iPad Pro as a main working device?

Someone uses iPad Pro as a principal device to working? Most like programming stuff in your day-by-day?

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I haven’t but I know @jamiedumont has some good experience here - hopefully he’ll spot this and add some thoughts :blush:

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Cheers for the mention @AstonJ, happy to chime in. My post from the Elixir forum is still all pretty current — there’s a few things that have changed but it still largely comes down to “how comfortable are you using a terminal on a remote machine?”.

I haven’t worked this way for a while as I started some contract work for a C# shop and since been back on a Mac working with Swift, but when I last used an iPad the biggest limitation was still the browser. If you’re targeting the web and are looking to do front end work, you’ll find all browser debugging tools lacking compared to desktop counterparts. Anything truly backend and you’ll be fine.

For what it’s worth, I still really miss this point in my career. I was working almost 100% on backend and database coding and had my iPad connected to a truly monstrous server hosted by Hetzner. It felt very “pure” and simple compared to all the IDEs and debugging tools I’m forced to contend with now.

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Thanks for chiming in Jamie :smiley:

Have you (or thought about) leaving feedback for Apple about this? I’ve found that they’ve been pretty receptive (especially regarding bugs) and I would probably consider this a bit of a bug …but then again, maybe they just want people to buy Macs! :joy:

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I know the iPad technically has “desktop Safari” but I don’t see Apple adding devtools for the same reason that applications like Xcode and Final Cut are still absent. It’s the UI that needs addressing and if Apple don’t think there’s enough of a market for the above two (when people are asking for it year after year) then browser devtools have no chance! :sweat_smile:

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You never know - they might think it could be a great selling point for iPad Pros :nerd:

Must admit with the M1 in the new iPad Pros I was hoping they could run a version of macOS as well - maybe one day?

Btw if you fancied suggesting it to them, if you hit space bar and CMD on a Mac , and type ‘feedback’ it should open the feedback assistant and you should be able to contact the devs directly that way (if you do that, let us know here - maybe someone else will spot it and do the same too…)

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Then just hook up a, say, bluetooth mouse and keyboard and let them enable the full dev experience. They don’t do that because they want to sale expensive macbooks and such for people who otherwise might not get them.

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I pondered it several times but the release of the M1 MacBook Airs really made this point moot for me.

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M1s are really expensive. :slight_smile:

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And iPad Pros aren’t? :smiley:

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The basic models aren’t too bad… but if you want half-decent specs you are probably going to need to add at least 50% to your budget!

At least with the Mac Mini you can swap out the HD and upgrade memory (at least afaik - is that still possible with M1 minis?)

MBA’s are probably more than enough for dev stuff mind - I loved my 11" MBA! :sunglasses:

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I am seriously pondering buying a maxed out M1 MacBook Air – 512GB SSD with 16GB RAM and 8 GPU cores – and hold on to it until it falls apart. :smiley:

It adds up to about 1900 EUR. I’ll very likely buy it though, it’s a solid investment that will pay many times over.

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Just 512GB SSD? I’d say go for at last 1TB?

2TB SSD + 16GB Ram M1 MBA is £2,049 here…

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Well I don’t know but I don’t plan to make that machine the center of my digital life. It’s something to use on the bed or when I’m on the move (which I almost never am btw).

Haven’t decided yet though.

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I would definitely get at least 1TB then Dimi :smiley:

If it’s anything like what my 11" MBA was… then I think you’ll love it! I just to take it to bed with me every night as it was just so portable and light. The MBP I’ve got while better than previous gens, is still pretty hefty so I’ll only take it to bed now if I really need to finish something (but that’s probably not a bad thing as we need a break from these devices too!! :joy: )

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That’s what I got earlier this year, and I’m happy with it. I do move around a lot so the light weight and extended battery life are important attributes.

I also appreciate the Apple ecosystem perks: unlocking the laptop(s) with my Watch, using AirDrop between systems, the fingerprint reader integration – not individually huge but definitely useful.

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I am still on a Win7 x86 desktop machine :slight_smile:

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New MBAs coming out this year apparently:

The new MacBook Air would likely feature a faster iteration of Apple’s custom M1 chip for ultra-fast performance in a lightweight design. The current base model MacBook Air with the M1 chip already outperforms a maxed-out Intel-based 16-inch MacBook Pro in benchmarks.

source: Top Stories: iPhone 14 With In-Screen Touch ID, iOS 15 Beta 2, Apple Warns Leakers, and More - MacRumors

If they allow up to 32GB of RAM I might consider one to replace my 16" MBP…

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That’s a bit of a marketing talk IMO and doesn’t say anything of consequence. The only thing that’s a bit more concrete that I’ve read was that the next M1 will have a better GPU performance and the CPU is going to remain unchanged. But we’ll see.

In any case, I am not in a hurry so maybe waiting for the second wave is the smart choice.

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