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9/19/2015 | 12:44:24 PM
Re: Not quite....
Interesting point regarding running an iPad with OSX. Do you think the device could handle it given its processor, ram and storage?
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9/19/2015 | 12:42:54 PM
Re: Did it hit the sweet spot?
No way the iPad Pro will replace a Mac Book or Windows laptop. You are right, it is a companion piece. I like using it for entertainment and to communicate home or to customers through FaceTime or Skype. The video capabilities are really great. But to do my job properly on the road, i need a laptop. Having the iPhone 6+ now allows me to use that device instead of the iPad which is a big help for me mobility-wise.
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9/19/2015 | 12:39:42 PM
Re: Did it hit the sweet spot?
The Surface Pro is really a laptop with a detachable keyboard that turns it into a quasi-tablet. One of the nice things about the iPad/iPhone is that you have instant on and access to contacts, calendars and other files immediately. With the SP, you have to bootup and wait because it uses the Win operating system. While you have touch capability and a detachable keyboard, at the end of the day the device is a full laptop. The iPad is limited in its processing power, RAM, storage and ports all limited by the iOS.
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9/19/2015 | 12:33:26 PM
Re: Did it hit the sweet spot?
I totally agree with you. I brought my iPad on vacation last year and needed to use it for some business issues. It was not a substitute for my laptop at all. Thankfully there was a data centre in my hotel and i was able to use a proper computer to do what i had to do. At the end of the day the iPad is a nice device to have for entertainment when travelling which is why i had the iPad with me in the first place. Now that i have an iPhone 6+, I can leave the iPad at home and use the smartphone for entertainment and communication. But for work related tasks and issues, these devices are not substitutes for laptops.
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9/19/2015 | 12:29:36 PM
Re: 9 hours of battery time ..
That is true and that is why you have to get one of those external chargers with a large battery. I have one that i keep at home just in case the lights go out or for long flights whree i need to have extra power for a device. The iPad has pretty good battery life but you really need to have power backup just in case.
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9/19/2015 | 11:46:53 AM
9 hours of battery time ..
9 hours of battery time means that it would barely last a 6 hour flight. On 80% battery, 2 hours of use in departure  lounge + 6 hour flight. And you are carrying a dead ipad!
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9/16/2015 | 2:31:44 PM
Re: Did it hit the sweet spot?
While I have no doubt that sales of the iPad Pro will be stellar, at least among the die hardest of Apple fans, it is still a tablet at the end of the day with limited multitasking capabilities and all of the iOS design/functionality limitations that plague all of its older and smaller siblings. I use Excel on my iPad Air (1), but the functionality cannot come close to replacing what I currently do on my laptop. I hear the same thing from the Surface Pro users in my organization (my machine isn't on the upgrade list until next fall). At the price of the iPad Pro, the limitations around peripherals and operating system are pretty substantial.
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9/16/2015 | 10:15:18 AM
Re: Did it hit the sweet spot?
@kelly22,

Correct...and this goes back to what's been discussed for a while now...can a tablet truly replace a laptop?

I think we've gotten to the point that the answer is a simple no, mainly because almost any option requires a level of comprimisng.

I'll provide a simple example: Creating a detailed executive summary deck on a tablet is by far more time consuming than on your most basic laptop, simply because of the tasks required (typing, clicking and dragging) and the need to compile information from other sources (excel chart, copy-paste text from other sources, and drafting the email to send the report).

But for viewing a deck...yes a tablet does the trick

NOTE: the exception to this would be a surface pro, simply because there is no comprise (but again, to me a surface pro blurs the line between a tablet and a laptop, aking more towards a laptop)
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9/16/2015 | 10:09:14 AM
Re: Did it hit the sweet spot?
Agreed on the price issue - this is one expensive tablet, and the accessories are also pricey. Is it worth all the extra cost when you could just get a smaller iPad with longer battery life? I'm not sure. I think that depends on the preferences and profession of the person buying it.

I think you make a good point that this is more of a companion device than a replacement. It seems like a great tool for some mobile employees, but I can't see myself running out to grab an iPad Pro to replace my MacBook or Surface.
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9/16/2015 | 8:23:14 AM
Re: Not quite....
This is a Con that I think was missed.  I have a Surface Pro and yes it does replace my trusty laptop as well as my trusty desktop, but one of the reasons it can do that is that it runs a full desktop OS.  If the iPad pro ran OSX I think it could give the Surface a run for its money in the laptop replacement category.  Splitting the screen to display two apps is nice but I'm looking at 6 different windows right now between the two displays I'm running with my Surface.  I think Apple is getting there and as the desktop and mobile OSes merge we'll see a lot more of this but I think they are still behind Microsoft on this one. 
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