iPad iPP 11 for private use & hobbies.

LurkingDev

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Hello all!

Lurker here since a few months back. Looking for some input regarding the usability of the iPad Pro.
I currently own a 2016 MBP and have a company issued windows laptop. Whenever I travel I always bring both of my computers. The Mac for personal use such as general web browsing, some light photo editing and writing short stories and novels.
The windows laptop is used for dev work (visual studio, ibms RDI, sql) and online programming courses.

Whenever I travel I always bring both machines. I’m quite frankly tired of always traveling with two laptops and to be honest, I quite dislike my MacBook. It’s feels sluggish and buggy despite having around 300gb of free space and 16gb of ram. The keyboard has also been replaced three times in two years. Battery life is subpar compared to previous Macs. It’s the only apple product that I genuinely dislike. Always been happy with my previous laptops, but I’ve never liked this one.

I’m considering picking up a refurb MacBook, SurfacePro 7 or iPP with the new keyboard. I want something light and easy to use compared to my workhorse windows machine.
It will be used for some light photo editing, writing (10000 words:ish documents max), gaming and streaming. Has anyone gotten an iPad to go along with their main work machine? What’s your experience like? I find that whenever I get of work I don’t want to open another big laptop so I’m looking for something light, different and unobtrusive.

MacBook is also tempting for a real file explorer and office. Same with the surface, the con being that it runs windows like my work machine, pro that I can remove the keyboard and doodle with a pen.

I appreciate any feedback!
 

Beaverman3001

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That is essentially my use case for my iPP. I have a maxed out Mac mini with a Radeon VII for gaming at home, work issues 2018 MBP, and an 2nd gen (4th gen in the mail) iPP. When I travel for conferences (devops/sysadmin type conferences) I'll take my MBP and iPP. The MBP stays in the hotel and I use the iPP at conferences for general use, notes, etc. You can do a surprising amount of things with iPP now. Termius is a great SSH app, PgAdmin exists for iOS, etc.

At home if I'm not playing something like WoW, I'll just use my iPP for casual games like Hearthstone. Some of the iOS games are surprisingly good for what they are. And like you, sometimes I just want a more simple device to use at home. I thought about ordering a new MBA instead of iPP but ultimately decided I just didn't want another computer to manage in my life.
 
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ericwn

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A lot of the tasks you mentioned can be done with iPads. Can you afford to put the MacBook in a drawer for a week and just try the iPad to see if you can have a satisfying workflow there? If so, there’d be no better judge than yourself!

Best success!
 
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AutomaticApple

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Hello all!

Lurker here since a few months back. Looking for some input regarding the usability of the iPad Pro.
I currently own a 2016 MBP and have a company issued windows laptop. Whenever I travel I always bring both of my computers. The Mac for personal use such as general web browsing, some light photo editing and writing short stories and novels.
The windows laptop is used for dev work (visual studio, ibms RDI, sql) and online programming courses.

Whenever I travel I always bring both machines. I’m quite frankly tired of always traveling with two laptops and to be honest, I quite dislike my MacBook. It’s feels sluggish and buggy despite having around 300gb of free space and 16gb of ram. The keyboard has also been replaced three times in two years. Battery life is subpar compared to previous Macs. It’s the only apple product that I genuinely dislike. Always been happy with my previous laptops, but I’ve never liked this one.

I’m considering picking up a refurb MacBook, SurfacePro 7 or iPP with the new keyboard. I want something light and easy to use compared to my workhorse windows machine.
It will be used for some light photo editing, writing (10000 words:ish documents max), gaming and streaming. Has anyone gotten an iPad to go along with their main work machine? What’s your experience like? I find that whenever I get of work I don’t want to open another big laptop so I’m looking for something light, different and unobtrusive.

MacBook is also tempting for a real file explorer and office. Same with the surface, the con being that it runs windows like my work machine, pro that I can remove the keyboard and doodle with a pen.

I appreciate any feedback!
The iPad Pro will likely suit you well for a long time. It's better than a MacBook in a few aspects.
 
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LurkingDev

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Thank you all for the useful replies! I’ll be ordering a 256gb lte iPP 11... Soon. I think that I’ll wait a few weeks just to see how this global pandemic develops. Hope you’re all staying safe!
 

SpitUK

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You will be fine with the iPad. Worth looking at the new MacBook Air? Its had quite a spec bump with the quad core and 16Gb RAM.
 
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Aibocyrus

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I think you’re making the right choice in grabbing an ipp. This is what I’ve just done. Sold my 2018 ipp and MacBook Pro to streamline my devices. I went with the larger iPad pro but that’s only because it will be my only device for everything now. It works for everything I need it to. Best of luck!
 

LurkingDev

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Thank you all for the added input (and sorry for the late reply).
Thought I'd add that I recently found out that work has a 6th gen iPad (just iPad) that's been gathering dust since June last year. Was allowed to borrow it for a few weeks. Thought I'd bring it with me on monday, put my mac in a drawer and see how I'll get along with iPad OS.
I know the hardware isn't really comparable, but at least the software is the same so I thought I'd familiarize myself with it!
 
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ericwn

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Thank you all for the added input (and sorry for the late reply).
Thought I'd add that I recently found out that work has a 6th gen iPad (just iPad) that's been gathering dust since June last year. Was allowed to borrow it for a few weeks. Thought I'd bring it with me on monday, put my mac in a drawer and see how I'll get along with iPad OS.
I know the hardware isn't really comparable, but at least the software is the same so I thought I'd familiarize myself with it!
Good idea, thanks for the update and best success!
 
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Coolpher

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I have been using an iPad Pro 12.9 or 11 inch since launch sold my MacBook Pro 15 inch 2015 and from there I’ve done all my main stuff on my iPad Pro and I’ve absolutely loved learning more and more of what I used to do can be done including video editing
 

vc1212

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Has anyone gotten an iPad to go along with their main work machine? What’s your experience like? I find that whenever I get of work I don’t want to open another big laptop so I’m looking for something light, different and unobtrusive.
My exact usage scenario is the one you described. I travel for work a lot, at least once a month and usually for a week. Whenever I travel, I have a work laptop (Thinkpad T25) and my iPad Air 2. I like to keep work and private stuff separate. The iPad will be for personal and leisure use... for example quick reading at the airport, watch netflix on planes, surf net in hotel, as a 2nd screen while watching TV in bed etc. It was so convenient as well as quick to use.

Now I just received my 2020 iPad Pro 11 and I think it can cover even more scenarios than the Air 2 - once the travel restrictions are off. I usually write journal on the Day One using my phone, but I will start to do that on the iPad when I get the Magic Keyboard next month. With its capability, am also thinking of getting the Pencil to help me past time on work trips with coloring or drawing apps.

All in all, if you are thinking of traveling with work laptop and an iPad, then I would say from experience that nothing beats this combo.
 

pedregosa

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I do serious work on an 11-inch IPP. Once you master its multitasking gestures, and especially if you use it with an external monitor and trackpad when at a desk, it is a very versatile device. That said, I’m still tempted by the larger one!
 
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