The iPad Pro is nearly as powerful as the MacBook Pro, which costs much more, according to new tests


The new iPad Pro may live up to Apple’s claims that it could replace your laptop.

Tech benchmarking site BareFeats, found that the 10.5 and 12.9-inch versions’ performance was only slightly behind that of the 13-inch MacBook Pro, and this was the version fitted the new Core i7 processor. This means that in theory at least, the latest iPad Pros could be faster than the 2016, 13-inch MacBook Pro.

If the incredible performance wasn’t enough, the new iPad Pro’s will come complete with the new iOS11 OS.

Image: BareFeats

One new standout feature is that the iPads will have is the facility to dock, just like what is found on the desktop macOS along with a new app called Files that allows you to organise your files better.

On the face of it, it would appear that the 12.9-inch iPad Pro offers far better value for money than the MacBook Pro so it may just replace the need for having a “computer” although it is missing some key features.

“Think about it: The top configured 2017 MacBook Pro 13-inch costs roughly 3 times more than the top configured 2017 iPad Pro,” BareFeats said.

“Yet the laptop is only slightly faster running CPU intensive apps and slower running the GPU intensive apps.”

iPad Pro

iPad Pro

Although when it comes to doing work the chances are most users would need more than just a touchscreen and either a mouse or a trackpad. Having only a touchscreen perhaps isn’t that practical.

Also, 4GB of RAM isn’t enough when compared to many laptops that have 8GB and often 8GB can leave users wishing that they had more.

The iPad Pro may well be a great mobile device but claims that it will replace your laptop may be a little premature.

With that being said, its sheer power as shown in the benchmark tests mean it could easily replace your current tablet.


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