Revisiting iPad Pro as a Laptop Replacement

Back in 2018, I wrote about my thoughts on using the iPad Pro to replace a laptop. We had recently decided to give the 10.5” iPad Pro to all of our faculty and high school students and it was going really well.

Since then, I’ve been using a 2018 12.9” iPad Pro as my daily work device and it’s even better than I thought it could be. With the release of iPadOS last fall, the iPad continues to grow into the productivity device I’ve wanted it to be. And with full cursor support in iPadOS 13.4 that came out last month, I’m even more confident that the iPad Pro is the work device of the future.

Federico Viticci goes into excellent detail in his piece Modular Computer: iPad Pro as a Tablet, Laptop, and Desktop Workstation

The more I think about it, the more I come to this conclusion: the iPad, unlike other computers running a “traditional” desktop OS, possesses the unique quality of being multiple things at once. Hold an iPad in your hands, and you can use it as a classic tablet; pair it with a keyboard cover, and it takes on a laptop form; place it on a desk and connect it to a variety of external accessories, and you’ve got a desktop workstation revolving around a single slab of glass. This multiplicity of states isn’t an afterthought, nor is it the byproduct of happenstance: it was a deliberate design decision on Apple’s part based on the principle of modularity.

Federico Viticcci –

Apple’s original vision of how a tablet should work still rings true, but the growth of the iPad over the past several years to fill other needs has helped it transform into a powerful modular computer.