From MacBook/pro to iPad Pro?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by kofman13, Apr 26, 2018.

  1. kofman13 macrumors regular

    May 6, 2009
    Hey all. Currently using a 2015 rMBP. I basically only use it for media consumption like netflix/youtube, notes, email, web browsing, some heavy spreadsheets at work and thats pretty much it. No real power using.

    Before this MacBook Pro I was doing all of this on my iPad air2 with a bluetooth keyboard case but I wanted some more versatility and a mouse, and I was getting sick of always typing and then having to tap things with my finger and back to the keyboard. and I got a good deal on this 2015 rMBP.

    Lately I've been tempted to upgrade to the newer 2016/17 MBP or wait till 2018 refresh .. or even go for a MacBook 12 inch instead, because of the slimmer lighter body and boiled it down how I kind of wanted something lighter and slimmer and more simple these days since I dont do anything CPU intensive.

    I am a music teacher at a school and Still carry my iPad air2 with me in addition to my 13 inch rMBP to work in my briefcase everyday because I need to access/read my entire sheet music database with Forscore on the iPad. hopefully this year if there is a iPad Pro 12.9 inch refresh, I am definitely already getting that because my work will greatly benefit from the bigger screen and the Apple Pencil. I ALSO recently watched a video about all the new amazing multi tasking and split screen things you can do in iOS 11 I didn't even know existed, ones that would be great on a 12.9 screen.

    So I started thinking, if I am already getting a 12.9 iPad Pro eventually, why not transition to doing everything on the iPad again instead of my MacBook Pro. It would be one less thing to carry everyday. Anyone here used to use a real laptop for light use like me but then transitioned to just using iPad Pro for daily things?

    Two things that I worry about not being able to do is scanning from a printer, and connecting to a printer via usb. At home with my MacBook pro, I connect wirelessly to my canon printer thats on the network and scan things with the canon and save to PDF on my MacBook, is that possible on an iPad with any apps?

    Also is there a way or an adapter like lightning/usb that can let me wired connect to a printer with iPad?

    ALSOOOOO, is there any way yet to use a mouse with an iPad lol?
  2. pika2000 macrumors 601

    Jun 22, 2007
    If you will be working a lot on spreadsheets, keep the Macbook Pro. If you want a lighter device, then your option within Apple is the 12" retina Macbook.

    iPad is great, but on specific tasks like spreadsheets, a traditional laptop is still a better device to work with.
  3. kofman13 thread starter macrumors regular

    May 6, 2009
    Hmm by heavy spread sheet I meant I edit attendance once a day everyday lol but it’s just some text inserting some copy pasting. Nothing crazy. Last night I tried editing my usual sheets in Pages, excel on my iPad Air 2 and it works pretty nice. I’m getting the 12.9 iPad Pro whenever they refresh anyway. And trading air 2 in towards. So it’s not replacing my MacBook Pro
  4. jaglad macrumors member

    Apr 18, 2007
    Royston, UK
    Just to add, I have an airprint HP scanner printer thing and am able to scan to my iPad Pro quite happily
  5. Frankfurt macrumors 6502


    Dec 4, 2016
    I use the IPP with ASK and Pencil as my only travel device. I use Office for iOS and some PDF app for annotations etc.

    While this is perfect for an ultra light travel setup, I don't want to be without the MBP for my day to day work. File management, track pad and mouse support is just still essential for me in terms of overall productivity.
  6. rosyapple macrumors member

    Mar 25, 2018
    I suggest keeping your MBP 2015 and get an iPad instead. You may still need the MBP for things that iPad does not support.

    Don't get new MBPs until they fix the keyboard problems, especially since your MBP is 2015 and with your light usage, it should last you for a while.
  7. BenTrovato macrumors 68030


    Jun 29, 2012
    Try it out. You can definitely do most of your workload on a tablet. Whether or not it's better than your current setup, you won't know until you give it a shot.
  8. DoubleFlyaway macrumors 6502a


    Nov 16, 2017
    I did make this switch. I kept my MBP 2015 at first, but I found I had no need for it, so I might as well get some money out of it. I teach online, and the 12.9 IPP is perfect for that, with the big screen size for extensive writing on a white board. I’m of no help with the printing... I have an inexpensive HP printer/scanner that I access wirelessly.

    No way to use a mouse— I wasn’t sure about that, and I also wasn’t sure about the ASK, but it turned out that I don’t miss the mouse and love the ASK. I’ve been iPad-only since November. If down the line I need a Mac, I’m hoping there is a refresh of the mini. But so far, I just don’t have the need. And I travel a lot, so the IPP is just fantastic. A huge improvement over taking a MBP and Wacom tablet, so I can’t see myself going back to a laptop.
  9. jettie1767 macrumors 6502

    Oct 29, 2003
    New Jersey, USA
    I just got my Ipad 10.5 yesterday and giving it a shot. I have an MBP 13 and I think for what I use it for, an iPad probably is a better fit. I will try this for a couple of weeks and see if I like it. I also bought the ASK since I may need a keyboard from time to time.

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