iPad Why there is no phone capability in iPad Air and rMini?

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  1. hajime macrumors 68030

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    I know one can use skype or another application to make phone call from the iPad. However, it requires internet connection. I don't use 3G data. I use free wifi services from stores. Why Apple does not make a phone-capable iPad? As some of you know, the 8" Galaxy Note has phone capability built-in.
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    You can use apps like TextMe for making phone calls from your iPad. The sound quality isn't as good as using an iPhone, but it is quite workable
     
  3. 617aircav Suspended

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    Because it's not a phone and most people would not use it as one.
     
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    OzExige macrumors 6502

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    Simple

    Apple want you to use iMessage.

    and the NSA may find it simpler to gather information on you with iMessage? :eek:
     
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  6. thelookingglass macrumors 68000

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    Simple. The iphone is their biggest cash cow and they don't want cannibalization from other products. There are a decent number of people who'd probably use an ipad mini as an iphone replacement if they could.
     
  7. maflynn Moderator

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    Different product, I can't see why I'd want to use my rMini as a phone when I have an iPhone that will work better. Plus its much easier carrying my iPhone around in my pocket. I do take my rMini with me much of the time, but not everywhere - that would not be feasible in my case.
     
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  9. JackieInCo macrumors 601

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    Just use one of the apps that allow you to make a call.

    The call quality on these apps isn't as good as what you get on a real phone but it can work.

    I had to use my iPad once to make a phone call when I forgot my phone at home one night. I was never more happy that I had that capability.
     
  10. SomeGuyDude macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah! And why doesn't my Macbook Pro work like a phone either? Or my Playstation 3?? :mad:
     
  11. darngooddesign macrumors G3

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    You can make FaceTime Audio calls between iOS devices.
     
  12. eastercat macrumors 68040

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    Are you unable to afford a phone, are you cheap or do you just want to eschew the extra device?

    As others have said, there are ways to make it happen. Also, if you don't even have a cellular-enabled ipad and are dependent on the wifi signals of others, are you sure the experience will be that great?

    To answer your question… Apple has a phone; there is no motivation to add phone capabilities to the tablet.
     
  13. charlituna macrumors G3

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    Apple isn't making phablets because they don't want to. Why they don't want to is moot. If you wanted a phablet you should have bought that.
     
  14. hajime thread starter macrumors 68030

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    I have a Galaxy Note 2. The size is a bit small for me as I also want to annotate pdf. I don't want to keep zooming in and out all the time. The to-be-released Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 may be too big and heavy for me. I am looking for something like a 8" version of Galaxy Note 3. I don't want to carry a 15" rMBP, a Galaxy Note 2 and a tablet all the time. So, I am looking into the possibility of something like an iPad Air with phone capability.

    As I am working in foreign country with uncertainty on the length of stay, I don't want to sign contracts and get stuck with those phone plans. Using pre-paid data plan could be expensive. That is why I use wifi. I make phone calls only occasionally but when I do, I expect high quality and reliability. So, the apps suggested don't work for me.

    Too bad Samsung does not include a stylus on the new 8" Galaxy Pro.
     
  15. charlituna, Jan 8, 2014
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    charlituna macrumors G3

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    Actually, the NSA has admitted that they can't hack iMessages and are pissed at Apple because of it. Especially because Apple won't give them the information in messages because they claim they can't identify the exact messages related to a particular user to service a warrant and they with give the NSA a golden ticket into the system as that would violate the privacy of everyone else.
     
  16. ratsg macrumors 6502

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    the MagicJack phone application appears to work fine on the iPad as long as you have good network connectivity.
     
  17. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6

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    Agreed. For me it would be redundant. Any place I would take a tablet, I would already have my phone with me.
     
  18. ugcop macrumors 6502a

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    Not understanding the reluctance to use Skype. I use Skype voice regularly without a problem. I also use Whistle on the iPad with very good results. I do not attempt Skype video as it can be dicey with unknown quality wifi.
     
  19. eastercat macrumors 68040

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    I'm confused. If you're carrying a computer, why can't you use that to annotate PDFs? What am I missing? :confused:
     
  20. ratsg macrumors 6502

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    Skype has been in the news recently with allegations of ties to the FBI and NSA. And a list of other security concerns listed here:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skype#Security_and_privacy

    I know that if I had no other influences, but needed a product like Skype, that alone would be enough to consider other possible options.

    The wikipedia document also comments that Skype utilizes RSA key negotiation and encryption technology. RSA is also getting bad press currently.

    I, personally, have never used Skype, and as such have no opinion as to the quality of their service, be it good or bad. You have stated it to be good and I have no reason to doubt your comments.

    Unless either forced, or under duress due to unforeseen circumstances, I would never use Skype due to their ownership by the evil empire.
     
  21. iPodJedi macrumors 6502a

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    You can use FaceTime without the camera-there is no need to...I laugh at people who have galaxy notes and other huge phablets because why would anyone want to hold something so big up to their ear when making a call...imagine how ridiculous it would be if you were walking down the street in New York and everyone was holding their ipad air up to their ear talking:)
     
  22. s2mikey macrumors 68020

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    Yeah, I agree. Just doesn't make sense. I can see some usefulness of being able to do video chat type stuff on the iPad air but you can already do that.
     
  23. bniu macrumors 6502a

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    Putting a phone capability in a tablet really is more a thing of convenience. I'd like to be able to say, look up a business, and be able to call them from the comfort of my tablet instead of having to go find my iPhone to dial the number. Just like the camera in an iPad, it doesn't get used as often, but it is awfully convenient to have it. We already have LTE in our iPads, doesn't seem like it'd be a stretch to make voice calls once VoLTE is launched.
     
  24. ugcop macrumors 6502a

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    If you are talking on a phone (wired or wireless), surfing the internet, sending email or talking to yourself in the bathroom, the NSA , FBI or locals can get you if they want you. No reason to be paranoid.
     

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