Have you gone all iOS?

Discussion in 'iOS 5 and earlier' started by Bchagey, Jan 19, 2012.

  1. Bchagey macrumors 6502

    Feb 10, 2011
    I've been thinking about challenging myself going completely iOS for one month..meaning iPad, iPhone and iPod only, no macs or OSX. While this will be new for me and some what of a challenge, I'm sure there is some of you out there who do not own computers, just iPads or other tablets?
  2. jeremyshaw macrumors 6502

    Oct 29, 2011
    Up until recently, this would of been impossible without iOS 5, lol.

    But no, for work, I still need a KB, and multitasking system (not just really good background APIs) (also legacy apps :p).
  3. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    I'm sure there are people out there that only own iDevices, and if that works for them that's great. The way you use technology should be dictated by your requirements, not artificial "challenges" to use one system over another.
  4. rowley macrumors 6502


    Dec 16, 2008
    London, UK
    I could do that for normal day to day functions: browsing, email, contact, cal etc.
    But for work: no, and for podcast production: no.
  5. HappyDude20 macrumors 68030


    Jul 13, 2008
    Los Angeles, Ca
    since school started this winter, i've been primarily iOS.

    I take my iPad to class and use my iPhone throughout the day. my mbp just sits in my dorm...of course unless i need to type up a long document. its just easier with iCloud and Pages syncing up...

    Admittedly though, using my MBP at the moment it's a nice change of pace. I only use my MBP when in my dorm...but all other times its my iPad or iPhone, mainly cause my iPad is lighter and the battery life is sooo much better.
  6. The Phazer macrumors 68030

    Oct 31, 2007
    London, UK
    No file system, no possiblility of doing any actual stuff.

  7. kemo macrumors 6502a


    Oct 29, 2008
    May you want to consider getting Macbook Air if MBP is too heavy..?
  8. toasty hoodie macrumors 6502

    toasty hoodie

    Sep 16, 2011
    I have to download a daily radio show via torrent, and I also download all my TV shows since I don't have cable. So, no, I still have to use my MB daily.
  9. gjb11 macrumors regular

    Jan 18, 2012
    This is definitely true. You would have a hard time doing school work or actual work. The iOS devices are great toys..
  10. Menel macrumors 603


    Aug 4, 2011
    At work, I have my corporate issued laptop, no getting around that.

    In personal life, iOS is plenty. I've been on and off full iOS for months. Aug-Oct, I was near strict iOS only. I even went through the entire house search and purchase with it. Tethered to my phone, realestate group had a great working website for searching and flagging properties. Stored all docs in dropbox, and forwarded and received to and from it. Could receive, sign, and forward offers, counter-offers, etc from/to agent. Notes I took on iPad were on iPhone so always had them with me.

    After I moved in Oct, mid-Oct -> through Nov was pure iOS away from work, I didn't have any need or desire to unpack my computer system until I got the urge to play Skyrim.
  11. B777Forevar macrumors 6502a


    Jul 25, 2011
    Chicago, IL

    How can I edit photos/videos, browse through files (unless I jailbreak), customize, etc.... all on iOS?
  12. SprSynJn Guest

    Sep 15, 2011
    I've been primarily iOS since I got my iPad a year ago. Since then I only use my MacBook when I need the iPad synced or when it's charging.
  13. white4s macrumors 68000

    Nov 15, 2011
    New Jersey
    my 4s is my first apple product and only. im a windows guy computer wise
  14. jekyl macrumors 6502


    Mar 6, 2011
    My sister has a windoze pc and recently bought her first iPad. She tells me that her pc has not been on since she got the iPad so I guess she's in that new group. I can see the iPad as the only device for many people, those who are basically only into Youtube, Facebook, playing simple games etc. It's almost the perfect mom or dad "computer". Recall those "email" devices that hook up to your tv. The iPad is kind of like one of those, except with all the "suck" removed and replaced by tons of really cool other stuff.
  15. scaredpoet macrumors 604


    Apr 6, 2007
    I'm using iOS a lot more for basic things. Like, posting here on my iPad. :)

    But for work, there would be no way. I need access to networked file shares, multiple windows, multiple apps running at once, and I do things that pretty much can't be done so efficiently on a touch only interface right now.

    So, I still need my MacBook Pro, and my desktop Macs. Probably will for quite a while.
  16. anthonymoody macrumors 68020


    Aug 8, 2002
    See my signature. I've been doing this since Day 1 of the original iPad release (currently on a 2, and will no doubt upgrade to a 3 when available).

    I still maintain a household iMac which serves as a media storage/syncing/streaming hub. But that's about it. Everything else I do on my iPad or iPhone (Scanning was one of the final frontiers for me, and that was solves with a terrific app called VueScan).

    Here's my very workable solution. I use a combination of iWork, Dropbox, and dropDAV, as follows....

    Use a pointer to sync Dropbox with the Documents folder on the household iMac. This makes 100% of my files cloud accessible. There's the Dropbox app on the iPad obviously. But dropDAV is the key. It allows WebDAV access to Dropbox, which in turn means that it's relatively easy to get files in and out of iWork apps.

    Bingo - a very workable file system.

    Now obviously there is cost involved (extra storage for Dropbox. And dropDAV is a paid service). And some people have security concerns about dropDAV - and fair enough. But those are costs/risks I am willing to take in exchange for getting to use my iPad 100% of the time. (No I don't code, which the only thing you can't really do on an iPad these days; non-pro video and photo editing is readily available.)
  17. rmhop81 macrumors 68020


    Apr 4, 2005
    Dallas, TX
    if you are a light user it can be done easily. I use a windows computer at work everyday. My wife uses the MBA and i use my iPad and iPhone. It's rare when I actually use the MBA. If i am typing something with great length i then use the MBA.

    At work it wouldn't be possible at all. At home it for the most part is. I maybe use the MBA once a month??
  18. The Phazer macrumors 68030

    Oct 31, 2007
    London, UK

    Now upload what you've created to a web based CPS. Or send it to a client's FTP server.


  19. Kyotoma macrumors 68000


    Nov 11, 2010
    Carnegie and Ontario
    Aside from my work computer(Win 7 Professional x_x) I have pretty much been doing this since September 2010 when I got my iPad. Especially since iOS 5 first came out in Beta form, my laptop has sat on my desk, practically forgotten.
  20. nburwell macrumors 601


    May 6, 2008
    My girlfriend relies on iOS every single day. She does not have a functioning laptop, so her iPhone 4S is basically everything to her. It's probably not good she relies on her phone so much since she is unable to back-up her phone in case anything were to happen to it.

    There are days where I just solely use my iPhone and iPad, but after a couple of days, I find myself working on MBP just so I can get use out of it. I'm sure if I really wanted to, I could just use my iOS devices for quite some time.
  21. anthonymoody macrumors 68020


    Aug 8, 2002
    Thanks for proving my point. You cite two examples of things that <.00001% of people need to do. Right on! (And by the way, an inreasing number of web-based tools are coming to the inevitable realization that their users want iOS access to them and are thus developing apps; once done, my 'system' will play quite nicely with them).

    Next you'll be telling me that I can't use a high end cad program! Oh dear, now what?!?
  22. ghall macrumors 68040


    Jun 27, 2006
    Rhode Island
    For casual use yes. If I'm just relaxing and reading up on blogs, Facebook, and such, I pretty much always use my iPad. But I have not yet gone 100% iOS, and I honestly cannot see that changing. My MacBook Pro is absolutely essential for graphic design, as well as editing photos...really any sort of creative work (except for writing, which I tend to do more on my iPad now).

    I think the iPad is a great device, and I'm really glad that people are able to use it as their only computing device, but for me it just doesn't completely replace a Mac yet.

    She can back it up to iCloud.
  23. GraphicsGeek macrumors 6502a

    Sep 19, 2008
    I'm a graphic designer so it isn't possible for me. But when I got my iPad on launch day I immediately sold my MacBook and haven't looked back. I haven't found anything I can't do on my iPad that I could do on my MacBook. I now just have an iMac for my design work. If it weren't for that, I could easily go all iOS without a problem.
  24. verwon macrumors 68030


    Jul 26, 2011
  25. Lunchb0x8 macrumors 6502a

    May 2, 2010
    Aberglasslyn, NSW, AU
    IT admin in a Windows environment, and I reckon I could get by with iPad and iPhone for a day...

    wouldn't want to do it permanently, but I think it could be done.

    Heck, I have done countless hours of work from home using iPad and iPhone only.

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