IPad as primary computer

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Richard8655, Jul 29, 2010.

  1. Richard8655 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 11, 2009
    I for one am pleased beyond belief with my new iPad (16gb WiFi). I no longer see the need to sit at the traditional desk hunched over a keyboard and staring at an immoveable monitor. What an anachronism that's now become. Even the laptop is now uncomfortable and an unnecessariy anchor weight to have to lug around.

    So given that, and not into iTunes for my entertainment, why do I need an up-to-date desktop / laptop? The only reasons I can think of are:

    1) Need to install and run the latest version of Airport Extreme software (or whatever router one has).

    2) Need to connect to the latest version of iTunes to keep iPad software current.

    But I think that's it. Am I correct? Does anyone think that future iPads will ever be standalone without the need for a traditional computer?
  2. EnterTheSwamp macrumors member

    Jun 29, 2010
    Eventually. Not yet. Still too many limitations on the iPad, especially when it comes to business. i cant imagine doing any big spreadsheets or cad with an ipad. At least not yet.
  3. Zazoh macrumors 6502a


    Jan 4, 2009
    San Antonio, Texas
    An iPad is about 85% consumption, but it depends on what you do, as a developer, I will always need a device to develop. There are others, my mother, who only need something like the iPad, for most of us it sits between a Laptop and smart phone.

    The desktop though, will go first, most laptops can do what a desktop can do, but there are those that need it to develop or for super HIGH end processing, but I image sales will continue to decline to where it is a niche device.

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