Do You See the iPad Completely Replacing Your Home Computer Eventually?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Cheebo, Jan 13, 2012.

  1. Cheebo, Jan 13, 2012
    Last edited: Jan 13, 2012

    Cheebo macrumors member

    Jan 13, 2012
    I assume almost all of us are using a MacBook, iMac, or whatever computer of your choice happens to be in addition to their iPad. Do you see a eventual point in time where you'll see the iPad completely replacing your home computing needs in total? Picking a iPad OVER a laptop rather than in addition to one?
  2. iTunes-Luv macrumors member


    Apr 10, 2011
    From the CES 2012, it looks like it's not the near future. Ultra portable laptops still have high demand and will compete hardly with iPad or tablets in general

  3. arkitect macrumors 603


    Sep 5, 2005
    Bath, United Kingdom
    Perhaps in a decade or two… but not as things stand right now.
    For a start I need something to store my music and movies and such (and no the f***g Apple Cloud is not up to scratch).

    And games?

    So no. Not a chance for quite a while.

    Of course I am quite sure that *OTHERS* will disagree… ;)
  4. Macman45 macrumors G5


    Jul 29, 2011
    Somewhere Back In The Long Ago
    Not for me either....The iPad is an addition, I can't use it as a SOHO device. It's a great device, but it's an extra, not a complete solution.
  5. JeepGuy macrumors regular

    Sep 24, 2008
    For the average user probably, for myself no I do engineering on my home computers and need dual large monitors.
  6. Stealthipad macrumors 68040


    Apr 30, 2010
    No possible way. If the iPad could replace your computer you did not need one in the first place.

    For some, maybe, if you got real work to do, it is not going to happen soon
  7. parapup macrumors 65816


    Oct 31, 2006
    It has replaced our kitchen computer nicely for sure. (Used to have an old HP mini in the kitchen - now it's the iPad connected to Bose speakers.

    For what it's worth - no one in our house ever uses the iPad for anything other than media. Airplay is super useful.
  8. ronjon10 macrumors regular

    Dec 9, 2009
    These types of devices certainly will at some point.

    The trick is, the device will simply be connecting to some external cloud or home device that has the bulk of the computing/processing power.

    You'll be able to drop a tablet in to a dock station to get full keyboard, mouse, and access to external devices for local storage, GPUs, bigger monitors etc. This function will let you create content.

    Then you can pop it off and easily consume/display that and other content.

    We're pretty close to this sort of functionality today. People may scoff at these new apps which connect you to a windows 7 running office, but that sort of functionality is the future.
  9. anthonymoody macrumors 68020


    Aug 8, 2002
    I saw my iPad replacing my computer a year and a half ago (see my signature ;))

    I do still retain a household iMac which serves as a media storage and syncing hub. But when I can do that securely and cheaply in the cloud, I happily will. Outside of that, my iPad literally serves all my computing needs. I can't recall the last time I had to use my iMac to 'do' anything because I couldn't on my iPad.
  10. s15119 macrumors 68000


    Nov 20, 2010
    No. It's a complement to my home computer, not a replacement.
  11. AQUADock macrumors 65816


    Mar 20, 2011
    No, my iPad compliments my computer quite nicely. Maybe one day it will but I don't see it happening too soon.
  12. jojoba macrumors 68000

    Dec 9, 2011
    No. It has replaced my laptop/ main PC in some ways and I do use it extensively for work purposes, but I need a larger screen and more power for a lot of my research work.
  13. iEvolution macrumors 65816

    Jul 11, 2008
    No ive become accustomed to two monitors plus I do much video work.

    For play touchscreen is fine but nothing really beats a keyboard and mouse especially when you throw keyboard shortcuts in.
  14. thelookingglass macrumors 68000

    Apr 27, 2005
    I echo the poster above with the docking idea. In 5-10 years time, I'd love to run some OS X/iOS hybrid on our iPads docked to an external monitor which, via Thunderbolt, has a host of other peripherals attached.
  15. porcupine8 macrumors 6502a

    Mar 2, 2011
    I think I would need true multitasking and multiple windows per desktop, but with a larger (touchscreen) monitor to dock it at and real keyboard I would love that!
  16. marzer macrumors 65816


    Nov 14, 2009
  17. takeshi74 macrumors 601

    Feb 9, 2011
    Nope. Already has for my wife though.

    Nonsense. Prior to tablets you had to use a computer for functionality that a tablet offers. Plenty of people have very basic computing needs that can easily be met by a tablet whether you're in the same boat or not.

    That is nice of your iPad. Oh wait, you meant complement.
  18. marzer macrumors 65816


    Nov 14, 2009
    Oh wait. Unless they eventually make a 27" iPad that can play Call of Duty as awesomely as my 27" iMac. Then, YES!
  19. 0000757 macrumors 68040

    Dec 16, 2011
    If the iPad ever gets the ability to run full Photoshop/FCP/AE/Motion software suites, then *maybe*.

  20. bigjnyc macrumors 603


    Apr 10, 2008
    No way...There is so much that I do on my MBP that I couldnt do with an iPad and I'm not even a "power user" I really dont see it happening any time soon. You'd have to be a suuuuper duper light user to have an iPad become your main computer.
  21. Lindenhurst macrumors 6502a

    Aug 24, 2011
    What none of can even envision is what the future holds for technology products. 5 years from now, there me some revolutionary product that replaces the "tablet" style computer. We just don't know. What we do know is that the future will bring some exciting devices for us all to enjoy.

    I find myself going back and forth between the iPad and the iMac. A change is nice every once in awhile.
  22. mattraehl macrumors 6502

    Feb 26, 2005
    The iPad already constitunes probably 85% of my computer use while at home. It replaced an iBook and fits that role perfectly for us. If it had about 500 GB of storage, iPhoto, and Time Machine, I would have to think hard the next time my iMac was up for replacement. But I think it will remain a complimentary device for the foreseable future.
  23. APlotdevice, Jan 13, 2012
    Last edited: Jan 13, 2012

    APlotdevice macrumors 68040


    Sep 3, 2011
    I already use my iPad more than my computer. I could see it replacing my desktop in all but the most processor intensive tasks if Apple made just three changes to iOS:

    1. Give it a central documents folder, which any app can load from and save to (with user confirmation required to avoid tampering)
    2. Give Safari the ability to upload files.
    3. Open up Bluetooth to accessory makers.

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