Can the iPad Pro be used effectively as your main mobile computer?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by ccf, Jun 23, 2017.

  1. ccf macrumors regular

    Joined:
    Jan 14, 2011
    #1
    I'm assuming it wouldn't be a good hardcore business machine, but what about general needs? Would it give me similar usefulness as a decent laptop? What about the regular iPad?

    I know just enough to be dangerous so looking for those more technically gifted than me to offer an opinion.
     
  2. richpjr macrumors 68030

    richpjr

    Joined:
    May 9, 2006
    #2
    As my main mobile computer, no. As something I can do some general purpose email, surf the web, edit a document, sure. But I can't use it to program, split screen doesn't work with more than one instance of a program (I regularly have 2 or more Word or Excel documents open at one time), and the lack of mouse support prohibit it as my main mobile computer (which is a MBP). It may work for others as it depends on how you use your device.
     
  3. gmillz22 macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Mar 12, 2011
    Location:
    New York
    #3
    Depends on what you're doing. As you said, general purposes, yes. With the ASK, you can type out sizeable emails and letters, read books, surf the web, play games, and use split screen for most things. I went iOS only last year and was mainly satisfied, but there were and are a few things I need my MacBook for. I love my 10.5 though and can't wait to see what iOS 11, 12...etc does to utilize its potential.
     
  4. DougFNJ macrumors 6502a

    DougFNJ

    Joined:
    Jan 22, 2008
    Location:
    NJ
    #4
    I could easily see this taking care of at least 75% of my computing when iOS 11 comes out. If I forgot to take my MacBook to work with me for a day, it would not be as devastating as it may had been before the iPad Pro came along. It's really getting that good. Still couldn't go 100% though.
     
  5. Tmelon macrumors 6502a

    Joined:
    Feb 26, 2011
    #5
    I’ve been able to adapt it into my main mobile computer pretty easily, but I wouldn’t say that I do heavy work when I’m on the go. Having LTE has been a lot more convenient then tethering to my iPhone and the battery life is easily double of what I’d get on my MacBook Pro. My biggest annoyance right now is that it’s not sturdy enough to use on your lap with the Smart Keyboard.
     
  6. garyleecn macrumors 6502a

    Joined:
    Jul 25, 2014
    #6
    It has been my 'main device' for almost a year. I barely use my laptop
     
  7. Relentless Power macrumors Core

    Relentless Power

    Joined:
    Jul 12, 2016
    #7
    The regular iPad doesn't compete with the Pro Series, as it's lacking the 120 Hz display, processor, Ram and smart connector for the keyboard, Pencil support, which I would take advantage of most of those features all the time.

    The 12.9 Pro is primarily used with Apple Smart Keyboard. I still have uses for my laptop, but it's stationary, where the 12.9 Pro would be with me when I need it most often, which completes the majority of my tasks. My laptop does still have its needs where necessary, however, doesn't really compete with my iPad.
     
  8. theNatest macrumors member

    theNatest

    Joined:
    Jan 14, 2016
    Location:
    Twin Cities
    #8
    VPN into your work desktop or virtual machine with (RDP) Jump Desktop and buy a Citrix X1 mouse.

    Jump Desktop: https://jumpdesktop.com/
    Citrix X1 mouse: http://store.citrix.com/store/citrix/en_US/pd/ThemeID.37713000/productID.317779200

    Article on set up: https://taoofmac.com/space/blog/2016/11/06/1930
    Video:

    Multiple excel docs open within program (within RDP) jump desktop can run split with excel app on iPad to give you both options touch/pencil side by side with work docs on work pc - so tight.

    This is all legit - no jailbreak.
     
  9. parseckadet macrumors 6502a

    parseckadet

    Joined:
    Dec 13, 2010
    Location:
    Denver, CO
    #9
    There have been several threads about this recently, so I suggest you try looking up some of those. They're well worth a read. But I always walk away from those concluding that it depends on what your needs are for a mobile system.

    When you say "main mobile computer," well for me my laptop serves as a desktop replacement. At work I connect to multiple displays, then I take it home and do the same. So when I read that question, it morphs into "can you go iPad only?" But then there's my mom, who's retired, has a Toshiba from 2011 that she never even turns on. She does everything on her iPhone 5S. The iPad can absolutely satisfy all of her mobile computing needs.
     
  10. akdj macrumors 65816

    akdj

    Joined:
    Mar 10, 2008
    Location:
    Alaska
    #10
    If you are a typical computer user; email, web, e-commerce, communications (Skype, messaging), and even casual office work - from spreadsheets to documents, presentations and both... create and consume - maybe some light gaming etc... absolutely, I watch my wife and have watched her, since the 12.9" release... completely abandon her 2014 15" MacBook Pro/family iMac ;)
    She's been with the FAA for a couple decades and - obviously, she's mandated to use the systems at work provided by the government, but here at home - all iPad all the time and she has not touched the home Computer in a year or longer.

    With $100 AirPrint printers, incredible continuity between devices and using iCloud and Dropbox... her 'everything's' protected redundantly.
    I've yet to help her with workflow if something isn't as streamline as the 'old days' (we're both late 40'somethings;))

    J
     
  11. gobikerider macrumors 68000

    gobikerider

    Joined:
    Apr 15, 2016
    Location:
    United States
    #11
    iPad has been my main computer going on for three years and it has done everything exceptionally, that's a lie the big things that stand out to me are Safari has a few quirks compared to the Mac version, and opening certain files depending on the type or format they won't open or convert although that may be a app specific issue idk
     
  12. The Game 161 macrumors Pentium

    The Game 161

    Joined:
    Dec 15, 2010
    Location:
    UK
  13. Abazigal macrumors G3

    Abazigal

    Joined:
    Jul 18, 2011
    Location:
    Singapore
    #13
    Really depends on your needs. What kind of functionality are you looking for in a computer?
     
  14. maflynn Moderator

    maflynn

    Staff Member

    Joined:
    May 3, 2009
    Location:
    Boston
    #14
    For my needs, no, it would be a poor fit. I can see the IPP (and iOS 11) being an evolutionary step in that direction but not yet. For one thing the apps are not there yet. Desktop apps are still more feature rich and can do more, but also the lack of mouse is a major inhibitor, at least for me.
     
  15. Newtons Apple macrumors P6

    Newtons Apple

    Joined:
    Mar 12, 2014
    Location:
    Jacksonville, Florida
    #15
    AMEN!

    Maybe make it a sticky so we do not need to go through this multiple times each week.
     
  16. SHirsch999 macrumors 6502a

    Joined:
    Apr 19, 2011
    #16
    My first iPad was an iPad 2 that I got shortly after it's release. Since then I have been 95% iPad with our other computers only being used for very specific things (which, thanks to cloud storage, also can mostly be done on iPads but we have chosen not to). Our workflow is not at all intensive though, mainly being internet, email, games, basic word processing, etc. The kids can also do all of their schoolwork on the iPads, at least what doesn't need to be handwritten.
     
  17. spiderman0616 macrumors 68030

    spiderman0616

    Joined:
    Aug 1, 2010
    #17
    The fact that so many people are asking this these days tells you that people are genuinely interested in giving it a try. Pretty big deal for the product line.
     
  18. Relentless Power macrumors Core

    Relentless Power

    Joined:
    Jul 12, 2016
    #18
    A lot of iPad users have found ways that The iPad can do most of there tasks required on an iPad. However, the transiton will never be that in full, as there are some programs that still require a desk top. iOS 11 is a solid transiton to Apple's Ultimate goal or Tim Cooks vision with the iPad replacing a laptop.
     
  19. Badrottie Suspended

    Badrottie

    Joined:
    May 8, 2011
    Location:
    Los Angeles
    #19
    Apple sees iPP sale declines, so maybe one day Apple is going to kill iPP line and people will go back to MacBook over again to replace iPP.
     
  20. maflynn Moderator

    maflynn

    Staff Member

    Joined:
    May 3, 2009
    Location:
    Boston
    #20
    Apple thinks the iPad is the future
     
  21. richpjr macrumors 68030

    richpjr

    Joined:
    May 9, 2006
    #21
    Tim Cook sure appears to think so. Ironically, I can't develop iPad apps on an iPad I need a Mac.
     
  22. JD2015 macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Sep 16, 2014
    #22
    Love the iPad. Only thing which holds me back going totally iPad is firstly, some of my main apps that I use still lack some features that their desktop versions have. For example, you still cannot create a table of contents in ios word. And secondly, have a lot of content through iTunes but don't want to be streaming it over the internet if required but locally. You as far as I know cannot transfer iTunes movies from an iPad to a hard drive. This limits things for me. Document management is totally fine though.
     
  23. ImBuz macrumors 6502

    ImBuz

    Joined:
    Oct 23, 2014
    Location:
    California
    #23
    Since my wife got her first iPad--see hasn't turned on her HP desktop----uses air print for her printing needs
     
  24. spiderman0616 macrumors 68030

    spiderman0616

    Joined:
    Aug 1, 2010
    #24
    "Computers will never have more than 32 MB of RAM."
     
  25. seadragon Contributor

    Joined:
    Mar 10, 2009
    Location:
    Toronto, Canada

Share This Page