iPad vs Mac
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The ultimate devices for work from anywhere
The pandemic has touched virtually every aspect of our lives, not least the way we work. Gone are the days of hour-long commutes and endless meetings; instead, we work from home or hot desk, relying on apps to keep us productive and connected. It can be tough to choose the right device - with both the MacBook Pro and iPad Pro offering unique benefits you won’t find anywhere else. Comparing the two will allow you to find the right machine.

WORKING WITH THE iPAD PRO

Apple revolutionized the way we think about computers when it launched the iPad Pro back in 2015, and since then, the Cupertino company has been on a mission to create the world’s best tablet. It’s worked; right now, the iPad range holds more than a third of tablet shipments, and as more professionals begin to realize the power and potential of a portable, touchscreen device, it’s clear that the iPad Pro is the future of the workplace.

Although iPad Pro has offered more features for professional users since its launch, more recent generations of the machine have taken this to the next level. In 2020, for example, the iPad Pro was given an upgrade that added a LiDAR sensor to offer improved augmented reality capabilities, and in 2021, Apple added a bunch of cutting-edge features including the M1 chip, the same chip used in the MacBook Air and iMac, and 5G connectivity for the first time, allowing users to take advantage of significantly faster speeds when they’re out and about using their devices. The 2021 variant also included an XDR display, with mini-LEDs that was marketed as a ‘Liquid Retina XDR’ display, ideal for photographers, graphic designers, and visual artists. When combined with the power of iPadOS, it’s a professional tablet that really packs its punch and, though not for everyone, offers most of the features you’d expect from a high-end computer.

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