I remember many years ago, Apple had just launched the iPhone 3G and announced their new tablet device, the iPad. A colleague of mine was bemoaning Apple and deriding the idea of a large touch screen – “Who’s going to use that?”, he asked in genuine disbelief. I, on the other hand, had seen the continuing frustration and usability gulf between PC/Mac desktops and laptops and what consumers actually needed to interact with the mass migration of services to the Internet. Desktop and laptop sales are way, way down and consumers have been only too eager to adopt small, portable touchscreen tablets for every day use. For power users, there is still a gap where their cloud and device OS files cannot be accessed from every device. In the latest range of tablet OS, the file browsing functionality is finally maturing to the point where tablets are going in for the kill on the laptop/desktop devices.
I’ve had every iteration of Apple’s ubiquitous iPad and all three of the iPad Pro models released since 2016. The latest 2018 version is a genuine laptop replacement as it wields all the power, functionality and multitasking capability of it’s mouse and keyboard shackled brethren.