Could there be a future in which tablets will eventually replace laptops as portable computers? We suppose it is possible, although there probably needs to be some changes made to how tablets function, not to mention the power behind tablets as some users might be more demanding than the rest.
However it looks like Apple could be inching towards that future. In a post on Barefeats (via 9to5Mac), they tested out Apple’s new 2017 iPad Pro lineup and put them up against Apple’s Touch Bar MacBook Pros and based on the benchmarks we are looking it, it looks like Apple’s new iPad Pros are actually beating out the MacBook Pro in terms of performance in certain areas.
Using GeekBench 4 to test the devices, Barefeats found that Apple’s 2017 12.9-inch and 10.5-inch iPad Pro models actually beat out the 13-inch 2016 Retina MacBook Pro in terms of multi-core performance. The tablets were also found to have outperformed the 2016 and 2017 MacBook Pros in terms of the Metal GPU score, and also in terms of framerates where the tablets boasted considerably higher framerates than the laptops.
That being said, it is unlikely that users will be swapping their MacBook Pros for iPad Pros anytime soon. These are different devices and are used in different ways, but it does go to show just how powerful our tablets are becoming these days.