever else you want to do.
Admittedly, the iPad Pro 2021 has a touchscreen, while the MacBook Pro gets along with a lame touch bar that doesn’t do much. But when I’m in productivity mode, I’d rather have the larger touchpad.
A lack of iPad Pro ports
I’m glad the new iPad Pro 2021 supports Thunderbolt, so you can now connect external storage, displays, and docks. You can even hook up Apple’s 6K Pro Display XDR display – if you have the budget.
However, a single port doesn’t cut off if for me. When I’m at home I can usually only use one port to connect my CalDigit dock, which connects everything from my microphone and webcam to a ring light. But when I’m on the go, I don’t want to limit myself to the single port of the iPad Pro.
The MacBook Pro has two Thunderbolt / USB 4 ports and a headphone jack.
Conclusion: iPad Pro vs. MacBook Pro
There are a few things that I find very tempting about the new iPad Pro, including the mini-LED display and optional 5G connectivity. The iPad Pro also supports Face ID, while the MacBook Pro is still based on Touch ID.
Speaking of cameras: The MacBook Pro urgently needs an upgrade to 1080p. The iPad Pro’s 12-megapixel sensor and 122-degree field of view seem much better suited for video calls.
But for now I’m sticking with the MacBook Pro, especially a new 14-inch MacBook Pro with its own mini-LED display.