Why the iPad Pro may finally have become a ‘laptop killer’ – Times of India


So Apple launched a new iPad Pro yesterday at its Spring Loaded event. A lot of things — M1 chip, a new display, 2TB storage among others — look impressive in the on-paper specs of the iPad Pro. But there’s one feature that stands out of all and that’s the RAM. Apple iPad Pro will be available in 8GB and 16GB RAM. Now you might wonder why is that a big deal or why does it matter?
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 of its devices (except for iMac and MacBooks). It’s well-accepted that you will have to rely on folks who do teardown to reveal the RAM on iPhones and iPads. In case you were wondering how much RAM does the iPhone 12 Pro Max — because Apple never told us — then it’s 6GB, as per iFixit.
But why the change of heart from Apple for the new iPad Pro? Ever since Apple launched the first iPad Pro in 2018, there has been a lot of emphasis on how it’s a laptop — not a MacBook — replacement. Apple has always said that the iPad Pro is more powerful than every tablet but can easily beat the most capable of Windows PCs.

The iPad now has the MacBook processor

Apple really pulled off a big surprise — and in a rather dramatic way — when it unveiled the new iPad Pro that comes with the M1 processor. It is the exact same processor that is found in the MacBook Air, Pro and Mac mini. What’s evident here is that Apple is actually not just pitching the iPad Pro as a laptop replacement but has made the tablet as powerful as its MacBook devices. And here’s where the RAM comes into play. The iPad Pro (2020) variant has 6GB RAM and now Apple has doubled it and some more. Do note that the 16GB RAM comes only in 1TB and 2TB variants, which are going to cost a bomb.

Why WWDC 2021 has become significant for the iPad?

Apple will hold WWDC — its annual developer conference — on June 7. And this where it will unveil the new iPadOS. The iPadOS is a competent OS but with certain limitations when it comes to making iPad a complete MacBook replacement. In terms of hardware, Apple has made the iPad Pro stealthy and more powerful that a lot of laptops. Dare we say it might have made the iPad on the same footing as the MacBooks. The hardware now needs to be complemented with the software — something that has always been Apple’s core competence. Spring Loaded event but the spring in the iPad Pro and now WWDC needs to load the right ammo in the iPad for it to become a real laptop killer.

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