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The iPad Pro and The Great Convergence

The Convergence of iOS

Over the past few years, we’ve all been participating in the convergence of iOS, (the operating system that runs your iPad and iPhone), and MacOS, (the operating system that runs your Mac). You’ve seen this first in apps like iTunes, the Apple iWork suite (Pages, Numbers and Keynote), the iLife suite (GarageBand, iMovie), and most recently with Apple replacing iPhoto on your Mac with the Photos app- the same app you’ve been running on your iPhone and iPad since iOs 8 (Spet 2014) and your Mac since OS 10.10.3 released in April, 2015.

Similar Functionality on Both Platforms

These apps perform similar functionality on both platforms, and begin to blur the lines between MacOS and iOS, or in simplar terms, the Mac and the iPad/ iPhone.  Combine with these apps the added functionality of iCloud Drive, a storage solution that allows you to easily share files, movies, photos, etc between your devices, and it gets harder to decide which Apple product becomes your “go-to” device for the majority of your computing needs. The playing field of Apple devices competing for your attention has just become more exciting with the release of the iPad Pro- the next generation iPad released to overwhelmingly positive reviews by the media across the board.

A Device That is Both a Tablet and a Laptop

The iPad Pro features an A9X processor that outperforms the latest MacBooks (1.1 or 1.2 M-Processor), 4GB RAM, 32 or 128GB Flash storage and a 12.9” Retina display.  Prices begin at $799 and go up to $1079 for a model that includes cellular capabilities.  Optionally, you can add in a keyboard cover (about another $100) and a stylus (also another $100) and for about $1000 you have a device that is both a tablet and a laptop that is certain to delight many users and sure to be a hit.  Compared to a brand new MacBook ($1299)… It certainly is a consideration!

Replacement For a Notebook

Tim Cook, the CEO of Apple has recently been quoted as saying, “The iPad Pro is a replacement for a notebook or a desktop for many, many people. They will start using it and conclude they no longer need to use anything else, other than their phones.”  Does this mean that Apple thinks the age of laptops and desktops are behind us?  No, and that isn’t what Tim said or necessarily meant.  However…. Consider what many people do with their Macs:  Browse the web, email, word processing, light photo editing, light gaming, listen to music, watch YouTube videos.  All common activities- all easily accomplished on a tablet, especially when tied to a physical keyboard.

The point of all this is that the time is coming when it won’t matter what device we pick up- the functionality and interface will be the same whether it’s your laptop, desktop or tablet.

If you’re considering a new iPad Pro, come and see us at Experimac Sandy Springs to sell us your current i-Device. We love ‘em and we’ll make sure to find them their next good home!