1. brat1475's Avatar
    My iPhone is my primary computer for day to day stuff. My iPad mini and my Windows 2 and 1 are almost interchangeable. My iPad is my multimedia power house on travel and my ebook reader. My 2 and 1 is for some old PC games and work at home. My iPad is could eventually become a full time replacement, but for now, especially at work, there are too many old Windows applications that we still use.
    07-23-2017 01:02 AM
  2. BlackBerry Guy's Avatar
    I kind of see my iPad as a multi-tool knife...a jack of all trade, master of none. It's great for traveling or any other situation when I want to stay light and relatively unencumbered. I can use it to read ebooks, play a few games, browse the web, check email, and do some light productivity tasks. It's not the best at any of those by any means...an E-reader, game console and notebook/desktop are user better experiences. But when you can't, or are in a situation where you don't want to use a dedicated device, the iPad is serviceable and works decently well as an alternative.
    07-23-2017 09:10 PM
  3. KenV54's Avatar
    I kind of see my iPad as a multi-tool knife...a jack of all trade, master of none. It's great for traveling or any other situation when I want to stay light and relatively unencumbered. I can use it to read ebooks, play a few games, browse the web, check email, and do some light productivity tasks. It's not the best at any of those by any means...an E-reader, game console and notebook/desktop are user better experiences. But when you can't, or are in a situation where you don't want to use a dedicated device, the iPad is serviceable and works decently well as an alternative.
    Exactly. It's maybe a little more than that if you use an external keyboard, like the Apple case keyboard or Logitech's. But ideal as a laptop substitute? No.
    07-23-2017 09:38 PM
  4. mark-d's Avatar
    No!

    I built my own PC. I edit audio and video on it so I want a proper device for the job.

    My iPad to me is like a larger version of my iPhone, not a mini version of my PC and that’s the way I see it.
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    07-24-2017 02:59 AM
  5. HBLEY's Avatar
    I used to. I don't know. I invested in a desktop few months back. However, when I was using iPad, I was very content with it. It's just I couldn't do rendering on an iPad :P
    07-24-2017 03:42 AM
  6. bones467's Avatar
    I have the first gen iPad mini (doesn't even get updated now lol) that is left to my 4yr old son, so no its not my main computer, thats the job of my 12" MacBook! Really love it for what I use it for I know it get mixed reviews.. I have thought about getting a newer iPad as I know the tech inside will be a huge leap forward from my iPad mini that it might get used more. I just would rather put the money to a new iPhone and watch so iPads just keep going to back burner
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    07-24-2017 04:33 PM
  7. carlprowse's Avatar
    My partner and I share an iMac now, as most of our time is spent on our iPads. The iPad has so many well targetted, inexpensive apps that require minimal learning curves. These allow me to optimise my iPad in the way I want to work. They allow me to focus on the work rather than the tool.

    I help a lot of people with their tech issues. Those with iPads need far less support than those with Macs, who in turn need far less support than those with Windows. The key difference seems to be that people are more willing to experiment, play and therefore learn on an iPad, so they are more productive.

    I do use the iMac at times, usually due to the larger screen and the need for specialist apps. However, my use of the iMac is declining over time. It is due to be replaced in 12 months. Now I have an iPad Pro 10.5 with 256GB of storage, I am wondering whether we will not replace it.
    07-25-2017 03:13 AM
  8. robertk328's Avatar
    Not a chance. It’s supplemental to my MBP but could not replace it.
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    07-26-2017 09:19 AM
  9. Garz's Avatar
    No way in heck can my 10.5 iPad fully replace my MacBook Pro.
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    07-26-2017 12:16 PM
  10. Quis89's Avatar
    My 12.9 Pro is a nice supplement to my Macbook. It isn't a replacement. If I'm just web browsing, watching videos, playing mobile games or listening to music then my iPad is awesome. It's quick and easy to pick up and go. But for more demanding tasks and requirements my Macbook comes in handy. I also attempted to do all of my schooling on my Pro but couldn't do it. My Macbook prevailed in many areas for that.

    I could live without my iPad, I couldn't live without my MacBook.
    07-26-2017 01:34 PM
  11. david818's Avatar
    the only thing stopping me from buying an ipad pro is the fact that you still have to use itunes to sync your music. i have apple music but some of it isnt on there. also Comiczeal i would love to sync my comics without the use of a desktop. Do you guys think IOS 11 will have this with drag and drop?
    07-30-2017 11:54 PM
  12. taz323's Avatar
    Replace my MacBook, no, but I do use it a lot.
    07-31-2017 01:43 AM
  13. TripleOne's Avatar
    I only use my iPad for entertainment, games, taking notes and keeping all my college stuff. If I'm on my holidays I'm mostly on my rMBP or my iPhone.
    08-01-2017 11:51 PM
  14. BillyBreathes's Avatar
    I use my iPad for consuming and something to take to rehearsals when we are learning new tunes. MacBook Pro all the way for recording and any serious amount of typing. I was worried they were two similar when I got the iPad, but I use them for completely separate things. Really good compliment to each other.
    08-04-2017 07:34 PM
  15. Robert Newman4's Avatar
    Four years ago the IT department at work built me a CAD machine. Two years later my wife picked up the iPad Pro 12.5". Amazingly it had better single core processor performance than my work machine! It's only a matter of time before more Pro software moves to iPad.

    At home we only use iPads. We now have Affinity Photo, iPad software that rivals Photoshop!

    Before long the iPad and Apple Pencil will become the primary tool to build CAD models along with AR glasses.
    08-04-2017 07:41 PM
  16. mikedoyleblogger's Avatar
    I've used my 12.9" iPad Pro as my *only* computer (save for my iPhone 7 Plus) for more than a year, with no problems doing so whatsoever. Within a month after purchasing it, I realized I was never--not rarely, but never--using my 12" Retina MacBook. So I sold the MacBook last spring and have lived exclusively in iOS ever since. If the Smart Keyboard had a trackpad, it would be perfect. I think when iOS 11 comes out with its very desktop Mac-like features, more people will "get" what folks like me already do about the iPad Pros. Playing with Mac laptops in an Apple Store now feels so retro to me now, and not in a good way either.
    08-04-2017 08:02 PM
  17. sjohnvivian's Avatar
    I am always debating whether I can move exclusively to my iPad Pro. I think for 95% of what I do it would be an excellent solution. But it's just the 5% is an important 5%. For instance, access to a traditional file system is something that's hard to get used to not having, despite most of my stuff being in the cloud. I have a large library of movies, photos and music that live on a personal cloud server that, for some reason, can't be accessed from or by my iPad. But I think with iOS beginning to evolve more towards some of the traditional Mac features it won't be long before the iPad Pro becomes my sole device.
    08-04-2017 10:47 PM
  18. chrisreed's Avatar
    What computer? I have exclusively used my 12.9” iPad Pro since purchasing it over a year ago at home. With resent upgrades at work I use it more and more at work as well. The only thing keeping the iPad Pro from being my primary device at work is archaic software that we are currently required to use. Within a year it will become my primary device at work also. I edit photos and video with ease. Use it for social media, YouTube, web browsing, Netflix, movies, reviewing and editing Microsoft office docs and spreadsheets. The list goes on and on. I have found that most friends, family and coworkers that cling to a pc or Mac is primarily because they are resisting the change. They are accustomed to using software on the Mac or pc that is familiar to them. With a litttle research and an open mind you will find that there is truely an app for that. The combination of the touch interface, Smart Keyboard and Apple Pencil makes it a much more immersive experience.
    08-05-2017 09:59 AM
  19. big45-70's Avatar
    Since I've picked up my 10.5 about a month or so ago its been my main device. Now with full disclosure the only real work I use a computer for at all is the occasion word document so my requirements are fairly simple. Most of my other uses include media or web surfing so all in all my ipad satisfies these almost better then my PC did. The only thing I have fired up my PC for is to download a few things. If I was able to do this with an ipad my PC use would be done actually.

    For me any maybe most general PC users I think the only thing I would miss about a PC and the reason while I will continue to own one is gaming. I know this thread is suppose to be about the MacBook Pro but I feel a PC user on an ipad is also relevant to the convo.
    08-05-2017 10:55 AM
  20. munichblue's Avatar
    For some months the iPad 10.5 with a Smart Keyboard is my primary device not only because it is capable to be but because I just wanted to make it happen. But it means you have to be flexible enough to think different and try new workflows and solutions.

    It has paid out and I got the best mobile device experience: very lightweight (which is a relief), always on, easy to use and full of fun. Cheers Apple! Can't wait for iOS 11 ...
    08-05-2017 11:57 AM
  21. TripleOne's Avatar
    I can see why having the iPad as a primary device can make life a lot easier and simpler.. I just can't let go of my rMBP just yet.

    iOS 11 will convert more consumers gearing towards the iPad as their primary computer. It's that good and it's becoming more powerful year after year.
    08-05-2017 12:48 PM
  22. smart_burro's Avatar
    Currently I have a 12.9” iPad Pro, a 2013 15” MBP and a Mac Mini. I use my Mac Mini exclusively as a Plex and macOS server. My MBP is primary work device when I am at my office. I work in finance and typically have multiple excel models, word documents, and PDF’s open a the same time along with too many safari tabs. For this I need lots of screen real estate which currently only my MBP and dual 34” monitors allows.

    When I’m on the go, I find that I am starting to use my iPad Pro instead of my MBP more and more. For writing, I am more productive on my iPad than my MBP because it makes me focus on only what I am writing. I will eventually buy a 5k iMac and use it as my primary device when I am at the office. When I’m on the go I will use my iPad Pro. If I need to access macOS on the go, or want to use a mouse, I will use Jump Desktop to access my iMac and my Citrix mouse (adds mouse functionality when remotely using macOS on an iPad).

    iOS 11 has made my iPad a much better MBP supplement, but it’s still not a full Mac replacement for me. If Apple added external monitor and mouse/trackpad support and allowed multiple instances of the same app (other than safari, need multiple MS office windows) I could definetly use my iPad Pro as a full Mac replacement.

    It still baffles me that Apple calls the iPad Pro a laptop replacement and then says touchscreen on a laptop is a terrible UI because you can take your hands off the keyboard to touch the screen. A touchscreen laptop would allow users to use trackpad/mouse or touch whereas with the iPad Pro if you are using it with a keyboard your only choice when navigating is touch. If Windows 10 wasn’t as terrible as it is there’s a good chance I would have switched to the Surface Book already.
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    08-05-2017 01:44 PM
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