Can the iPad Pro replace your laptop? It might, especially if you pair it with a keyboard, a stylus, and the best iPad Pro apps for small businesses. Read on, and get ready to be productive.
Top iPad Pro Apps for Small Business Productivity
Apple touts the iPad Pro ($799 and up) as a replacement for notebooks and desktops. You may—or may not—be able to replace a notebook with an iPad Pro but, as awesome as it is, we doubt anyone will ditch a desktop to use a tablet as a full-time computer.
The iPad Pro's inherent limitations prevent me from ditching my MacBook Air. I can't open multiple Word or Safari windows simultaneously; there's no "finder" on iOS, so navigating and storing files is mostly done through apps such as Dropbox; and the mobile Safari browser doesn't play well with some content management systems I use for work. Also, most iOS apps, such as those from Adobe and Microsoft, don't offer all the features in their desktop software counterparts.
Now here's the good news. The iPad Pro is by far the best Apple tablet ever for productivity. And here's why: a 12.9-inch Retina screen, zippy 64-bit A9X processor, 4GB of RAM, and iOS 9 multitasking enhancements such as Split View and Slide Over.
Despite its limitations, you can be extremely productive on the iPad Pro, especially when it's equipped with Apple's thin-and-light Smart Keyboard ($169) or Logitech's Create keyboard ($150), which is bulkier than Apple's keyboard but has backlit keys.
And you can do a few things—such as use a stylus like Apple Pencil ($99) to annotate PDFs and other documents—that you can't do with every laptop or desktop (unless you add a Wacom or other graphic input device).
Of course if you want to get work done on an iPad Pro, you'll need apps. And these are seven of the best iPad Pro business apps available.