What do you use your iPad/(pro) for?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by CrockettGTO, May 18, 2019.


What are your top 3 ways you use your iPad?

Poll closed May 23, 2019.
  1. Social Media (Snapchat,FB,instagram etc.)

  2. Surfing the web

  3. Communication (email, iMessage/FaceTime etc.)

  4. Media consumption (YouTube, Netflix, Hulu etc.)

  5. Productivity (note taking, cataloging, creating documents etc.)

  6. Reading (magazines, books, articles etc.)

  7. Playing Games

  8. Media creation (drawing, video editing, photo editing)

  9. Other (provide detail in the comments)

Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. CrockettGTO macrumors regular

    Oct 19, 2007
    trying to get a sense for what others use their iPad for primarily.
  2. ericwn macrumors 68020

    Apr 24, 2016
    Why, do you need to be persuaded to buy one? ;)

    I use mine for web, photos, music, note taking, journaling, shopping. Pretty much everything I do when away from work.

    Seriously though, as with any computer, use cases will differ significantly.
  3. AutomaticApple macrumors 65816


    Nov 28, 2018
    I use it very frequently to play games, post on different forums (cough cough), watch videos on YouTube, and a lot of other stuff.
  4. CrockettGTO thread starter macrumors regular

    Oct 19, 2007
    I have a 10.5” iPP and a 4th Gen mini.
    I’m mostly curious because when I bought it I intended to try and find more uses than just media consumption and web surfing, however, I rarely use it for more than that. That got me wondering if others who bought iPads are in the same boat.
  5. Shirasaki macrumors G3


    May 16, 2015
    If iOS 13 ever opens the possibility of iPad use, people will start using it more often or use it in more creative ways. As of now, iPad Pro 12.9” 1TB does pretty much exactly the same thing iPad 1st gen could do, albeit light years faster and miles better. This is why people have a very hard time justifying having one.

    I enjoy using this iPad Pro 11” 256GB (12.9” just too big, and 512GB is a bit overkill for me, also the price is too high). But I am still trying to find a killing case that this iPad can do best that previous iPad could not. Maybe 14 days is not enough haha.
  6. tps3443 macrumors 6502a


    Jan 24, 2019
    I bought a 1TB/6GB model with recording storing and editing in mind.

    Editing 4K/1080P video mostly 60% of the time, gaming 30%, and media consumption is about 10% maybe 15% at the most.

    I cannot wait for the new LumaFusion.
  7. Kal-037 macrumors 68000


    Apr 7, 2015
    Depends on the day, but usually I live all over.
    Video, music, photo editing... media consumption, drawing, writing, printing documents, doing work with pages or word, so in essence... everything.

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  8. augustya macrumors 68030


    Feb 17, 2012
    The New Lumafusion ? What is that going to bring ? When is the release ??
  9. BB1970 macrumors member

    May 19, 2009
    Audio (and video) editing using Multitrack DAW, Auria, and iMovie. (My videos aren’t done with tons of cuts so Lumafusion isn’t necesssry).
    My iPad Pro (10.5) is my primary system. I use an old 2008 iMac to simply back up audio and video files on an external HD.
    I have become so used to the iPad and it’s workflow, I don’t think I would need a standard laptop or desktop. That said, a larger 12.9 screen would come in very handy, not to mention the rendering speed converting videos, but I’ll wait until this one becomes too inconvenient due to storage or speed.
    GoodReader (a sort of file system for iOS) makes it a lot easier to import and export and store files.
  10. nouveau_redneck macrumors 6502

    Sep 16, 2017
    I chose other. I use mine for shelf filler inside my safe. It's Space Grey so every once in awhile, I admire its beauty.
  11. muzzy996 macrumors 6502

    Feb 16, 2018
    iPad primary uses for me:
    • Web surfing - though I do wish for desktop level browsers at times since some sites just don’t play nice with mobile browsers (and requesting desktop version of a page doesn’t always help);
    • Forum surfing - love using a single app like Tapatalk to hit my favorite forum areas quickly;
    • Email reading - mostly reading with occasional responding in a pinch but realistically for work most of my emailing comes from Outlook off of my work machine where I have full file system access to edit/prepare/attach things to emails more efficiently than on my iPad;
    • Shopping;
    • Media consumption - Youtube TV, Youtube, cable TV app (Spectrum) - basically video entertainment, for audio I go with my Android phone from which I get better control over audio quality;
    • Note taking and PDF annotation - I take this thing to all of my work meetings and love having information at my grasp and doing handwritten notes that I can immediately digitally share at a meeting’s conclusion;
    All in all I spend a ton of time with my iPP daily. Love the convenience. When I get into the office though on weekdays the iPP is a companion for me for meetings, my windows based laptop workstation reigns supreme in my work environment.
  12. Supercookiemonster macrumors newbie


    Apr 2, 2019
  13. The Game 161 macrumors P6

    The Game 161

    Dec 15, 2010
    For 11 inch pro

    Work e-mails
    Note taking which is pretty much all day for work


    Watching TV/sport
  14. mikzn macrumors 65816


    Sep 2, 2013
    For Other "work"- Use Keynote for presentations, PDF's and other media for sales and technical communication and visual support and for one one on one communication about products and tech support

    For Other "personal" Music library, guitar recordings, games

    and checked on your list - #4 Youtube, Amazon Prime, #6 Books / Reading
  15. SalisburySam macrumors member


    May 19, 2019
    Salisbury, North Carolina
    Since I’ve opted to avoid the latest generation of MBP’s primarily because I don’t like the keyboards, I use my iPadPro for almost everything. I do have an iMac for the heavy-duty stuff, but most all can be done on the iPadPro.
  16. subjonas, May 19, 2019
    Last edited: May 19, 2019

    subjonas macrumors 68000

    Feb 10, 2014
    Between my 12.9 and mini, I could tick all items in the list since I do pretty much all of them regularly and often (except not so much social media). But my 12.9 was purchased primarily for media creation (mostly mobile drawing)—though I use it equally as much for productivity and communication. The mini was purchased for a variety of functions—primarily reading, surfing, and quick productivity+communication—though I watch short videos and play games on it as well. I would have checked those five primary functions in the list, but since I could only check three, I left off surfing since that’s probably the least important primary function to me and productivity since in its longer forms I prefer using a Mac.
  17. Shanghaichica macrumors G4


    Apr 8, 2013
    The main things that I use my iPads for (iPad Pro 10.5 and iPad mini 5) are content consumption (watching videos, reading news and magazines), web browsing, email, playing games and online shopping.

    I do use it for other things like colouring, scanning documents (iPad Pro), research.

    Most of my use is not what you’d call pro however although I have a MacBook Air I can do everything I need to do on my iPads.
  18. Koh Phi Phi, May 19, 2019
    Last edited: May 19, 2019

    Koh Phi Phi macrumors regular

    Koh Phi Phi

    Nov 15, 2017
    The results of this poll, as well the responses in this thread, prove that most people use their $999 iPad Pro in the same way they would use the base $329 iPad: web surfing, email, video consumption, social media, note taking, reading PDFs, Skype calls, etc.

    That's, ultimately, the problem with the iPad Pro: its amazing hardware is miles ahead of what its limited software (iOS) can actually deliver, and thus it remains terribly underutiized :( The latest Ipad Pros were a revolution in the hardware department... now the software needs to catch up.
  19. BasicGreatGuy Contributor


    Sep 21, 2012
    In the middle of several books.
    That has been the problem since the first iPad was released.
  20. Koh Phi Phi macrumors regular

    Koh Phi Phi

    Nov 15, 2017
    There is a big difference, though: The first iPad wasnt a hardware beast, so it was on par with what the software was able to deliver. Now a days, the gap between the hardware and the software has multiplied exponentially.
  21. muzzy996 macrumors 6502

    Feb 16, 2018
    Apple continues to make pro model Macs in the price range of several thousand dollars that run the same MacOS software as Mac Minis. Given that this kind of disparity has always existed in other product lines (and it’s not limited to Apple) I’m not quite sure the increased headroom we see in iPP models is going to result in too much software differentiation in iOS.
  22. Analog Kid macrumors 601

    Analog Kid

    Mar 4, 2003
    Currently I’m using my iPad Pro to answer what I use my iPad Pro for...
  23. JayMysterio macrumors 6502a


    Apr 24, 2010
    Rock Ridge, California
    Trying to make it the ultimate Cintiq replacement, that lets me write scripts, answer emails, and play some games.
  24. tps3443 macrumors 6502a


    Jan 24, 2019
    They are going to allow several video layers, and simultaneous audio tracks at once. More effects. And much more fine control of the layers. Maybe in June it will launch.

    It looks more like desktop equivalent software, than a mobile app.

    It looks like it was built around the iPad pros.

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