When we’re asking for macOS on the iPad Pro, what do we really mean?

Let’s clear things up for the confused people out there so we can all be on the same page

Kostas Farkonas
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The mightily impressive, extra powerful M4 iPad Pro would be perfect for running macOS and proper desktop applications on the go, but will Apple ever seriously consider it? (Image: Daniel Romero, Unsplash)

Just as expected, what followed the release of the new iPad Pro on May 15th was a flood of reviews about Apple’s latest flagship tablet and, tellingly, the majority of those did the exact same thing: they praised the amazing hardware the company’s engineers were able to put together while also pointing out all the ways that iPadOS is holding that hardware back. It’s clear to all, even to people who have not actually tried to use an iPad Pro for work, that this M4-based model cannot be used any more productively than the M2-based or even the M1-based one, while being hilariously overpowered for the everyday stuff any iPad is typically used for.

There was something else, though, that many people — yours truly among them — did not expect to see: an eagerness in the tech reporting community to talk about and then casually dismiss the notion of the iPad Pro running macOS. More journalists, bloggers and YouTubers than ever are now entertaining this possibility, but they seem to either not get what “macOS on the iPad Pro” would actually mean in practice or entirely miss the point of running full macOS applications on Apple’s most capable tablets.

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Kostas Farkonas
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