Which is more powerful? Macbook 2016 or iPad PRO?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by hajime, Apr 19, 2016.

  1. hajime macrumors 601

    Jul 23, 2007
    I can use Pencil only on iPad PRO and the device can be used as a secondary screen. New Macbook can run OS X. I would buy it immediately if it were compatible with Pencil.

    Do you think we have to wait at least until June for a new powerful rMBP?
  2. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

    Oct 24, 2013
    No one knows I personally think we'll get 13 inch pro's with skylake before then in a silent update much like the retina MacBook today. The 15 inch will wait for AMD's new GPU architecture so June looking likely. Either way I can't see any touch screens on macs (which I'm all good with) so no pencil support, which considering the way laptops are used can only be a good thing.

    As to the question about iPad vs MacBook the MacBook is about 2x as powerful as the iPad Pro but then again so was the last one.
  3. Mcdevidr macrumors 6502a

    Nov 27, 2013
    I think use case is more important than power. I find the larger screen of the pro superior to the 12 inch though. I use jump desktop when I need a full pc. Getting the Citrix mouse soon too.
  4. driveparty macrumors member


    Apr 19, 2008
    Russia / USA
    For which usage scenario? You can't just compare the "parrots" or whichever the benchmarks are counting that power in. You must declare the purpose you need the power.
    According to the benchmarks, iPad Pro 12" outperforms the latest top rMB. But does it matter should you wanna run OS X apps?

    As for the rMBP, definitely they will have updated it with Skylake CPUs in the nearest feature. By July, I guess.
  5. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

    Oct 24, 2013
    And those benchmarks have been proved to be irrelevant at comparing the 2 in at least one but probably more studies on these clearly anomalous results.
  6. Meister Suspended


    Oct 10, 2013
    What usage?

    What does "more powerful" mean?

    One runs a mobile OS, they other one a real OS.
  7. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    The Retina MacBook is more powerful then the iPad

    rMB can:
    Run multiple operating systems, via bootcamp, i.e., Windows, Linux, etc.
    Run operating systems virtualized, i.e., Vmware.
    Run desktop apps like Photoshop, Lightroom, Creative Cloud
    Multitask beyond splitting the screen in two.
    Use a multitude of pointing devices, including to digitizers, mice, trackpads.
    More ram
    More storage
    Accessible files system.

    The MBP has more benefits, including
    dGPU, larger display, more ports

    As for waiting or buying, if you're want the MacBook, it was just updated so buy that now, for the MBP, I'd wait if you can, though I think the current model is quite powerful and you'll not regret that.

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