Looking to switch from iPad back to a macbook

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by Ghost31, Nov 28, 2018.

  1. Ghost31 macrumors 68030


    Jun 9, 2015
    man that was an interesting “laptop replacement” challenge! I’m thinking about switching back to the MacBook Air but I haven’t been on Mac since...2013? It’s been awhile so i have a few really dumb questions. Bare with me

    1) how do i listen to Apple Music on Mac as opposed to iPad? Is there a standalone app for it or is it through iTunes?

    2) does the ‘tv app’ exist for Mac? Love this when switching between watching on my iPad and Apple TV

    3) does Mac do the little floating window when you want to watch something while doing something else? If i want to watch Netflix while writing in notes, can i have it as a floating window?

    4) is there any maintenance i have to do for the OS to keep it running quickly?
  2. Ghost31 thread starter macrumors 68030


    Jun 9, 2015
  3. Howard2k macrumors 68020


    Mar 10, 2016
    1) - iTunes, yep

    2) - I’m not sure actually. Are you looking to play content from your Apple TV in your MacBook?

    3) - For sure. You have near limitless flexibility with how you arrange your windows.

    4) - Not much actually. The most important thing is to have a good backup strategy, and don’t install garbage.
  4. iMi macrumors 65816


    Sep 13, 2014
    I have also tried a full pledged "laptop replacement" tryout with an iPad Pro, Apple Pencil and keyboard -- the works. After about a year of using it as a travel machine and companion to the office iMac, I gave up. It falls short in so many ways. It's a great device and I still use it, but picked up a proper MacBook.

    To answer your questions:

    1. iTunes, as @Howard2k pointed out, is what you'd use for Apple Music
    2. No, iTunes once again, will have all your media -- movies, shows you own. For Netflix, Hulu, use an App called Friendly Streaming. It rocks.
    3. Yes, no problem. You can resize to taste. Use that pointy-thingy and refrain for touching the screen :D
    4. Nothing you'd need to do differently. I assume you use iCloud or other cloud service. You'd do the same on the Mac.

    I think you'll realize how much you've been missing... Good luck!

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