If Apple does what this hot rumor suggests, the iPad Pro could be your next laptop

If Apple does what this hot rumor suggests, the iPad Pro could be your next laptop
A tweet from Irish developer and tipster Steve Troughton-Smith (via BGR) seconds a rumor already passed along in a podcast by Federico Viticci. And this rumor is pretty big as far as Apple iPad Pro users are concerned. According to the pair, iOS 13 is going to bring mouse and trackpad support for Apple's high-end iOS-powered tablets. This could make it easier for iPad Pro users to multitask, turning the tablets into laptop replacements.

Apple is not trying to get iPad Pro users to stop using the touchscreen on the tablet but is supposedly adding this as another way for a power user to navigate the content on his iPad Pro screen. Most likely a mouse would connect to the tablet through the USB-C ports found on the 2018 iPad Pro models.

If Apple does offer mouse and trackpad support to the 2018 iPad Pro models, it would dovetail with how the company has marketed the device. Last November, Apple released a promotional video giving five reasons why the iPad Pro "can be your next computer." To become a laptop replacement, an iPad Pro user would have to purchase the Smart Keyboard accessory that features a full sized QWERTY keyboard. It also protects the iPad Pro when the user is on the go and provides two viewing angles for the tablet's display.

Some might wonder if Apple would be cannibalizing its own line of MacBooks by trying to position the iPad Pro as a laptop replacement. We do know that Apple's Project Marzipan will allow developers to create one single app for the iPhone, iPad, and Mac by 2021. This has led some to assume that Apple will soon replace the Intel processors running the Mac with chips it designs itself. After all, both the iPhone and iPad use chips designed by Apple and manufactured by TSMC. The tech giant makes it clear that it does not plan to merge iOS and macOS into one platform.

The Apple iPad Pro competes at the high end of the tablet market with Microsoft's Surface Pro 6. But the latter has a few advantages over the iPad Pro when it comes to being a laptop replacement. First of all, it runs Windows 10, and it already supports the wireless Surface Mobile Mouse that connects to the tablet using Bluetooth. The Type Cover accessory protects the Surface Pro and allows users to type using a QWERTY keyboard.

If this rumor about adding mouse support is legit, we should get the word from Apple during the WWDC developers conference. This year, the conference is expected to run from Monday, June 3rd through Friday, June 7th.

Would you buy an Apple iPad Pro as a laptop replacement?


The 2018 11-inch and 12.9-inch Apple iPad Pro models include Face ID, a TrueDepth Camera, and an edge-to-edge display. They both will support the second generation Apple Pencil that magnetically attaches to either tablet and charges while doing so.

If you want to trick out your iPad Pro as a laptop, let's check out how much this would cost. The 64GB 11-inch iPad Pro starts at $799 for the Wi-Fi model, and $949 for Wi-Fi + Cellular. The 64GB 12.9-inch version is priced at $999 (Wi-Fi) and $1,149 (Wi-Fi + Cellular). You would need to add the Smart Keyboard at $179 for the 11-inch slate, and $199 for the 12.9-inch unit. So that would add up to a range of $998 to $1,348, but keep in mind that adding more storage (options include 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB) will raise the price range significantly. It all depends on your needs.

If you are considering the purchase of a laptop, would you consider the iPad Pro as an option if it supports a mouse or a trackpad?

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24 Comments

1. Jrod99

Posts: 757; Member since: Jan 15, 2016

I’m keeping my 10.5 pro so more features are welcome.

2. wickedwilly

Posts: 723; Member since: Sep 19, 2018

It will never be a laptop replacement running IOS as it stands at the moment.

3. Xxtoxicskittlexx

Posts: 190; Member since: Jun 11, 2018

Steve Jobs turning in his grave in 1,2,3...

4. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3147; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

I smell a $250 smart keyboard with trackpad. Wouldn’t need to connect via USB so the charging port would be left free.

18. vincelongman

Posts: 5723; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

That would be awesome, I always like the Pixel Slate keyboard Has a nice keyboard (but would prefer square keys instead), kickstand and trackpad Too bad the Pixel Slate was meh

5. JCASS889

Posts: 557; Member since: May 18, 2018

Needs at least a gtx 1060 equivalent gpu and 16gb of ram to even be considered for at that price

6. whatev

Posts: 2321; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

Tell that to Samsung who sells overpriced tablets with specs from last year

14. iushnt

Posts: 3122; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

can’t stay without bringing up Samsung in iPad article?

7. iloveapps

Posts: 855; Member since: Mar 21, 2019

But ipad pro is faster than most pc computers.

8. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1438; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

Is it though? Only on iOS do those numbers hold up. If the A12X had to run a proper OS, it would fall behind. The actual processing capability of the iPad Pro compared to a laptop with loads of RAM, SSD and top of the line processor, it wouldn't stand a chance.

9. whatev

Posts: 2321; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

And this, kids, is why you should never leave school, your brain will begin to shrink and therefore your IQ too

13. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1438; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

Clueless as ever.

12. mackan84

Posts: 547; Member since: Feb 13, 2014

Until we can create games/apps for iOS on a iPad Pro it isn’t powerful enough.

17. oldskool50 unregistered

No it isn't. Only fools are fooled by benchmarks. If the A series CPU could run desktop apps, then why isn't Apple doing it? And if the A12 is so powerful, why are the iPad capabilities no different than they were in 2010? Other than splitscreen apps? ARM CPU are very limited. All one has to do is look at Windows on ARM.

21. midan

Posts: 2984; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

Adobe is bringing desktop photoshop for iPad because they were stunned how powerful iPad Pro chip is. I also noticed that when i was doing photo editing with affinity which is another desktop quality photo editing app for iPad. it runs great! You can do all the photo effects real time and change them realtime perfectly smoothly. That needs a lot of power.

10. mackan84

Posts: 547; Member since: Feb 13, 2014

Tried to configure a surface 6 with 16gb ram for $1899 but no gpu was available.

16. oldskool50 unregistered

Duh! The Surface Pro doesn't have a dedicated GPU option. That is what the Surface Book is for.

20. mackan84

Posts: 547; Member since: Feb 13, 2014

Responded to the dude on top that requested that the iPad should have 16 gb ram and a gtx 1060.

15. oldskool50 unregistered

If the iPad can replace YOUR laptop, then you never needed one to begin with. if you actually NEED a laptop, nothign can replace it. The same with a desktop. The iPad can't replace a laptop if you need x86 apps or real support for 64bit apps. Even Windows on ARM with Samsung's latest Book 2, shows even Windows has limitations on ARM. like you can't use 64bit apps on Windows running on the SD5xxx. Adding a keyboard and mouse, does not magically make a tablet a computer. Why pay extra. I can already do this with my Note and I can add a mouse and keyboard right now for less than the iPad will likely cost. All operating systems already have mouse and keyboard support. Apple stripped it out, now they wanna bring it back? Still can't do what a Surface can do. The iPad with iOS is nothing more than a 10/12" iPhone. Just like the Galaxy Tab is just a Note with a bigger display. Adding a mouse and keyboard, won't make the iPad do anything it can't do now. It just gives you another form of input to do the exact same tasks. You may as well use your fingers. Apple bashes the Surface and says Microsoft is confused about what they want the Surface to be. They claimed the Surface wasn't good at being either. So if they are right, then what are they trying to make the iPad be? Because as power as the A12X is, it still can't run native x86 apps. Until Apple's gets off their arse and give into the fact that the Surface is a better tool, they will keep losing iPad sells. They need to just brink OS X to the iPad. They could have been 1st to do this. \ All they have to do is basically take the Mac Air and shove the motherboard into the iPad 10 and 12" models and have it either dual boot OSX/iOS or just have it run OSX. In fact,if the A12X is as powerful as everyone claims, why not make a OSX Go where you can run IOS apps, and run 32Bit Mac apps on it? Because it can't run native mac OS X 64bit apps. But 32bit apps shouldn't be an issue.

22. mackan84

Posts: 547; Member since: Feb 13, 2014

Not to break that rant but surfaces doesn’t exactly fly off of shelves either...

24. whatev

Posts: 2321; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

Techie you can’t have an iPad nor a surface, you are a confessed thief and that’s the only way you could afford an iPad or a premium device, why not stop your ranting, take your medicine and live your life and let others live theirs no matter what their preferences are, don’t you think?

23. Panzer

Posts: 282; Member since: May 13, 2016

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