Can iPad Pro replace laptop?

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  1. oldcelt macrumors 6502

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    i will need to replace my Air soon. Will an iPad Pro do everything my air does? Could I be completely without a laptop?????
     
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  3. sjleworthy macrumors 65816

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    not everything. the ipad can replace the laptop for some people but not all. what do you do on your laptop your need to do on your ipad?
     
  4. Cascades42 macrumors 6502

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    Are you referring to an iPad Air or a MacBook Air? For a lot of people I would suggest that an iPad could completely replace their laptop. That is assuming your primary computer uses are email, Internet browsing and basic documents (Word or Pages, Excel/Numbers, etc.). But it depends on what you do on said Air and which Air you're referring to.
     
  5. dannyyankou macrumors 603

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    Probably not, but it can replace the majority of your computing.
     
  6. oldcelt thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Hi. Thanks. I use my laptop for basic stuff, documents email internet. Some sites don't seem to work so well on mobile devices?
     
  7. sjleworthy macrumors 65816

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    in that case the ipad can completely replace the laptop for you. havent come across any faulty sites yet, except those dinosaurs that still use flash and have yet to come into this century.
     
  8. powerbook911 macrumors 68040

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    I love my desktop Mac. Therefore, the 12.9 Pro has been doing a great job of replacing a notebook for me. Truth is though, I had pretty much stopped using my notebook as I prefer desktops.
     
  9. oldcelt thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Don't have a desktop. This would be my main device.
     
  10. Night Spring macrumors G5

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    As long as it's not your ONLY device. I use my iPP for 99% of the time, but there's still that 1% that can't be done or is too convoluted to do on an iPad.
     
  11. Loveandterror macrumors 6502

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    I've opted for the iPad Pro to sort of replace my really old laptop (about 8yrs old).
    I'm a stay at home mum at the moment. Once I go back to work I will have to invest into the MacBook Pro or something similar for photo editing. Other than that I wouldn't actually need a laptop, because the iPad does everything I need it for at the moment (mostly media consumption, streaming of movies etc.)
    So, unless you need a device for hardcore gaming, video or photo editing, I think you can replace your laptop with it.
     
  12. StoneJack macrumors 6502a

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    I needed only a small piece of software, custom keyboard, for me to replace the notebook. I made my custom keyboard myself in OS X but couldn't do it in iOS. Today in appstore, I found the needed one. I will still use macbook, but my chances of using ipad have greatly increased.
     
  13. lauramayer macrumors regular

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    Yeah, I guess. I need to replace my iMac soon. I use my old MacBook Air with an external Display as ans replacement for my iMac. I want an iPad Pro 12.9 inch as an replacement for my MacBook. I can do with an iPad all stuff I need to to. I hope I can use an external Apple Bluetooth Keyboard with the iPad Pro 12.9 inch.

    Greetings,
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  14. ZBoater macrumors G3

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    As long as you don't own any gadgets that need firmware updates (radar detectors, GPSs, etc.) then you should be fine. The iPad doesn't play well with other devices. For that you will need a PC.
     
  15. AttilaTheHun macrumors 6502a

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    Not in my life time
     
  16. Eric5273 macrumors 6502a

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    I have replaced my MacBook Pro with the iPad Pro 12.9". As some here have said, this all depends on what you do and what requirements you have. I still have access to a work PC for those very occasional times I need to do something that I cannot do on the iPad. But for 99% of what I do, the iPad is great and I much prefer the simplicity of iOS. I also love that I can just yank off the Smart Keyboard and use it in tablet mode, or I can keep the keyboard on and use it like a laptop.

    Also, if you are replacing a laptop, I would definitely recommend the Apple Smart Keyboard. For the first 3 months I owned the iPad Pro, I did not have the keyboard. Then I just got it recently, and it totally changes the device and makes it much more usable and much more laptop-like. And it takes all of 2 seconds to just pull it off and use like a tablet without the keyboard. All in all, it is a wonderfully diverse computer.
     
  17. chongsen macrumors newbie

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    iPad Pro can do anything a laptop can do. Just better
     
  18. ZBoater macrumors G3

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    I tried updating my Garmin GPS today with my iPad.

    Epic fail.

    So no, not anything. Most things, but not all.
     
  19. Works4Me macrumors regular

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    Well, in my case, absolutely not. I can't even have two Word documents open at the same time, which I often need to do on my laptop... And there are a host of other things that I can't do as well or as easily as I can on myMacbook Pro or iMac. I like my iPad (air 2), but it's a very limited device.
     
  20. chongsen macrumors newbie

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    You should use a compatible device with iPad.

    That s your fault not iPad.
     
  21. hiddenmarkov macrumors 6502a

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    Think they were pointing out some gear incompatibility. In this case Garmin. Not exactly a new company or new tech. OP is asking can it do everything. If they have a Garmin of the same type...it appears not. Funny thing about tech shifts like this...you never realize you forgot that one thing to account for until you make the change and go oops. This could be one less oops for the OP or other readers of this.

    When people say what IPP cannot do they all aren't attacking it (some maybe but not all). If it can't do it...it can't do it. Is what it is. Op wants a pro and con list. I know some are having an issue here...but this can have cons. All tech does.
     
  22. ZBoater macrumors G3

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    Sure thing.

    Name one.
     
  23. mguti macrumors member

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    Like mentioned above it depends on what your need for a computer are, and if they can be done on a iPad Pro. For me the answer is yes, for the most part anyways. I really only need my MacBook Air for a couple of things, and only a couple of times a month. I use my iPad Pro for everything else.
     
  24. stulaw11 macrumors 65816

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    Actually you can, just not with MS Word for both.

    You could open MS Word side by side with a .doc opened in Pages or Readdle's document app; or a ton of other office apps. I believe WPS office which is free does side by side
     
  25. AttilaTheHun macrumors 6502a

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    He mant everything he use on computer
     

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