Should I buy macbook air or ipad pro?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by _LeaFy_, Jun 12, 2016.

  1. _LeaFy_ macrumors member


    Jun 12, 2016
    Hi guys,
    I'm wondering if I should buy macbook air or ipad pro. They have almost similar prices (ipad 128gb), but the only thing i'm worried about is the macbook air display, is it like bad? In my pc I have 2k display.
    I'm gonna use this device for traveling, watching movies, surfing the internet and all this stuff which I do on PC except of gaming. Now I own ipad 4 and I feel that I need an upgrade. What should I buy?
  2. jarodlee88 macrumors member


    Jun 12, 2016
    If you do not need to use any desktop apps, get the iPad Pro. It's way better for traveling as it is extremely portable. You will definitely have a better experience watching movies on the iPad Pro compared to the MacBook Air due to the higher res display and better speakers.
  3. sracer macrumors 604


    Apr 9, 2010
    in exile
    I've bolded the important point.

    Regarding the MBA's screen quality, it is highly subjective. For those with Marvel Superhero macro vision, the MBA screens are pixelated and blurry messes. For the average human being, the screen is fine and acceptable. Only you know if you are a Marvel Superhero or a mere mortal.

    I have both a 12.9 iPad Pro and a 11" Macbook Air. If I was going to travel and needed to do "stuff that I do on my iMac" then I would have to take the MBA. As a day-to-day mobile device, I use my iPP since it can handle most of my "mobile tasks" and on those occasions where I need to do OSX-type things, I remote into my iMac using Jump Desktop.

    As the iOS apps that I use improve, I'm finding fewer and fewer reasons to remote into my iMac. For all of the things that I do an iPad no matter how Pro it is, could never replace my iMac. But it is working pretty well as a hybrid device.

    The questions to ask yourself, "what things do I do on a PC that I need to be able to do on the road?" "how important is it for me to be able to do those things?" "Are there alternative ways of getting those tasks done and do those ways exist on iOS?"
  4. _LeaFy_ thread starter macrumors member


    Jun 12, 2016
    Well, the only thing I was unsure about was the screen, I guess I'm gonna go to the shop and see what it looks like but I think I will go with the macbook, because in the car or plane the Ipad 4 is still good for watching movies but in a long usage, the iOS is just boring to use, so I hope macbook will be fine.
  5. theluggage macrumors 68040

    Jul 29, 2011
    It is perfectly usable, but out-of-date and low resolution. Even your iPad 4 has a high-pixel-density "retina" display that will give sharper text and images than the MBA. The reason for getting the Air is if you need to run full-fat OS X laptop/desktop applications.

    The iPad Pro display is better than the MacBook Air (insofar as you can compare different sizes).

    You've got an iPad 4 - the iPad Pro is going to be a useful upgrade from this, but not drastically different. You should be able to judge whether an iPad is going to meet all your needs.
  6. evec macrumors regular

    Jun 8, 2016
    It depending on should you want keyboard for input, as macbook with fully multi-tasking desktop environment with faster internet browsing.
    If you just require surfing internet or simple task, get IPAD PRO.
    You can also review Macbook12 with good display and light as iPad Pro, however slightly expensive.

    As MBA is low resolution, the contrast is not bad and less reflection, make it more suitable for long editing and good for outdoor usage.

    As OSX install VLC you can view all format video with long battery life, in IOS viewing unsupported format will get very bad performance, become very hot and high battery quick drain.

    MBA 13 have better display that 11 and it 16:10, start config with 8GB which is essential for today OSX system.
  7. Lapine Rider macrumors member

    May 15, 2010
    My solution was to get a 12" Mac Book Retina, for not a whole lot more. Great screen, full capabilities (or at least all the capabilities I actually need), and in my own (experienced) opinion every bit as real-world portable as an iPad with keyboard. I'm very pleased with it after three months, and more so every day. The only downside is that it's indeed a bit less convenient to read a book or watch a movie on a laptop as opposed to a tablet. But that's true of the MBA as well.
  8. Scepticalscribe Contributor


    Jul 29, 2008
    The Far Horizon
    It depends on what you wish to actually do with the computer.

    Think of the difference as follows: For consuming content, the iPad is excellent. That is, if you want to download stuff, surf, and so on. Here, the retina screen of the iPad will probably also come into its own.

    However, for creating content - anything that requires any sort of decent writing, the 11" MBA is without equal as it is a fully fledged computer with a proper keyboard, and it exceedingly portable, powerful and a computer that comes with excellent battery life, too.
  9. _LeaFy_ thread starter macrumors member


    Jun 12, 2016
    I guess I will just buy macbook 12, 2015 model.
  10. Pugly macrumors regular

    Jun 7, 2016
    I really like iPads, but for me the novelty has kind of warned off. You can do amazing things on them, but I'm just not as fast or precise on an iPad as I am on a laptop.

    The issue is touch interfaces, while intuitive and great for lots of things... it just takes up too much space on the screen. And if you plan to attach a keyboard all the time anyways... might as well get a laptop at that point.

    The MacBook airs screen works fine, but if the screen is what you care about most... it's really not the device for you.
  11. alex2792 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 13, 2009
    Well that really depends on what that "other stuff" you do on your PC is. If it's anything productivity related then the MacBook Air is a no brainer.
  12. Cheffy Dave macrumors 68030

    Cheffy Dave

    Feb 5, 2007
    Sunny Florida, on the Gulf Coast in Homosassa Fl

    To the point!
  13. _LeaFy_ thread starter macrumors member


    Jun 12, 2016
    I've just got the macbook 12 2016 model and I'm not disappointed. It's really thin and light and the screen is amazing. I was worried about the keyboard but it actually feels really nice.
  14. Wackery, Jun 26, 2016
    Last edited: Jun 26, 2016

    Wackery macrumors 6502a

    Feb 1, 2015
    the screen on the air really isnt that bad, for entertainment purposes the ipad pro is better, for more versatility in terms of running programs and work i would recommend the air. they're both good tho

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