When will the iPad be our main computer?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by ShaneBunting, Mar 23, 2014.

  1. ShaneBunting Suspended

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    I think it's safe to say that the future of computing will be in tablets, and as we have seen since 2010, the iPad is getting more and more useful for everyday tasks. Whilst today, I wouldn't dare say it can take over mainstream computers for everyone, as it lacks power and functionality of a file system (and many other things..), I would go as far to say that it will * someday * be our main computers, doing all tasks from design, to databases, to hardcore gaming and everything in between..

    My question to the forum is, when?

    Obviously, no one knows, but with some discussion, could be conclude on a realistic and potential year?
     
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    My iPads already are my main computers. They have been since 2010.
     
  3. mrkramer macrumors 603

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    For some people they already are.They will never completely replace desktops as some things are just unintuitive on a tablet, but it's already started for some people as tablets offer enough power for the average person.
     
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    I do not think they will actually replace computers completely but they have taken over a lot of tasks that people once used computers for.
     
  5. roadbloc macrumors G3

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    Probably never for me. I like building my own hardware. And having a large screen.
     
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    Jean-Luc knows... a detachable saucer section.

    Functions as a regular notebook/laptop when screen is attached. Remove screen and the iOS (or equivalent) kicks in. Obviously there would be cost implications to combining a headless laptop and a tablet, but I don't think there would be major 'packaging' issues, even today.
     
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    They won't for me. I have an iPad and it's nice, but it won't be replacing my MBA or desktop anytime in the foreseeable future.
     
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    For many the ipad is but I can honestly say the 12" note is a desktop replacement as the extra functionality android adds can close the boarder between tablet and notebook
     
  10. SandPebble macrumors regular

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    For me, not in my lifetime. I do use a tablet for some tasks, such as following a recipe. But for hardcore tasks, I must have a good physical keyboard.
     
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    Until I can have multiple large monitors hooked up to it, never.

    I would love something that was powerful enough to run a full desktop-style OS and applications, and hook up to all the peripherals, but could also be pulled from its dock and used as a small tablet. Maybe one day, but not soon.
     
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    You can always buy a bluetooth keyboard for the iPad. I did, and I love it.

    I won't say I'll never use an iPad as my main computer, but it isn't happening for the foreseeable future. I love the form factor, and I can see tons of potential for it, but right now, it doesn't do everything I want it to do. For now though, it works as a great fun-time/light-task computer.
     
  13. Happybunny, Mar 23, 2014
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    It already is for the Facebook Generation.

    My grandchildren use it for everything.
     
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    Would people use a keyboardless 11" MacBook Air with touchscreen and the ability to switch between OSX and iOS?
     
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    I doubt it as OS X would suck with just a touch screen, and there wouldn't be any real advantage over a regular iPad.
     
  16. mojolicious macrumors 68000

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    I meant that a keyboard would be used while OS Xing.

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    I can't see how any iOS device can function as one's 'main computer', even with the addition of a physical keyboard. Would need at least an 'iOS Pro' or 'OS X Lite' operating system, but even then I can't envisage anything other than frustration when trading down from full OS X.
     
  17. mrkramer macrumors 603

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    The average person just uses their computer for Facebook and basic web browsing, and maybe writing the occasional document which an iPad is perfect for.
     
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    It will replace my desktop and laptop when the iPad runs AutoCad and CS. Not saying it will not happen one day but no time soon.
     
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    I think we can all agree that the ipad has become a necessity to our daily lives and that it has become a primary device. We can easily and quickly do web searches, play games and more. I think what restricts the ipad from being our main commputor is that it is limited in essential features that many of us must use every day whether it is for work or school. Some of these features the ipad lacks are *full* microsoft office support (which im sure that the new office for ipad will still be limited), Adobe Flash, a mouse (needed to much more easily accomplish tasks), true multitasking, and lots more.
     
  20. TechGod macrumors 68040

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    Not anytime soon for the majority of people. This message board is just a very small part of the total population and skewed.
     
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    I need my laptop to back up my iPad and iPhone in iTunes.:eek:
     
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    Oh friggin yeah!:cool:
     
  23. rowspaxe, Mar 23, 2014
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    With the exception of no longer having to back up to a home computer--there really has be no extension of ipad functionality since its introduction. Obviously apple could remake the situation anytime with an ios overhaul--but its not really where they seem to be taking the product so far. Right now--its a big smart phone--and thats pretty useful

    I have a surface and love it. But its really a touch screen laptop with a pen interface. I prefer the simplity of the ipad for simple web reading, etc. I dont see the advantage of getting by with a single device
     
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    If apple made an OS X tablet with an i5/i7 and a good stylus, I'd totally buy it. So far my surface pro has been awesome, so I could see myself going with that. If they made a 15" version they'd probably put Wacom out of business lol.
     

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