iPad Pro vs MacBook: which one should I choose?

Since the release of the very first iPad in 2010, the smart tablet has come a long way, even becoming a serious competitor to laptops. Apple is increasingly playing up the versatility of the machine and regularly compares it to the MacBook, not only in terms of design, but also in terms of technical features. So: iPad Pro or MacBook? We tell you everything to help you make your choice when deciding on your next refurbished Apple device!

iPad Pro vs MacBook: differences in everyday life

While for some users the MacBook may seem like the obvious choice, the iPad and its versatility is winning people over more and more. What difference does it make to your daily life?


Obviously, since the MacBook is a laptop, the device is designed to be mobile like the iPad. Yes, that is true, but... :

  • The iPad is lighter and smaller and can be used in any circumstance.

  • The iPad offers a very intuitive user experience, so you can put it in the hands of your grandma or your little nephew without any problem during a family holiday.

  • The iPad Pro is available in sizes as small as 11 inches, making it the perfect light weight portable device to take wherever you go.


The MacBook is an increasingly powerful machine. Nowadays, you can play demanding games smoothly and do intensive art work, such as video editing or photo editing. Yes, but... :

  • The iPad has a respectable (and still growing) app catalogue, with app equivalents to powerful software like the Adobe suite.

  • The iPad Pro can be used alone, with a cover, with a keyboard... the combinations are multiple and almost infinite. No matter what kind of interface you prefer, it’s possible with an iPad.

  • The iPad Pro can be used with the Apple Pencil, the stylus dedicated to the iPad. This gives the device an artistic capability unmatched on the MacBook.


We lightly touched on this, but we think it deserves more elaboration because it's one of the undeniable strengths of the iPad Pro over the MacBook. Where the MacBook is made in one piece, with its own keyboard, trackpad and very little room for customization for its users, the iPad can be modified at will with Apple products or their consumer "equivalents".

  • Cases: leather, silicone, hard plastic... cases come in all shapes and prices. Whether it's a simple folio that you can fold down to stand your iPad upright or a real case that covers the device and provides foolproof protection, there is something for every preference and every use.

  • Keyboards and mouse/trackpad: Thanks to the combination of Bluetooth and the new iPadOS, the iPad Pro supports mouse and trackpad detection as well as keyboard detection. This new step transforms the iPad a little more into a computer in the way it is used. And again, there is a lot to choose from. Apple offers its new Magic Keyboard which combines case, keyboard and trackpad, while Logitech offers its own more affordable version. Other manufacturers offer less complete alternatives at unbeatable prices that allow you to experiment with this new way of using the iPad cheaply. But let's face it, if your main use is for word processing, the MacBook is still your best bet.

Technical specifications

As we've seen, the iPad Pro and the MacBook aren't used in quite the same way. One offers more versatility, the other more stability. But what about the technical characteristics of the two machines? Is one clearly more powerful than the other?

A question of weight (and size!)<