Can’t decide between new 11” IPad or 13” MacBook Air

Discussion in 'iPad' started by TheRealAlex, Mar 18, 2018.

  1. TheRealAlex macrumors 68000

    Sep 2, 2015
    To be Fair, they are 2 different systems. But the price points should be fairly close. I already own a 9.7” IPad Pro. I am looking forward to a 8th Generation CPU I the MacBook Air maybe 2 USBC Ports.

    The 11” IPad Pro is the same as the 10.5” IPad Pro just less Bezels. I doubt they will have chance or reason to improve much.
  2. eVolcre macrumors 68000


    Jan 7, 2003
    How can you decide when neither has been officially announced? Specs and rumors are sketchy and price points yet to be decided?

    Not to mention you haven’t even mentioned your user scenario even as a broad overall decision between a laptop and an iPad Pro??

    Wait a few weeks till something is announced is my suggestion.
  3. ericwn macrumors 68020

    Apr 24, 2016
    Maybe come back when the product exists.
  4. DNichter macrumors G3


    Apr 27, 2015
    Philadelphia, PA
    Depends on what you need the devices for. If it is more for operational tasks, the MacBook Air is likely the better choice. If you need it mainly for Director/Executive/Management level work, the iPad does a great job.
  5. BeWilde macrumors newbie

    Mar 19, 2018
    So coming from an individual who has both a mac and iPad system AND a mostly completed CS degree here are my thoughts:

    If you are wanting to do some light content creation such as light video editing, light photo editing, and some typing as well as massive amounts of content consumption the iPad system is designed for this. It's arm processor gives excellent battery life, can be charged with battery banks, and is very portable. For most people I recommend they go the iPad route.

    If you need an x86 operating system for the file management and or coding then the only option would be the macbook air. Intel's processors have been getting better over the past few years and 8th generation has been awesome, it is very difficult to max out the cpu unless you are a heavy multitasker or require a suite of software that taxes the hardware.

    In the end: I recommend that most people go the iPad route, typically considered to be less vulnerable to attacks (i.e. Spectre and meltdown (although 8th gen "fixes" this)) and arm processors will probably find their way into macos some way or another. Both do email, web browsing, and general computing tasks with the same level of excellence except the iPad will probably last you longer in terms of battery life.

    I hope this helps, and wish you the best of luck on your purchase (always get the apple care or apple care plus)
  6. Brammy macrumors 68000

    Sep 17, 2008
    This is a good high-level summary. We need to know your use cases, though. It is easy to slam into walls on an iPad.
  7. DNichter macrumors G3


    Apr 27, 2015
    Philadelphia, PA
    For me, I manage a team of 60 people for a logistics company. Most of this is done through email, FaceTime, and performance management using Safari. I also use the Microsoft office suite for reporting, evaluations, and presentations. Sharing files via cloud storage is the best way to handle this among team members. The majority of my work lives in email, so it is fairly simple to execute through an iPad.

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