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“Can the iPad Pro replace a laptop?” Wrong question!

I spent a good chunk of the past few days reviewing Apple’s new 10.5-inch iPad Pro. And really, I tried to judge whether it was a great iPad–which it is, although it should be better still with the upcoming iOS 11–rather than being fixated on whether it’s something a typical person would buy to replace … Continue reading ““Can the iPad Pro replace a laptop?” Wrong question!”

I spent a good chunk of the past few days reviewing Apple’s new 10.5-inch iPad Pro. And really, I tried to judge whether it was a great iPad–which it is, although it should be better still with the upcoming iOS 11–rather than being fixated on whether it’s something a typical person would buy to replace a laptop.

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If you take the latter approach, as people often do when reviewing iPads, you’re likely to conclude that the iPad Pro should have a mouse. And that the lack of laptop staples like full-blown Microsoft Office is a problem. And that the fact that Apple’s Smart Keyboard doesn’t feel much like a classic notebook keyboard might be a deal-breaker.

Listen, if the iPad Pro had all the things a laptop has, it would be a laptop. And the world would be a little more boring for it.  

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Harry McCracken is the technology editor for Fast Company, based in San Francisco. In past lives, he was editor at large for Time magazine, founder and editor of Technologizer, and editor of PC World.

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