I’ve seen all the ads and I even have a stylus and Bluetooth keyboard for my iPad Air 2 but unfortunately the iPad can’t function as my main computer. The primary reason is that I deal with a lot of files whether its documents, videos, or pictures. Sure there are plenty of cloud services out there that can save my stuff (and I use most of the big names like Box, Dropbox, and Google) but none of the free versions have enough space for all my junk. Oh an one of the biggest reasons? I use local backups for my myriad of iPhones and iPads to an external drive because I would need close to 1TB to backup every device I own.
Don’t get me wrong, for doing light computing such as writing this blog post using my iPad is just fine and the majority of my posts are actually composed on the iPad (for some reason the interface on here is better than on my MacBook). Also for doing light document editing its fine as well or just watching videos the iPad is ok and does what I need it to do. Now I am intriguied by the rumors of what the new iPads are going to offer and if the rumors are true, a bigger screen but crammed into the same chassis as the regular iPad Air 2. The improvements with iOS 10 were also quite helpful. With multi-tasking I can write this post and watch Xfinity at the same time which is pretty close to like using a regular computer.
I still like using a regular mouse and having a ton of windows open to manage my files and web browsing. Although I don’t do it often, I need to transfer files from my DSLR or my GoPro to a computer (quickly), I’ve done it before using wifi and its soooo slow and I also only have so much room on the iPad, I have almost 500GB’s free on my MacBook. I would look forward to using a new Apple Pencil with the new iPads but unless there was some opening up of iOS to being more open or having a way to use MacOS on a future iPad, I’m probably going to get a computer as my next device. I need it anyway, my files aren’t going to manage themselves and I have iPhones and iPad’s to sync and backup constantly.
I will say, I do a lot more video consumption on my iPad than I do on a TV, its probably due to its portability and the screen is just big enough. So while I can’t use it as a computer, it does make my life a bit easier to get my shit done (of a personal nature, for work I’m tied to a crappy Windows 7 computer).