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Discussion in 'iPad' started by bpbatch, Feb 12, 2014.
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why didn't you get the air? a larger screen would make more sense to me.
Very nice write-up and set-up. It gave me some ideas. Thanks!
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.
I'm amazed by your setup! I'm thinking of making a move to iPad only for the majority of my computing needs..
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
My elderly parents in their 70's survive on a iPad mini, so it can be done
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.
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:
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
F1 = Decrease screen brightness
F2 = Increase screen brightness
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.
Does the iPad skate around the table on that stand when you need to touch the screen?
Wow. No way I could give up my MBP for an iPad.
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.
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.
Also, it folds for portability.
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.
Great write up and ideas....one thing though....get a logitech bluetooth keyboard. Its illuminated and can connect to three devices
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.
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.
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.
Hmm, sure I probably can replace my MacBook and Mac mini with my ipad, I just don't want to.