iPad Pro Transfing things rMBP -> iPP conundrum.

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  1. SS4Luck macrumors regular

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    So I carry my 15" rMBP and my iPP with me at all times. I use both for specific reasons, and sometimes they overlap and that is where I ran into an issue.

    Tonight while doing stats homework I created a chart in excel on the rMBP, which I needed to insert into the notes I was taking on noteability on my iPP. Now, here is where things get stupid. I had no way to get it from one machine to the other without emailing it to myself.

    I sat at the bar and said to myself, I have two "top of the line" mac products,that I have purchased to make my technological life "streamlined" by only using one manufacturer, and here I am stuck with no better way to transfer images, let alone files, between them without emailing them to myself, which eventually leads to me de-railing my train of though and ending up watching "How to be a brain surgeon" videos on YouTube or lost in the endless infomation highway known as Wikipedia.

    So I ask, is there a way to transfer things easier that I am overlooking? Im pretty sure the bluetooth in the iPad doesnt allow for file transfer (which is ****ing stupid if its true) but its all i could think of.I live out in the middle of no where and currently dont have WiFi availble to me most of the time until there is a JB for my 6S Plus so I can use that as a hotspot like I did my i5
     
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  3. SS4Luck thread starter macrumors regular

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    I didnt know Airdrop was an option on the laptops, Ive never used it on my phone so it doesnt come to mind when i think "file sharing"

    thanks!!
     
  4. Smeaton1724 macrumors 6502a

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    I may be misunderstanding but here are two ways:

    1. Create chart in Excel
    2. Use grab to make an image/output the chart as an image file from excel.
    3. Save to iCloud drive. (The image will be in the root or if more organised put it in the Preview folder or one of your own making).
    4. Open iCloud drive app on iPP and save photo to iPad.

    1. Create chart in Excel
    2. Use grab to make an image/output the chart as an image file from excel.
    3. Open notability on Mac and import in the note.
    4. On iPP open notability and the note. The chart should be there when the note has synced.

    An additional step is to have a dropbox set-up that notability notes backup to as PDF's. That way I have 'live' notes on my Mac and iPad, backed up to iCloud and also synced to Dropbox as PDF's.
     
  5. Beavix macrumors 6502a

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    AirDrop is the best way to transfer files between devices. It doesn't require a wifi network so it works anywhere.
     
  6. Night Spring macrumors G5

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    Reading the OP, I'm wondering -- how do you email things to yourself if you have no wifi? You can do email on MacBook over Ethernet, but not on the iPad.
     
  7. silverblack macrumors 68030

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    With access to wifi, any cloud drive would do.

    Without wifi or any wireless connection (e.g., on a plane), you have to use usb drives, just like always with any computers.

    https://www.sandisk.com/ixpandflashdrive
     
  8. SS4Luck thread starter macrumors regular

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    I was sitting at the bar next to school when i originally was doing this. I live on a farm and dont have wifi at home so I was panicking a bit as to getting work off of my laptop and onto my ipad to submit for school. My iPad has LTE
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    I had the chart created and saved as a jpeg, it was getting it to my ipad that i was having the issue with
     
  9. midwestfisherma macrumors 6502

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    You've got ~$4,000 in Apple products yet no WiFi at home? That seems odd.
     
  10. xraydoc macrumors demi-god

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    AirDrop
    Cloud storage (DropBox, iCloud Drive, OneDrive, etc)
    Email (don't see why you feel it's not a reasonable way to transfer something simple, but whatever)
    iTunes file transfer


    AirDrop is probably easiest as it doesn't require network access, but BT and wifi do at least have to turned on on both machines (uses direct connections).
    iTunes file transfer requires a USB cable.
    Cloud storage and email require either a wifi network or Bluetooth tethering from iPhone.
     
  11. Night Spring macrumors G5

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    First, as someone else already asked, why no wifi? A wifi router can be had for less than $100.

    And if your iPad has LTE, then a cloud storage/syncing solution can also work. Might be even simpler than AirDrop for some things.
     
  12. SS4Luck, Jan 25, 2016
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    They don't offer Internet in my area that isn't dial up speed and platinum pricing is all. With my signal repeater I got about 2 bars of 4g on my iPad/phone. It not that I don't have access to wifi I don't really have access to the Internet at home not on my phone or iPad
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    See post above
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    the root of this problem is i had my droid Rommed and used it as a hotspot for my house. That phone got crushed by my tractor and I decided to go back to the iPhone family not knowing jailbreak wasn't out for currently signed iOS, but I planned to use my phone to run all of my internet needs once the Jed is out
     
  13. masotime macrumors 68000

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    AirDrop airdrop airdrop.

    It bears repeating because it's amazing how many people don't know airdrop exists across just about any Apple device.
     
  14. Night Spring macrumors G5

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    O-kay. But in that case, your original plan to email the file to yourself wouldn't work either????
     
  15. SS4Luck thread starter macrumors regular

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    The original file I needed to transfer was while i was sitting at the bar next to school over their wifi, emailing myself that file was not the issue. It was the ability for me to easily be able to tranfer files, possibly without wifi down the road that I was monst interesed in
     
  16. Night Spring macrumors G5

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    Ah, gotcha. Well, keep us updated on how Airdrop works for you.
     
  17. yep-sure macrumors 6502

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    AirDrop is incredibly unreliable and essentially useless. One of my main gripes with iOS, iCloud, etc is that in 2016, the quickest way to shares files between devices is still to email it to yourself.
     
  18. Beavix macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah it was that way until the last OS X updates. Now it works pretty well.
     
  19. SS4Luck thread starter macrumors regular

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    I've been messing with it all day, seems to be pretty solid so far?
     
  20. GrindedDown macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah I use airdrop alllllllll the time and it is nothing but great for me. It's weird though, my iPad and iPhone will show up immediately, but airdropping to my MacBook has a bit of a delay before it does up. It's minor tho. Works fantastically for me.
     
  21. yep-sure macrumors 6502

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    Perhaps the latest OSX/iOS updates have fixed the issues as suggested above.

    I can honestly say I've only ever managed to use it successfully less than 5 times ever. Usually the iPhone/iPad/rMBP doesn't show up on whatever device I'm trying to transfer the file from. By the time you toggle it on/off a bunch of times (which doesn't seem to make a difference in my experience), you could have just emailed the file to yourself. Obviously what I have experienced isn't the same for everyone, but I'm definitely not the only person on this forum to have issues with it.

    Anyway, glad to hear it's working for you.
     
  22. SS4Luck thread starter macrumors regular

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    Yeah I've noticed the rMBP doesn't show up as quick, but it's a sub 10 second delay.
     

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