Loving my new set-up :)

Discussion in 'iPad' started by profmatt, Sep 29, 2017.

  1. profmatt macrumors 68000


    Mar 7, 2015
    Believing iOS 11 to be something of a game-changer, I sold my MacBook Pro (which was, frankly, vastly over-powered for what I was using it for) and I’ve set myself up with an iPad Pro, Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard. All safely stored in the Apple Leather Sleeve.

    So far I’m loving it. The Smart Keyboard is great to type on — I have the 10.5-inch which seems to make all the difference compared with the 9.7-inch I’d tried in the past. The keyboard is flat on a flat surface (unlike some I’ve read about) and very solid and stable. It’s very comfy on my lap. And it all fits (snugly!) in the Sleeve and looks terrific, too.

    Very happy, and I have cash in the bank leftover from the sale.

    [photo to come]
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    Well I was going to post a picture but I’ve found the first flaw in my new system!

    I cannot find anyway to post a photo from my iPad. The one I took is too large to post here and I don’t know how to make it smaller using an iPad.

    I’ve tried uploading to photo hosting services, but MacRumors didn’t like any of the links any of them generated.

    I give up.

    I love my new set up. I love MacRumors not so much.
  2. KRG macrumors regular


    Sep 12, 2015
    I did the same thing when the 10.5 launched. Glad you like it; so do I.
  3. profmatt thread starter macrumors 68000


    Mar 7, 2015
  4. unconaction macrumors newbie

    May 7, 2010
    great to hear these type of stories of folks evolving from laptops to iPad pros (obviously dependent if their use case allows for it). I find macrumors helpful learning how to do “x” on an iPad Pro that one once did on a laptop.
    Enjoy your set up and hope you’re able to post more about the transition over.
  5. kristalsoldier macrumors 6502


    Aug 10, 2013
    I really like that sleeve! Pity it’s not available at my current location, well, as of now at least!

    Nice setup! Also, if you don’t mind sharing, what kind of work do you do? I ask because it would be good to know how the iPad is enabling what you do? Apologies in advance if it’s an unusually forthright question.
  6. pandi.ruvina macrumors regular

    Mar 17, 2017
    Looks like an Inception thing, iPad within an iPad, but with true beauty!!!
  7. CrystalQuest76 Suspended

    Dec 14, 2015
    West Cost A Lot
    For the average user that setup sounds great.
    For anyone doing any work related multi-media development they need a desktop/laptop system. I produce eLearning projects in both Camtasia and Storyline.
  8. profmatt thread starter macrumors 68000


    Mar 7, 2015
    I teach maths and physics.

    The reason I held on to my MacBook for so long was because I wasn’t sold on using Excel on the iPad. However, I’ve just had my first Excel session on the iPad and I really liked how easy it was.
  9. camomac macrumors 6502a


    Jan 26, 2005
    Left Coast
    I recently did the same thing.
    I sold my MBP and bought a 10.5 Pro also. I have a Mac mini for all my heavy lifting.
    Great setup!
  10. parajba macrumors 6502

    Apr 19, 2008
    I don't want to sound polemic but it's beyond me how you can seriously work with Excel and an iPad. My line of work? Finance / investment banking. Just the thought of having to 'create' documents on an iPad makes me pass out...For consuming material yep the iPad is great. But for creating material the iPad is....claustrophobic.
  11. MacintoshDan macrumors 6502

    Sep 24, 2013
    I sold my laptop (RMBP) after I graduated college 3 years ago. After school I had little use for a laptop, at home I have a 27” 5k iMac. Had an iPad Air 2 since it came out. As soon as I saw the iPad Pro unveiling and iOS 11 preview I knew I was going to buy one when iOS 11 launched. This past week I took the leap. I have the WiFi/cellular version and a Smart Keyboard and Apple Pencil. I will admit I will vastly underutilize this setup, but it’s awesome and I’m glad I’ll have the capability if needed. I am already using the keyboard more then I ever thought I would. I feel for most it could replace a computer, but for me I will always need a desktop for certain things.
  12. profmatt thread starter macrumors 68000


    Mar 7, 2015
    I have an iMac as well. My use of Excel on my iPad is to work on spreadsheets I’ve already set up, not to create entire new ones.

    I think I now have the best of both worlds.
  13. mariotr87 macrumors regular

    Aug 12, 2011
    I recently bought an iPad Pro 10.5 myself, very happy with it. I'm also leaning towards an iMac, sounds like a nice combination.
  14. piimacmn macrumors newbie

    May 2, 2017
    Why is the 10.5 so much better than the 9.7? Have you used the 10.5 Smart Keyboard on a 9.7?
  15. parajba macrumors 6502

    Apr 19, 2008
    Thanks for the clarification. Then we agree that iPads (no matter how fancy their label is) are still relegated to the 'material consumption' category.

    PS: I have a MBP and an iPad Pro (9.7) so this is first hand experience.
  16. boston04and07 macrumors 65816


    May 13, 2008
    I did the exact same thing last year - replaced my MacBook Pro with an iPad Pro, and I couldn’t be happier. The MacBook Pro was just way more than what I needed, and it actually lacked things that I wanted and now have in my iPad, like a cellular connection. I too have a 10.5 but use it with a magic keyboard. The keyboard mainly gets used on my desk, and I find that I type pretty well just using the onscreen keyboard when I’m away from my desk. Even so, I got a case that allows me to prop up the magic keyboard on my lap when need be (which is a Dodocase, highly recommended).

    Like @camomac I have a Mac mini, but actually use it as more of a server. I could definitely live without it if I had to, but it’s nice being able to have local backups of files. I don’t even have a screen for it - I just access it via my iPad using the Screens app.

    The *only* thing that would make this whole setup better for me would be trackpad support. When I’m using my iPad at my desk with my keyboard, it can get a little uncomfortable reaching up vertically after a while. But sorry! Don’t mean to start the whole mouse debate again...:rolleyes:
  17. profmatt thread starter macrumors 68000


    Mar 7, 2015
    Maybe I’ve been taken in by Apple’s advertising. They say 10.5 was the sweet spot because it enabled them to have a full-size keyboard. I’m tying on it now and I’m finding it comfortable and easy to use. The 9.7 was just that little bit tighter and so felt slightly less natural.

    The 10.5 on a 9.7 would be weird as it wouldn’t fit properly as a cover.
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    This isn’t a court of law, counsellor!

    My iPad isn’t merely used for passive consumption. I’m writing this reply on the Smart Keyboard on the iPad. Although I wouldn’t set up a big spreadsheet on it, I do edit spreadsheets on it.

    Given that I have a desktop machine (iMac) having a laptop as well — especially given their huge cost — was just excessive for me. The iPad is a perfect addition to a desktop for me. The keyboard makes it capable of doing everything I used to do on my laptop 90% of the time. The Apple Pencil and touch screen offer additional functionality not available on the laptop.

    I’m very happy with my set-up. As I said.
  18. burgman macrumors 68000


    Sep 24, 2013
    I think your first post is somewhat misleading. You made it sound like you had given up a computer and only used an IPad.
  19. ilikewhey macrumors 6502a


    May 14, 2014
    nyc upper east
    ironically i'm also using my ipad for physics and math. download notability and you r set to go.
  20. xAnthony macrumors 65816


    Mar 2, 2010
    I've been iPad only for about three years now. It's been wonderful. I've run into a few issues here and there, but I've found ways to manage. My favourite part is being able to use LTE when on the go. It really transforms your working lifestyle.

    I'm planning to upgrade to the next gen iPad if they ship with a similar look to the iPhone X.
  21. SB-MBP Suspended


    May 11, 2013
    N. Ireland
    Great to see another person upgrading from laptop to tablet.. and yes, it’s an upgrade in many ways as much as it can be argued otherwise.

    This time last year I also used a MBP. Now I’m iPad only but the non-Pro model.

    My MacBook days are simply a sweet memory of good times and good machines. And of course, my username and icon;-)
  22. Wreckus macrumors 6502a


    Jan 22, 2015
    Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
    I got the 9.7 inch iPad Pro and Ever since iOS 11 came out, I’ve been using it more & more as a laptop. Heck, even today my windows laptop has been off and i’ve been using my iPad Pro to track my football fantasy teams and surfing the net as well as twitter.

    Even ordered the apple iPad Pro 9.7 Smart Keyboard today as the the case of my Logitech iPad Pro keyboard I have is starting to crack.
  23. ventmore, Oct 1, 2017
    Last edited: Oct 1, 2017

    ventmore macrumors 6502a

    Jul 13, 2008
    Download the Workflow app, and create an action extension to resize your images.

    I’ve only just downloaded Workflow (late to the party I know) as I was looking for a way to convert images to different formats, and it seems it’s going to be quite useful. I believe this link should allow you to download the workflow I’ve just created once you have the app, but here’s a screenshot anyway:


  24. The Game 161 macrumors P6

    The Game 161

    Dec 15, 2010
    download tapatalk and post it from there.
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    the sleeve works well with the ipad on top of that. Thought about the apple case but price wise went for one on amazon

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