iPad + MBP or just iPad?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by va1984, Nov 5, 2018.


Which iPad Pro set up would work best for you?

  1. iPad Pro 11" + MacBook Pro 13" (or Air)

    6 vote(s)
  2. iPad Pro 12.9" + iMac 5k

    7 vote(s)
  3. Other; see comments

    6 vote(s)
  1. va1984 macrumors regular

    Jan 27, 2011
    I am thinking my way through two possible set-ups for the next year, or, well, whenever Apple decides they need to take more of my money:

    1) iPad Pro 11" + MacBook Pro 13" (or Air)
    2) iPad Pro 12.9" + iMac 5k.

    I've actually had both set ups in the past (of course with older iterations equivalent models), but I keep switching because, on the one hand, I like that in the first scenario I can take everything with me (and I love the butterfly backlit keyboards which have never ever, in three years, failed me, out of sheer luck) -- while on the other hand the second scenario strikes me as smarter, because the iPad Pro is just a better mobile device than a MacBook (no moving parts, better battery, LTE, etc) and you can't beat editing work on a 5K display.

    Right now, I have a 13" MBP and a 9.7iPP. On Wednesday, I'll be the proud owner of a 2018 12.9" iPad Pro. So I am clearly in the middle of a shift between the two systems above.

    But I am curious about you. In your situation and use scenarios, if money was not object (isn't that nice to imagine?) what would you prefer? And why?
  2. OdT22 macrumors regular


    Oct 28, 2012
  3. Hater macrumors 6502a


    Sep 20, 2017
    Edinburgh, Scotland
    Money no issue? I'd hire people to do my work for me and go and spend all of my days on some remote beach or tour the world on a motorcycle.

    In your context? Keep my nMP, maybe get another 34" monitor. It'll do for now.
  4. ECJ macrumors 6502


    Jul 5, 2006
    Memphis, TN
    I'm currently pairing the 12.9" IPP with a 2017 15" MBP. I have plenty of power for everything that I need, and can chose the best device for the situation. I'm a paralegal, and the IPP+pencil are a great combo for case work. I'm a web designer part time and the MBP handles that very well.
  5. SHKLMRE macrumors 6502

    Nov 30, 2013
    I currently have a 5k IMac. I want to sell it and buy a new MacBook Pro, but you can’t beat the bang for the buck and of course the 5k display. I’m thinking of pairing it with an iPad Pro too.
  6. mzsigler macrumors regular

    May 14, 2015
    Memphis, TN
    I have a 2015 5k iMac and a 10.5 LTE iPad Pro which will be replaced Wednesday with an 11” iPad Pro LTE. This setup works great for me, best of both worlds.
  7. Caspavio macrumors regular


    Apr 18, 2018
    there is actually one question to answer here. do you need the features (power, ports, mouse support, etc) of the MBP on the go? because if you dont, obviously option 2 is better.
  8. va1984 thread starter macrumors regular

    Jan 27, 2011
    In my case, no, 95% of the time the iPP/iOS will be enough. For the remaining 5% I'll need MacOS, but not necessarily in laptop form. One advantage of the laptop though would be the keyboard, which remains the iPP only hardware fault in my mind...
  9. mzsigler macrumors regular

    May 14, 2015
    Memphis, TN
    I prefer the iPad Pro keyboard to any laptop keyboard Apple has made after 2015.
  10. JohnnyQuest macrumors 65816


    May 25, 2006
    I still need/want a laptop in my life. There's something about being able to type away on the keyboard while sitting on the couch, opening as many tabs as I need.

    For me, it may sound ridiculous, I need a MBP for intense work and a larger screen, a 12" Macbook for travel, and an iPad for games/media/travel.
  11. Knowimagination macrumors 68000


    Apr 6, 2010
    I've got a gaming pc that does any heavier lifting I might need to do and I have a macbook pro that sees little to no use. I'm pretty sure I am going to sell the MBP and buy an 11" pro to be my only mobile computing device.

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