As you've probably heard, the iPad has become the most quickly adopted electronic product, if you exclude cell phones. This begs the question: does the ultimate mobile setup now include a bigger laptop with an iPad? Since the iPad is so light and small, you can easily do some tasks with it, tasks that you used to do with your laptop. Can the iPad replace a MacBook?
The iPad has sold 4.5 million units in its first quarter. Comparatively, the iPhone only sold 1 million units while the DVD player has sold only 350,000. This means that iPads are becoming quickly adopted by a lot of people. Take a look around you. A lot of people have them, and if they don't, a lot of people want them.
While the iPad cannot replace a MacBook (yet), it can do a lot of things very well. It allows you do to do things when you don't need or want to take out your laptop. This can include browsing the web on the watch, watching movies while commuting or flying, checking up on your email, reading books, etc. A lot of people use laptops to do these tasks and these needs can be easily taken care of by an iPad.
This could mean that users are less concerned with how much their new laptop weighs and how big it is because the iPad would fill this computing need. Since Apple has reduced the price of their most powerful MacBook Pro, we wonder if mobile warriors will be getting the 17-inch version, which is more powerful and has a better screen, and pairing it with an iPad for their tech needs.
Laptops are here to stay, but the iPad definitely has found its place. Pairing it with a laptop is definitely an interesting idea, especially if you sync it with your laptop using MobileMe. There's no doubt that the iPad also competes with smartphones. It does what they can do better with a bigger screen and a nicer package. We can also see why netbooks will slowly disappear.
Naturally, there will be users who will pair the new MacBook Air with a MacBook. Why? They want something very light, and need to get work done with an ultraportable that includes a keyboard instead of just consuming media.