Losing interest in the iPad

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Ffosse, Jan 3, 2019.

  1. subjonas macrumors 68000

    Feb 10, 2014
    Outside viewing and battery life are definitely an e-ink screen’s fortes and an LCD screen’s achilles heels. Would be amazing if they could somehow combine the best of both into one screen technology.

    I’m curious, why did reading books not work on the XR compared to the SE? Was it the different aspect ratio?
  2. PieVsCake macrumors newbie


    Sep 10, 2018
    I use my iPad Pro everyday.. More then my phone.. More then my Mac.. More then my PC. Now could what I use it for be replaced by any tablet? Sure. But I don't think that's your question.

    The increased screen size for Movies / Web browsing makes it the goto slush content provider more then the phone.

    The ability to be the ultimate expression of laziness and consume content where ever I want without having to boot up and be tethered to a PC or Mac is great when I have other things like cooking or housework to do.

    You can outgrow a content delivery platform and it looks like you've slimmed down and the phone meets your needs. Im still a lazy content consumer and need my iPad for the foreseeable future.
  3. LizKat macrumors 601


    Aug 5, 2004
    Catskill Mountains
    I so completely agree on your comments about e-ink readers. Just their standby time is so amazing.

    Re the reading issue on XR: I haven't quite given up on it for reading books -- and it shouldn't seem different to scroll through a news article than to scroll through a book, so it could just be my habit as I noted earlier of using page view in Books and setting the font so I rarely move my eyes when taking in a page: the font is adjusted so at most I seem to make just one downward glance per page, I think. I'm not saying I'd read a math textbook that way. I'm speaking of regular prose style works in ordinary English.

    On the XR if I use page mode to read books, I do have to move my eyes a few times to take in all the info on a page. I think that's because the page is pretty long and my brain balks at trying to absorb everything on it in one sweeping glance, even if I make the font absurdly large.

    Now it's probably true that if I switch to scrolling view in Books app, then after awhile the longer screen size won't matter to me as much. And, perhaps I only imagine I read faster by grabbing an SE-sized page at a time into my brain while my eyes stand still and let my thumb do all the overtly mechanical work. I do think my eyes may tire less when I read a page at a time on the SE's smaller screen.

    Funny then how I don't mind reading a book on the iPad mini, which approximates reading a paperback-sized book... I guess the brain approaches looking at printed language on real estate of that size in a whole different way. Go figure?! How the brain translates what's before our eyes into something we can understand and use --and how the process adapts to changing types of "scenery" as needed-- is pretty amazing.
  4. subjonas macrumors 68000

    Feb 10, 2014
    Interesting. And I can somewhat relate. I find when I scroll text vertically, I only read the top few lines before scrolling the rest of the page up, so that my eyes don’t have to move down. So the bottom 2/3 of the screen is basically useless to me haha. I don’t have that urge when reading a real book obviously. Indeed our brains are strange.
  5. plexdk macrumors 6502

    Oct 18, 2007
    I use my iPad for everything but coding and music production. Meeting notes, media consumption, reading etc, then its the iPad. I don't even bring my macbook around for meetings anymore.

    This is the perfect in the middle device, as intended i think. I have the 11" for the mobility.
  6. millydog macrumors 6502


    Oct 21, 2007
    I sorry to hear about you having cancer. Wishing you all the best for a full recovery.

    I’m a programmer, so use a work provided Windows based laptop for my day job, but when it comes to work meetings, I prefer my iPad. I’m on medical leave and return to work in just over 2 weeks time and then will need to make a decision regarding using my iPad for work meetings though since my workplace has now introduced a profile that needs to be installed in order to access work email, calendar and work accounts for Skype and other Microsoft products. The profile enforces regular password changes, auto-lock settings, etc, and may prevent access to apps that have been determined to be ‘unsafe’. I’m hesitant since it’s my personally owned device and I want to set it up how I want to. Yet if I don’t install the profile, I can’t use my iPad for work purposes anymore. I’ll also lose access to work provided Office 365.

    As for my personal use, my iPad Pro is my go to device now for most things. My iMac is used pretty much to support my iPad and iPhone. I use it mostly to backup my devices and to load videos onto my iPad. I usually take my iPad everywhere with me, but sometimes just my iPhone. I was taking my iPad Pro 10.5 everywhere and mostly left my iPad Pro 12.9 (2nd gen) at home, but now I have upgraded my 12.9 to the 3rd gen it’s even more portable and I’m yet to determine if I’ll be taking my 12.9 or 10.5 out with me now. I’ve only had it for a few weeks and have been off work for medical reasons. I’ll definitely take one of them with me, but which one might depend on whether I decide to use the work profile on my device (I’d use the 12.9 for meetings then) or not (then I may just take my 10.5 for my lunch time break).
  7. Jonathantuba macrumors regular


    Oct 6, 2017
    I only use my iPhone on the go in situations where it is not practical to use an iPad. My iPad Pro’s (yes I have two) are my most used devices for both work and leisure. I just love them, particularly the new 12.9”!
  8. Ffosse, Jan 10, 2019 at 8:09 AM
    Last edited: Jan 10, 2019 at 8:27 AM

    Ffosse thread starter macrumors 68000

    Nov 5, 2012
    Well that seems unusual to me. I thought most people used their phones and perhaps resorted to their iPad at night.

    I'm glad you're enjoying your new iPads, though - I wouldn't mind having a play with the 12.9 myself. I'm enjoying mine, though, more as the thread has gone on. It seems mine may be one of the last iOs devices along with the iPhone 8 and 8+ to have a home button.

    Perhaps it's because the first device I used to connect to the internet and download music to was an early mid 2000s phone that I grew up liking phones more.
    --- Post Merged, Jan 10, 2019 at 8:37 AM ---
    Can't you just continue to use your work issued device and keep your iPad for personal use? That is what I would do though it pains me to use a device I don't like.

    At home I just use my MacBook (the one with the sole USB-C port). I got it at a really good price and it's overkill for my needs although not being a particular powerful laptop. I can't type on an iPad the way I can on the MacBook.
  9. millydog macrumors 6502


    Oct 21, 2007
    The intention of my employer is to use the work provided Windows laptop, yes. I can use that, but I prefer my iPad for its portability and lightness. I have rheumatoid arthritis and use a walking stick or crutches to get around, depending on how my knees and ankles are feeling on a given day. So my iPad is easier to take to meetings. Using the iPad also means that I receive work emails and notifications out of hours, which is of benefit to my employer since we have staff around the globe that can communicate outside of local hours too. I don’t take my laptop home each night and turn it on, but I do have my iPad. In the past, my iPad has also reminded me of early morning meetings which I would have missed or not known about otherwise too. So not only is it more convenient for me to carry an iPad instead of a laptop around the office, but my employer benefits too. However, they have brought in the profile for personal devices to increase security of office documents which is understandable, not that I am one even dealing with such documents, but it’s a company wide policy. I’m not sure that I want to install it due to the control they then have over my personal device. I have just had a total knee replacements on both knees and I’m on crutches, but I am making great progress and hope to get off the crutches soon.
  10. DoubleFlyaway macrumors 6502a


    Nov 16, 2017
    If I were you, I’d let your employer install the profile on one of your two iPPs.
  11. mackie8 macrumors 6502a

    Nov 6, 2014
    I had a love hate relationship with my ipad air 2...
    But now that my son is growing and using more often than me... im miss having my own ipad hahah...

    I want the new ipad pro 11... im into gaming now...
    Ragnarok is really addicting and i want to play in a bigger screen... and pencil is very useful for my editing needs.. im a freelance photographer...

    Im not sure if i can edit raw file in the ipad using free lightroom cc?
    What i have in my imac is the old lightroom not the cloud version..
  12. cola79 macrumors regular

    Sep 19, 2013
    When surfing the web, i use my ipad 2017 most of the time. I just turn on my ten years old laptop when i have to print something, as my printer has no wifi but still works good enough so i can’t justify to replace it.

    But i would say anyhow i use it so much, there is nothing special about it for me. In past times i always looked for the newer iPads, but today i really don’t care about new generations. My “old” ipad works good enough for what i do, and if it needs to be replaced, i might just buy the cheapest one they offer.

    I rarely up to never install Apps. I use those it came with, plus YouTube and some banking apps. No games, no time stealer apps who pretend to make my life better and no augmented reality.

    I wished the iPads would allow to connect mouse and keyboard, and that i can connect a printer via cable for the rare occasions where i print something. Then it would fully replace my laptop.

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