Let’s see if it is much more affordable to buy an iPad Pro instead of the new MacBook.
That’s the question we’re wrestling with as we test the viability of the 12.9-inch iPad Pro (late 2018) with the Smart Folio Keyboard versus the new Retina MacBook Air (late 2018).
If we are making a debate between the 12.9-inch iPad Pro (late 2018) with the Smart Folio Keyboard versus the new Retina MacBook Air (late 2018) we can notice some big advantages for both sides.
The difference in price is the first thing that pups up through everyone’s minds. But let’s face it. The difference is just $51, which can barely count when we talk about Apple products. The 2018 MacBook Air with 256GB of storage is at the price of $1,399 while the 2018 12.9-inch iPad Pro with the same 256GB of storage and Smart Folio Keyboard a bit cheaper at $1,348. If we are taking in consideration the discounts in sales then the MacBook Air is getting bigger ones than the iPad Pro.
When it comes to the comfort of holding the device and portability, the weight of iPad Pro with Smart Folio keyboard has 2.3 pounds, it wins. The Retina MacBook Air weights 2.75 pounds.
An important factor is the traditional use of a device, getting work done and be productive. Well, in this scenario the MacBook Air wins. Work such as cut-and-paste, editing images, and jumping between opened windows, or simply saying office work is much easier on the MacBook than iPad Pro since you have a trackpad, mouse, enough storage for files, WordPress runs smoothly and so on.
Of course, you can adapt the iPad Pro and iOS but it will still be a messy work and many external devices are not recognized. The iPad Pro seems to work better for people who do media consumption such as watching movies or read books or just browsing the web, clients that are dealing with images such as an artist or create story narratives. The new iPad Pro is also beneficial for video and audio production/editing, hospitals and medical professionals or industrial applications
The performance on the iPad Pro is better and faster than on the MacBook Air. The display for the iPad Pro has a wide P3 color gamut, higher resolution, and True Tone which means that is more advanced overall when it comes to the screen than the MacBook Air. The iPad Pro wins on battery life by 8 hours more.
In conclusion, when you look around you see more people doing work done on a MacBook, maybe because of the laptop idea, but the iPad Pro has its benefits.
Lindsay Dubose has been a journalist for ten years and has been working with the Tech News Watch staff since the beginning of the news site. Her main contribution to Tech News Watch are mobile, IT and science news, with a focus on software updates and great outer space discoveries. Lindsay is also the person in charge with keeping the site well organized and responsive. In her spare time, she likes to travel and discover new places. Lindsay studied at Penn Foster University, where she got a Diploma in Freelance Writing.