Is the iPad Pro a Necessity, a Luxury, or Just Useless?

Apple announced many new things this week, among them the iPad Pro. It makes Apple’s tablet closer than ever to a laptop. While it certainly looks to be an impressive device, is the iPad Pro a necessity, a luxury, or just another useless gadget?

There have been a handful of generations of iPads, each one more impressive than the last. But now they are adding the iPad Pro that has a screen as large as a small laptop and is built to have an attached keyboard. In addition they are marketing a stylus to make drawing on the device even easier. Basically it makes it like a laptop, but it retains the mobile aspect of a tablet, giving it even more uses. In addition to this, the price is just below that of a basic Apple laptop. For people who felt the iPad wasn’t enough for them, now they have something better. However, it still runs on iOS. Despite its larger size and increased options, it will still run into a few shortcomings because of its OS.

Basically it comes down to whether you need a larger tablet that can do a few more things or whether it doesn’t really offer that many more benefits for the higher price. Some people might really need this, but for others it would just be something nice to have. Some might not see a use for it at all.

Is the iPad Pro a necessity, a luxury, or just useless?

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Laura has spent nearly 20 years writing news, reviews, and op-eds, with more than 10 of those years as an editor as well. She has exclusively used Apple products for the past three decades. In addition to writing and editing at MTE, she also runs the site's sponsored review program.


  1. Should have put OSX on it and then with a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse would have much more functionality. It’s just a bigger IPAD. MS put X86 Windows on the Windows Tablet Pro models and they run the latest Intel chips. IOS is OK for a mobile platform but when you scale up it’s useless. Not all that great with multitasking like even Android is… Would be nice to have multiple layered windows open but don’t hold your breath. Would be nice to plug in add-ons and have the thing charge, don’t ever hold your breath that long….

    1. Just have to defend the iPad a slight bit. It’s not useless as a non-mobile platform as suggested. Ever since the iPad 2 I have done everything on my iPad. I return to my Mac once a week to add images to my articles here as they have to be a certain size, and I can’t import them that way in iOS. But other than that, there isn’t anything I can’t do in iOS. And I prefer iOS to OS X. And if you’ve been watching the changes they make to OS X, they are continuously making it more and more like iOS anyway. That being said, I can’t justify the price of the Pro when I can already do it on the iPad Air.

  2. everyone says it’s the coolness for graphic designer,
    however, there is no photoshop, no cmyk mode, no pantone system, no illustrator, no desktop publishing, no video editing that close to finalcut pro , no 3D modeling and rendering, no electricimage, no renderman.

    all you can do now is playing candy crap, or hold it up in disneyland snap shooting

    they could just add touch screen capacitive to macbook pro everyone will be happy, no one another giant ipod

  3. Imagine if the gigacorporates stopped inventing and hyping new models all the time. That would be the end for them. It’s just strategically planned commerce.

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