Any need for an iPad Air 2 with an iPhone 6s plus?

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  1. boombox15 macrumors regular

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    Do I need an iPad Air 2 if I have an iPhone 6S Plus on pre-order? I already have a iPhone 6 Plus right now (I upgrade every year) but with the big phone screen, would an iPad benefit me in anyway? I have tried out the new multitasking and it seems really cool, but I am not sure if I truly need it, I don't want to waste money on it. I also have a 12 inch MacBook for reference.


    Thoughts?
     
  2. smooth macrumors 6502

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    I'd say it depends on your usage and needs. Are you on your phone a lot? Do you prefer the bigger screen of the MacBook? At first, I had no need for an iPad. Then I got one mainly as an e-reader and photo album to go with my Apple ecosystem. Over a year after I got it, I was using it almost exclusively at home. My MBP is on my desk on a charger 6 days out of the week. My 6+ is great for when I am not home, but rarely gets used when I am at home. My iPad is my main device even I initially got it to read an hour a night or so.

    If you spend a good deal of time on your other devices, you'll get use out of it.
     
  3. placidity44 macrumors 6502

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    I use my 6 Plus 99 percent of the time if I'm not on my 15" rMBP. I sold my Air 2 to a family member and bought an Apple Watch. I didn't miss it until I sold it but when I had it I probably used it four hours in 10 months. I love my setup of my rMBP, 6 Plus, and Apple Watch. That's the perfect setup for me. I personally don't have a need for a tablet. All I did on iPad was browse the web and the trouble going through the apps, etc wasn't worth the hassle. My setup now is perfect for me. Also it fits into my pocket. If I had a 6S Plus I wouldn't get an iPad but that's just me. Different people have different needs and I like to keep my bag light.
     
  4. lusheslewis macrumors member

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    It depends where and how you will use them. The Air 2 is a brilliant portable device and much nicer to use than a 6+ but it won't fit in your pocket and your MacBook will be better when at a desk. Of course they won't always be replacing each other, you can use them together which I often do.

    So I think if you find yourself away from your desk a lot (or would like to be away from your desk more) and carrying it around isn't an issue then you will get a lot of use from an iPad.
     
  5. Ipadlover29 macrumors 6502a

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    I still use my air 2 and on a regular basis even though I have a 6 plus and 15" MacBook Pro retina.

    75% of the time I'm on my iPad if I'm at home. If I'm listening to music or looking up something quickly then I use my 6 plus. MacBook is used for gaming, productivity, etc.

    I did sell my iPad and I ended up missing it. That's when I bought the air 2.

    Reasons to use air 2 over 6 plus:

    Larger screen 9.7" vs 5.5"
    Stereo speakers
    Tablet apps
    Multitasking gestures
    Split view
    Picture in picture
     
  6. CaptMarvel macrumors 6502a

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    Go mini or save your money. Sounds like you want an in between device. If you're not a power user, Mini 2, 3 or even 4 if you want the most recent should suffice. Portability of the Mini is key, great traveling device, even when at home. If you're sold on multitasking, the Mini 4 can do the same as the Air 2 and so can the Mini 3 (minus split view). If you don't need an iPad though, I'd recommend to not purchase one...or wait until some Black Friday sales.
     
  7. iPadDad macrumors 6502

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    Yes, totally different devices designed for different use cases!
     
  8. thadoggfather Suspended

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    mini2-> air2
    6+ -> 6s+

    both this week :D

    big changes, McDonald's 'lovin it'
     
  9. The Game 161 macrumors G5

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    not to me

    I have the 6S plus, air 2 and macbook pro

    all have different types of usage needs
     
  10. ZBoater macrumors G3

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    Yes, you most definitely do.
     
  11. Serban Suspended

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    If you have the 6s plus no need for the ipad mini, go for ipad air2 or like me for the pro with tha hardware you can keep it for 2-3 years
     
  12. mtneer macrumors 68020

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    Depends on how much money you have, and consequently how small a use-niche you can afford. There are folks on this forum who buy a MacBook Air to use on the couch, a rMBP to use at the desk, an iPad Air for the bedroom and a iPad Mini for traveling along with upgrading to a new iPhone every year. Blessed they be.

    I just cover all of these use cases with just an iPhone and an iPad Mini.
     
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  14. ivnmetal Suspended

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    I would say it's just for convenience sake. I have a MBPr 13" and a iP6s+ and very happy with both devices. No need for an iPad. but just last week I purchased an iPad Air 2 for $280 (sealed) on craigslist and couldn't help to buy it. I figured it'll become my portable "tv".
     
  15. BuddyRich macrumors member

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    Can you install ipad version apps on the 6(s) plus like you can install phone apps on ipads? i know the new mail app has a wide view. Sometimes i prefer tablet app uis as they make better use of more space (and AR).
     
  16. Cnasty macrumors 68020

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    I love having an Air 2 even though I have a 6s+.

    I play puzzles, games, and educational items all the time with my son on the Air 2 and it keeps his grimy paws of my slippery saddle brown leather phone. He can manage the Air 2 better so we work from that.

    I also find with the Apple Watch and my Air 2 for couch use, my phone battery goes almost 2.5 days if I wanted it to. I love that flexibility of choices in my devices.
     
  17. unclemax macrumors regular

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    It’s definitely more enjoyable to play games on an iPad. Of course, I don’t mean Candy Crush or Angry Birds, but more involved games like eg. Space Marshals. Some of the games are not even available for an iPhone, e.g. Papers, Please is iPad only.

    Also, iPad with cellular capabilities is just great for travel. It’s not as clunky as a laptop, so you can easily pull it out in a bus or train and surf the web.
     
  18. rijc99 macrumors 6502a

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    Based on what you have at this moment you should look at a Mini 4. Easier to hold and browse with while at home when compared to a iPhone 6S+ or your Mac. Same as when you are outside.

    The + size phones still use mobile rendering and you'll be hopping in and out of apps. The mini 4 will give you portability and multitasking.

    And yeah, if you can swing an extra $10 a month for data PLUS the up front cost of a LTE model, definitely do it. A LTE mini 4 is amazing when you're out and about.
     
  19. darknyt macrumors 6502a

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    I have an Air 2 and 6s Plus. While some of my iPad use has shifted to the Plus (was original Plus owner as well), it's only a small amount and really only in situations where a phone makes more sense anyway.

    I still use my Air 2 at least a couple hours a day, but I do a train commute so that's a big part of it.
     
  20. The Game 161 macrumors G5

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    Plus and air is a great combo

    Don't see how anybody could be happy doing more browsing on the phone than the iPad
     
  21. eyeseeyou macrumors 68000

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    Still can't run iPad apps on a 6+.

    If you want the "best" media consumption experience the bigger screen is the way to go.

    That being said if you already have a laptop you might want an iPad more than you need one.
     
  22. 321estrellas macrumors 6502

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    Depends on what you use it for...I'm using my iPad as a baby monitor and I wouldn't want to tie up my phone by using it as a monitor, so a separate device is the way to go for me.
     
  23. MarcoCapa macrumors regular

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    Definitely you have to buy the two devices... From a recent Apple skeptic ( I own both... With rMBP 13 great combo)
     
  24. ACG12 macrumors 6502

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    I have the 6 plus and Air 2 combo and the Air 2 comes in handy. It's nice to take some of the load off my phone and use the Air 2 when I get home.
     
  25. takeshi74 macrumors 601

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    We can't tell you that. You have to determine that for yourself. My wife uses a 6s Plus, Air 2 and a MBA. YMMV.

    You can read all you want but the best way to answer your question is first hand experience. Take it for a spin and decide before your return period runs out. It's not a matter of the equipment itself. Not all 6s Plus owners are going to agree as their needs/wants/preferences are not all identical.
     

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