Are you planning to also use an iPad along with your new MacBook?

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  1. petvas macrumors 601

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    The thread title says it all. For those of you planning to get a Macbook. Do you have an iPad also? Do you see any use for an iPad along with your new Macbook?
     
  2. dexterbell macrumors 6502a

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    My iPad Air 2 is still my go to device for laying in bed. Just works better than any laptop IMO as I can hold it much easier, don't have to rest it on anything.
     
  3. GiantCow macrumors member

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    My Macbook should be arriving Monday so I guess I'll find out then whether or not I'll still have a need for my ipad. I mostly use the ipad as a reading device for newspapers, magazines and web articles. I can definitely see the ipad being easier to hold in some circumstances ie in bed.
     
  4. AdonisSMU macrumors 603

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    yes of course. the rMB isn't an iPad replacement. it's a rMBP replacement. :D
     
  5. MyopicPaideia macrumors 68000

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    Still going to be my personal laptop replacement, as it has been since the iPad 2 came out.

    MB will replace my 2011 11" MBA which is my work machine.

    iPad does everything I want/need for personal use outside of media hub duties, but I have the Mac mini for that. Email, games, banking, etc.

    MB is for business level productivity.
     
  6. Anand953 macrumors regular

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    Its a Macbook Air replacement rather than rMBP.. rMBP is miles ahead of both rMB and Macbook Air. Its more like a portable desktop replacement.

    Ipad has its own place in lives of people who have purchased and are using it. I use it majorly for reading purposes. Its a great device to hold and read whether you are sitting in a couch or lying down in your bed.. Not to mention the light gaming compatible to an iPad.
     
  7. AdonisSMU macrumors 603

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    LOL! I was meaning it's a rMBP replacement for me.
     
  8. Anand953 macrumors regular

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    Haha.. So sorry.. I understood it the other way
     
  9. TheBuffather macrumors 6502

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    Absolutely. My MacBook Pro Retina is for heavy lifting, my MacBook Retina is for screwing around on, and my iPad is for reading news / books. Hmm, wonder what my MacBook Air is for now... ;)
     
  10. bibyfok macrumors 6502

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    It will probably replacing my iPad: rMB + iPhone 6 Plus. I think is a good combo!
     
  11. johngwheeler macrumors 6502

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    It'll be interesting to see if rMB changes people's device usage!

    This combination also seems like a good one to me. I'm really curious to see whether people who have both the iPad and rMB end up using the iPad much less...time will tell!

    They can't replace each other, and Apple's intention is clearly that they are complementary (and for you to buy both!), but they are similar enough that the rMB may cannibalise some iPad sales. Same deal with iPad Mini and iPhone 6 Plus. As long as you buy some expensive Apple gear, I get they will be happy :)
     
  12. newellj macrumors 601

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    That could be true. An iOS device, whatever size the screen, simply can't replace a device running a desktop OS.
     
  13. AdonisSMU macrumors 603

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    They do different things and would arguably be used in different situations.
     
  14. PDFierro macrumors 68040

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    It really depends, though. I can see how the rMB would be portable enough to allow people to get rid of their iPad and just use their iPhone for the specific things they use the iPad for. The new MacBook really gets rid of many of the disadvantages that once made a laptop far less portable than a laptop. So I can see how people would be content with just an iPhone and the rMB.

    I'm on the fence. I have the Mini 2. If Apple doesn't bring the Mini back up to par with the Air, then I might sell it. I was actually thinking about this when I was using the rMB at the store yesterday, as the Mini and the iPhone were on display directly next to the MacBook. The iPad definitely provides convenience as a middle ground between an iPhone and a portable laptop such as the rMB.

    It's more of a nice to have thing though, IMO. I mainly use my iPad for reading PDF documents. I actually prefer to do things such as watching movies on my Mac about 75 percent of the time.

    So while yes, the rMB isn't really an iPad replacement, I think it will allow some people to go without one. On the other hand, I just picked up an iPhone 6. I think my mobile setup of iPad Mini + Retina MacBook + iPhone 6 is actually the perfect one anybody can ask for, so I might not one to take the iPad out of that combo.
     
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    Yup, gonna use my two iPads alongside it. The Ipad Air is required for my day job as it has the sole regulatory approval and my iPad mini retina will be my personal eBook/document viewer of choice as well as a backup tool for some of the main job apps, while the rMB will be my on the road business machine. Each has its use, each will be used for different stuff and i probably will rarely ever carry all three around at the same time.
     
  17. destine2grow macrumors member

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    This will definitely replace my iPad! iMac, rMB, and iPhone 6+. The kids can have the iPad, iPad mini, and the iPod touch.
     
  18. newellj macrumors 601

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    You've described my commuting/work kit in its current form: rMB, rMini, 2x iPhone 6 (work, personal). Works for me...
     
  19. driftless macrumors demi-god

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    That is going to be my mobile set-up as well with the exception that I have the iPad Air.
     
  20. bjet767 macrumors 6502a

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    Yes!

    rMB does not replace iPad, in fact I will use iPad as an extra screen via Duo.
     
  21. newellj macrumors 601

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    The rMini was my first downsizing for work/commute. It's not that the Air is heavy, but it's bigger than I need for work/commute, so it stays home. I picked up the rMini for a great price on sale at Microcenter after the Mini 3 was introduced.
     
  22. PDFierro macrumors 68040

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    Seems like an inelegant solution due to the rMB's lone port. Using an iPad as second monitor wireless is very laggy, so that leaves you with connecting it directly...and with the rMB you can't keep the MacBook charged while doing that.

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    It's just as good as the Air 90 percent of the time. The only way I think the Air is better is when it comes to writing. But the Mini serves me just fine for reading documents.

    That combo is my mobile setup but my only setup as well.
     
  23. newellj macrumors 601

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    The Air is also better for watching movies/video - bigger screen and MUCH better speakers (though that's easy to solve with a BT speaker - raves for the AmazonBasics BT speaker at $49).
     
  24. PDFierro macrumors 68040

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    That's true. For everything else though, the Mini does everything just as well on its smaller screen. I typically watch movies on my Mac anyway.
     
  25. douglasf13 macrumors 65816

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    All I really wanted was an iPad running OS X with a keyboard and trackpad, so I can still do work on it, and the Macbook pretty much fits that bill. My wife will now be solely using our iPad.
     

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