KEY POINTS

  • MacBooks and iPads are very different from each other
  • MacBooks are best for those who need computing power and have money to buy
  • iPads are best for those that need a portable computing device that's quite affordable

Apple's iPad and MacBook are two powerful devices that can be used to do a lot of things. The two of them are very different from each other, however, and that includes differences in design, capabilities and usefulness.

Here's a quick guide that will help consumers choose between buying an iPad or a MacBook, per Cult of Mac. This is not exhaustive, but will give readers a basic overview as to what each device is best used for.

Get a MacBook if:

  • Power is a major pursuit

The MacBook generally offers more computing and processing power compared to the iPad. This translates to having the ability to do more complex and power-hungry tasks such as video and audio editing.

  • Users will need to do a lot of writing

Those who do a lot of writing and typing (writers, for example) will appreciate the convenience that a keyboard and mouse brings. Those who try to type documents on the iPad will find it more difficult compared to when doing the same thing on the MacBook.

  • Multitasking is needed

MacBooks are capable of running more than one app at any given time. This means MacBook users can enjoy the benefits of multitasking as compared to when doing the same thing on the iPad.

  • Money is not a problem

The MacBook offers a lot of advantages over the iPad, but it does so at a price. The MacBook is more expensive compared to the Apple tablet, so those who want to get it will need more money to do so.

Get an iPad if:

  • Portability trumps everything

The iPad is a very portable piece of useful technology. It's more portable than the MacBook and doesn't need to be placed on a desk or lap to be used. Two hands are enough to do great things with it.

  • Users need a stylus for certain work (such as digital art)

Digital artists and creatives alike will appreciate the iPad's ability to work with the Apple Pencil. This stylus will allow users to jot down notes, create works of art, and more.

  • Automation is wanted

The MacBook offers some automation in the form of AppleScript, Automator, shell scripting and more, but the iPad offers Shortcuts, which are easier to use compared to the aforementioned MacBook features.

  • Budget isn't so big

Those looking for a productivity tool but can't afford a MacBook will find the iPad very appealing because it's cheaper compared to the Apple laptop.