iPad Pro + Retina MacBook?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by modernaccord, Sep 18, 2015.

  1. modernaccord macrumors 6502a

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    Didn't see a dedicated thread for this so here goes:

    Does anyone see a use case for an iPad Pro and retina MacBook?

    My setup is currently iPhone 6+, iPad Mini 4, and SG 1.3 MacBook. I was thinking of replacing the Mini 4 with the iPad Pro, but I'm curious to see what people's thoughts are here.
     
  2. aberrero macrumors 6502a

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    I find my iPHone 6+ makes the iPad mini and Air pretty useless. I don't use my Air for anything anymore, even watching movies. I'm tempted by the iPad pro but it is just so incredibly large.
     
  3. east85 macrumors 65816

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    I think an iPad pro would only make sense if you're invested into a killer application for art and that you being able to utilize the Apple Pencil would be a bonus. Unless I'm missing a real standout feature I think owning a rMB and iPad Pro would be redundant in most other cases for most people. You'd really have to start making excuses to dump cash into the iPad Pro when the rMB is already a very capable machine that carries roughly the same battery life and portability.
     
  4. modernaccord thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Those were my thoughts exactly. The iPad Pro is really just a giant iPad with pencil/keyboard capability. I don't see a benefit to carrying it over my rMB that's got full desktop functionality at a similar form factor.
     
  5. Commy1 macrumors 6502a

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    Mobile duel screening perhaps with Duet or AirDisplay? I have an iPad, rMBP and iPhone. At the moment almost everything is done on the iPhone for portability sake and I don't plan on keeping the Macbook for long. So I'll be going to the iPad as my main device when it arrives.
     
  6. east85 macrumors 65816

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    Yeah I dual screen with a venos sidecar with my iPad Mini on my Macbook w/Duet. It can be really useful, but I don't think I'd go bigger than the Air for it on a rMB screen size. That boils down to personal preference though I suppose.
     
  7. garyleecn macrumors 6502a

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    If you don't do any "heavy lifting" I can definitely see this work,
    But I don't think you wanna replace mini with pro. They have different use cases, mini is much better for light uses, outdoor uses with it ultimate portability. You can almost carry its its you like a phone all the time
    It's MacBook that pro may be replacing. So you do most of the work on pro, but in cases you really have to have a "desktop" computer, you bring you MacBook out



    Rally curious between iPad pro and MacBook, which has a better performance. If pro even comes close to core m, wow, Apple you really did something amazing
     
  8. zhenya macrumors 603

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    If the stylus on the iPad Pro is really fabulous, that alone could get me to buy one. Not for art, but for general note-taking and writing. I have a Surface Pro for this reason now, but it's not a device I've ever really fallen in love with. Still, I'd really prefer to have the stylus in the 10" form factor...
     
  9. DavidLynch macrumors 6502a

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    I think the iPad Pro has a pretty specific target audience (graphic design/art tablet) and I don't think that would change regardless of the laptop you paired it with.
     
  10. modernaccord thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Fair points. I have gone entire month long vacations without a laptop and just an iPad but still hesitant. Thanks for the feedback everyone, I guess I'll have to wait and see what I decide to do.
     
  11. joscejrod macrumors 6502

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    Keep your mini 4, your rMB, and your iphone 6+. You have only to add an apple watch to your collection, and you'll have a killer team!! I really think ipad pro is going to be returned by many people who only are going to buy it because it's the fastest ipad ever. But...that is not the way to choose a product. For that reason you should have bought a 15" rMBP with dedicated graphics card instead your rMB (same argumentation who are deciding between ipad mini 4 and ipad air 2 only for their different processors...insted of choosing based on their screen size preference) Have you bought your rMB because is the newest notebook model or because it has the best size for your tastes?
     
  12. garyleecn macrumors 6502a

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    In that case, you sure can handle most of your work on an iPad, especially with the much better multitasking capacity pro.
    Have you considered having your computer, no matter it's an iMac or MacBook, sitting home as Remote Desktop. In cases you really need a computer you just log into your computer via Remote Desktop on iPads, and then you have access to what fed you need.
     
  13. ZBoater macrumors G3

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    Each persons use case is different. Me, I have an Escort Radar detector, a Garmin GPS and a SCT Vehicle programmer. I need a real computer with real ports to run real software. Not what Apple decided was iOS cool. So I can't live with "just" a iPad Pro. But I'm getting one anyway. Just not getting rid of any of my computers just yet.
     
  14. Djlild7hina macrumors 6502a

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    I was actually thinking of this setup but I'm not sure the price is worth it to me and I'm leaning towards just buying a Surface Pro 4.

    The problem with me is I've never been a tablet person (owned a lot and ending up returning or selling them) I would rather use a desktop than a tablet.

    So my plans are.... iPad Pro for sheet music, hopefully some type of music creation app with the pencil, casual web surfing, ebooks, media from my NAS, finding some other use for it hopefully lol. Then a rMB for syncing iTunes, iBooks, etc to the iPad, and times i'd rather just use OSX.

    They could both fit in my bag and still be lighter than my 15" rMBP so i'd be happy with that.

    OR I could just get the iPad Pro and use RDC to connect to my desktop but having no mouse or trackpad support irks me.

    I'm most likely going to sell my rMBP and get an iMac later on for music production
     
  15. rmhop81 macrumors 68020

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    i honestly don't understand the point of the iPad pro...sure it's big...but it still runs the same OS as any other iOS device. Now if it was like the Surface Pro with OS X...then to me it would make total sense. It's not a computer, so i don't see how you can replace a full computer with it.
     
  16. aberrero macrumors 6502a

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    As a non-artist, I'm really struggling to think of any reason to get the iPad pro over a Surface Pro 4 (or 3 for that matter). The surface can replace my rMBP. The iPad Pro jjst seems like a really unwieldy Kindle.
     
  17. vigilant macrumors 6502

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    Total use case deal.

    I bought a 6 Plus last year, and I loved it, but it didn't really fit the same use case as the iPad Mini or iPad Air. Ended up going to an iPhone 6, and using iPad Mini. Thats my usage though.

    Something on me all the time I want to be discreet enough where I'm not bombarded with it or fearful of dropping it. I wish the iPhone 6 was slightly larger, but not as big as iPhone 6 Plus.

    Personally I love iOS. I would love to see a situation where I can use an iPad Pro instead of my Macbook, or Macbook Pro. That could be something that happens.

    For me though the use case I have is Glance (Apple Watch), Semi-Engaged (iPhone 6), Reading (iPad Mini), Fully Engaged (usually Macbook, occasionally iPad Air 2).
     
  18. vigilant macrumors 6502

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    Perfect example of how each person can see these pieces and come to different conclusions.

    I personally want something that is light, and flexible enough for me to do what work requires of me with 10 hours of battery life, and LTE. Quite literally there is no one who makes a device that fills that gap on Verizon, though the iPad Air 2 comes really close.

    Gotta think about how you actually use these devices.

    What causes you to stop reaching for an iPad and go for a laptop (no matter who makes the hardware or OS). Does the iPad Pro have something specifically in it that makes it better for that?

    I can see working in Safari, or Word or something like that with Slack running on the side. Quickly snapping between different applications. When I want a video I toss it around the screen far easier then I can on a Mac.

    Personally, the iPad Air 2 was at the point where the speed of hardware or iOS wasn't keeping me from being productive. It was hopping from one app, and into another. Seeing whats in one app, to move it into another for tickets, or SOW's or whatever. Not really feasible on an iPad Air 2 even with split view. iPad Pro changes that. Especially since developers will actually adopt Cocoa Touch because of the volume of units sold.

    The touch friendly productivity apps on Windows 10 is I want to say kinda bad but it's really just bad. Thats me though. I'm sure someone who uses Photoshop all day and loves the stylus probably thinks differently.
     

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