What do you still need your laptop for?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by randy98mtu, Aug 9, 2017.

  1. randy98mtu macrumors 65816


    Mar 4, 2009
    I'm into photography and music. I've been trying to go all iPad and I've run across a few things I can't get done on my iPad (Pro 12.9 128 GB) I thought, what if we throw out what is keeping us from going all iPad and maybe others can help?

    In photography, Lightroom does almost everything I want, but I can't do HDR's like Photomatix. I would also like to do some editing tools like DxO Optics Pro. On the music side, I have adopted Apple Music and really enjoying it. I'm just hooked on smart playlists.

    I'm sure I could work around all these items, but it sure would be nice if I could get there.

    So what is keeping you from going all iPad?
  2. EnderBeta macrumors 6502a


    Aug 5, 2016
    While I can edit code for our AV system projects using working copy it can't actually use intelesense or compile and load code. Nor can I create and edit touch panels. I doubt that I will ever be free of Windows as a VM on a MacBook Pro when in the field.
  3. Booji macrumors 6502a


    Nov 17, 2011
    There is one program that I rely on for my finance and that is Quicken, so I still hold on to a laptop for that.
  4. dwfaust macrumors 601


    Jul 3, 2011
  5. Atomic77 macrumors regular


    Jul 8, 2017
    West Bend Wisconsin
    I never had a laptop. I just have my iPad mini 2 and my big computer. Once you go iPad you don't really need a laptop unless you want one or need to do things a iPad or tablet can't do.
  6. millydog macrumors 6502


    Oct 21, 2007
    I use my MacBook Pro still for local iPad & iPhone backups, managing files on local storage and video conversion for playback on iPads. I have dabbled in iOS development in XCode, but haven't done anything serious yet.

    I could get away without it by using iCloud backup only (but my Internet speed is not great), use an app such as Documents to move files around (but it is slower than a direct connection and the app gets tied up while file transfers are in progress and I need to wait until it completes) and by using non-converted video (but they take up more storage space). iOS development (except for only playgrounds) is not yet available. So most of my use cases can be achieved on an iPad, but still with compromises.
  7. rui no onna macrumors 603

    rui no onna

    Oct 25, 2013
    Full desktop OS and file server on the go. Also, on some webpages that don't render properly on Safari for iOS.
  8. luminouslight macrumors 6502


    Nov 29, 2012
    Orlando FL
    I don't. All I have is an iPhone and iPad Pro 12.9". Granted, my uses aren't very demanding. Really looking forward to iOS 11 and all the features they're adding to the iPad.
  9. richpjr macrumors 68030


    May 9, 2006
    Parallels so I can run Windows in a VM and use Visual Studio
    Logic/Studio One
    Photography due to the lack of true file system support (can edit photos just fine)
    Word/Excel due to the lack of mouse support in iOS when using the ASK
  10. Ixidor macrumors regular

    Mar 22, 2016
    Writing long reports using MS Word. Sure, it's doable on the iPad, but not as efficient without a mouse pointer. If I'm just editing or writing short documents, then I'd use the iPad. Otherwise I do this on a desktop/laptop. Same thing for handling spreadsheets and drawing detailed graphs with Excel or working on long presentations with Powerpoint. Simply put, the iPad can do these tasks, but highly inefficient when using your finger/pencil. The efficiency of a laptop/desktop is huge when I am trying to finish a project before a deadline.

    I occasionally need to use desktop specific software too.

    The iPad is more efficient for mobile use than a laptop though. I find touch more useful than a trackpad when working in short bursts (e.g. on a bus). Cellular means I can reply emails, quickly surf the web without the hassle of tethering to my phone (which also saves my phone's battery) or connecting to public wifi. iPad is more convenient in a meeting unless I need to connect to a bigger screen.

    For personal/recreational use, the iPad trumps the laptop/desktop. Especially if you already have an Apple TV.

    TLDR; I can live without an iPad, but I'd prefer to have own one in conjunction with a laptop/desktop. For my work, I can't give up the laptop/desktop as working on the iPad is far too slow (time matters). For the record, I'm happy with an iPad + desktop such that the iPad replaces the laptop for mobile use since my laptop is hooked up to a monitor and is deskbound most of the time anyways.
  11. B.A.T macrumors 6502a

    Oct 16, 2009
    SAS (statistics)
    Microsoft Power BI

    Both are work related. Everything in my personal life can be done with IPad/iPhone combo.
  12. eyeseeyou macrumors 68030

    Feb 4, 2011
    Applications that are not available in iOS.

  13. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    Primarily anytime I want the experience of using my laptop attached With a physical keyboard. Even though my iPad can be used for most of 99% of what I do, I just generally like using my laptop once in while, as I still have an appreciation for both iOS and desktop sites.
  14. Ipadlover29 macrumors 6502a

    May 28, 2011
    I mostly just use my MacBook Pro for gaming - civilization 5/6. If I could do this on my 12.9 I would sell my MacBook in an instant.
  15. Deacon-Blues macrumors 6502a


    Aug 15, 2012
    I have a 15" MacBook Pro TouchBar I use for managing my digital music, photos and videos on my iPad, encoding CDs and DVDs, and for playing World of Warcraft. And that is it. Everything else is done on my iPad or iPhone 7 Plus.
  16. subjonas, Aug 10, 2017
    Last edited: Aug 10, 2017

    subjonas macrumors 68000

    Feb 10, 2014
    1. work software only available on macOS
    2. dual screens (one is a cintiq drawing monitor)
    3. floating windows for programs, reference images, and documents
    4. opening multiple instances of same application
    5. google maps typical traffic view
    6. facebook messages (only because I refuse to download separate app for fb messaging)

    7. local iOS device backups
    8. local storage of and access to all my files
    9. media hub
    10. time machine versioned backups
    11. rip discs

    Cloud services could be an alternative for 7, 8, and 9, but I don’t want to forever pay monthly for something I can have for free. Also I have a ton of files, so it would get very expensive.

    edit- also, I use my desktop for managing ibooks, itunes, and photos libraries; converting file formats; and probably more things I'm forgetting.
  17. maflynn, Aug 10, 2017
    Last edited: Aug 10, 2017

    maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    For me:
    Photo/document storage
    Full implementation of MS Office.
    Multiple monitor support i.e., have a PDF open on one screen, have a remote session to a server another monitor.
    USB/external device support, such as scanners, printers, NAS, DAS etc
    Terminal access, in OS X the shell, and windows cmd
  18. Newtons Apple Suspended

    Newtons Apple

    Mar 12, 2014
    Jacksonville, Florida
    AutoCAD, full Office, Photoshop, etc

    My laptop and desktops will not be going any where soon.
  19. kasakka macrumors 68020

    Oct 25, 2008
    For work I would need the iPad to run NodeJS, have a terminal, a proper IDE and browser developer tools equivalent to their desktop counterparts. I would also need support for a secondary screen as well as mouse so I can use it all day long.

    Honestly I would love it if I could ditch my Macbook Pro for an iPad Pro. I don't like the keyboard on the current MBP model or the oversized trackpad and the touchbar is a nearly useless gimmick. The Surface Pro comes very close to this but is hampered by the OS and has a less than stellar battery life according to a coworker who uses it for the same things I do.
  20. bluej3 macrumors member

    Aug 8, 2017
  21. Booji macrumors 6502a


    Nov 17, 2011
    Here's the problem - people who say they "need" a laptop often mention capabilities, but rarely use cases.
  22. bahndoos macrumors 6502


    Jul 9, 2010
    TreeAge (Windows)
    WinBUGS (Windows)

    And for the occasional website that doesn't seem to function securely with iOS.
  23. Phil A. Moderator

    Phil A.

    Staff Member

    Apr 2, 2006
    Shropshire, UK
    I need my laptop so I can earn money - unless and until the iPad can support virtual machines and xcode it will continue to be the case: I normally work from my desktop iMac but I also have to visit clients and do development while I'm on-site and also travelling on the train so I absolutely need those capabilities.

    I did try using RDP back to a VM running elsewhere but the problem with that is you're reliant on having a decent internet connection (which isn't always possible on site and almost impossible on the train!), so now I just take the path of least resistance which is my laptop!
  24. DNichter macrumors 604


    Apr 27, 2015
    Philadelphia, PA
    I've been iPad/iPhone only for a couple months now and it's been great. The only thing I grab my girlfriend's computer for is to update my Plex Media Server software on my QNAP server. Basically I just have to download a .qpkg file from the website and then upload it to my media server's wesbite. It seems simple, but I cannot find a way to get it to work. So far, Files grey's out the file and doesn't allow me to select it for some reason. I've tried documents, puffin, and dropbox. I can get the file, just can't select it when I need to upload.
  25. sonicrobby macrumors 68020


    Apr 24, 2013
    New Orleans
    Solidworks & adding music to my iOS music library

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