Why the iPad Pro could finally have become a “laptop killer”

So Apple started a new one iPad Pro yesterday at his Spring Loaded event. Many things – the M1 chip, a new display, 2TB of storage, and more – look impressive in the on-paper specs of the iPad Pro. But there is one feature that stands out from all of them and that is that R.A.M.. Apple iPad Pro will be available in 8 GB and 16 GB RAM. Now you might be wondering why is this a big deal or why is it important?
Well, for starters, Apple NEVER reveals the RAM capacity on the iPhone or the iPad. So many iPads and iPhones have come and gone, but Apple never mentions the RAM on board its devices (other than iMac and MacBooks). It is widely accepted that you have to rely on people ripping down to expose the RAM on iPhones and iPads. In case you were wondering how much RAM the iPhone 12 Pro Max has – because Apple never told us – it’s 6GB, according to iFixit.
But why Apple’s change of heart for the new iPad Pro? Since Apple launched the first iPad Pro in 2018, a lot of emphasis has been placed on making it a laptop replacement, not a replacement for a MacBook. Apple has always said that the iPad Pro is more powerful than any tablet, but can easily beat the most powerful Windows PCs.

The iPad now has the MacBook processor

Apple really caused a big surprise – and in a rather dramatic way – when it unveiled the new iPad Pro that comes with the M1 processor. It’s the exact same processor that is found in the MacBook Air, Pro and Mac mini. What is obvious here is that Apple is not only offering the iPad Pro as a laptop replacement, but has made the tablet as powerful as its MacBook devices. And this is where RAM comes in. The iPad Pro (2020) variant has 6GB of RAM and now Apple has doubled it and a few more. Note that the 16GB RAM is only available in 1TB and 2TB variants, which will cost a bomb.

Why did WWDC 2021 matter for the iPad?

Apple will host WWDC – its annual developer conference – on June 7th. The new iPadOS is presented here. The iPadOS is a competent operating system, but with certain limitations when it comes to making the iPad a full MacBook replacement. In terms of hardware, Apple made the iPad Pro more stealthy and powerful than many laptops. Dare we say it might have put the iPad on the same footing as the MacBooks. The hardware now has to be supplemented by the software – something that has always been Apple’s core competence. Spring Loaded Event, but Spring in the iPad Pro and now WWDC needs to load the right ammo into the iPad for it to become a real laptop killer.


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