1. iMore Question's Avatar
    Would love get some input on this matter. I currently have a 2008 MacBook 13" that needs replacing. However I'm not sure if I should get another MacBook or just purchase an iPad Pro. I want to spend the least but I want this item to last another 8-10 years. My current laptop won't even upgrade to the latest software and hasn't for several years.

    I mostly check email, update a few blogs and store music and photos on my computer. I have about 200gb of music that I'd love to have access to. Plus my current MacBook is almost full at 256gb.

    If I go with the new MacBook at 512gb of storage 13" model I'm look $2000. However I was also thinking the iPad Pro. I'd probably go with the 9.7" 128gb for $700 (or even if I went with the 12" 256gb it's still under $1000) and purchase a WD My Cloud drive to store all my files and music and have access anywhere I have WIFI.

    I just want to make sure whatever I purchase is going to last a long time. I realize technology changes all the time and it may be unrealistic to want a computer to last 10 years, but $1000-2000 is a big investment (in my mind).

    Much appreciate for the thoughts and opinions.
    11-02-2016 10:56 AM
  2. xXAzhengXx's Avatar
    If I were you, I would buy the iPad Pro. The reason for this choice is that a iPad Pro 256GB 12.9 inch display costs $999 compared to the MacBook's $1999. And even if you factor in the iCloud subscription:
    50GB: $0.99
    200GB: $2.99
    1TB: $9.99
    2TB: $19.99
    Eight years will only cost you around $256. Plus, you won't even need a top of the line MacBook for the tasks you suggested. Hope this helps!
    11-03-2016 04:02 AM
  3. robertk328's Avatar
    Personally I couldn't use an iPad for my only computer. I use other stuff that needs a "real" computer. Will the iPad be able to read/store from the My Cloud drive? Or are you still using another computer to host all that?

    If it does, that's a game changer. Otherwise, I'd say stick with the MBP, or even the MacBook itself based on what you do with it.
    11-03-2016 06:12 AM
  4. eyecrispy's Avatar
    Umm that's a huge difference. I am with Robertk328, can't use my iPad Pro as a computer replacement. If I'm working for a long period of time, I break out my MBP but most days, I use my iPad Pro for data consumption and taking notes.
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    11-03-2016 06:21 AM
  5. dexterouz's Avatar
    If you do not have any MacOS related work and all your day to day work can be done easily with iPad then I think you should definitely go for iPad Pro. Also, you can buy a stand cover and get a Wireless keyboard K480 (multi-device support) or dedicated iPad Pro related to keyboard and can make your own laptopish thing

    If there is an option to connect and external hard drive (via Lighting port to USB dongle) then you can store your not so frequently used data there and save some money on iCloud storage, I mean you can subscribe to 200GB instead of higher and expensive yearly storage and opt for one time external HDD/SDD option.

    Some images from net:

    iPad Pro vs. MacBook Pro - Which to Buy?-ipadpro-1036x777.jpg
    iPad Pro vs. MacBook Pro - Which to Buy?-img_3188.jpg
    iPad Pro vs. MacBook Pro - Which to Buy?-ipad-pro-setup.jpg
    11-03-2016 06:35 AM

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