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On the surface, Apple’s brand new iPad Pro and iMac seem like different monsters. One is a touch screen tablet that runs the mobile-forward operating system. The other is definitely an all-in-one desktop computer that runs a conventional computer operating system. 

But somehow, every item in Apple’s device environment is caught in the particular pull of a dark hole, being slowly pulled towards a sort of computer singularity, where the differences among tablets, phones, laptops plus desktops all but vanish. 

An iPad Pro plus the Magic Keyboard appears very iMac-like.


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This is not really a brand new concept, we’ve been talking about the inevitable fusion associated with iPad and Mac for a lot of years, and while this still remains tantalizingly out there of reach (especially to get iPad owners who wish to make use of the iPad Pro as being a full-time work machine along with true multitasking), it’s the lot closer than this was a week ago. 

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Case in stage, the new 24-inch iMac and the new twelve.9-inch iPad Pro, each introduced at Apple’s April twenty event, feature Apple’s M1 (an ARM-based system upon a chip, or SoC). These chips first made an appearance in late 2020, changing Intel CPUs in the particular MacBook Air, 13-inch MacBook Pro and the Mac Mini. 

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With these new improvements, only the 16-inch MacBook Pro, 27-inch iMac plus one throwback 21.5-inch iMac (still available, yet who knows for just how long) still run Intel CPUs. On the apple ipad side, only the brand new Pro (in 11-inch plus 12.9-inch versions) operate the particular M1, with the other iPads — Air, Mini and “original,” all running A-series potato chips. 

Since the iMac has been described since an iPad on the stand (or a MacBook on a stand), plus the iPad Pro, specially when paired with a key pad and stand, has already been called a mini iMac, I wanted to find out simply how closely one can configure them on Apple’s website. 

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To obtain the closest match, We upgraded the 24-inch iMac to match the 8-core GPU in the apple ipad Pro (the base design iMac has the exact same 7-core GPU M1 since the MacBook Air), matched up the RAM and storage space, and added the Magic Keyboard to the iPad Pro to mimic the key pad and mouse/touchpad that arrives incorporated with the particular iMac. 

To be fair, the iMac comes in a lot more colors. 


The cost difference between these 2 M1-powered devices, each along with the same RAM plus storage, came out in order to $49, thanks mostly in order to the frankly insane superior Apple charges for the Magic Keyboard. 

The greatest practical difference will be the working system and what software program each can run, even though that line is obtaining blurrier constantly. The iMac has a larger display screen, but the iPad includes a touchscreen (and new mini-LED display), plus it’s battery-powered, so you can make use of it almost anywhere. 

While iMacs and iPads aren’t quite exactly the same however, I can see all of them moving in the exact same direction, towards a typical future where there’s a lot more overlap than not. When we get a brand new iPad and new iMac in for benchmarking, we’re going possess a much better feeling of exactly how similarly these people perform. 

iMac versus. iPad Pro

24-inch iMac 12.9-inch iPad Pro
Base price $1,499 $1,199
Keyboard/touchpad Included Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro, $349
CPU M1, 8-Core CPU 8-Core GPU M1, 8-Core CPU 8-Core GPU
Storage 256GB storage space 256GB storage
Ports Two Thunderbolt / UNIVERSAL SERIAL BUS 4 ports One Thunderbolt / USB 4 port
Total price $1,499 $1,548
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