Replace aging MBP with iPad Pro for Travel?

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Paul Contributing Member • Posts: 619
Re: Replace aging MBP with iPad Pro for Travel?

acnomad wrote:

Paul wrote:

I tried to move most of my workflow to iPad Pro, there are a few things to consider: the new M1 iPads are plenty fast enough for anything, LR mobile and PS are pretty amazing in terms of speed and are getting tons of upgrades all the time.

if you are using LR as a main DM and for most your workflow, which also means if you are using LR (not classic) on your desktop, the iPad will work great. you can now import directly, LR is fast and solid, most adjustments are right there, round tripping to PS is a breeze, files are backed up in the cloud, life is good.

I'm still using LR Classic, which is (as you implied) less seamless for a workflow back and forth between iPad and Mac.

PS is not a full high end retouching desktop replacement (yet?) if you are like 99% of all people who only use 10% of what PS (desktop) can offer, you should be fine.

its easy to find this stuff out, features are listed, if everything you need is there, you are good. there are lots of other apps of course, how well they play with LR is a different question. plug ins obviously don't work or exist.

apple is making the Files app better and better and there are workarounds for a lot of stuff (FTP,...) but it is nowhere near desktop level integration. if a feature you need is not available in LR (export, file handling) you might be able to find it and you might be able to make it work but it might not be seamless and easy which is the whole point of the iPad in the first place.

I have tried but I can't really work with iOS split screen, maybe I am not smart enough, I have asked my kids and they don't really use it either, so it does not look to be an age thing.

mb air and pro are great, now battery life will be pretty close to iPad Pro, and iPad Pro with apple keyboard (or most other cases or keyboards) might actually be slightly bigger and more expensive.

That would neutralize any benefit for me.

I have both mbp 13 M1 and 12.9 iPad Pro M1, I prefer to use the iPad for tethered shooting with my hasselblad kit but right now there are limitations with export that make the actual workflow a little bit of a pain. I am pretty sure this will change soon, both hasselblad and apple are working on these issues from both sides. speed wise everything on both is more or less instant. the new iPad LED screen is much easier to look at outdoors, the mbp really requires a separate tripod with platform for tethering, the iPad is easier to hold and I have a cheap amazon holder that attaches to my tripod.

Thanks for all your thoughts. It really helps reinforce my decision to hold off on the iPad Pro for now. I think it is something I will consider in another year or so. As you pointed out, Apple is getting closer to a laptop replacement in their tablet. For now, I'm 90% certain that I will replace the 2015 15-inch MBP with a new MBA.

just so you know, the mb air M1 pretty much blows your 2015 mbp away right now.

if you are on LR classic, it makes more sense to stay on Mac OS.

I think apple is making a conscious decision to keep the lines separate. the hardware is pretty much the same at this point.

the iPad is great to consume media, which for me actually also includes importing images and going through them. but I still need the Mac OS machine to handle most of the workflow. I am on LR now since they have for me now implemented everything I was missing from classic. it is much faster and more streamlined, and that is one app that shows how seamless iPad OS and Mac OS CAN work together.  the hasselblad Phocus mobile app is incredible but still has some shortcomings (like almost all iPad OS apps). I am pretty certain I can move most of my first level (shooting/culling/quick edits) workflow to iPad in a few months but I would still need my mbp as well.

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