Best iPad / Mac Combination?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Adelphos33, Feb 9, 2016.

  1. Adelphos33 macrumors 6502

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    I work in an office with a Windows setup. Any "work" at home I do via remote login. I will occasionally use my laptop to take notes and do some work related research (mostly web) at home. When traveling I use my laptop to remote login as well as take notes and do some light word processing. Hobby wise I don't do much besides edit iPhone photos or movies, play music, keep records, etc.

    I will go days without using my Macbook (2011 model Macbook Pro on 8 G RAM). I had an iPad but sold it a few years ago. I've been using my phone to do routine tasks at home and want to switch to an iPad for that.

    My question is:

    Should I get an iPad Pro plus a small Macbook like a Macbook Air or Retina Macbook?

    Or get an iPad Air (3 assuming it is released soon) along with the updated 13" Macbook Pro?

    Basically should I invest in the most computing power in the iPad or the Mac? Neither machine will be my main "work" machine (that's my desktop at work)
     
  2. Night Spring macrumors G5

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    If you are currently not using your MacBook, why are you considering upgrading it? What are you hoping for from an upgrade of the MacBook to make it more useful for you?

    If you are currently just using your iPhone at home, then why not just get an iPad -- Pro or Air -- and call it a day?
     
  3. Adelphos33 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    My Macbook is 5 years old at this point. Though it performs well, it does crash on occasion and is running out of hard drive space. I have to have a laptop for my job to log in remotely at one and when traveling on occasion. Plus i use it for household tasks (tax filing, budgets, some word processing, etc). However, there are many days when I won't use a Macbook.
     
  4. username: macrumors 6502a

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    If money is no problem then get the best... Maxed out iPad pro, maxed out MacBook Pro.
     
  5. JonSarge3108 macrumors regular

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    My iPad Pro is used to remote access my laptop at home (pseudo-desktop?)
     
  6. Ghost31 macrumors 68000

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    Hard to say. Why are you even thinking about a laptop at all? Why not do most of your remoting into a desktop with an iPad pro? Thats way the device you're remoting into isn't limited by size so it can be a more powerful machine to remote into. Mac mini with upgraded specs + iPad pro
     
  7. cardfan macrumors 65816

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    Get the laptop or a surface pro. See if it being new has you using it more. Wait on the ipad since there could be one coming out soon.
     
  8. Osty macrumors 6502a

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    That's what I'd say too. I have a Mac mini, iPad mini and a Chromebook running Linux full time. The mini is a great computer for desktop and server roles and I leave it running 24/7 at home and log in remotely as an when I need to.

    On the mobile side, I'm seriously thinking ditching the iPad mini (my kids can have it) and replacing it and the Chromebook with an iPad air or Pro
     
  9. Jeff R macrumors 6502

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    Apple might announce the all new MacBook Pro on March 15 for mid or late year release. Should be a new design.

    I'd wait till March 15 before pulling the trigger if I were you but that's just me.
     
  10. MartyCan macrumors 65816

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    I'm due to upgrade my work Mac. Hoping there is an upgrade in the rMBP line, 15" in particular.
     
  11. The CameraGuy macrumors newbie

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    I recently had to make a similar decision, which garnered the purchase of the iPad Pro, 128GB and LTE. From what you say you do, you can do it all on the iPad Pro faster, easier and more fun. Buy the pencil, maybe even the keyboard cover.

    Unless your company is using some weird software, you can use Word, and the rest of the Office Suite as if it's on a PC.

    Good Luck

    DBK
     
  12. Keene1bj macrumors newbie

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    I have recently sold my Macbook Pro, iPad Air 1, and Surface Pro 3 and purchased and iPad Pro 128 LTE and a 5k 27" iMac. I have the IPP keyboard and pencil. Thus far, I am loving this combination. I am surprised just how much work I can get done on the IPP and am now a believer that this type of mobile computing is the future (of mobile computing that is). At the moment, I foresee always having a desktop at home but using the IPP instead of a macbook when I am on the go has been a pretty big game changer for me in terms of enjoyment. As most know, there are certainly things an IPP can't do that a Macbook can but I have found that, in my profession (executive that uses email, excel, pdf review,word, etc), I wasn't using the Macbook nearly to its potential when away from my desk and, that the things I was doing, the IPP does so in a more enjoyable manner.
     
  13. LiveM macrumors 6502a

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    TL; DR. Too much analysis.

    Your desktop computer display should be about 5x your phone display's inch measurement, and 2.5x your tablet's. Vis-à-vis, your tablet should be about twice the measurement of your phone's display.

    Apple determines features by size, so you don't need to analyse this by any other measure, unless you really want to use Einstein's theory rather than Newton's law, which you might do when picking optional specs.
     
  14. The CameraGuy macrumors newbie

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    I don't know I've admitted here that I use a Hackintosh Pro. Faster and more u[gradable, and cheaper than the trash can. That's my base machine. 30 TB of storage, SSD for system drive and 32 GB of RAM

    But I use iPad for everything that is not 4 K pro video editing.

    DBK
     
  15. Ghost31 macrumors 68000

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    30 TB of storage :eek:
     
  16. The CameraGuy macrumors newbie

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    A 6 drive 18TB RAID and 2 6TB externals for backup.

    Not a common configuration, I know but I edit 4K Video, sometimes for a living, although I am Retired primarily.
     

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