Has the 12.9 overtaken your Mac for usage?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by iSheep5S, Apr 25, 2016.

  1. iSheep5S macrumors 6502a


    Jun 4, 2013
    Trying to stop myself getting a Mac again. Bit of a love hate relationship with them. Last time I had one I was still gaming but now I'm not. I still have a Windows machine but after owning my iPad Pro 12.9" I haven't touched a laptop.

    Why would I ask this then?

    I still need a laptop for RAW photo editing, series downloading to load to my nexus 7 for nightshirt viewing.

    Could be a waste but I'd like your opinions anyway out of interest. I have a laptop to sell, an iPad mini possibly and equipment from a failed hobby to make up a large chunk of the purchase.

  2. Thai macrumors 65816


    Feb 2, 2016
    I only use Macbook PRO 15 for backups of iOS devices and storing pictures. Otherwise, iPad PRO 12.9 is my daily use.
  3. kupkakez macrumors 68000


    Apr 4, 2011
    An alternative to the Macbook Pro for storing iCloud devices and pictures is to just use iCloud for your backups. I've been doing this for years and have never had an issue. For photos I use iCloud Photo Library AND Flickr as a 2nd backup place, which has like 1TB of storage.

    This way you can eliminate having to have a computer, especially if you are only using it for those 2 things. But as always everyone has different needs/wants etc so you'd have to evaluate how that would work for you. For me it works wonderfully.
  4. Tallgrass macrumors member


    Mar 25, 2010
    I haven't used my MacBook since receiving my IPP 12. I don't think I could say that if I had purchased the 9". I need more real estate for it to be my daily device. Also, have a keyboard and the pencil have allowed me to use it for work.
  5. iSheep5S thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Jun 4, 2013
    I'm an amateur photographer I shoot with a DSLR in RAW format. I then edit using Lightroom and save into JPEG. I can then upload where I like.

    Not something that can be done with iPad yet.
  6. NJFP macrumors 6502

    Feb 18, 2009
    I've been using the heck out of my IPP 12, but still need a laptop. IF there was a way to D/L my GoPro and edit on the IPP 12, and IF there was ever a way to use a thumb drive to transfer files to the IPP 12, I don't think I'd use my MacBook Pro very often. I'd still use it for iTunes backups and such, but the IPP is rapidly becoming my daily "do everything" device.
  7. sracer macrumors 604


    Apr 9, 2010
    in exile
    My 12.9 iPP has replaced my Air 2 + 11" MBA and supplements my iMac. If I had an MBP then I wouldn't have gone with the 12.9 iPP but would have kept the Air 2.
  8. Kal-037 macrumors 65816


    Apr 7, 2015
    Depends on the day, but usually I live all over.
    Sold Mac back in September. I use iPP for 100% of my tasks. (Drawing, Sketching, Photography, Writing in Word or Pages.) I may get a rMB if I can afford one in a few months, that or an updated 13" Pro. I'll need a full OS for doing the more heavy photo work that I will start doing more.

  9. whtrbt7 macrumors 65816

    Jun 8, 2011
    I use the iPad Pro mostly as a professional photographer. There are some apps that can process RAWs on the iPad Pro but we really need better RAW processors, HDR, and stitching apps to really replace using a computer. I'm really hoping DxO releases their Optics Pro and Viewpoint apps for iOS in the near future. The iPad Pro is capable of heavy photo editing but just lacks all of the apps to do so right now. It's so close to being my perfect photo editing tool. We also need more storage in iCloud so we can store all of the RAWs in iCloud Drive. The OSX machines I have are only ok for photo and video editing but due to the interface, things are kind of on the slow side. iOS which is multitouch enabled can get more work done faster, we just need the apps. Everything else I do on the iPad Pro is faster than its OSX equivalent like email, documents, spreadsheets, handling web assets, scripting web pages and apps, and even access to media.
  10. off_piste macrumors 6502a

    Oct 25, 2015
    GoPro uploads photos to iOS devices wirelessly. I did just that with 600+ photos from my last vacation. There are also USB drives and wireless hubs that will allow you to transfer files to an iPad. See link.

    Have no idea about photo editing though.
  11. off_piste macrumors 6502a

    Oct 25, 2015
    Amazon Prime advertises unlimited photo storage (not video) for Prime members. I'm not sure how it works in a workflow but that's nice for a consumer looking to backup their photo albums.
  12. NJFP macrumors 6502

    Feb 18, 2009
    I've seen that for photo sharing, but I'm greedy I guess. I want a full USB interface. Plug in my thumb drive, drag and drop any type of file back and forth. Hook up my GoPro, and bam! I did forget about the wireless interface for GoPro though, I'll have to mess with that soon. Thanks for the tips!
  13. iSheep5S thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Jun 4, 2013
    Hopefully iOS 10 will sort the photography. Possibly make the pro more pro too. ☺️
  14. pixelements macrumors regular


    Nov 18, 2013
    I rarely touch my Macbook Pro 13 now.. I'm considering selling it and getting a 5K iMac. There are 3 (main) things that can't be done with the iPad for my daily use (not work!):

    - Lightroom
    - Final Cut Pro x
    - typing

    Two things are neglectable: FCP X and typing, since I edit videos 2-3 times per year (for example from my visited cities/holidays or music festivals), so I don't need it for my DAILY use and since casual typing (forums, imessage etc.) is ok on the iPad Pro (I would never buy that stupid keyboard case).

    But ONE thing.. That one thing... I LOVE photography and I SHOOT raw.. And I need the full version of Lightroom! I mean come on: every Macbook Air, that has less power than my iPad Pro 12.9 can run lightroom.. SO WHY don't they make a full version of Lightroom for the Pro. It would be such a dream, especially with the Apple Pencil.. (imagining how I use the brushtool in Lightroom with my Apple Pencil..).

    So all in all, yea the big Pro has kind of overtaken my Mac for usage, but there are still few things that hold me back from selling my Macbook Pro. If Adobe would EVER release a full version of LR for the big PRO, I would immediately sell my Macbook.. Btw if anyone is interested in photography, here are some of my works (it's still just a hobby, take that in mind): www.flickr.com/pixelements

    Cheers guys
  15. whtrbt7 macrumors 65816

    Jun 8, 2011
    I have the Amazon Prime unlimited photo storage but they don't support all RAW types yet. I have to wait until they support more RAW types before I can store my RAWs there. The other issue with Amazon Drive right now is that it is tragically slow. If you're storing JPGs there, it's fine but I have another service for JPGs that also offers print services and client access. Amazon Drive does however have the cheapest annual fee with unlimited storage at currently $60.
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    I totally agree with having a full version of Lightroom for iOS. It really needs to use Apple's Photos for file management and then have access to all adjustment brushes, HDR stacking, Panoramic stacking, and actual RAW processing built in. Realistically since I use DxO for RAW conversion, I would prefer to have DxO process the RAW and then do all my adjustments to JPGs in Lightroom. If DxO and Lightroom ever do play nice together in iOS and have a standardized sidecar file for the RAW, then that would be a better solution. I have DxO for Photos for OSX and full DxO for OSX so when I do import my RAWs into Photos, I have to remote into my OSX machines to do the DxO extension and they will automatically convert the RAWs in Photos and then give me JPGs back so I can edit them in iOS using Photoshop Fix and Photoshop Mix. I also use Pixelmator sometimes or I can use the Lightroom app but normally my photos only have to get post processed through DxO and then they are good. I only use Photoshop Fix/Mix if I need to retouch/dodge/burn/or other more advanced edits.
  16. Adelphos33 macrumors 6502a

    Mar 13, 2012
    I can go weeks without opening my Macbook. The big iPad Pro is what I use for e-mail, personal stuff (banking), internet, doing quick documents, reading, facetime/iOS, music, etc.

    The only issue is that I need a laptop for remote login and a few other things (photo editing, real file system, etc). So I can't really get rid of it. It is frustrating that I have a $1,500 machine that I don't really use but have to have.
  17. iSheep5S thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Jun 4, 2013
  18. xraydoc macrumors demi-god


    Oct 9, 2005
    Absolutely my 12.9" iPad Pro has become my primary computing device.

    At home I rarely need to use my 27" iMac (I often go a couple weeks without needing to use it).

    During the day I work I'll use my dual-display Mac mini though most of the time it's simply for convenience (the multiple displays) but there's very infrequently things I do on the Mac that I can't do on the iPad Pro.

    And for many things, like completing & signing documents, I've moved almost completely to the iPad. Instead of using paper forms, I sign everything with the Apple Pencil on my iPad and email back the file as either a PDF or a Word document (since the iPad version of Word supports MS "Ink" and it displays properly on Windows versions of Word). I've had people email me something to complete then email back asking how I did it so quickly (they're I guess used to people printing, signing, scanning then emailing or faxing).

    Granted, there's a few things that I require an actual multi-core 32GB RAM desktop workstation for... but I've got no expectations that any mobile device, save for perhaps an 8+ lb. "gaming-grade" laptop, can come close to handling such tasks. But for general office-type work (the bulk of my job), reading journals and publications, and nearly all my home recreational web browsing, forums, etc., my iPad Pro gets over 90% of my screen-time usage.
  19. ManicMarc macrumors 6502

    Jul 1, 2012
    I use it more at home, but not at work - laptop still rules there. Not sure I could replace the laptop just yet.

    Silly example but I accidentally deleted a song from iTunes Match on my iPad. It was one I ripped from a CD years ago, and didn't purchase from iTunes.
    I was able to get the song back from my DropBox backup, however I had to use a Mac to get it back into iTunes Match (in the cloud) via iTunes. There is no way to do this using iOS. Small thing, but quite ridiculous really.
  20. jdechko macrumors 68040

    Jul 1, 2004
    Absolutely! I've switched careers (or, more specifically, advanced in a career path) and have different responsibilities now. I used to be a heavy AutoCAD user, but now it's a lot of email, excel, OneNote and OmniFocus.

    However, at home, I still do some side work on CAD. The updates to the AutoCAD 360 app and the larger screen mean that I can do about 80-90% of my work without a "real" computer. If I set up the drawing right from the beginning, it can be more, but I think that Autodesk will improve the app with time so I'll need the computer even less. I'm slower on the iPad than on the computer, but I'm infinitely more mobile. I doubt I'll ever be at 100% speed on the iPad as I am on the computer but with time I think I'll be fast enough.
  21. richpjr macrumors 68030


    May 9, 2006
    Not yet - still too many things I can't do on it that I need my iMac or MBA for (development, photography, music).
  22. ssls6 macrumors 6502a


    Feb 7, 2013
    With a good keyboard, it's amazing how far you can go with the iPad Pro. I wished apple would just give in and give me a metal bottom half for the iPad that includes a track pad. That would make this complete. I know it would mimic some of the convertible notebooks out there but apple could do it better.
  23. iSheep5S thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Jun 4, 2013
    Thanks for the replies. I did go Mac again... I guess after rejection, re buy, return, sell then missing one again its inevetable i need to be a Mac owner and iPad Pro 12.9" owner.

    Thats Classic Macbook Pro, Air 11", Air 13", rMBP aaannnnd now?

    I didn't go nuts i got a Macbook Air 13". Now selling my windows machine. Don't fight it i told myself.

    Sometimes its nice to kick back on a laptop and do a bunch of stuff at once. I use it in the mornings after my nightshift and more at the weekend. Cant beat it in the coffee shop on a Saturday.

    Guess if i'm going to have a laptop for photo editing etc it may as well be a Mac.
  24. omgitsbees macrumors member

    Jun 5, 2013
    I rarely touch my 13" Macbook Pro anymore. My iPad 12.9 has taken over because I was just using my Macbook Pro for watching video. I love my MBP but the iPad has a much better screen, is faster, and more convenient for video watching. Plus takes up way less space.
  25. canesalato macrumors 6502a


    Jan 31, 2010
    Try photoshop express. It has raw support

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