iPad as a laptop replacement


macrumors 68040
Oct 3, 2014
watching the birth of the Dem WTH Party
Are the safari split screen pages on the smaller ipads still mobile sites in iPadOS? Other than that, yes it’s the same software experience (if that’s what you meant), but the overall experience sure isn’t identical. Screen size is always going to be a major factor in a user’s experience. Whether the screen size difference between the 12.9” and 10.5” is considered “significant” or not is subjective, but to put a number on it the 12.9” screen has a 51% bigger surface area.

Yeah it’s always a compromise between productivity and mobility. One device can do it all for some but not everyone. I also need the bigger 12.9” size for what I do, but I also like having a very mobile casual device, so I have a mini in addition. The combo works out pretty ideally for me, but everyone is different.
There is a reason I have two 27" monitors on my desk. :)


macrumors 65816
Sep 19, 2010
There are a lot of people that could replace their home computer with an iPad. Most employers provide a work computer, so you will use what they give you and that’s that.

Ten years ago, you needed to buy a laptop or home computer just for email, web, and photos. Now you can walk into your local BB and pick up a new iPad for $250 on sale. It will do everything most people need to do, so it really is a laptop alternative. If they occasionally do a lot of writing, they can get a separate BT keyboard and keep it in the desk drawer when needed.

The iPad is really a much better home computing solution for a lot of people.