Re: replace laptop with an iPad?



I believe you can.  Some apps will force you to store downloads inside that particular app, but many apps allow you to move downloads from one app to another.

As for using an iPad as an alternative to the traditional laptop, this is what I've heard and read:

According to most of the articles I've read and most of the YouTube videos I've seen on this topic, the iPad can be used as an alternative to the traditional laptop.  However, you must be willing to adjust to iOS and stop expecting it to behave like Windows or Mac OS.  They say that you must be willing to use some apps that are different from the ones you've been used to using on Windows or the Mac until those apps are developed for iOS.  More and more of the apps are being developed for iOS on a regular basis.  There are rumors that the Logic music production app and the Final Cut Pro video production app will come to iPad OS soon which will make the iPad an even more viable alternative to the traditional laptop.

Most seem to believe that Apple's new Magic keyboard and bluetooth keyboards make the IPad more viable and attractive.  Mouse support helps too.

Even those who claim that the iPad isn't a laptop alternative say that it probably will be soon.  They just want to see a few improvements made.

It's worth noting that many Mac users have been upset with Apple because they believe that the company has been putting more resources into the development of the i'Pad than it has into the development of the Mac.  But with the release of the new MacBooks, they might be happier now.

Personally, VoiceOver for the iPhone and the iPad has been wonderful!  Like all screen readers, it has a few quirks.  However, I like VoiceOver for iOS and Mac better than JAWS and NVDA.  I think VoiceOver for IOS is better than VoiceOver for Mac, JAWS and NVDA.  I find it very easy to swipe, tap and access items using the rotar.

I might decide to buy a MacBook Pro instead of an iPad Pro if I decide that a MacBook Pro will better meet my needs and desires.  But I doubt I'll ever return to Windows as my primary operating system.  I've had three laptops become disabled by viruses, malware and spyware.  I've also had applications become disabled by bad Windows updates.  I haven't any of those problems with iOS.  I did have a problem downloading an update to the Mac and I needed expert help fixing that.  I guess that's one of the reasons why I prefer the iPad as a laptop alternative.

Anyway, it's really all abou′ personal experience and personal preference.  For every person who prefers the traditional laptop, there's probably one person who prefers the iPad.  At least that's how it seems from everything I've read and seen.

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On May 30, 2020, at 8:15 PM, A.Mac via <a.mcaneney@...> wrote:

hi, can you download  from a third party on a i-pad. i.e a film or a book from a e-mail group.

On 30/05/2020 09:57, David Goldfield wrote:

I have a different view on this topic. For some sighted users an iPad may, under certain conditions, be a good replacement for a Windows laptop, particularly if you use it with a keyboard. You can use Office as well as the iWork suite, browse the Web, check your email and have a system that's portable, very fast and extremely secure. However, while VoiceOver is great using it on a touch screen its performance with a keyboard is just barely adequate compared to using a Windows screen reader, particularly JAWS. Its Web navigation capabilities using a keyboard are very poor, speech sometimes reads incorrectly while navigating a document I'm trying to edit and there just aren't enough keyboard commands to provide certain types of information that I can easily access with JAWS. If an iPad with a keyboard and VoiceOver offered me the same level of accessibility as I am used to with JAWS or NVDA I'd definitely consider using an iPad as a secondary computer. As an example, there are so many options to configure how JAWS works with Microsoft Word which just are not going to be available with VoiceOver on an iPad. However, this is just not available at this time. In addition, I also use Leasey, a third party tool that runs alongside of JAWS to provide even more productivity and VoiceOver just doesn't offer such an option. If you want to invest in an iPad feel free to do so. I think it's a great tablet with very nice touch screen accessibility and adequate accessibility if you want to type a quick email. However, don't throw away that laptop because, if you're even somewhat accustomed to using Windows, I think you will find the iPad to be frustrating and very disappointing.

David Goldfield,
Blindness Assistive Technology Specialist
JAWS Certified, 2019
On 5/30/2020 4:38 AM, Victor wrote:
Hi Josh:

I don’t own an iPad Pro, but I plan to get one soon and use it as my laptop replacement. I currently own an iPad mini 2 and I have used an iPad Pro before. In my opinion, there is no reason why the iPad cannot replace the traditional laptop. With the right apps, the iPad can perform all common computer tasks and most heavy duty tasks. Even the most advanced ones.

If you would like to know more, look up a website called the tech juggernaut. On that website, there is information about using the iPad as an alternative to the traditional laptop. Plus, there are many YouTube videos about this.



On May 29, 2020, at 2:38 PM, Josh Kennedy <joshknnd1982@...> wrote:


These days in 2020, with iPad OS, is it possible to replace your laptop with an iPad and use an iPad as your main computing device? Or is a windows laptop still necessary? With mouse support in the latest iPad OS I would think replacing a laptop with an iPad is becoming easier all the time. So have any of you got rid of desktops and laptops running windows and just use your iPhone or iPad as your main computing device?





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