iPad Anyone here currently or going iPad Pro only?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by cinnabun814, Jul 26, 2019.

  1. cinnabun814 macrumors regular


    Apr 2, 2018
    I’ve been considering selling my MacBook Pro and iPad Pro and getting a 3rd gen iPad Pro with iOS 13. So I’d use an iPhone XS Max and an iPad Pro. I’m just curious if anyone else has?
  2. TheRealAlex macrumors 68000

    Sep 2, 2015

    I have a Note 9, a gaming PC, and an iPad Pro. Guess what’s missing ? That’s right a Laptop. I just don’t need one. And how expensive they are. $1,000 or $1,500 or a MacBook Pro at $2,000+ or a Gaming Laptop that is riddled with compromises.

    I’d argue than a Note 9 with Hotspot tethering to an iPad Pro is a far more advanced and powerful technology set than a high end Laptop limited to WiFi.

    Now I will jump into the Laptop world when I see a GSync 144Hz Intel 10nm PCI Express. 5.0 32GB DDR5 Laptop with WiFi 6 and an 7nm NVIDIA RTX 3070 GPU. Around 2021. By then my 11” iPad Pro will be sold.
  3. cinnabun814 thread starter macrumors regular


    Apr 2, 2018

    How do you like your Note 9? I’ve been looking at the s10 5g and the upcoming Note 10
  4. JayMysterio macrumors 6502a


    Apr 24, 2010
    Rock Ridge, California
    I've been trying it. It's a bit of a learning curve. I would make it a transition, not just some cold turkey all in change.

    I think the iPP can do quite a bit, but isn't a laptop replacement. I think it's more an alternative if you are really willing to work on making it a replacement. For myself right now an alternative. With my mini as a desktop, and the iPP as my traveling device.

    There's a Youtuber I've watched who does everything on his iPP since the last generation one. You may want to consider watching a few of his vids to give you an idea how practical it might be for you.

  5. Populus macrumors 6502a


    Aug 24, 2012
    Valencia, Spain.
    My plan is quite similar to what @TheRealAlex said. I think we're now through a transition on the laptop market, especially when it comes to Apple (catalyst, MacBook new design, possibly ARM chips...), But I need a new device because my old 2010 MacBook pro is... Old.

    I'm a bit afraid tho. I think I don't need any macOS specific software, and I will use the next 11" iPad Pro to read a lot, also to take notes etc.

    But I like to multitask, and attaching an external display to my MacBook pro felt pretty natural and a good way to have two screens.

    The iPad Pro just mirrors and doesn't take advantage of my external 24" screen so that's the only turn off for me. If the MacBook Air was a bit more powerful, even if it was just the iGPU...

    That being said, in order to make the jump I've already purchased a 2014 mini, the 2,6GHz with the Iris 5100 GPU, but only 8GB of RAM. I'm going to upgrade it with an SSD but still, I feel the RAM will be on the verge of being enough (I've already seen red colored RAM compression, although maybe the Epic Store is just garbage).

    My next Mac is going to be at least 16GB of RAM but getting a laptop with that amount of memory and decent storage for a computer made it go to 2.000€ machine so... Nope, I'm getting the next 11" iPad Pro instead to replace my old MBP, having the 2014 mini as a backup.
  6. muzzy996 macrumors 6502

    Feb 16, 2018
    Yup, we all need the right tool for the right job to suit our differing needs whilst balancing costs. I can understand where you are coming from even if I don’t have the same needs. I love my mobile workstation windows laptop for work, and my MacBook Pro for Final Cut Pro editing, and my iPad Pro for note taking, browsing, forums and media consumption. They each do certain things better for me than the other so for me I can’t see reducing myself to two or one device, though I can understand that others can.
  7. Maven1975 macrumors 6502a

    Aug 24, 2008
    I am iPad Pro 12.9 with XR only. Don’t miss the laptop and since iPadOS, I rarely need to use a desktop for anything other than gaming.
  8. ericwn macrumors 68030

    Apr 24, 2016
    Makes zero sense to me. Rephrased: I don’t need a notebook because my iPad is good enough, but I will sell my iPad later on for a laptop given the specs are right?
  9. kamikazeeMC macrumors member


    Aug 18, 2017
    Perth, Western Australia
    Currently thinking of replacing my desktop with an iPad Pro as my only computing device (other than my phone). My needs involve re-encoding videos in handbrake to play on my TV, photo/video editing, 3D modelling and gaming. The rest of the time is just consuming content on the internet.

    I was briefly trying to pursue a career with 3D but have decided it's better left as a hobby and am going after a physical role. There's a lot of other things I have an interest in, so will probably drop it to have more time for them. Gaming is something I don't find my self doing much of either and am moving away from competitive FPS to story driven platform genres, so might make the switch to console gaming.

    Been doing some research on workflows with photo/video editing on the iPad Pro and looks like it will fill my needs. They're only done as a hobby, nothing too crazy, may I outgrow the iPad? Maybe. The additions iPadOS brings with better multitasking and proper file system access really got me considering this could work *for me*.

    I would like to get into illustration. Replacing torrenting and the need to re-encode with streaming services. Will also setup a NAS for storage and I could use it for torrents or act as a media server.

    I've spent a lot of my time sitting at a desk in front of a computer and lately have been struggling with it, so I've been wanting to change that.
  10. ssledoux macrumors 68000


    Sep 16, 2006
    Down south
    I did it for quite a while with iPP and iPhone. Ultimately this year I bought another iMac, mainly because I got some work from home opportunities with my p/t job that will just be easier on a desktop. That and I wanted the ability to do some digital scrapbooking, which is the only thing I haven’t been able to find a way to do on my iPad.

    Now granted, nothing I do on a daily basis requires much more than basic apps/usage, so I’m probably not a prime example, but I LOVED the simplicity of it.
  11. willmtaylor macrumors G4


    Oct 31, 2009
    For me, while I love my iPad Pro and use it 90% of the time, that other percent is much MUCH easier and faster on our family’s 27” iMac.

    I’m very happy with:
    • “Smaller” iPhone 7 screen for mobile use.
    • 10.5” iPad Pro use for most other circumstances.
    • 27” iMac use for longer tasks or more specific tasks.
  12. AutomaticApple macrumors 68000


    Nov 28, 2018
    I have. It works really well with my workflow!
  13. Lyn2012 macrumors 6502

    Dec 26, 2007
    I have iPP 10.5” and XS Max, and have just ordered the 12.9” iPP to replace the 10.5”. However, despite this I would not be without my 27” iMac, for me there are still too many programs and situations where iOS doesn’t cut it.
  14. boomhower macrumors 68000


    Oct 21, 2011
    I am going to try. My MBP and iPad are both ancient. I got into light 4K video editing which was a non starter on both. Bought a solid spec "gaming" windows notebook which still struggled. Ordered a 12.9" 512GB 3rd gen with the goal to replace/update both my notebook and iPad. Most of my usage is consumption and web browsing. I don't type extended documents or email outside of work, which I have to use a windows PC for. We shall see how it goes.
  15. Count Blah macrumors 68040

    Count Blah

    Jan 6, 2004
    US of A
    So iPad Pro 12.9 with XR only...

    ... except for a desktop as well, right?
  16. SnyG macrumors regular


    Nov 6, 2017
    Liverpool, UK
    Unfortunately my laptop is home to several Sims 4 saves, so no.
  17. fmenard macrumors newbie

    Feb 10, 2005
    Daytona Beach, FL
    If the IOS and PadOS article today is correct about a functioning download manager, I'll sell my laptop and go with a 2018 Mini desktop and an iPad pro. I have one use case that requires being able to have editable files ON the device, not somewhere in the cloud. These are files off the web (dropbox). I can, I believe, also use the iPad Pro as a screen for the Mini in a fairly portable scenario.

  18. JayMysterio macrumors 6502a


    Apr 24, 2010
    Rock Ridge, California
    Yes, it's been doable.
  19. pibrew macrumors newbie

    Jul 27, 2019
    I went all iPad Pro a few months back. I have my MacBook Air to my son to make myself to that way. I still have my iMac for home but I've totally switched for business and haven't missed a beat.

    I use One Drive for storage and Office 365 for documents. With the new OS coming out will be even better.
  20. hancuriang macrumors member

    Jan 17, 2019
    why not waiting for the official ipados to install in your old ipad pro and decide from there? If you keep using your macbook pro by then, then there is no point. unless you just want the new design...
  21. geemiller05 macrumors 6502

    Mar 12, 2011
    New York
    I am truly iPad and iPhone only. No back-up laptop or iMac at all. It’s fine for the most part. Pages, spreadsheets, browsing, music production and movies are my main uses. There’s two times that I wish I had a desktop: when mobile safari isn’t supported and to back up my music and devices to iTunes. Outside of that I’m content with what I have. :)
  22. Shanghaichica macrumors G4


    Apr 8, 2013
    I have a 2014 MBA but I don’t use it at all anymore. I could easily go without a computer when this one kicks the bucket. My iPhone XS Max and iPads (mini and pro) more than meet my computing needs.

    I would like something like the note 9 though, as it has Dex which basically allows you to use your phone as a desktop computer. For someone like me with minimal computing needs that’s a perfect set up, if I wanted a more traditional computer experience without actually owning a real computer.
  23. Super Xander macrumors regular

    Super Xander

    Nov 6, 2016
    With iOS 13 I think the iPad easily can be your daily driver, but if you use external hard drives a lot, you might need to know that the beta is very unstable around that.
  24. hovscorpion12 macrumors 65816


    Sep 12, 2011
    I’ve been all iPad since the first gen iPad Pro. Now with iPadOS, it pushes it further with external HDD support, USB-C…etc. the only pieces missing is Adobe Photoshop, X-code, FinalCut.
    --- Post Merged, Jul 28, 2019 ---
    I've had to restart a few times a day with the new public beta. It sometimes don’t recognize my USB.
  25. Populus macrumors 6502a


    Aug 24, 2012
    Valencia, Spain.
    Out of curiosity, is the iPad a good device for music production? I mean I know a few programs for macOS, but I barely know software for music creation/production on iPad.

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