elf69

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We I been playing with my pro (10.5) last few days at work to see if it can replace my 2012 MacBook Air.

It almost can.

most work stuff is done in google docs and that all works fine in the pro, quite well actually.
bluetooth keyboard takes are of typing...

The only thing is....
printing.

We have an old ethernet printer, unlike osx I cannot search and add it.
I read of an app in a local machine to fool the iPad to thinking it an AirPrint printer.

that is not an option in my location sadly.
Even if it was air print does not handle duplex does it?

On plus side last few days has shown me just what a power house of a tablet the pro is!
It just took everything I threw at it and did it, bar the printer of course.
 

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I know that you can plug an ethernet adapter to your iPad with using a Lightning to USB and USB to Ethernet adapter, but idk if it will allow the iPad to see the local printer.
 

elf69

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Think issue at work s we have several sub networks on the network.

Think this is primary issue which OSX seems to navigate where IOS does not so well.

Will retry next week with handprint though
 

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We I been playing with my pro (10.5) last few days at work to see if it can replace my 2012 MacBook Air.

It almost can.

most work stuff is done in google docs and that all works fine in the pro, quite well actually.
bluetooth keyboard takes are of typing...

The only thing is....
printing.

We have an old ethernet printer, unlike osx I cannot search and add it.
I read of an app in a local machine to fool the iPad to thinking it an AirPrint printer.

that is not an option in my location sadly.
Even if it was air print does not handle duplex does it?

On plus side last few days has shown me just what a power house of a tablet the pro is!
It just took everything I threw at it and did it, bar the printer of course.
Duplex is possible. I use it at home.
 
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elf69

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for use at my work this would be my only real issue.

as said all our system is in google docs so web based which almost any tablet could do.
 

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We I been playing with my pro (10.5) last few days at work to see if it can replace my 2012 MacBook Air.

It almost can.

most work stuff is done in google docs and that all works fine in the pro, quite well actually.
bluetooth keyboard takes are of typing...

The only thing is....
printing.

We have an old ethernet printer, unlike osx I cannot search and add it.
I read of an app in a local machine to fool the iPad to thinking it an AirPrint printer.

that is not an option in my location sadly.
Even if it was air print does not handle duplex does it?

On plus side last few days has shown me just what a power house of a tablet the pro is!
It just took everything I threw at it and did it, bar the printer of course.

The longer you use it the more deal breakers will expose themselves. At this point it is simply not ready. I just use it when at home almost entirely until I run into something I can’t do and then I switch to the MacBook Pro to do that. I find myself using the iPad a lot now. Finally got the hang of the multi-tasking pretty well. I should work on getting used to things like copying a picture from the web and pasting it into a document. Things like that I’m still a little shady on. Really wish I would have gone for the 12.9” now.
 
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...Even if it was air print does not handle duplex does it?

Duplex is a function of the printer, not the iPad. So, if the Air printer has duplex capability then the option to print double-sided will appear in the print menu on iPad.

In my case, I have a Brother laser printer (AirPrint) which is capable of duplex printing. When I select print then tap on Option, the print menu expands to show that I can choose to print single-sided or double-sided and what range of pages to print.
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I ran into this problem today. I have an HP Deskjet 3520 printer and both my iPad Pro and my MBP print wirelessly to it. Yes, iPad will print double sided if I want. But today I wanted to print selected pages from an instruction manual PDF. On the ipad’s Print screen it was easy to select the page I wanted to print and only that page. However when the printing started coming out, it was printing from page 1 and was going to print the whole PDF. I had to go to my MBP and of course the printer printed only the page I was selecting. This seems to be an issue the iPad has, not the printer.
 

Gharleydude

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We I been playing with my pro (10.5) last few days at work to see if it can replace my 2012 MacBook Air.

It almost can.

most work stuff is done in google docs and that all works fine in the pro, quite well actually.
bluetooth keyboard takes are of typing...

The only thing is....
printing.

We have an old ethernet printer, unlike osx I cannot search and add it.
I read of an app in a local machine to fool the iPad to thinking it an AirPrint printer.

that is not an option in my location sadly.
Even if it was air print does not handle duplex does it?

On plus side last few days has shown me just what a power house of a tablet the pro is!
It just took everything I threw at it and did it, bar the printer of course.
Hello people, I am in dire need of some good knowledgeable advice. Today I purchased a new Apple IPad Pro ( 10.5-inch) 64 GB. My reason for choosing the 64 GB was cost; I am retired and money is tight thus my reason for this choice versus the 256 or larger. That being said, upon further consideration after the fact and having read some articles online, I am concerned that I may have made a mistake in purchasing the 64 GB, thus as I said, am in need of some good advice by those quite knowledgeable in such matters. Time is of the essence for me in that if I need to return it for a larger it needs to be done soon. Thank you for your patience and time.
 

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We I been playing with my pro (10.5) last few days at work to see if it can replace my 2012 MacBook Air.

It almost can.

most work stuff is done in google docs and that all works fine in the pro, quite well actually.
bluetooth keyboard takes are of typing...

The only thing is....
printing.

We have an old ethernet printer, unlike osx I cannot search and add it.
I read of an app in a local machine to fool the iPad to thinking it an AirPrint printer.

that is not an option in my location sadly.
Even if it was air print does not handle duplex does it?

On plus side last few days has shown me just what a power house of a tablet the pro is!
It just took everything I threw at it and did it, bar the printer of course.

I frankly DONT want IPad to replace MacBook Pros or laptops or PCs. There is room for all of them they each have their strengths. As Steve Jobs imagined and often said. Computers are like Automobiles. You wouldn’t use a SportsCar to collect Garbage that’s what Garbage Trucks are for. You wouldn’t use a Motorcycle to take your Son to School (but you could). That’s the rub. IPad can do a lot a Laptop Does and vice versa. But I am more than happy with the tablet experience, the portability, the size, the writing, the camera, the battery life etc.
Just like I’m happy with my daily driver Honda, and my motorcycle for fun days. Each has their merits.
 

Richard8655

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Hello people, I am in dire need of some good knowledgeable advice. Today I purchased a new Apple IPad Pro ( 10.5-inch) 64 GB. My reason for choosing the 64 GB was cost; I am retired and money is tight thus my reason for this choice versus the 256 or larger. That being said, upon further consideration after the fact and having read some articles online, I am concerned that I may have made a mistake in purchasing the 64 GB, thus as I said, am in need of some good advice by those quite knowledgeable in such matters. Time is of the essence for me in that if I need to return it for a larger it needs to be done soon. Thank you for your patience and time.

This is a good concern to have, especially while a return or exchange is still possible. I’d say many would agree that it depends on your storage needs. If you store a lot of music, videos, photos, books, and the like right on your iPad, more storage is probably better. Especially if you travel and want everything with you.

In my case, my 32gb 2017 iPad is just fine for my storage needs. The reason it works for me is that I access all my music, videos, photos, books, files, etc. on my iPad via WiFi from my Mac (with 1tb drive) or via iCloud. Even apps can easily be downloaded from iCloud as needed and unloaded if not. So most everything is easily accessible and really residing elsewhere, and not on the iPad itself.

But that’s my situation, and I’m not sure if that would fit your needs. Even if not, 64gb is an awful lot of storage and I’d think that would typically be enough.
 
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@Gharleydude,

You should create your own, new thread as it is a different topic than that which is being discussed here.

Not necessarily so. If the printer is connected to a Mac or router, Handyprint will support iPad WiFi printing to a non-AirPrint printer. That’s what I’m doing fairly well.

My experience with corporate IT is that they will not simply connect printers to computers and install software for sharing said printers across the network. This depends entirely on the OP's work environment, but an actual network printer supporting AirPrint is probably a better course of action. (Or corporate third-party apps to handle this if the company has something like that available.)

I'm not disagreeing with you as in the past I've done something similar at home, but I phrased my original response the way I did with the mindset that the OP is not managing the company's network and therefore wouldn't be able to do something like that.
 

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Hello people, I am in dire need of some good knowledgeable advice. Today I purchased a new Apple IPad Pro ( 10.5-inch) 64 GB. My reason for choosing the 64 GB was cost; I am retired and money is tight thus my reason for this choice versus the 256 or larger. That being said, upon further consideration after the fact and having read some articles online, I am concerned that I may have made a mistake in purchasing the 64 GB, thus as I said, am in need of some good advice by those quite knowledgeable in such matters. Time is of the essence for me in that if I need to return it for a larger it needs to be done soon. Thank you for your patience and time.

I have the 256 GB version, but to be honest the only reason why I spent the extra money on the larger size was that I use it for my music production company and keep thousands of wav files on my iPad. Without that specific need, I would be perfectly fine with 64 GB.

My mom (who is also retired) just ordered one from Best Buy yesterday and for her I suggested the 64 GB version. I took a look at her iPhone and it was using only 11 GB, and her old MacBook Pro (which she is replacing with the new iPad Pro) was only using 38 GB, most of which was from Mac OSX.

The things that take up lots of space are videos and large music files. In the case of music, the music files downloaded from iTunes actually do not take up very much space unless you have tens of thousands of songs. In my case I have 48k WAV files and those do take up a significant amount of space.

So unless you are the type that wants to keep your movie collection on your iPad, or you have tens of thousands of songs/photos that you keep on your iPad, then I would say 64 GB is probably just fine.
 
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iGalileo

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Hello people, I am in dire need of some good knowledgeable advice. Today I purchased a new Apple IPad Pro ( 10.5-inch) 64 GB. My reason for choosing the 64 GB was cost; I am retired and money is tight thus my reason for this choice versus the 256 or larger. That being said, upon further consideration after the fact and having read some articles online, I am concerned that I may have made a mistake in purchasing the 64 GB, thus as I said, am in need of some good advice by those quite knowledgeable in such matters. Time is of the essence for me in that if I need to return it for a larger it needs to be done soon. Thank you for your patience and time.
If you want to download a lot of media (music, Netflix, Movies), for offline watching, yes you better exchange it for the larger 256. To me this is very important, because i like to have a sizable collection of movies, and tv series, to entertain myself in case i get stranded in a place without wifi.
Hope my advice helped.
 

Richard8655

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@Gharleydude,

My experience with corporate IT is that they will not simply connect printers to computers and install software for sharing said printers across the network. This depends entirely on the OP's work environment, but an actual network printer supporting AirPrint is probably a better course of action. (Or corporate third-party apps to handle this if the company has something like that available.)

I'm not disagreeing with you as in the past I've done something similar at home, but I phrased my original response the way I did with the mindset that the OP is not managing the company's network and therefore wouldn't be able to do something like that.

Yes, this is a good point (having worked in an IT environment). It does depend on the size of the IT department, and what flexibility is available. Larger installations standardize everything and this would normally violate policy. But a small shop might be ok with it. But you’re right, the best and proper solution would simply implement an AirPrint printer.
 
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The only thing is....
printing.
Nonsense.

My iPad Pro cannot run Windows. My iPad Pro cannot run virtualized environments.
I like using my scanner, to bad there's no ability to do that with my iPad
Mouse support? Nope
Full version of Office, Lightroom, photoshop? Nope
Multiple monitor support - don't think so.
Full access to the file system - nope
Full multitasking, not some 50-50 window split that only a handful of apps support
Install any apps I want, nope.

I think there are many reasons why the iPad Pro cannot replace a laptop
 

elf69

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For my use most that don't matter!

for work I fill in sheets via google docs and print them.
that is it mostly.

For YOUR needs no it cannot.

for MY needs it almost can.

Why on earth would I want run windows, I moved to mac as I loath the way windows 10 has gone!
For my scanner at home runs fine as have an epson SX445w print and scan on wifi.

work has a lan printer not wifi, that's where my issue lays.
 
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Gharleydude

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This is a good concern to have, especially while a return or exchange is still possible. I’d say many would agree with me that it depends on your storage needs. If you store a lot of music, videos, photos, books, and the like right on your iPad, more storage is probably better. Especially if you travel and want everything with you.

In my case, my 32gb 2017 iPad is just fine for my storage needs. The reason it works for me is that I access all my music, videos, photos, books, files, etc on my iPad via WiFi from my Mac (with 1tb drive) or via iCloud. Even apps can easily be downloaded from iCloud as needed and unloaded if not. So most everything is easily accessible and really resides elsewhere, and not on the iPad itself.

But that’s my situation, and I’m not sure if that would fit your needs. Even if not, 64gb is an awful lot of storage and I’d think that would typically be enough.
Thank you so much for your response. Wow, I am so overwhelmed by so many different responses. What you say makes great sense, however, I still am unsure as to what is best. I think what I will do is tomorrow call up the reps who assisted me with my purchase at Verizon Wireless and pick their minds to see what they think. Again, thank you for r
I have the 256 GB version, but to be honest the only reason why I spent the extra money on the larger size was that I use it for my music production company and keep thousands of wav files on my iPad. Without that specific need, I would be perfectly fine with 64 GB.

My mom (who is also retired) just ordered one from Best Buy yesterday and for her I suggested the 64 GB version. I took a look at her iPhone and it was using only 11 GB, and her old MacBook Pro (which she is replacing with the new iPad Pro) was only using 38 GB, most of which was from Mac OSX.

The things that take up lots of space are videos and large music files. In the case of music, the music files downloaded from iTunes actually do not take up very much space unless you have tens of thousands of songs. In my case I have 48k WAV files and those do take up a significant amount of space.

So unless you are the type that wants to keep your movie collection on your iPad, or you have tens of thousands of songs/photos that you keep on your iPad, then I would say 64 GB is probably just fine.
Thank you for your response. In as I am a photographer it is my intent to use my iPad Pro with my other Pro gear, thus felt it important to have enough room for multiple images. This is all quite new to me so am fumbling my way to learning all of the nuances associated with the IPad Pro. Today I went back to the store and upgraded my 64 GB to a 256 instead. It cost me a bit more but I think in the long run I will be much happier with more as opposed to less. Again, thank you for responding.
 
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