Anyone ditched an iPad Air for the rMB?

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by marmiteturkey, Aug 18, 2015.

  1. marmiteturkey macrumors 6502a


    Aug 27, 2005
    Realised that when I pick it up, I'm using my iPad Air 2 as a laptop replacement most of the time, with an external keyboard. Considering switching to the rMB and selling my iPad and MBP, and just consolidating two devices into one (and cancelling a monthly data contract into the bargain). Anyone done anything similar? The most taxing thing I do on the MBP is Lightroom, as a hobbyist.
  2. tbirdparis macrumors 6502

    May 30, 2015
    I'm not planning to get rid of my iPad Air since getting the rMB. However, definitely any use I had for it as a laptop replacement is over. Now I just use it for what it's good at - lazy browsing, checking email and Facebook, listening to podcasts around the house, watching movies or reading in bed. Can't see myself taking it away with me again with a keyboard to try to do any work, the rMB is just too much better for that.
  3. Fuchal macrumors 68020

    Sep 30, 2003
    I had already ditched my Air for an 11" MBA, so the rMB was a great upgrade from that.
  4. BoneHead001 macrumors 6502

    Nov 13, 2013
  5. Gav2k macrumors G3


    Jul 24, 2009
    Still have mini3 with my 2015 mb. Both very different devices that I use in different ways
  6. bounty1097 macrumors newbie

    Dec 29, 2014
    New York City
    I used to have iPad Air 2 and 13" rMBP. I used iPad only while travelling(I am a frequent traveller). But after trying rMB I sold both of my former devices. rMB can comfortably used on airplane table and I don't have to transfer the media betweem my laptop and tablet
  7. Macalway macrumors 68020

    Aug 7, 2013
    I think that this may be common. Or, they buy these instead of an Air, as it's somewhat more modern, I think.
  8. s2mikey macrumors 68020


    Sep 23, 2013
    Upstate, NY
    I'd love to but I simply can NOT lose access to cellular data since I do use it. If they'd just build that into an MBA I'd be so freegin IN! :(
  9. Queen6 macrumors 603


    Dec 11, 2008
    Putting out the fire with gasoline...
    And your problem is ?
    I have used these Huawei portable routers for years, they offer superb performance and flexibility.

  10. marmiteturkey thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Aug 27, 2005
    Thanks to you all. This was enough for me to pick up a 1.2ghz rMB from the Apple store yesterday for a couple of weeks' trial. I'll leave the iPad at home and see how I get on, but the weight and size is negligible; and there are enough hotspots in the centre of London that I don't need to use my own cellular data often enough for it to be an issue.

    In the process of putting El Cap on there; but already I'm impressed with the speed and robustness. I had the original MBA 11, which never felt fast enough, even on day 1 - this laptop does, even using Lightroom.
  11. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

    Newtons Apple

    Mar 12, 2014
    Jacksonville, Florida
    The new MB pushed me into buying my fully loaded MBAir! I prefer ports!
  12. zhenya macrumors 603


    Jan 6, 2005
    I'll admit that mine has definitely curbed my iPad usage. We still have two iPads in the house - the iPad 4 still functions great as a kids device, for video calls, and for streaming music/recipe reference, so I can see always keeping at least one around, but my Air 2 rarely comes out anymore except when I'm traveling. If I didn't travel nearly so much as I do, I probably would no longer really have a justification for it, but at the airport and on the plane, the iPad is still more convenient, plus I tend to load it up with magazines and news to read on my flights.

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