iPad 2 the future of notebooks : i sold my macbook air

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  1. TreRep macrumors regular

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    After using for a while my iPad 2, I sold my late 2010 macbook air 13.

    I was not using it anymore

    With an iPad in the house i'll defer to my Windows 7 Dell if I need to do any real heavy lifting.

    I use iTunes only for upgrading the firmware, i have mobileMe ant the cloud for storing all my data.

    i think iPad 2 is the future of notebooks. :apple:
     
  2. taylor200588 macrumors regular

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    I'm kinda on my way to where you are mate, my MacBook pro only gets used for uni work and I have it set up plugged into a monitor all the time so I never use it as a "notebook"

    Thinking about selling it, getting a cheap iMac and maybe buying another iPad cause I totally hog this one which is my partners haha

    The computing world is changing ... and I like it :D
     
  3. MrMac'n'Cheese macrumors 6502a

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    Not until the iPad is autonomous, and they don't need to be plugged in to any PC or Mac for that matter.
     
  4. this is funah macrumors 6502

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    since getting the iPad 2, my macbook has been relegated to "girlfriend" duties.
     
  5. spiderman0616 macrumors 68030

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    I sold my laptop over the weekend. After I got my iPhone 4 I used it about once a week. I figure with the iPad 2 in the house, I will never need it again. I have a tower if I really need a full blown computer.
     
  6. Gomff macrumors 6502a

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    For just consumption, the iPad is 90% or so there, and makes laptops redundant in most scenarios.

    Try building a website, or writing an app on an iPad though. Both of these tasks can be achieved on a desktop, but sometimes a laptop is the best way, especially if you're a freelancer and you need to work on the road.
     
  7. maclaptop macrumors 65816

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    I agree, for some people an iPad is all they need.

    But for others it's an extra. So it can serve in that way too.

    Currently its a novelty to some and that also has its purpose.

    For computing, it's not going to replace anything overnight.
     
  8. Blakjack macrumors 68000

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    Thats just the point. The average person doesnt do real work on a laptop. They youtube, play games, surf the web, download music, and occasionally send e-mails.

    Unless you have a job that rewquires you take take work home or are in school, you are pretty much are a consumer, not a creator.
     
  9. Skika macrumors 68030

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    If generalizing atleast say iPad, if not tablet computer, because iPad 2 is the present and not the future of anything.
     
  10. HappyDude20 macrumors 68020

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    Brilliantly said.

    For my grandma, it's all she'll most likely ever need considering she doesn't even use a computer now. For iPad1, I saw mine as an extra and something to carry instead of the MBP. I agree its not for computing, which immediately prevents me from selling my MBP, though obviously one day i'd like exclusively use an iPad. (A 1TB iPad 3 would be ideal :eek:)

    I've been in China for these past 2 months and have realized I could've easily gotten by with my iPad instead of bringing my MBP for the ride instead.
     
  11. xraydoc macrumors demi-god

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    I use my iPad for 90+% of my mobile computing. It even allows me to run a significant percentage of my Keynote presentations on the projector at work. The main thing I still require my 13" aluminum MacBook for is for the more sophisticated Keynote/PowerPoint presentations that I do (multiple animations, looping video) and situations where I need full-speed Windows functionality (when Citrix or other remote desktop apps are too slow) to run a specific app for work.

    So I can't quite get rid of my laptop yet... though I'd love to replace my 13" aluminum MacBook with an 11" MacBook Air, since that'll do everything I otherwise need a full-on laptop for (at less than half the size). Trouble is I don't use the laptop enough to justify the cost of replacing it.

    For the heavy-duty stuff (and acting as the home iTunes & AppleTV server), my 2010 Core i7 iMac is ample.

    I can't see ever needing a Mac Pro again (the '10 i7 iMac replaced an '06 Mac Pro).
     
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  13. Funkymonk macrumors 6502a

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    I'm about to still my macbook too. I like my thinkpad better and can use that the 3% of the time when the iPad can't do something.
     
  14. peled macrumors member

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    And how can you download books and magazines to be shown on the iPad ?
     
  15. maclaptop macrumors 65816

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    I don't care.

    My Kindle is far Superior
     
  16. thelookingglass macrumors 68000

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    Huh, that's funny. Exact opposite of how I feel about my Kindle. Feels terribly outdated with its long screen refresh and lack of a touch screen interface. I also love how you I can't read with it in a dim room unless I get a bulky and awkward add-on light that doesn't even evenly light the screen.
     
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    Yes it is funny, I didn't expect my iPad to be such a poor reading device.

    But then again my new Kindle is much improved over the original. For me it ends up that I need both.

    Nothing beats the iPad for great web browsing.
     
  18. bursthead macrumors 6502

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    maybe when the macbook air 11inch, gets a better battery... For right now, i'll stick with the ipad..
     
  19. maclaptop macrumors 65816

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    The fact is no matter what anyone says, most people outside of most tech fields do not need a computer.
     
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    I sold my new iPad. When I. Bought the 11.6MBA then missedit so much returned the MBA and bought a replacement, then sold that and bought the iPad 2. Lol
     
  22. gman901 macrumors 6502a

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    I don't agree that the iPad 2 is enough for the average user. I have the 11" Air and the iPad 2, but would give up my iPad 2 if I had to choose. The Air is basically the size of an iPad but more versatile because of OSX and the built in keyboard. I can dual boot to Windows or use Parallels to access both OS's at the same time and I can play more complex games. I think each device has a unique place in an average person's usage.
     
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    When i got my first ipad i sold my macbook pro because it was just sitting in our kitchen where my wife would use it so I replaced it with a 21.5" iMac instead. That was a far better decision. Then i had remorse of not having a full laptop, anf sold the ipad and went through a series of computers. Had a 2010 air which i returned and bought a used macbook pro which i later sold in order to buy the ipad 2. While the ipad 1 wasnt really a great laptop replacement due to the speed being a bit laggy the ioad 2 does wonderfully as it has much less lag on the keyboard etc. Also now that i have splashtop i can watch flash videos over the network from my imac so really it is the perfect computer for me
     
  25. newdeal macrumors 68020

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    Only thing is that the battery life in the air sucks compared to the ipad. You are probobly lucky to get 4 hours with everyday useage (games, web etc) where the ipad gets 10 no matter what
     

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