Are you iPad only? Or going that way?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by SB-MBP, Jun 7, 2017.

  1. SB-MBP Suspended

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    How many people here now solely use an iPad as their main device and iPhone alongside it .. or how many of you are now selling things to actually do this. I'm doing this now, and want to know how many of you are doing the same and why.
     
  2. lyngo macrumors 6502a

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    Great discussion starter, especially with understanding the context of what iOS 11 will bring. I use my iPad Pro 9.7" for 85-90% of my workflow. iOS 11 will continue to increase this. I must say, though, I'm not going to quit on my MacBook quite yet. There are still some things that I can do better and more efficiently on the Mac.

    When it's time to get a new Mac in a couple of years, I might just upgrade to a family desktop instead - maybe a Mac Mini if it ever gets updated or is still around.
     
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    I am 90% iPad and 10% mac for personal needs. For work, because we have company specific tools I have to use a computer. Also, while going to school I used my 12.9 Pro exclusively.

    I have been thinking of selling my top spec'ed 15 inch macbook pro from 2014.. but I am really scared of being without a proper computer.. Plus, I like to edit on FCP X.

    One thing that helped the move to iOS was keeping all my files or the majority on Dropbox..

    Edit: My workflow explained:

    https://forums.macrumors.com/threads/my-work-flow-as-a-student-with-the-ipp-12-9.2032077/
     
  4. va1984 macrumors regular

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    I did that for 1 year, from the day the original 12.9 iPad Pro came out until the day I got an (unwanted) 2016 MacBook Pro and had to sell the iPad. I've now moved on from the MacBook Pro and this announcement makes me want to go back to my favourite set up ever (which I experienced for a few short months last year): 9.7 iPad Pro + 12.9 iPad Pro. Maximum flexibility.

    My work consists of reading, annotating and writing. A Mac is just not very good for reading and annotating, and I hardly use its extra computing power. The iPad (larger or smaller, that depends on the circumstances) is SO much better for reading and annotating. And when it comes to writing, I use the Magic Keyboard, for that iMac feel.

    I am slowly coming to the conclusion that if I am going to keep a Mac around it is going to be a 27" canvas on my desk. No use for sub-15" displays I cannot use a pencil on, for me.
     
  5. Romac macrumors member

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    I tried it a long time ago (iPad Air 2) and it just didn't work out. Things have come a long way since then and for the past year I've been on my iPad Pro 9.7 almost exclusively, we have a MacBook Air for my wife that I do use occasionally to transfer files to a USB external drive.

    I'm strongly considering going to the new Pro 12.9 and I think I'll probably be at around 95% total iPad usage, and that counts for the daily browsing, content consumption, email as well as other things like video editing for YouTube (VERY casually), doing taxes, saving PDF of different automotive related repairs etc.

    There's still a few things that the iPad just can't do for me personally yet. I'm not a fan of purely cloud based back up services, and save large amounts of files, photos and videos regularly. It's a dream for me to be able to do all this via my iPad and export to a USB drive (not just a wireless mass drop). Hopefully the upcoming file system will lean toward that way in the future.

    Other hobbies I have, such as building raspberry pi based emulators etc there's just no way the iPad can aid me currently so I don't know if I'll ever hit 100% tablet use. That seems to be a ways off.
     
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    I think now's the time to do it. Though I'm worried as my budget only stretches as far as the 128GB iPad 2017 - though for my needs it's fine. I just hope it's supported for a few years from now
     
  7. Steven. macrumors regular

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    My MacBook Air broke last year and after a lot of deliberation over whether to replace it with an an iPad or MacBook, I opted to purchase the iPad Pro 12.9 as it's replacement. Honestly, at the time my decision was mostly due to the increased cost of MacBooks in the UK, but I've found now after several months there's truly nothing I miss about not owning a laptop anymore and I've no desire to own one in the future.

    The iPad Pro really suits all my needs which is mostly media consumption with a little word processing every now and again, note taking, and some music composition. I opted for the 32gb HD but that doesn't bother me as I sync everything to and from iCloud now. I love being truly digital.
     
  8. SparklyPickle macrumors member

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    I am thinking of getting an iPad as I would love to read in bed. It is hard to do, for an extended period of time, on an SE.
     
  9. sparksd macrumors 68000

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    I use the Air 2 mainly for consumption; a Galaxy S7 Edge smartphone; a Windows 10 desktop for main "production" (primarily photo processing); and a Windows 10 laptop for the road (again, mainly for photo work and I take the Air 2 along for reading, etc). Right now, I don't see getting rid of any one of the devices as each serves a very good purpose for me; in fact, I feel no inclination to.
     
  10. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

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    You should be achieve at least three years of support through iOS with the 2017 iPad. And for the price point, it's competitive.
     
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    I'm currently using an Air 2 and plan to keep on using it, but I'm selling the ThinkPad now because otherwise it'll lose too much value. It's also sitting on the shelf for the past few weeks.. Windows 10 just isn't the Mac and to me, that's not good enough! I'm a bit nervous about iPad only but having had a good experience at it I feel with a Logitech K380 keyboard and height adjustable desk stand the iPad computing experience may even be more ergonomic than a laptop?!
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    Me and my girlfriend were just saying how in the future it'd essentially be having an iPad each and probably a base iMac for real intense jobs - if it's even relevant to have a Mac by then - we all know Apple could drop it as fast as it did the iPod line - though ten years ago you'd be crazy to suggest so. She also has a 2015 MBP Retina and since it's bought, I suppose it wouldn't make much sense to sell it now while it's there.. But she reckons she wont buy another if the iPad can truly match it over the coming years! My Mac broke in January so I had no choice! I went to Windows but a month in and it's a lost cause of a purchase.. lol
     
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    tell you what the last few mins i have thought about dumping my 9.7 pro and my MacBook in favour of the 12.9 iPad pro with IOS 11 features the main reason with the keyboard..hmmmm

    likely change my mind by tomorrow lol
     
  13. David-fr macrumors 6502

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    https://www.studioneat.com/products/canopy
     
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    Plus the cost of the keyboard.. But it is a nice product.
     
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    I think the Logitech K380 for £40, a decent iPad folding stand case from any reputable brand around £40 and a cheap adjustable height stand or 360 stand for £100 you've got ergonomics sorted for the iPad in multiple situations.
     
  17. ninaco macrumors 6502

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    For personal use, I currently have an Air 2 & an HP Spectre 360 notebook. The HP gets used maybe an hour or two a week. (What was I thinking loading this thing up?! Such a waste of money!) The iPad is used constantly. With the new IPP & ASK, the notebook may never get booted.

    Work's another story. Even if my employer allowed the use of a personal iPad, it wouldn't be of much use. Too many large spreadsheets along with dozens of internal applications that require Windows.
     
  18. eviljack macrumors member

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    At the moment it looks like I'm still going the opposite way. Browsing on a touch screen is an exercise in frustration, especially when tapping links grouped together. Not having browser extensions, being able to view the pages source easily and not having access to a terminal significantly dampen my use of my iPad. Browsing on a laptop is simply better is every way shape and form. This is even before starting on not having access to an IDE. There have been some nice improvements with iOS 11 but nothing earth shattering. This year I am looking into a Surface Pro hopefully to replace my 12.9 inch iPad Pro which I only dusted off this week to give the iOS beta a go. It's going back in the drawer in a few days.
     
  19. The Catalyst macrumors 6502

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    iPad's have come a long way over the years, but they're still no where near taking the place of a good computer in my book.
     
  20. rui no onna macrumors 603

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    No thanks. Pic shows the edge of the stand digging into your thighs. That's not gonna be comfortable for long.

    I use the iPad for 80-90% of my personal usage (mostly media consumption and some productivity). For the 5% of tasks that I use my laptop/desktop, I need a PC.
     
  21. BorderingOn macrumors 6502

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    I like the IOS11 updates but one big problem replacing a desktop or laptop in going to be using the iPad with a keyboard will ruin the multitouch experience. I can't see reaching over the keyboard to do those complex gestures.
     
  22. MaraviRasmussen macrumors newbie

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    not possible at all for me
    databases
    code
    soft dev

    the ipad could do for 99% of ppl though
     
  23. rui no onna macrumors 603

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    You'd think, right?

    My mom borrowed my 15" laptop (with USB mouse) during an overseas trip because there were some stuff she couldn't do on her iPad. She was trying to tap on links and icons on the non-touchscreen LCD until she eventually called me to say it wasn't working. I told her she had to use the mouse. She forgot it wasn't an iPad. :rolleyes:
     
  24. WinterWolf90 macrumors 6502

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    i can't use it for what I do for school. Mostly because I need lots of windows open on more real estate than the iPad has. I also need a computer because of the last of space in iPads.
     

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