Does the new Macbook make 10" or higher tablets obsolete?

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by HardBall, Mar 28, 2015.


How will the new Macbook affect the tablet market

  1. It will have zero effect on tablets

    33 vote(s)
  2. It will eat away at the margins, for enterprise uses

    12 vote(s)
  3. It will siphon a significant portion of professional users away from tablets

    6 vote(s)
  4. It will replace a larger tablet for most businesses and consumers

    3 vote(s)
  5. It will decimate the entire large tablet market.

    2 vote(s)
  1. HardBall macrumors regular

    Jan 10, 2006
    It seems that the new Macbook is exactly what a lot of ppl have been clambering for. It probably won't suit most people has their workhorse machine, with the lack of ports and CPU throughput, which is probably where most of those complainers are coming from.

    But this is probably the machine that many people wished that was there 2-3 years ago, something that is almost as light and portable as a tablet, and has good input method and can run desktop applications if needed. It should suit a lot of ppl who need a secondary portable system on the go, and doesn't mind the performance limitations. It could also be someone's primary machine if he/she mostly does light work.

    I don't see larger tablets as being necessary for most people any more, I think the new MB will be the game changer in that regard. 7" or 8" tablets will still definitely have a place, but the new MB should be the portable system of choice for the majority, if you need a machine for more than pure consumption.
  2. AustinIllini macrumors demi-god


    Oct 20, 2011
    Austin, TX
    The use case for a tablet is completely different, IMHO. There's a place for both, but i'm not sure the power users who want a 12" iPad are the same people who want a 12" Mac with one port.

    The Ultimate Apple Power User
    Apple Watch, iPhone Plus Model, iPad 12", Macbook Pro 15", 5K iMac

    The pedestrian Apple user
    iPhone 6, iPad Mini or Air, Macbook, (maybe a desktop)

    I just don't feel that the people who were ever going to own a 12" iPad were going to be on the market for a Macbook in the first place.
  3. iRun26.2 macrumors 68000

    Aug 15, 2010
    There are people on this forum who are trying to decide upon an iPad / rMB so I think it will have some effect. Overall, however it is an OS X machine. That puts it in a different realm compared to iOS / tablets.
  4. Pootan macrumors member


    Oct 28, 2014
    Tablets are a hundred times easier to use standing up or lying on your back :D
  5. gregvet, Mar 29, 2015
    Last edited: Mar 29, 2015

    gregvet macrumors regular


    Jan 21, 2008
    Brighton, UK
    Although I think that there will be a very small effect on the iPad from the new MB, personally I increasingly find myself taking my MBA and my iPad to most places where I need one or the other. They seem to serve different purposes for me.

    I hadn't considered it before, but maybe Microsoft are onto something with the surface pro. Will be interesting to see if the fabled iPad pro surfaces, and what form it takes (assuming that the rMB isn't it).
  6. redheeler macrumors 603


    Oct 17, 2014
    Different product with different attributes at a different price point. It may have some effect on a future 12" iPad Pro, but not a huge one for these reasons.
  7. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Different machines for different solutions.

    I don't see this laptop or the MBAs impacting tablet sales.
  8. JuryDuty macrumors 6502


    Sep 22, 2014
    If the screen flipped around and had touchscreen, maybe. But as it's still a laptop, I'd say not.
  9. iRun26.2 macrumors 68000

    Aug 15, 2010
    I'm so glad they didn't make the new rMB have a touchscreen. That's for iOS.
  10. Wahlstrm macrumors 6502a


    Dec 4, 2013
    In general I think the thing with tablets is that you can use them with one finger and do everything. So it´s not really in competition with computers it´s more of a complementary product.
    Super easy to use and good for small children and old people.

    But for me who have been looking for an ipad to do some light photo editing on the go, and realized it will still not be a good solution.
    Importing is a hassle, raw editing is still hard to find a good app for and any form of batch processing is out of the question.

    128GB iPad 4g with apple case and apple USB & SD-card adapters:

    Base model 256GB Macbook, with a free USB port!! ;)

    I might just buy the Macbook instead..
  11. iRun26.2 macrumors 68000

    Aug 15, 2010
    How do you get the base model at $1685?j

    (I thought it was $1299)
  12. Mcdevidr macrumors 6502a

    Nov 27, 2013
    I think the macbook will be used on the couch instead of my iPad. I want to lessen the strain on my wrists, I'm a pianist. And having to support the iPad even as light as it is causes tension if it is for too long. So macbook light and small could replace that. Now if it only were detachable I could use it to read music from in portrait and it would be perfect.
  13. newellj macrumors 603

    Oct 15, 2014
    Boston, MA, US
    Check his location - pricing probably different in Sweden due to exchange rates, etc.
  14. TH3D4RKKN1GH7 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 25, 2009
    I'm just finding tablets increasingly more useless. Trying to turn them into productivity devices is an exercise in frustration. They're amazing for reading magazines and the occasional game, but that's about it. iOS hasn't done much to maximize their potential.
  15. Serban Suspended

    Jan 8, 2013
    Apple watch is a nice future the next 3-4 years most of us will have BECAUSE it can be worn like our cloths etc
    So back to our OP Topic...for an ipad you need a purse or a travel bag, it can't fit in our least without showing ridiculous and it cannot be worn
    So the big question: if you already have a purse or bag with you ,why don't you buy a real and more capable device like this macbook? with a real and open OS?
    The portability and the dimensions and weight are so much closer to the ipad now..
    I understand the need to carry an ipad if you have a 15" MBP but with this macbook is no longer the case, you get such more with just 1 pound more than the iPad AIr
  16. consumeritis macrumors member

    Mar 9, 2015
    I think the one thing missing from Apple's lineup is a tablet with a real pressure-sensitive pen, for sketching and drawing. Maybe a little bigger than the current iPad.

    Even the best of the pens for the current iPad is really bad compared to a Cintiq - the touchscreen is designed for a finger and isn't accurate enough with a pen nib.
  17. iRun26.2 macrumors 68000

    Aug 15, 2010
    But the same 1 pound is also why we want a rMB and not a rMBP!
  18. Serban Suspended

    Jan 8, 2013
    so there you go....the macbook will be more mainstream than the ipad...
    the ipad will be useless in the next 2 years...or maybe they will reinvent the ipad
  19. iRun26.2, Mar 29, 2015
    Last edited: Mar 29, 2015

    iRun26.2 macrumors 68000

    Aug 15, 2010
  20. iRun26.2 macrumors 68000

    Aug 15, 2010
    I still don't have an iPad. My rMB is all I care for to go with my iPhone 6 plus.
  21. dexterbell macrumors 6502a

    Jan 29, 2015
    No way Id ever replace my Air 2 with any laptop, Im sure many feel the same way.
  22. Serban Suspended

    Jan 8, 2013
    why? when you travel you need a why not a macbook for real work or something
  23. iRun26.2 macrumors 68000

    Aug 15, 2010
    My iPhone 6 plus is what replaces my desire for a tablet of any kind.
  24. redheeler macrumors 603


    Oct 17, 2014
    No way I'd ever replace my rMBP with any tablet.
  25. PDFierro macrumors 68040

    Sep 8, 2009

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