What's a better fit - iPad Pro or MacBook?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by jackgbanks, Apr 15, 2016.

  1. jackgbanks macrumors newbie

    Apr 26, 2011
    I’ve been looking at getting either an iPad Pro (12.9”) or a MacBook (12”) and wanted your thoughts or suggestions. My budget is around the £1k-£1.2k mark, and I was looking for something small and light. In any case I’d want to wait until after WWDC in case Apple pulls something out of the bag. I could potentially be persuaded to go for something else if there were any better ideas…

    I’ve currently got a 3rd Generation iPad, and a gaming PC build by yours truly.

    Intel Core i5 4690K
    8 GB DDR3 RAM

    256GB SSD

    1TB HDD

    I’d mainly be using it on the sofa and for travelling (occasionally long distance). I like the idea of using the MacBook to stream games from my gaming PC so that I can play them away from my desk, but am also rather enamoured by the note-taking capabilities of the iPad Pro & pencil. Again, I’d want to be able to play some basic games away from home (most likely just Football Manager and bit of Civ V), but this would be a pretty rare instance.

    I’d also be consuming media (Netflix etc.), and do a reasonable amount of writing but wouldn’t be using it all day as I have a work PC/laptop.

    As you can probably tell, I’ve been umming and ahhing over what would fit best with what I use, so experience of your set ups and how you use your devices would be much appreciated.

  2. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

    Oct 24, 2013
    The MacBook will be a better fit for that use case especially writing, however if you go that direction there is a possibility there will be an upgraded one before the end of April.
  3. jackgbanks thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 26, 2011
    Thanks for the reply!

    What sort of life span would the MacBooks probably get? I had an Air from 2011 that was still going strong until it met an unfortunate end last year.

    Also, would you go for the base model or upgrade the processor?
  4. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

    Oct 24, 2013
    To be honest processor isn't going to mean much I would wait for the new ones though as the graphics should be a fair bit better on skylake.

    I think if your use case doesn't change drastically it should do you 4-5 years no worries.
  5. merkinmuffley macrumors 6502a

    Dec 3, 2010
    Get a Macbook. IPads are good for viewing content, not so hot for generating content.
  6. gman901 macrumors 6502a

    Sep 1, 2007
    Houston, TX
    Isn't there a way to boot into Windows 10 on an iPad Pro? I heard the Pro is more powerful hardware than the MacBook so is it possible to have the best of both worlds?
  7. ApfelKuchen, Apr 17, 2016
    Last edited: Apr 17, 2016

    ApfelKuchen macrumors 68030

    Aug 28, 2012
    Between the coasts
    Short answer? No. If it was possible, I think you would have felt the earth shake when all those Mac users who have been clamoring for the iPad Pro to run OS X learned that iPad could run Windows but not Mac.
    --- Post Merged, Apr 17, 2016 ---
    Why is a Mac preferable for writing? If it's just a matter of getting words onto "paper," than iPad and a keyboard are just dandy - been doing that since 2010. The lighter weight and portability mean I have my writing tool with me far more frequently. If you must use a particular writing app that's not available in iOS... then it's not about writing, it's about tools.

    As far as the OP is concerned... You've been using an iPad for quite a while. Other than wanting to stream those games, what other limitations have you come up against, what other "If only I had a Mac/Mac app..." situations have arisen? On the other hand, since you don't have a Mac currently, there's something to be said for adding a Mac to your lineup, and sticking with the current iPad for those times when you don't want to carry the Mac around.

    And using Pencil for writing? I type far faster than I can write longhand - give me a keyboard any day. In my longhand days, I lost thoughts before I could get them onto paper. Given a choice between handwriting-to-text and speech-to-text, I'll take speech any day of the week.

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