All iPads Replaced my Macbook and Mac Mini with an iPad Mini

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  1. bpbatch, Feb 12, 2014
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    why didn't you get the air? a larger screen would make more sense to me.
     
  3. bpbatch, Feb 12, 2014
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    Very nice write-up and set-up. It gave me some ideas. Thanks!

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  5. Altis macrumors 68030

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    Great write-up for those looking for ideas on how to make an iPad work better for them.

    I would have gone for an Air if it were to be my only device, but then again, I'd rather eat clay than attempt to use my iPad in place of my desktop/laptop. ;)
     
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    I'm amazed by your setup! I'm thinking of making a move to iPad only for the majority of my computing needs..
     
  7. Cell-666 macrumors 6502a

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    I actually made our house desktop free a few years back, iPad 2 era. I had a great big gaming PC, wife had one of a long line of laptops, daughter too with never ending user problems due to Windows being too open for none techs like my wife and daughter lol

    Although I did buy a Mac mini for iTunes database of my music, even though I have iTune Match. It also keeps up with all the photos with our various photo stream accounts. Plus all my DVD rips so I couldn't go totally down the cloud route. But still, post PC and all that.

    Oh and the gaming PC, it's now at work, where I game :)
     
  8. Robster3 macrumors 68000

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    My elderly parents in their 70's survive on a iPad mini, so it can be done:)
     
  9. Amplelink macrumors 6502a

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    It can be done, but it really depends on what you use a computer for. For some people, the iPad lacks certain software that's only available for full blown computers.
     
  10. ardchoille50 macrumors 68020

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    I have a similar set up with the iPad 4. Here's what I've found:

    So far I have determined that the following keys work perfectly on the iPad 4 with this keyboard:

    Text manipulation:
    Command+left arrow = go to beginning of sentence
    Command+right arrow = go to end of sentence
    Command+up arrow = go to beginning of document
    Command+down arrow = go to end of document
    Command+c = copy
    Command+v = paste
    Command+x = cut
    Command+delete = deletes everything to left of cursor
    Command+z = undo
    Option+delete = delete word to left of cursor

    It seems that Option+letter keys are mapped to special characters. For example, option+z = Ω

    Brightness keys:
    F1 = Decrease screen brightness
    F2 = Increase screen brightness

    Media keys:
    F7 = Go to beginning of song
    F8 = Play/pause
    F9 = Go to next song
    F10 = Mute
    F11 = Decrease volume
    F12 = Increase volume

    There is a certain time limit before this keyboard enters "sleep" mode and keypresses are no longer recognized by the iPad - pressing the keyboard power button will wake it up. During the "awake" period, however, any key press of the keyboard will wake the iPad and the lock code can be performed from the keyboard.
     

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    Does the iPad skate around the table on that stand when you need to touch the screen?
     
  13. bpbatch, Feb 16, 2014
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  14. nfl46 macrumors 604

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    Wow. No way I could give up my MBP for an iPad.
     
  15. bpbatch, Feb 16, 2014
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  16. Rodster macrumors 68040

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    Kudos to the OP but I couldn't give up any of my PC's or Mac. They all have there purpose. Where the iPad has it's advantage is in simplicity and lack of maintenace. That doesn't bother me as i've been around computers since the early 80's.
     
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    My setup is as the picture shows, it's a Bluetooth keyboard with iPad mini with retina 64 GB. I like it a lot, but it doesn't replace the MacBook Pro in any way and defiantly not the iMac.

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    Discussed plenty of times before - will replace for some (my parents) but not for me.

    Whilst there is a way to do pro tasks on an iPad - it usually involves a longer method. Can it be done? Yes with pain.
     
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    Mine doesn't, but you bring up a good point; buy a stand that has some sort of soft rubber so it doesn't move as easily.
     
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    My rmini is my main PC now. I still need my desktop occasionally for things but overall the mini is fine for 95% of what I need to do. If you're into jailbreaking you can do even more work with iPads.
     
  23. bpbatch, Feb 16, 2014
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    Nice write-up! Thanks! I am almost there but are three main reasons I will have an MBP for at least a few more years. 1 Video Editing. 2.iPhoto management 3. iTunes management (3 iPads and an iPhone with different photo albums and playlists). In conjunction with these 3 things is also storage. My kids will be getting my hand-me-down MBP because I used up almost all of the 128 GB as I just got a new one. But because I can do so much on my iPad, my MBP will not have to leave the house which is nice. My thought is that by the time my new MBP is too old to be useful, there won't be a need for a tablet and a laptop.
     
  25. David58117 macrumors 65816

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    Hmm, sure I probably can replace my MacBook and Mac mini with my ipad, I just don't want to.
     

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