This topic is tirelessly argued. NO - an iPad cannot preform all of the functions of a MacBook Pro But the price point reflects that!! iPads are only $329! Have been for a year. Why do we keep comparing that to a MacBook/Pro/Air that cost a minimum of twice that amount? Tell me what laptop you can buy for $329 that you'd rather own than an iPad. IMO there are none. If someone said, "Hey I'll give you a free chromebook, or a free iPad" you're taking the iPad every single time.