The New MacBook As An iPad Alternative 

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The reviews of the new MacBook are out and they’re a little divided. Everyone seems to like the body and the lightness and the Retina Display, but opinions differ on the quality of the keyboard and the single port design.

But why am I talking about reviews of a new MacBook on an iPad website? That’s because there’s something that a few writers, like John Gruber at Daring Fireball or Christina Warren at Mashable, have picked up on: the new MacBook could function as an iPad-like device.

After all, at just two pounds, the new laptop is only slightly heavier than an iPad Air 2 and accompanying keyboard case. Then there’s the portability in terms of physical dimensions. This new MacBook is actually a little slimmer than the existing 11-inch MacBook Air, which means it’s about as bag-friendly as an iPad Air.

I’m actually entering a newfound era of iPad appreciation lately, and yet I admit I still find the new MacBook tempting as a possible iPad replacement. I’d be able to carry the computer everywhere just like I do with the iPad, but I could do so with the full power of OS X with me, without sacrificing the Retina Display.

The one majorly prohibitive aspect of the new laptop is its price: it’s over $1500 Canadian for the base model with 128 GB of storage. It does have the requisite 8GB of RAM I would want from a serious computer, but that amount of money is just too much to fork over for a device that could compete with the iPad for similar tasks and portability. I’ll stick to my current combo of a Retina MacBook Pro and iPad Air 2 for now.

All that said, I’m now even more excited to see how Apple refreshes the iPad lineup this fall. Force Touch looks so promising on the Apple Watch and MacBook, but I think it could really come into its own on the iPad.


Thomas

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  1. If I didn’t already own a MacBook Air I would get one. It was tempting to buy one, but I have a iPad Air and about ten other computers. I’m a gamer as well as a computer professional so I travel with a 10 pound 17″ Alienware laptop for extended trips. For overnight travel, I take my MBA. One issue that killed the idea of buying the MacBook is that I own the 27″ Apple Thunderbolt Display. Thunderbolt is not supported on the new MacBook. Sigh.

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