What it is: The latest benchmarks show the iPad Pro is faster and more powerful than most current PC laptops.
In the early days of PCs, mainframe and minicomputer users scoffed at PCs as “toys” because they weren’t as powerful as mainframe and minicomputers. As mainframe and minicomputers gradually increased in power, PCs dramatically increased in power until the cost and performance of a PC made them far better choices than mainframe and minicomputers. At that point, the corporate world embraced PCs and largely turned away from mainframe and minicomputers.
The same is now happening with tablets like the iPad Pro. Apple claims that the latest iPad Pro is now faster and more powerful than 92% of all laptops and the latest benchmarks back up this claim. With the iPad Pro faster, more powerful, and less expensive than PC laptops while offering longer battery life, it’s only a matter of time before the cost and power difference will favor the iPad Pro over laptops in the same way that it favored PCs over mainframe and minicomputers.
What’s holding people back from embracing the iPad Pro is familiarity with the keyboard and mouse interface of laptops along with the familiarity of desktop programs. Yet even that barrier is dropping as Adobe plans to introduce Photoshop to the iPad Pro and Autodesk is releasing AutoCAD for the iPad Pro. When all programs available on desktops are also available for the iPad Pro, why will anyone still want to cling to laptops that cost more, weigh more, offer less power and offer less battery life?
The simple answer is that they won’t, and when that happens, the laptop market will shrivel up. It may never disappear completely just like mainframe and minicomputers can still be found doing useful work, but for the majority of people, the iPad Pro will simply be a better alternative to a laptop. It may not happen today, it may not happen next year, but it’s going to happen eventually, and that’s the future of mobile computing.