Last August, Apple released an iPad Pro ad that positioned the tablet as an amazing computer. Now it has a new commercial that declares that the iPad Pro isn’t a computer, but rather something better—faster than most laptops, with optional built-in LTE and the Pencil stylus. The semantic shift illustrates the challenge of explaining a device that has a distinctly different set of pros and cons than a garden-variety PC. And that issue is one of the factors that has made the iPad a tougher long-term sell for Apple than many of us would have predicted a few years ago.
I love my iPad Pro and use it for 95% of the things I used to accomplish with a laptop, so I’m down with Apple’s pitch. But I wouldn’t be startled if skittish Mac fans fret about the ad’s message. Macs, after all, are most assuredly computers.