She only uses the computer for email, iPhoto, iCal etc. The most basic Apple apps only. Even though she's comfortable with OS X and Macs since she's been using her Bondi iMac and white MacBook since 2000, she gets frustrated with file management i.e. location of files and difference between save/save as, where the files go etc. Not a big deal but I'm thinking she'd be better off with an iPad Air and the iWork bundle with full iPhoto. Caveats: She'd not only need a wireless keyboard (no problem) but a lot of the normal text editing functions are absent on the iPad. As an example, most people use the mouse/trackpad to get to a position in the word doc for editing. Also I'm wondering how easy it would be for her to manage her 10GB iPhoto library. Not huge but she needs complete control of this as she uses iPhoto for design portfolio. She wold definitely enjoy having an iPad to take to job sites to show off portfolio like she does with my iPad. Sure she could have both a MacBook and iPad BUT we are trying to make things nice and zen-like. Not to mention tablets will soon rule the world so. How do you think she could manage her portfolio? An annual subscription to iCloud for her library? Any other tips re making document text editing OS X like? EDIT: Even I get frustrated with the iPad sometimes and I've been using them since day one and have been a Mac guy for ages. I somehow think it might not be the best idea for her. But maybe iOS might be better for her since she ISN'T an OS X guru? Maybe iOS is actually easier for non techies? What do you think? After all, that's the whole premise behind iOS right? .