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Original poster
Apr 12, 2001

Apple today shared a new "What's a computer" iPad Pro ad on its YouTube channel, highlighting the myriad things an iPad Pro can do along with new iPad features introduced in iOS 11.

The video, set to the song "Go" by Louis The Child," shows off the iPad's versatility as a computer replacement, following a teen as she chats with friends, takes and edits photos, writes a paper, draws with the Apple Pencil, reads comics, and more while on the go.

Features and accessories covered in the video include split-screen multitasking, the iOS 11 dock, the iPad's camera capabilities, the Apple Pencil, the Smart Keyboard, and photo markup

At the end of the spot, the teen's mom asks her "What are you doing on your computer?" And she responds, "What's a computer?"

Apple has shared multiple iPad Pro ads in the past, positioning the device as a computer replacement. Most recently, Apple published several short tutorial videos designed to show off all of the new features introduced on iPad in iOS 11

Article Link: Apple Shares New 'What's a Computer' Ad Focused on iPad Pro Features


macrumors regular
Jul 31, 2011
What a great ending. Apple really changed the idea what "computer" is.

Basicly only thing which i do with my desktop computer nowdays is making music, everything else i do with my iPad Pro 10,5" it's by far my favourite "computer"
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macrumors Core
Nov 14, 2011
Nice commercial, but the "what's a computer" line made it so lame. Please, like a kid that age wouldn't know what a computer is...? Come on.

A lot of people argue iPad isn’t a real computer, it’s just a content consumption device.

oh no ipad sales are down boo hoo..nothing like a bit of marketing....

iPad sales are actually up.


macrumors 6502
Nov 11, 2015
What's a computer? Hint: it's not iPad.

There's always dozens of people who only use their computer as a pocket calculator and use that to justify claiming that iPad can replace a computer. Sorry, it can't. It doesn't even come close. It's a nice device to use in addition to a computer in certain niche jobs but that's about it.


macrumors member
Dec 14, 2011
What's a computer? Well you can be a computer replacement unless you know what you're replacing.


macrumors 603
May 14, 2012
Reminds me of the videos where they show kids a floppy disk and ask what is it?
I don't believe a kid would say what's a computer yet. Maybe what are you doing on you PC might work better.
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