Need advice on combination of devices

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by peroddmund, Jun 11, 2017.

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Which solutions would you advice me?

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  1. peroddmund macrumors newbie

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    Today's setup:

    iPad mini 4 (worth 300$): majority of my casual surfing and emailing. I use it while around the house, on my commute, in bed, on the toilette. It's probably my most used device


    MacBook 12" 1st gen (worth around 1000$) : I use this at the office for everything. Super simple iMovies projects for presentations, light Xcode programming, documents, email, surfing, communication, reference. It's mostly in the office, but I bring it around sometimes.


    iMac 27" 2013 (worth around 1500$): in my home office, mostly used on weekends for GarageBand projects, simple iMovie projects, photo editing and sometimes work. My least used device. My wife uses it a few times a month for computer stuff in the house. She has a MacBook Air at work where she does 99% of her computing


    This setup has been perfect for me for the last few years, and I couldn't be happier with the devices I use.


    Changes in my life situation:

    I'll be doing home office from now on. My work will involve more iOS programming and more video editing. So I'll be doing my work at home, and more heavy work. (The MacBook will be too weak in my opinion)


    I'll be traveling continental about 4-8 times a year for a week at the time. I won't need to do video editing and programming on these trips, but the possibility would be nice. I want something light to travel with and it will be used for reference, note taking and communication.


    Concerns:

    The MacBook is not powerful enough for my new work day, so it won't be used very much. I would really like Apple Pencil capabilities.


    Solution 1:

    Sell MacBook and iPad mini and trade it for iPad Pro 10.5" with Apple Pencil. Use the iPad for traveling/work outside home (no Xcode capabilities) and casual surfing + note taking, use the iMac for work at home.


    Pros: big powerful computer for work at home. Handy tablet for travel and surfing around the house + Apple Pencil notes capabilities. Setup would most likely earn me money.


    Cons: no Xcode on the road capabilities.


    Cash flow: 1000$(MacBook) + 300$(iPad mini) - 749$(iPad Pro) - 129$(iPad case) -99$(Apple Pencil) = 323$ (surplus)


    Solution 2:

    Sell iMac, MacBook and iPad mini and purchase 13" MacBook Pro, external display and iPad Pro 10.5" + Apple Pencil


    Pros: large computer at home with MacBook Pro + display, full work capabilities on the road if I need to. iPad for surfing around the house and travels with iPad Pencil possibilities.


    Cons: wife would have to use her MacBook Air at home as well if needed. MacBook Pro not as powerful as iMac, and will mostly be stationary in my home office. Setup would cost me money.


    Cash flow: 1500$(iMac) + 1000$(MacBook) + 300$(iPad mini) - 2000$(MacBook Pro) - 700$(4K display) - 749$(iPad Pro) - 129$(iPad case) -99$(Apple Pencil) = - 877$ (I would have to spend for this setup)



    Solution 3

    Keep current setup: use iMac for work at home, MacBook for traveling, iPad mini around the house + travel


    Pros: big powerful computer at home. Mac capabilities on travel albeit less powerful. Handy iPad around the house. No hassle with selling stuff.


    Cons: MacBook won't be used very much and iPad doesn't have Pencil capabilities.


    Cash flow: 0$
     
  2. Algus macrumors regular

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    I don't see why you should change your lineup at all. You might not use your MacBook as much anymore but your iMac should meet all your work needs, and your MacBook sounds like it is all you need for travel.
     
  3. krause734 macrumors 6502

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    Current setup is fine. I might swap the MB for a MBP at some point.
     
  4. iDento macrumors 6502

    iDento

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    No. 3

    Save your money, these devices are expensive and the ones you have are fine.
     
  5. peroddmund thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for the feedback, and I have concluded the same. Maybe if Apple make full Xcode support for iPad I'll sell my MacBook and iPad and trade it for an iPad Pro. Thanks
    --- Post Merged, Jun 14, 2017 ---
    Thanks for the feedback, and I have concluded the same. Maybe if Apple make full Xcode support for iPad I'll sell my MacBook and iPad and trade it for an iPad Pro. Thanks
    --- Post Merged, Jun 14, 2017 ---
    Thanks for the feedback, and I have concluded the same. Maybe if Apple make full Xcode support for iPad I'll sell my MacBook and iPad and trade it for an iPad Pro. Thanks
     

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