iMac pro and iPad Pro

Discussion in 'iMac' started by gdeusthewhizkid, Jul 23, 2019.

  1. gdeusthewhizkid macrumors 6502a


    Nov 14, 2008
    hi guys,

    I am thinking of pulling the plug on a iMac pro with FCPX and Logic Pro X. I am going back to school for video editing and filmmaking and i am enjoying all the creative advantages of the iPad Pro with pencil as a mobile filmmaking unit and the iMac pro as my main desktop... is anybody else using this combo.. and what are your thoughts ...
  2. alien3dx macrumors 6502a


    Feb 12, 2017
    iMac 2017 for home work and iPad mini 2019 for travel.. if sidekick Catalina started .. yippy more screen

    sorry no more laptop for me
  3. gdeusthewhizkid thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Nov 14, 2008
    How do you like the combo.
  4. Woodcrest64 macrumors 65816


    Aug 14, 2006
    I’d be tempted to wait as long as you can for an update to the iMac Pro. They are due for Intel’s next gen processors and also AMD’s NAVI GPUs later this year. Both should offer big performance gains.
  5. Sooby, Jul 24, 2019
    Last edited: Jul 24, 2019

    Sooby macrumors newbie


    Apr 5, 2019
    I don't have an iMac Pro, but I have a 2019 5k iMac with the i9 processor, 1 terabyte SSD, Vega 48 and 40Gb's of RAM, which is basically the same as the base iMac Pro. I also have the iPad Pro 3rd Generation 12.9 inch with the new pencil and the apple smart keyboard. I love this combination and it perfectly suits my needs as a University student. I needed an iPad because I use the pencil a lot for my studies and I use a program which is only available on the iPad, so a MacBook was not suitable for me. However it can also do everything that I need a portable computer to do such as word processing with MS Office. It's also more portable than any MacBook and I like some of the extra features it has such as FaceID and it has much better cameras than the MacBooks. For my needs, the iPad Pro is superior to any MacBook.

    I also wanted a powerful home computer when I'm at home studying and so I got the 2019 5k iMac. I saved around $1400 going with this one instead of with the base iMac Pro, so I'm happy to get basically the same performance but for a lot less money. The iMac works great with the iPad Pro, as would most modern Apple computers. I have no troubles with working between either of them. Most of my work is stored in the cloud so I can access the work on both the iMac and the iPad easily. I don't have any troubles with either machine and of course the Apple ecosystem means they work very smoothly together. But I guess this depends on the software you use as well. But I think having an iMac or iMac Pro gives you the best desktop experience and having the iPad Pro gives you the best portable experience if you need the pencil and you don't need specific apps that are only available on desktop when you're out an about with your computer.

    Also some of the future features in Catalina such as Sidecar will likely make the iMac and iPad even more useful together and with iPadOS coming, the iPad will be even more useful as a portable computer. I think this combination is a really great combination.
  6. mikehalloran macrumors 68000

    Oct 14, 2018
    The Sillie Con Valley
    A lot of wishful thinking going on there. I see little chance of that happening before next year. There might be a speed bump but little chance of anything more.

    The prices on BTO RAM and storage upgrades came down for the Mini and iMP a couple weeks ago, no doubt because upgrading the Mac Pro will be fairly easy—Apple is using a lot of off-the-shelf parts in all three and this makes the Mini/iMP more competitive.

    These lower prices are reflected in the Refurb Store prices, too.

    I do have the iMac Pro and a 2nd gen 12.9" iPad Pro that I use with the BRYDGE 2nd gen keyboard.

    If the Catalina/iOS 13 integration is as tight as I expect and mouse support is decent, my perfectly fine MacBook Pro will likely hit the marketplace as soon as BRYDGE (or someone like them) builds a decent removable keyboard with an integrated trackpad.


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