As the owner of a MBPr 13" and iPhone 6s, will I find the iPad Pro useful?

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  1. Hieveryone macrumors 68020

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    I'm debating on whether or not to buy one.

    Right now I own a MBPr 13" and an iPhone 6s.
     
  2. Performa460 macrumors newbie

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    It totally depends on your needs. I have a 13" MBP and a 13" MBA and I DO find the iPP useful simply because I wasn't trying to replace either of my laptops--I was trying to replace an older iPad. There are some things I can't do on the MacBooks that I can do on the iPad Pro, and vice versa, although there are plenty of things I can do on both. I have always considered the iPad to be more of a complement to a MacBook than a full out replacement. I need a computer for reasons the iPP simply can't fill, so I woudn't try to make the iPad into a replacement. If any of that makes sense.
     
  3. The Game 161 macrumors G5

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    Depends what you would plan on using the pro for?

    I think if you have an air and won't use the pencil then don't think it's worth it. Depends on your needs and usage
     
  4. Max(IT) Suspended

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    It's entirely up to you.
    What are you planning to do with the iPad Pro?

    I own a rMBP 13" and a Mini 4. I'm using the iPad when portability is the main goal, and the MacBook Pro when I need "serious power" . In my case the iPad Pro would have been useless, so I didn't buy it even if I'm very intrigued ...
     
  5. Hieveryone thread starter macrumors 68020

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    I don't know what I'd use the iPP for to be honest.

    What do you guys use it for?

    Especially would like answers from those who also have a MBPr
     
  6. Max(IT) Suspended

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    I can't really replace my MacBook Pro with an iPad Pro.... I still need a laptop AND a tablet.
     
  7. Night Spring macrumors G5

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    For me, the iPads in general, not just the Pro, has turned my laptops into desktops. I find that I no longer need to carry around a laptop because the iPad takes care of all my mobile computing needs.

    If you don't mind lugging your MacBook everywhere you go, or you find that the iPhone is enough for your mobile computing needs, and you aren't interested in a larger device for curling up with on the sofa or in bed, then the iPads aren't for you, and the Pro is basically just a bigger iPad.
     
  8. schmidt65 macrumors 6502

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    I have an iPhone 6s, an iPad mini 4, an iPad Pro, a rMBP and a mac mini.

    I use the mac mini as a media server, and until recently used the mini 4 as my main web browser/email machine, and the rMBP as my main machine.

    However since getting the iPad pro (via work), I've rarely used the rMBP or the ipad mini, so I'm definitely going to sell one of them, possibly both. I have the mac mini if I really need to do anything the iPad pro can't, but most of my home computer needs can be covered by the iPad Pro. I have a windows 10 laptop from work if I actually need to do any work (I mainly work in excel), so the rMBP is barely used now.

    So for me, having both the rMBP and the iPad pro is not worth it, and I'm preferring the iPad pro (with pencil and smart keyboard) to the rMBP for 90% of my needs.
     
  9. Beavix macrumors 6502a

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    Well then it's simple: you don't really need an iPad Pro. With that out of the way, the decision comes down to money and desire. Can you afford it? Do you really want it? If the answer is yes, then go for it.
     
  10. Micky Do macrumors 68000

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    Hot bits of stuff will be impressed by a lad with a big one, for sure.
     
  11. silverblack macrumors 68030

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    I have an iMac as my desktop, MBP as my laptop, and now the iPP.

    Take a different approach, instead of thinking about what you would use your iPP for, think about what you are using your MB for when you are out of your office.

    Do you run multiple programs at the same time, and some of which only works on OS X (not iOS)?
    Do you need a file manager, and open files that could not be opened by iOS apps?

    If you answered 'yes' on either of the above questions, then you need your MB.
    On the other hand, you could now explore what you could do with an iPP.

    Are there any applications where the iOS version would be more convenient or effective than the OS X version? For examples, email, messaging, watching movies, LTE connectivity...
    Finally, could you think of anything in your workflow that could benefit from the use of Apple Pencil? For examples, PDF annotation, sketching, hand-writing note taking, presentation mark-up, document mark-up...
     
  12. The Game 161 macrumors G5

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    Pretty much

    If money isn't an issue then go,for it. Money is why I didn't ditch from air 2. Pro isn't worth the extra money from the air 2 for me.
     
  13. malandra macrumors regular

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    I also have an iPhone 6 and an rMBP. I'm buying the iPP this week.

    I don't know what your usage is, but I do a lot of writing and editing work. For heavy duty working and editing, I use Word and Scrivener on my laptop, often docked at my desk with a good keyboard and an external monitor. But sometimes out in the world too, which makes having a laptop nice, and worth keeping. Though I do wish that I had sprung for the 15" screen.

    That said, I really like to use an external keyboard for all typing tasks--I use a DAS at my desk and have a new a Matias Laptop Pro mechanical Bluetooth that I use with my laptop and with my cracked and fading, soon-to-be-replaced iPad 4. A mechanical tenkeyless keyboard in front of a laptop is visually overwhelming, and for just writing, the iPad on a stand plus the keyboard is the nicest, cleanest looking, analog solution. It kinda reminds me of working on one of my old 90s monochrome Macs. Those were the days. So mostly, I'm buying my own optimized word processor. With extras.

    Anyway, with this setup, I can write using pages and my text will be waiting for me in the cloud when I need it. So yeah, add the benefit of the pencil for note taking and a bit of movie viewing here and there, and the iPP is a great supplement for my particular usage.

    In any case, you have to think of how you'll actually be using your devices and technology in order to make your own decision. But I think there are situations in which having both is really awesome.
     
  14. mpetrides macrumors member

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    I'm in the same position as the OP (plus I have an iPad mini2) and I just love my iPad Pro. I use it--as I had originally intended--primarily for taking handwritten notes. It's the iPad I've wanted since they first became available. I must have tried 25 different styluses (? styli) with other iPads, to no avail.

    The added benefits of my IPP include being able to read my daily newspaper in full size and, of course, the ability to watch movies on the couch in front of the fire on that gorgeous ginormous screen.

    So, yes, the IPP can be a superlative addition to your rMBP and iPhone 6. Would I like it as much if handwritten notes were not as important to me? Probably not enough to justify the cost. Thus, YMMV.
     
  15. Hieveryone thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Yes I do want one. And will probably buy one counter to my logic *sigh*

    But I need USB, HDMI, pen drives and external hard drive connectivity, Magic Mouse via Bluetooth...

    All that I get already with my MBPr.

    Somehow I still can see myself getting an iPP just and just using it for casual stuff like web browsing..
     
  16. Hieveryone thread starter macrumors 68020

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    I'm heavy with multi task using different account logins and very big on file management and downloads.

    But I could use that dang 100 pencil lol bc I do write a lot!
     
  17. silverblack macrumors 68030

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    Looks like you have the answer that you were looking for.
     

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