What you cannot do with iPad

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  1. iNotes4You

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    There are many discussions whether iPad may kick off PCs. Do we still need a PC?

    Please list all USUAL tasks where iPad needs the help of a big brother.

    Thanks in advance to all members of this awesome forum.
     
  2. iPutz

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    The only things I can think of off of the top of my head are:
    Burning CD/DVD's
    Viewing DVD/CD's
    Playing audio CD's
    Anything involving a USB port
    Anything involving an SD card (I know there's a camera connection kit, but moving an SD card is much easier)
    Adding more storage capacity

    If I think of more I'll add them later after I get off work.

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    Add media from another device (music, movies etc.)
    Adding hardware (TV card, telephone modem Etc.)
    Printing to a non-WiFi printer
    Sync with another iDevice
     
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    Thanks iPutz,
    that's what I didn't think about up to now as I do not use all these multimedia features.
     
  4. up10ad

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    And of course using any applications that require specific software like Adobe CS or the like. For general use its a pretty darn capable device!
     
  5. nealh

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    Using many productivity apps...quicken, office apps are dumbed down, universal printing


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  6. BNickO

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    I am a heavy user of MS Access. Until there is MS Office available on iPad, it won't replace my PC's.
     
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    Me too because development of MS Access applications is my profession.
    I think Access will never be available for iPad as it's designed for multiuser-environments and needs high performance connections by design.
    But I think you agree that this application cannot be counted under USUAL tasks.
    By the way there is an app in the App Store which can display Access tables but cannot create DBs.
    Thanks a lot for your reply.
     
  8. liberated

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    iPad is not meant to replace a PC and of course you all know that.


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  9. Napoleon PhoneApart

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    Strongly agree. The iPad might replace the PC for those who only surf and check email, but for people who actually do things on their PCs...
     
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    Thanks for your reply. I know that but PC sales are decreasing and tablets are gaining popularity. So I just want to know what you cannot do with iPad as my experiences are limited. For example, my task has never been editing photos so I cannot estimate where the problems are when doing this job.
    But I fully agree with you that Apple did not intend to replace its own Macs by iPads.
    At the time nearly all replies have in common that it is mainly a problem of softaere availibility. But with this problem every new technology is faced. The first IBM PCs released in 1981 had the same problem, there was no suitable software.
     
  11. liberated

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    I believe the future belongs to lighter OS and the reliance on cloud services. We are not there quite yet.


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  12. raqball

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    "What you cannot do with an iPad"

    It won't make toast
    It won't make my bed
    It won't get my groceries

    Many many more!

    I kid, I kid.. :) :)

    Seriously though, the only issues I have is if USB is needed, plugins on websites and drivers for specific items..
     
  13. iNotes4You

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    This is a message from iNotes4You professional support:

    Toast: You are not working hard enough so that your device will not provide the required temperature.
    Bed: You have to work with iPad 24/7 then you don't need a bed.
    Groceries: Try Online-Shopping using SAFARI or call the mobile pizza service via iPhone.
    Many many more: Please create new posts with detailed requests.

    Seriously now, thanks raqball.
     
  14. EverythingApple

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    Or something Siri would say. ;)
     
  15. Europa

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    Running a server
    Playing non-itunes friendly videos (you need a computer to do the live conversion with Air Video and to move them to the phone for playback via VLC)
    Ripping and converting videos
    Burning and playing CDs/DVDs
    Updating the firmware on Bluetooth devices
    Torrents
    Photoshop, Audition, etc.
    Accessing the file system and making modifications
    Running the full version of iTunes
    Capturing/recording video that is playing on the screen
    Hiding the pesky Newsstand app
    Flash video content
    Programming
    Restoring or applying a full update to the iPad
    Jailbreaking
    Air Print to an unsupported printer
    Computer games
     
  16. Mugwhamp

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    Strongly disagree, with a couple caveats. I teach IB literature and theory of knowledge, and I use my iPad 10 hours a day. I make all spreadsheets, docs, and newsletters with the iPad, in addition to messaging and email. I regularly project my lessons on to a screen, use the iPad for note taking in meetings, video and audio record my students' presentations, make my own presentations, edit PDFs, and edit photos and videos. The ONLY thing I use my laptop for is downloading music and videos and transferring them to the iPad via iTunes. When my laptop dies, I will only keep a home desktop for the aforementioned purpose. I'm definitely post-PC, and I love it. I understand that some technical professionals may need something more, but for the many and varied tasks that I engage in as an educator, the iPad rules. It is most definitely a powerful production tool.


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  17. Europa

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    Still, there are quite a few things you can't do it on it if you wanted or needed to do them. I posted a few of them in my post above yours.
     
  18. iNotes4You

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    That's definitely not true. There are many tasks you can do with iPad much more better than with a PC. Reducing the iPad to a surf- and mail- gadgets totally contradicts it's relevance for pupils and students.


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  19. Mugwhamp

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    Understood.


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  20. Europa

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    I didn't interpret his post as saying a PC is always better than an iPad. I interpreted it as the iPad has limitations (without listing every single thing the iPad can and can't do). Some people will notice these limitations more than others; it depends on what you use a computer for. They (iPads and PCs) each have their place and pros and cons, but there is no denying that the iPad has limitations and can't do as much as a PC/Mac. Sure, it has a few advantages over a PC, such as the touchscreen interface and portability, but iOS is more locked down and it isn't as powerful and versatile as OSX and Windows.

    Another point to be made is that the storage space on an iPad falls far short of what's available on a PC.
     

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