If you’re a fan of Apple, you might be wondering whether to get an iPad or MacBook. Apparently, it depends on the type of person you are and how you like to get things done.

Your best choice will also depend on the devices you’ve been most comfortable with in the past. Here are some of the most important factors to help you decide whether an iPad or a MacBook is best for you.


Do you travel a lot? If your answer is yes, then you would want a MacBook. Not only is it a lightweight device that you can carry around everywhere, but the power it packs is also impressive.

But while the MacBook can get the job done, there is no question that the iPad is still unbeatable when it comes to portability. It’s even more portable than MacBook Air, which is the lightest of all the MacBook that Apple makes.

For example, the 2019 13-inch MacBook Air weighs around 2.75 pounds, while the biggest iPad, the 2018 12.9-inch iPad Pro, weighs only half of that, at 1.39 pounds.So if you want a lightweight device that will be convenient to carry anywhere, then the MacBook is fine, but the iPad is still way better.

Robust Operating System

Last year, Apple renamed the operating system of iPad from iOS (which also powers the iPhone) to the iPadOS. This move denotes a distinction between the two devices. Compared to the iPhone’s iOS, the iPadOS offers more powerful features like the Split Screen, desktop-class Safari, and a full Dock, among others.

Still, the traditional desktop features of macOS offer much more, such as robust file management, full desktop software, and complex multitasking. You can even install Windows alongside your macOS if necessary.

So while it’s absolutely possible to get work done on iPadOS, its applications offer limited features as compared to their desktop counterparts. For instance, the Photoshop for iPad that was released late last year has been a mess and pales in comparison to the full edition Photoshop that you can get on macOS.

That said, if you need to get professional work done, iPadOS is a decent option with some significant limitations, while macOS, has almost everything you need.

Robust Operating System

Ease of Use

While macOS is more robust that iPadOS, the latter makes up for that with its remarkable user-friendliness. This means that if you’re looking to buy it for a child or an older person, the iPad is a good choice. Of course, it can also suit anyone who appreciates an easy-to-use device more than anything.

An iPad isn’t only easy to use when it comes to software. They are also efficient for drawing and writing tasks because they come with touchscreens, which MacBooks don’t have. You can also use an Apple Pencil for added precision if you want to.

For specific uses, a touch screen is better. However, if you often deal with spreadsheets and other tools that need precisions, you will benefit more from using a trackpad or mouse.

Powerful Hardware

iPads and MacBooks have different kinds of hardware, primarily because of their size and use. Thus, they offer varying levels of power.

For instance, the iPad Pro is better in the visual department because of its ProMotion display technology, which is the high refresh rate (up to 120Hz) that these screens can reach to make everything look incredibly smooth. This comes handy for tasks like browsing and drawing.

On the other hand, the MacBook’s advantage over any iPad is a far greater amount of RAM (Random Access Memory), which significantly improves multitasking. The RAM and the more powerful processors in MacBook models make heavy tasks like 4K video editing much faster on a laptop.

Both MacBook and iPad offer great hardware for their respective uses. If you don’t need the massive horsepower of a MacBook, an iPad is a decent choice. However, if you’re someone who multitasks with dozens of apps and uses powerful software, you will find the resources of an iPad lacking.


Neither the MacBook nor iPad is designed for gaming, but both devices offer some good options for gaming. Both iPadOS and macOS allow you to enjoy a variety of games if you’re subscribed to Apple Arcade.

You can find many games for sale in The Mac App Store, including desktop versions of casual games and other popular titles. While Mac doesn’t support as many games as Windows, you can still find a great selection of games on Mac.

The iPad, on the other hand, offers a wealth of games on its App Store. But these are mostly casual games that are free to start but will require you with in-app purchases to progress. Ultimately, your choice depends on how you like to game. If you’re an enthusiast gamer who likes to play with keyboard and mouse controls, then we recommend that you get a MacBook. But if you’re okay with touch controls and fancy casual gaming, then we suggest that you go for an iPad.



Another essential factor that will help you decide between the two devices is your budget. How much money are you willing to shell out?

The 13-inch MacBook Air is the cheapest MacBook that Apple currently makes, and it starts at $1,099, which isn’t cheap. On the other hand, the least expensive iPad as of late 2019 is the 10.2-inch iPad, and it starts at just $329.

The iPad is clearly your best choice if you’re on a budget. Besides, there are more variants of iPad available at different prices. You can get an iPad Air at $599, and an iPad Pro at $799. If you want a tiny device, you can get the iPad Mini starting at $399. Obviously, a $400 iPad can’t equal the capabilities of a $1,100 MacBook. But if you already have a reliable desktop computer, an iPad would make for a better complementary device.

Final Thoughts

In the end, the most crucial factor to help you decide between an iPad and a MacBook is the style of device you’re most comfortable to use.

If you’ve worked with laptops before and you want a professional desktop experience, you won’t get that on an iPad, so a MacBook will suit you best. However, if you like the simplicity of iOS on your phone and you’re good with just a slight trace of the capabilities of a laptop, not to mention unbeatable portability, then an iPad is all you need. Also, if you’re on a budget, an iPad is unquestionably better.

We hope this helped you decide which device is right for you. Please check out our website at https://www.toddderek.com/apple-mac/ to see the full list of Apple devices that we offer.

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