Should Your Next MacBook be…an iPad?

Or maybe your next MacBook should be a Mac Mini? Brad Feld noticed something that I figured out a while ago—There are some tasks that iPads are better than laptops for just “getting done.”

As I write this, I realize that Android and Apple both sync faster with my email on an Exchange data store than my Windows 7 laptop with Outlook. A lot faster. It doesn’t seem to matter whether I’m connecting over 3G or Wifi – my Android phone, iPad, and iPhone are ready to go right away whereas my laptop takes anywhere from 5 to 15 minutes to get into a fully usable state (where the disk doesn’t spin an slow things down, or Outlook is non-responsive, or something else funky is going on.) I’m on a Lenovo X300 with 4GB of RAM so it’s not the hardware.

I wrote this post on my iPad using the cute little iPad keyboard doc. It appears my laptop is once again useable, but it’s probably too late for me this morning. Time for a run.
link: Rethinking The Laptop

I’ve noticed, especially since I got a wireless keyboard for my iPad, that my laptop hasn’t moved much from its place on my desk. Sure, I took it to WordCamp last week, but that was only to be able to present slides and surf sites. If I didn’t need to switch to a browser, I might have been able to just use my iPad.

I think we have to seriously look at how we use computers now and what do we really need portability for to do our jobs. Sure, there will always be a need for portable computers like MacBooks, but I think a lot of use who got laptops in the past might be able to use an iPad type device instead. At least most of the time.

Will my next machine be a Mac Mini? Maybe so. I think it all depends on how much toting about I expect to be doing. I know it seems strange for a geek not to have a laptop, but functionally maybe a Mac Mini (or iMac) is something that works for most of us.


Comments

  1. Steve W, Indialantic FL says

    Last month I noted that a iPad + Mac Mini cost less than a MacBook Pro. I decided to wait for the Mac Mini upgrade (I predicted it would be upgraded around WWDC time).

    I wonder if that is why Apple raised the price of the Mini – to keep the MiniPad combo from cannibalizing MacBook Pro sales.

    • says

      Interesting point Steve. I think Apple knows that a lot of home users could just move to an iMac or Mac Mini plus an iPad for both home and one the go computing needs. I think there are going to be more things coming to the iPad in future updates. I think there will be more file transfer options using the camera kit (for example). I doubt Apple will make the mistakes from the past in regards to splitting up the product lines.

  2. Steve W, Indialantic FL says

    Last month I noted that a iPad + Mac Mini cost less than a MacBook Pro. I decided to wait for the Mac Mini upgrade (I predicted it would be upgraded around WWDC time).

    I wonder if that is why Apple raised the price of the Mini – to keep the MiniPad combo from cannibalizing MacBook Pro sales.

    • says

      Interesting point Steve. I think Apple knows that a lot of home users could just move to an iMac or Mac Mini plus an iPad for both home and one the go computing needs. I think there are going to be more things coming to the iPad in future updates. I think there will be more file transfer options using the camera kit (for example). I doubt Apple will make the mistakes from the past in regards to splitting up the product lines.

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