iPad Pro What Can't you do on your iPad Pro ?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by TheRealAlex, Feb 23, 2017.

  1. TheRealAlex macrumors 65816

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    I'll make this simple instead of praising the things we can do I'll ask what Can't you do on your iPad Pro that limits you to still need a PC or Mac?

    I'll just say I have edited documents in Word that seemlesly mesh with OneNote and Word including my handwritten notes in red pen Apple Pencil and done my taxes scanned W2s and other forms with the camera and Printed what I need from my Canon MG. Edited and cut video for YouTube and added in effects and transitions. And so much more.

    It's to the point I have a hard time thinking of things I need my PC or Mac for at all.
     
  2. Eric5273 macrumors 6502a

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    The limitations are really in the apps, not the device's capabilities. But here is one:

    I own a music production company, and spend lots of time uploading and downloading sound files to/from FTP sites. Documents by Readdle has been a great app for this, and it works flawlessly. However, when I download WAV files, I need to check the sampling rate to see if they are 44.1 or 48kHz, and then I need to see if they are 16-bit or 24-bit. Sometimes I will have 40 or 50 files to check at one time, and I have yet to find a solution on the iPad to do this, and even on the Mac it is cumbersome. On a Windows PC, I can just open the folder up in Windows Explorer, change the view settings to add the columns I need to see, and then just browse down the list of all 40 or 50 files and check them in a minute or two.

    I'd love if there was some sort of app to do this on an iPad, but the best I have found is one that lets me open one file at a time and check it -- not a very time efficient way of doing things.
     
  3. Newtons Apple macrumors P6

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    I can not do AutoCAD, Photoshop, QuickBooks Pro and back up my iPhone in iTunes for just a few.

    Love the iPad but they are limited.

    Apple could allow them to do more but they do not want them to compete with their other products.
     
  4. arkitect macrumors 601

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    Rhinoceros 3D
    Maxwell Render
    Blender
    AutoCad
    Adobe Illustrator
    Adobe Photoshop
    Adobe InDesign
    Numbers - And I mean genuine spreadsheets with graphs and tables embedded.
    Pages - See above

    Etcetera…

    Not all "work" these days is text based.
     
  5. Hym tix macrumors member

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    Take a look at "AudioShare" by Kymatica. It takes one tap and about 1 second per file to view sample rate info, etc
     
  6. RobinInOR macrumors 6502

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    It's all about the programs and multitasking for me.

    Can't rip the DVDs I buy with Handbrake
    Can't use all the output features of Scrivener to create ebooks. Have to use the Mac version for that.
    Can't easily download update files for plex and apply them to my NAS. Trying to remote in to my NAS with an iPad is awful.
    Can't use Calibre as a central location for all my eBooks.
    Need the Mac for my iPhone backup, I cannot just use iCloud services

    And there's just something about watching a twitter feed auto scroll as you rip a DVD and look at Safari and/or YouTube while installing updates to programs and watching the update progress, having an iPhone sync happening in the background, downloading Kindle books from Amazon to Calibre. Did all that last night when I got home from work. I can't quite do all of that simultaneously on an iPad.
     
  7. M. Gustave macrumors 68000

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    Yep, and Macs/PCs are "limited" too. They aren't as portable as an iPad, they don't have good cameras, they are susceptible to viruses, they don't have LTE, they don't have Touch ID, most have crappy screens, and they don't run the iOS apps I use on a daily basis.
     
  8. Newtons Apple macrumors P6

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    We will mark you down as a "maybe".

    It takes two desktops, one laptop, 2 iPads and an 7+ to get me through the day.

    Desktops are both iMac 27 units running WIndows 7 on BootCamp. Laptop is the new Surface Pro with performance base. The Surface Pro is likely the most powerful but it is what we call the doomsday machine in case my office building burns down or I end up in the hospital and have to keep things going from there. I look at the laptop like insurance. I take complete backups home everyday.
     
  9. 960design macrumors 68020

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    http://www.123dapp.com/design

    Not available yet, but so amazing: https://affinity.serif.com/en-us/photo/ipad/
    http://www.pixelmator.com/ios/

    https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/quickbooks-accounting-invoice-estimate-expense/id584606479?mt=8

    done automatically through the cloud, no need to plug into computer for backups

    Come at me bro! :)
     
  10. alecgold macrumors 65816

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    So far the only things I can't do is scan large documents to PDF (that isn't convenient/good enough with a camera scanner) and run OCR on it. That would make the iPad Pro do anything I need.
    --- Post Merged, Feb 23, 2017 ---
    Please do help me as well??!
    External double sided small scanner and OCR would do :D
     
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    Newtons Apple macrumors P6

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    You do not know what you are talking about, bro. But if an ipad is all you need your life must be way more simple than mine.

    My company file size will not allow anything but full desktop Quickbooks Pro with a 5 person network. No choice for AutoCAD. I have too many years invested in Photoshop to move to a 2nd class product like Pixelator but if it works for you, great.

    The business world can not survive on just an iPad.
     
  12. Relentless Power, Feb 23, 2017
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    @960design was giving you alternatives to what you suggested. Not everyone utilizes one solution and there multiple angles for all users. Why is that a problem For you? Sure, you have restrictions to what you use daily, but obviously other forum members don't know that. Right?
     
  13. MauiDad macrumors newbie

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    I don't get your "genuine spreadsheet" comment. I have a Numbers financial planing spreadsheet that I wrote. This is a genuine spreadsheet with graphs, and tables (of course, duh?) embedded. It works great on iPhone, iPad, Mac and even the iCloud version. it is a 50-year solver that target various financial paths depending upon investment earnings, taxes, inflation rates, etc., etc, etc. works great.
     
  14. B.A.T macrumors 6502a

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    It's interesting how those that tend to brag about how big their company files are and all the robust programs they use at work are able to log onto an iPad forum during work hours. Makes me doubt their claims.
     
  15. Donka macrumors 68020

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    iMovie on the iPad is a great example. It works well for basic video editing but the potential is there for it to be much more powerful. A few simple additions such as adding more than two video streams or the ability to add text at any point and location instead being limited to using titles would make it a whole lot more productive on the iPad.
     
  16. Jnesbitt82 macrumors 6502

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    I wish I could transfer video from my dashcam SD card to my iPad. I've tried the dongle but the iPad just doesn't recognize the files at all. I would love an external storage option for movie streaming too.
     
  17. sonicrobby macrumors 68020

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    My big one is Solidworks and the factory restore/recovery of the iPad, then there is jailbreaking of course
     
  18. Cheffy Dave macrumors 68030

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    CHECKBOOK PRO by SPLASM SOFTWARE, I run my business with it
     
  19. akash.nu macrumors 68030

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    Well, with iPad I can't do the main thing that puts food on my table. Development. In fact, I bought an iPad back in the days thinking I can use it for everything else other than programming, but it ended up gathering dust on the coffee table and then eventually I just put it in the pile of test devices.
     
  20. M. Gustave macrumors 68000

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    Fringe use case.
     
  21. 960design macrumors 68020

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    No problem mate!

    I use a SnapScan iX500 daily and this app:
    https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/scansnap-connect-application/id464728181?mt=8

    I'm not so sure about which options you may need with OCR, but I can create searchable PDF's very quickly.

    NOTE: You do need a 'real' computer to initially setup the scanner, but after that it is all wireless.
     
  22. Andres Cantu macrumors 68030

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    Can't get the full iTunes experience, even if iTunes is a hated app! For example, can't apply changes to song names or artists in an iOS device.

    Also, cannot quickly open links in new tabs. It might seem small, but it's a time-saver in the desktop.
     
  23. 960design, Feb 23, 2017
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    Me = mobile learning analyst with just over seven years iPad experience. 30 years software development experience. I've written an MDM and countless other applications. Companies contact me for assistance with use case scenarios and security in their enterprise environment regarding iOS.

    You are correct, I do not understand your use case from a couple lines of text.

    My company uses CPAs, that run Dells with Windows... the irony.

    Understandable, but there are iOS options available.

    I had about 10 years PS experience before I jumped the wagon when it went to the Cloud Solution. I now use Pixelmator for quick work and Affinity for release, among others.

    I am working to solve that...

    --- Post Merged, Feb 23, 2017 ---
    Completely agree there. I have taught intro classes in JS on iPads using a commercial JSBin account ( you can request a free pro account for education, JSBin people is good people or do it using just free accounts ), but it is painful to say the least. Doable as a checkbox in a resume, but not currently recommended.
     
  24. Donka macrumors 68020

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    That is available today. I use Sandisk Connect but there are plenty others such as Kingston Mobilite, RAVPower Filehub etc.
     
  25. martint235 macrumors regular

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    Not a "can't do" but yesterday I needed to search through 3 years of emails to find a particular one. That was easier to do on a large screen PC
     

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