The iPad pro is an awesome device, it's not a pc replacement but it's pretty tough to beat for a portable casual usage device. I also have an iPad from 2014 that still runs great, the battery is abysmal but it's a perfect treadmill tv machine.For a long time (all my life) I was an anti apple snob (only Linux, Windows and Android devices) . But recently I tried out the ipad pro and was impressed by the build quality and just the overall work flow. And ofcourse there is apple's customer support which I have always known through other family members of how good they really are. For the first time I am actually looking forward to the experience of the new M'x' based machines. Yes I am completely aware its a closed shop. But their total control of the ecosystem both hardware and software does have benefits that cannot be easily replicated in any other compute environment. Add to it the customer service and I can actually accept the premium is worth paying (not the overpriced intel trash of yester years). These new breed of macs are definitely special.
Well it is true the M1 is the fastest when comparing at the same power and may times beating chips pulling multiples more power. Of course you have to take power into account just as we would never try to compare a cell phone CPU to a server CPU.M1 is a long, long way away from being the "fastest" CPU available. Only in Apple marketing is that the case...