by Thomas Brady

Last year, Apple implied that the iPad might be able to replace your notebook. This year, Apple seems to be saying that the iPad 2 could replace … notebooks.

Well, maybe they’re not behaving quite that aggressively. Apple does make a lot of money off of those MacBooks, after all. But the power of the iPad 2 and Apple’s concurrent release of two new built-in-house iPad apps for desktop-grade music composition and movie editing — creative tasks that no previous mobile device has been capable of doing, even poorly — makes it quite clear to me that Apple wants you to ask yourself a rather profound question:

Did you really need a notebook in the first place? Or did you buy it just because at way back in the Pre-iPad Era, a notebook was the only mobile device available that could handle such a wide variety of tasks?

— Andy Ihnatko’s iPad 2 review for the Sun Times.