iPad Pro vs MacBook Air: which should you buy?

iPad Pro vs MacBook Air
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iPad Pro vs MacBook Air might seem like an easy choice. If you're looking for an Apple laptop in the £1,000/$1,000 region, the MacBook Air looks like your only option… but should it be? For a lot creatives, the iPad Pro could be a better choice.

Though a superficial look at the iPad Pro vs MacBook Air makes them seem incomparable, they're both ultraportable, ultra-thin computers that come in at roughly the same price, which mean they absolutely both should be in contention for the spot in your bag. But they run different operating systems, have different internal hardware, and each has unique features that might tip you one way or the other. And it's not just about running the best iPad apps for designers.

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Matt Bolton

Matt is Managing Editor at TechRadar.com, and previously worked on T3, MacLife and MacFormat. He's been testing technology for over a decade, working in specialist Apple publications as well general technology and creative journalism, and has charted Apple’s ups and downs since his student days (but still hopes to hear “one more thing”). By day, you can find him covering TV, audio, smart home gear and more at T3.com, as Home Tech Editor. By night, he's probably updating or pairing or installing some new piece of technology in the quest for the perfect setup.