Can the latest iPad Pro replace your desktop?

The latest iPad Pro is the most powerful yet. So powerful, in fact, that it can best most entry-level computers in the current market. With graphics that rival an Xbox 360 and an operating system that supports virtual touchpads and split-screen multitasking, is it time to accept that the iPad is the best option for casual computer users?

Of course, if you’re a gamer or coder of some sort, an iPad might not be your best tool, but for someone who spends more of their time online surfing the web, using social media, playing simple games or writing a paper for school/work, the iPad just might be the system best prepared to deal with that task load.

And as if that wasn’t enough, the iPad is connected to your mobile phone, meaning all your calls and messages can be replied to while you’re on your computer without having to switch between devices. As well as this, you have both the front and back-facing cameras at your disposal, and the capabilities of getting WiFi wherever you need it with the iPad’s built-in 4G option.

But the best thing of all is just how portable it is. No longer do you have to lug around heavy, easily breakable machines. Instead, you can simply slip your iPad into your bag and be on your way.

But it’s not a perfect replacement by any means.

While the iPad is built for work-related tasks, many companies still use software and services that require Microsoft windows to operate. And while the iPad comes with video editing software, it nowhere near matches the capabilities of software such as Final Cut Pro.

Another factor that you may want to take into consideration is memory space. The iPad Pro still lags behind computers in that regard, with a lousy 256GB at its maximum. And while the iPad doesn’t need as much storage to do all the things you want to use it for, it can become frustrating very quickly without cloud storage to help you along the way.

In short, the iPad has come a long way, and it’s done so with leaps and bounds. While it may not be a perfect replacement to a computer currently, it doesn’t look too far off.