There seems to be a trend at the moment for some tech writers to explain why the iPad, and in particular the iPad Pro, is perfectly adequate as your main computer. It is not, at least not for me.
My needs for a computer are relatively normal, but with some niche requirements for my freelance writing. It can be broken down into the following areas-
Saving screenshots and photos as TIFF (CMYK) files
Organising the images in folders and naming them in very specific ways
Uploading the project to a freelance server
Writing on templates which always require word counts that are specific to each section i.e. 200 characters, 30 characters for title and so on
Jumping between multiple web pages and apps over and over again
As you can see, the above is not too complex, but I have tried to do freelance work on an iPad and it is painful. The fact of the matter is that it is simply not designed for work like this and lends itself to singular tasks such as creating a piece of art or a text document.
I can, in theory, do all of the above, but try doing it and then check the time differences between an iPad and a real computer. It would simply not be worth the effort.
And this is where my problem with the iPad sits. If I need a computer to do work that takes up much of my time, what would an iPad do for me that my iPhone 7 doesn’t? Besides just being a more pleasant experience for tasks such as web browsing, it feels like an expensive extravagance that sits in between the devices I really do need.
I am not saying that the iPad isn’t incredibly useful for some people, I have no doubt it is, but I am saying that real computers still completely own the space they sit in and will continue to do so for some time.
I have said it for years and I am more certain than ever that the tablet does not have the future many expected when it was the new kid on the block.