Anyone Using iPad Pro as Main Device?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Mr_Killjoy, Oct 18, 2016.

  1. Mr_Killjoy Suspended


    Sep 19, 2016
    Is anyone here using their Pro as their main device? As in, no PC, no Mac, just an iPad Pro.

    To those that are, what does your usage entail, and what changes did you have to make to move to the Pro exclusively?
  2. sjleworthy macrumors 65816


    Dec 5, 2008
    Penarth, Wales, UK
    i use my 12.9 and my main device (not including my pc's at work, which are works, not mine).
    for home use i have no computer other than an ipad. because my personal life isnt specialised or 'different' there's no reason why the Pro cant do all. consumerism, email, tv, music, admin etc etc, what cant it do?
  3. beernut macrumors 6502

    Jan 13, 2016
    My 12.9 is my main machine.

    I have a windows desktop that's still on winXP that I turned on twice this year (it was actually only for one task but I didnt get done what I wanted to get done in one day, so I had to turn it on again the next day).

    I also have a MacBook still on snow leopard that i turn on on occasion to fiddle with some network stuff.

    Other than that, it's been all pro 12.9 all the time. In fact, it's pretty much been this way (an iPad being my main machine) since my iPad 3
  4. Brammy macrumors 65816

    Sep 17, 2008
    I wrote a long post about this earlier in the week. The short version, for mobile use, yes. There are a few things that keep me on a desktop OS, but those are dwindling.
  5. Channan macrumors 68030


    Mar 7, 2012
    New Orleans
    I don't have an iPad Pro, but I do use my iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 4 together as my main devices. I could get by with just one, but I prefer the larger display at home and the extra portability when I go out. I have a rMBP but I find myself only using it once a month, if that.
  6. Commy1 macrumors 6502a


    Feb 25, 2013
    I use my iPad Pro 9.7" as my main device. Coming from a MacBook, I just made sure that all my docs were backed up and available on iCloud or Dropbox and I was good to go.

    The one downside is that I used Lightroom and Premiere a fair amount before for product photos and how to videos but I've since made it work with what the iPad offers.
  7. Eric5273 macrumors 6502a

    Apr 12, 2009
    New Jersey
    I sold my old MacBook Pro a few months ago and now I'm using my iPad Pro as my main computer for both personal and business.

    For business, I run a small music production company. My partner is the one who handles the actual music editing and mastering and he does still use a Mac (although he has said if Apple ever releases Logic for iOS, he may switch to an iPad Pro). I run the business and distribution side of the company, so my duties include the following:

    1) Preparing songwriter and distributor agreements (I use Microsoft Word and PDF Expert for this)
    2) Preparing and sorting metadata for our music (I use Microsoft Excel for this)
    3) Downloading and uploading music files (WAV & MP3) to and from FTP sites (I use Documents by Readdle for this)
    4) Registering copyrights with the Copyright office (I use the website in Safari and I can upload the MP3 files to that website from Documents by Readdle)
    5) Keep track of company finances (I use Microsoft Excel in combination with our Bank's iOS app)

    It did take a few months of experimenting with different apps to find the perfect workflow, but now I love the simplicity of using the iPad instead of the Mac that I used to use. Also, with our files being stored in the cloud (iCloud Drive and Microsoft OneDrive), I am able to access files when needed from my iPhone, which can be useful on occasion.
  8. Booji macrumors 6502a


    Nov 17, 2011
    My Macbook Air is still my main device, but the 9.7 Pro is gradually taking on more and more of my daily work. It's not a revolution, but an evolution. I can see the day when an iOS device is my main device.
  9. alecgold macrumors 65816


    Oct 11, 2007
    I bought the 12.9 the day it came out, to read lot's of PDF's for my law study that I started last year. It's brilliant for that, legal sizes and A4 sized scanned documents from the 1900's-1980 aren't always that good readable and certainly not digital beside scanned pdf's. But as it happens I could use the big iPad for much more. I'm a consultant for SME's and I always disliked the screen of a laptop standing in between the customer and me. I like to write with a pen, yet I'm not going to write notes during a meeting only to type them out again afterwards. Here the big ipad Pro shine's. It's so much like a A4 paper-notepad, but with the MySync Nebo app it translates my writing to text. So the iPad Pro became my main work machine as well.
    But al my law-study-books, readers and assignments are digital as well and I found that summarizing them by writing notes is the best way to learn what is in them. So I bought the iPad Pro 9.7 as well just a few weeks ago. Could have gone with the Air 2 perhaps, but I had the money and the 12.9 was so brilliant that I didn't want to skimp and be sorry later on. And it was a present to myself for having a more then fulltime job and getting all my points from the first year at the university and being allowed to enter a specific second year course.

    When I need to pop out I take the iPad Pro 9.7 with me. Has everything, a bit cramped keyboard, a pencil and half the real-estate when compared to the 12.9, but it has all the data, LTE, I can write and type on the screen etc.
    When I need to go to a client, I take both with me. Sometimes the client hasn't prepared so I can let him read on my 9.7 while I use the 12.9.
    When I'm in the office I use the 12.9 and the 9.7 together. One for writing, mailing, iMessage etc, one for reading/reference.
    When I'm studying, I'll use the 9.7 for reading the books/reader/assignment and the 12.9 for writing my answer/summary

    Is it expensive? Hell yes, but together they where just as expensive as the top-of-the-line Macbook Pro 13"
    Is it luxurious? Absolutely!
    Is it over the top? I don't think so. Often at the end of the day both my iPads batteries are (almost) empty, so I use them well.

    Apps I use a lot on iOs: notability, goodnotes 4, PDF expert/Documents 5, AirMail and since a few days Nebo.
    Nebo is still a work in progress, but it shows soooo much promise. It works stunningly with the the main feature: handwriting recognition. but lacks several features that would make it really shine (sync, stability and better export functions are the most important to me).

    One disclaimer, I still use my macbook pro with 27" screen for huge Excel-sheets and I still haven't found a really good OCR app for PDF's, so every now and then I need to do this on my macbook. Think about once a week. But it also happens that I don't use it for weeks.
  10. emembee macrumors regular


    Oct 31, 2013
    Although I use my MBA for development or DB things, these are not frequent and rest of the time I use Pro 12.9.

    So many good things about it like no heat or noise. I do use it with the ASK which I find excellent for typing and also some pencil work and there is very little it cannot do for me - exceptions are music ripping, downloading files from websites, a few financial websites do not always run well on it but these are relatively minor and it is so much simpler than MacOS, with very few crashes or software glitches.

    However, do take the time to get the right apps and workflow, else it will feel just like a large iPhone (which it isn't).
  11. Kobra macrumors regular


    Jun 17, 2009
    I use my IPP 9.7 as my only device for personal use, at work I'm forced to use at WinPC but I could easily do without it. Initially I bought the IPP 12.9 but I returned it after a few days. It was really nice, but to big to comfortably handle as a handheld device. The 9.7 is a good compromise, I pair it with the new Logitech Create keyboard.

    My personal use consist of web browsing, e-mail, reading monthly magazines, personal finance, writing speeches. I've had a iPad since April 2010, for every year my PC/MAC usage has dwindled.

    I'd like to chime in on the Nebo app. The pencil works great with this app. It's so nice to write a speech with the pencil, have it automatically converted to editable text that you can polish up in Word. Fingers crossed for a Ipad Pro Mini :) That and the Nobo app would be a killer combo for business meetings.
  12. ABC5S Suspended


    Sep 10, 2013
    Sold my MacBook Pro and purchased the iPad Pro 12 inch as my main computer now days. No point for me to buy a very expensive notebook since the tablet suits me just fine.
  13. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

    Newtons Apple

    Mar 12, 2014
    Jacksonville, Florida
    No way I can do without a computer at office and home.

    Glad I had one when I got my new 7+ as it choked when it updated and it took iTunes on a real computer to bring it back to life.:cool:
  14. Kal-037 macrumors 65816


    Apr 7, 2015
    Depends on the day, but usually I live all over.
    Yep, have used it since launch day as my main machine. I do large image/photo editing, illustrations, sketches, emailing, writing, media consumption, and web surfing.

  15. Night Spring macrumors G5

    Night Spring

    Jul 17, 2008
    I still have my iMac, but use it only a few hours a week, just to do some final formatting on documents. I could do that on my iPad if I paid for an Office subscription, but I don't use Office enough to justify the cost. And I have my media collection on the iMac. Everything else I do on my 12.9 iPad. Screen is almost as big as my 13 inch MacBook Air, and to me, no physical keyboard is a feature I love.
  16. Channan macrumors 68030


    Mar 7, 2012
    New Orleans
    Pretty much the only reason I keep my laptop is for my media collection and for iOS backups. I could buy a Wi-Fi portable hard drive for my media and just pay a few dollars per month for more iCloud storage for backups, but the idea of no longer owning a laptop scares me. Haha
  17. c14nhl macrumors 6502


    Oct 30, 2008
    I'm in the process of backing up all my photos from old MacBook Pro machines I have. Once that's done, I'll have no need for them anymore.

    I don't do much heavy lifting to be honest so the iPad Pro deals with my needs perfectly.
  18. Aluminum213 macrumors 68040


    Mar 16, 2012
    I like to do more than check my email and browse safari, so it won't be replacing my MacBook anytime soon
  19. TheRealAlex macrumors 68000

    Sep 2, 2015
    90% of my Daily use is my 9.7 iPad Pro is 6 months it's revolutionized my life.

    Reading in bed watching movies work emails throwing it in a bag and going to Starbucks or work or a friends house and sharing funny Memes gaming. Online shopping. You name it.

    5% Note 5 Calls and UBER light browsing ordering UBER eats. Texting

    5% Tradional Home Gaming PC when I get the Starcraft 2 Urge or GTAV or Work PC which runs Special Work only Software for Healthcare Medical billing and X-rays and cone beam scans
  20. Donoghan macrumors regular


    Aug 25, 2008
    Atlanta, GA
    Yes. I have a Windows machine at work but my iPhone and 12.9" iPad Pro are my main personal devices. Biggest thing is to just trust cloud storage. Once everything is stored online it's relatively easy to go iPad only.
  21. Abazigal macrumors G3


    Jul 18, 2011
    As a teacher, my iPad Pro is replacing my work-issued laptop for a lot of my teaching duties, especially since I purchased the Apple Pencil. I am not yet at the stage where I can throw my Macs away, but I am increasingly spending more time working on my iPad, and learning new tricks about it everyday.
  22. Mr_Killjoy thread starter Suspended


    Sep 19, 2016
    I'm extremely happy with my iPad Pro 12.9" - but I still end up (unfortunately) tied to my MacBook Pro for web design work and iOS app development. These two things are all that are keeping me on a mac. I'm honestly considering exploring other options, because having a bunch of money tied up in a MBP when I could handle all of my other tasks on my iPad Pro means it doesn't make a lot of sense to keep a mac around - especially a high end model.

    At this point, I kind of want to grab an older MBP model or something on the cheap, and use it on the rare occasion its actually needed.
  23. macgeek18 macrumors 68000


    Sep 8, 2009
    Northern California
    For most of my home use I have been using the iPad Pro. For work i use my work laptop and i have three laptops and an iMac available at home. The iPad is really conveniant.
  24. Wackery macrumors 6502a

    Feb 1, 2015
    I use my ipad 90% of the time, but when i have to do real work i go to thr macbook air. OSX/macOS is just better in my opinion. iOS is a phone operating system....
  25. Channan macrumors 68030


    Mar 7, 2012
    New Orleans
    There's this app on the iPad called "App Store" that I think you should look into. It makes the iPad so much more capable than just a browser and email client.

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