Last Updated: 16 Oct 2017

Today, I am receiving a new iPad Pro 9.7-inch. With it, begins the start of a new, month long experiment to see whether it could replace my laptop. As someone who works in digital PR and marketing, many of the tools I use are already on my phone and tablet. Technically, it should be possible.

iPad Pro has been billed as a laptop replacement, though I’m under no illusions that Apple means it to replace a MacBook Pro, barely a year old itself.

All this got me thinking, what is a computer? It seems that more things than ever fall into this category. Heck, at one time computer meant a person (usually a woman) doing calculations in war time.

The Apple Watch that I wear on my wrist has more CPU power than the 6 year old iPhone 4. The iPhone I’m typing this on is more powerful than many desktop computers sat in offices around the world. Even my headphones have little computers in them.

Computers are everywhere today. But it’s software and the things they are built for which differentiates them. Over the past six years, the iPad has been a great casual computer. It has been a great task focused computer, thanks to apps, created around certain work processes. It has been a great tool for education. It has replaced many computing needs for many people, but not all.

Having owned an iPad ever since it was first released, there have been times when I’ve tried using it as a computer. The biggest limitation in the past was the sheer ‘one thing at a time’ issue. That all changed with iOS 9, though it’s still not near the same level as a dedicated computer.

Over the next month, I’ll be documenting the apps we use here at Big Ideas Machine and my time with the Pro. I’m not expecting the Pro to replace my MacBook – the screen is smaller for one – but I am expecting that it will be the first time I could feasibly consider it.

Post written on an iPhone, using the WordPress app for iOS

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