Dieter Bohn, writing for The Verge:
In short, Apple’s silicon didn’t just catch the Mac up to the iPad, it catapulted the Mac beyond the iPad. The M1 MacBook Air is fast, responsive, has no fan, runs any Mac app I throw at it (including Intel apps) very quickly, and even can run some iPad apps (though that experiment isn’t going super well). It is easily the best general-purpose laptop I’ve used in half a decade.
That big of a leap can’t help but recast the iPad’s development over the years. As just one data point, I’ve used both iPad Pros and M1-based MacBooks as my daily work computer and the MacBook Air has better battery life. An iPad can last for days and days if you just use it for tablet tasks, but log in to all your stuff and run it all day like you do your laptop and it’ll conk out a few hours short of the MacBook Air.
One of the things that made me look at Apple’s MacBook line again was the gains in performance and battery life. Performance was ok on my 2015 MacBook. Battery life quickly became horrendous, making it a thing I constantly kept my eye on while I was hanging out in a coffee shop working on college course work. That’s not how I want to live.
My 2018 iPad Pro still holds up fairly well for most things I do. I don’t really push it with any kind of video editing too often, so I can usually go a few days without charging it. With how I plan on using the MacBook Air I just picked up, I expect the same kind of charging pattern. Two days in and I haven’t pushed it past 50% battery remaining. I’m more than happy with that.