Goodbye iPad

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I have decided to go with (1) device. The MacBook Pro.

It will force me to refine my efficiency around a device that is not held back by iOS constraints.

It will also eliminate feeling like I need to spend 1k to upgrade another Apple device.

Minimalism people.

So good luck with your iPad goals of 2019 MacRumor'ions
 

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I've often had similar thoughts of consolidating my MBP and iPad into a single computer and simplifying my life a bit.

Sometimes I get annoyed having to hold an iPad in various positions when I could just rest a small computer on my lap instead, but I also like to have a 15" MBP basically docked that I never have to remove from my desk. Can never really decide. Right now I have my clunky 15" MBP with me on the couch after doing a battery replacement and it actually returning to functional laptop status...it's kind of nice to be using a computer instead of an iPad again.
 

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I've often had similar thoughts of consolidating my MBP and iPad into a single computer and simplifying my life a bit.

Sometimes I get annoyed having to hold an iPad in various positions when I could just rest a small computer on my lap instead, but I also like to have a 15" MBP basically docked that I never have to remove from my desk. Can never really decide.
It is a mental battle people have when they are based around the concept of minimalism. The thought of having (2) devices when you can do just fine with (1) is a huge mind****.
 

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I liked my MacBook Pro but felt I missed using apps and is why I dumped my MacBook and decided on the 12.9 iPad Pro. Fits all my needs in one. Once the keyboard arrives
 
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I mean there are those on here that could care less. But where are my legit minimalists at?

Am I alone with this train of thought?
 
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I wish I could give up my MBP and use only iPad Pro, but I do not have a desk top and there is just enough work related things that I either can not do at all or can not do easily on my iPad. But I have no issues have a couple devices.
 
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Is there anyone here who still hand writes notes and scans them onto iPad versus using Apple Pencil?

Something I appreciate about hand writing...then I would scan the note and then shred it.
 

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It would be great if someone could justify an iPad to me in a minimalists perspective. It is like I am LOOKING for a way to hold onto it. I need a real value perspective to do so though.
 

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I think the crutch for me is I will never use the keyboard folio. It is unaesthetic, bulks out the iPad....so for me that's a huge factor.
 
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I think the crutch for me is I will never use the keyboard folio. It is unaesthetic, bulks out the iPad....so for me that's a huge factor.
Which at that point, you may as well just buy a computer anyway with the way the iPad prices are going.
 
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sosumi99

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OP, just get rid of it. Why do you want anyone to tell you to hold onto something that clearly isn’t bringing you any joy? Life is too short to waste any of it obsessing over whether you should hold onto something. The very fact that you’re looking for a justification to keep it shows you should not keep it.
 

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Hey, whatever works! I am all about minimalism. But even if I get a MacBook Pro again sometime down the road(which I don’t have plans to at the moment)... I could never get rid of my iPad. It’s just such a part of my media consumption and content creating lifestyle. Enjoy your MacBook Pro!
 

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I have never used a keyboard (bluetooth) with the iPad. Is it a game changer?

If I tried the Apple Magic Keyboard with it, would it really change the role?
 

papbot

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I use my rMBP on two occasions. When I run into one of those web sites that just doesn’t quite work properly on an iPad and when I want to backup my iOS devices which I do just to have a failsafe if something goes amiss with iCloud backups. Otherwise its my iPad Pro for everything, that’s minimalist for me. One day when I can count on never running into one of those problem functions or sites I’ll no longer need a computer. Oh, I forgot one other thing, you can't access your iTunes account for certain things on an iOS device so a couple times a year I pull out the MBP for that too.
 
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Richard8655

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I wouldn’t say going to a MacBook Pro from an iPad is my idea of minimalism. I’d argue quite the opposite. I had laptops assigned to me throughout most of my career, and found them cumbersome and unnecessarily complex. To me, the iPad is the height of elegance and simplicity in form and function in comparison.
 

DNichter

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I felt the same way a few years back and sold my MacBook and replaced it with an iPad Pro. Much simpler, more economical, and more productive for me. Use what works best for you.
 

BrettDS

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I have never used a keyboard (bluetooth) with the iPad. Is it a game changer?

If I tried the Apple Magic Keyboard with it, would it really change the role?
I think so. For my personal use I am at 99.9% iPad Pro. I have a 6 year old windows laptop that I don’t think I’ve touched in more than a year. Frankly at this point it’s probably getting to be too old to really be functional anyway.

I do have a current windows laptop that I use for work, but I really don’t use it for any personal use at all.

But when I was considering switching to the iPad exclusively several years ago the one thing that I noticed was that I would always go and grab my computer when I needed to write a long email or type a long post. Getting a keyboard for my iPad allowed me to use the iPad to type long things without wanting to switch to a laptop.

You need to spend some time thinking about what you use your computer for. There are absolutely some things that an iPad can’t do and if that’s what you need a computer for then you won’t be able to get rid of it. But if you’re like me and you reach for the computer when you need to do a lot of typing then maybe a keyboard for your iPad is all you need.

If you think you can get away without the computer than get a keyboard and put your computer in a drawer for 2 weeks and just use the iPad and see how it goes. The first week might be a little frustrating as you get used to the new work flow, but if you can make it through a couple of weeks then you should have a good idea of whether you can get by with just the iPad.

Likewise, if you want to keep the computer and get rid of the iPad then stop using the iPad for a few weeks. If you don’t miss it then sell it and enjoy your minimalism.
 

Proteinaceous

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I took a similar approach...except I got rid of my MBP and kept the iPad.

To answer your other question...for me, the keyboard for the iPad was a game changer. It made the iPad much more functional for me...so much so that my MBP just collected dust.