Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 26th Oct 2017 16:42 UTC
Apple

In the summer of 2017, I wanted to know what it would be like to use an iPad Pro as my main computer. I found out that it can actually work, thanks to an iOS app called Blink, an SSH replacement called Mosh, iOS 11 and running stuff on a server.

You could argue the title is a tad bit misleading - there's a lot of thin client DNA in his setup - but it's an interesting look at how to achieve this, nonetheless.

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darknexus
Member since:
2008-07-15

* You can't connect an external monitor (don't mention airplay)

My lightning to HDMI and VGA cables say otherwise.
* For that matter, you can't connect any hardware

Really? I guess I've imagined this Ethernet cable I used just today to troubleshoot an unresponsive firewall. Silly me, hallucinating like that. Oh yeah, and I guess I've imagined my Lightning-compatible flash drive, and my SD reader and writer I use all the time. The above monitor cables count too, I think but nope, I can't connect any hardware at all, no sir!

Of course you would need to search a bit for a laptop with a great touchscreen that runs silent and has 10 hours of batterylife but those DO exist nowadays for the same pricepoint as the iPad Pro.

Where? Have you ever even used an iPad Pro? Do you have any idea of the kind of battery life you can get with these things (not the ten hours Apple claims which applies only to absolutely constant use)? Show me a laptop that can be actively monitoring my networks while locked and instantly ready when I wake it up, that can charge from a portable USB battery when necessary, and doesn't need charged for a few days. On top of that, it's stable as I could hope for in today's world of modern software unlike that perpetual beta we call Windows 10 and without the driver craziness of Linux. If you find a laptop that can do all of these things and more, then I want to know about it asap. I don't care about what the specs officially say, I care about what it can actually do. I'll be nice and forego the touch screen if you can find the rest, but I've been looking for a long time and the iPad Pro is the closest I've ever found to what I want in a portable workhorse for my job.

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smashIt Member since:
2005-07-06

My lightning to HDMI and VGA cables say otherwise.


No, it proves his point.
You need a special adaper to connect it to anything.


And for battery-life:
A useless device with extra long battery-life is still useless.

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gan17 Member since:
2008-06-03

Where? Have you ever even used an iPad Pro? Do you have any idea of the kind of battery life you can get with these things (not the ten hours Apple claims which applies only to absolutely constant use)? Show me a laptop that can be actively monitoring my networks while locked and instantly ready when I wake it up, that can charge from a portable USB battery when necessary, and doesn't need charged for a few days. On top of that, it's stable as I could hope for in today's world of modern software unlike that perpetual beta we call Windows 10 and without the driver craziness of Linux. If you find a laptop that can do all of these things and more, then I want to know about it asap. I don't care about what the specs officially say, I care about what it can actually do. I'll be nice and forego the touch screen if you can find the rest, but I've been looking for a long time and the iPad Pro is the closest I've ever found to what I want in a portable workhorse for my job.

I'm wondering if the current, cheaper non-Pro iPad would be just as good for most of the tasks you mentioned in this post and earlier in the thread. Also wondering the same about the author of the featured story. Any experience?

Edited 2017-10-28 14:52 UTC

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avgalen Member since:
2010-09-23

"* You can't connect an external monitor (don't mention airplay)

My lightning to HDMI and VGA cables say otherwise.
* For that matter, you can't connect any hardware

Really? I guess I've imagined this Ethernet cable I used just today to troubleshoot an unresponsive firewall. Silly me, hallucinating like that. Oh yeah, and I guess I've imagined my Lightning-compatible flash drive, and my SD reader and writer I use all the time. The above monitor cables count too, I think but nope, I can't connect any hardware at all, no sir!

Of course you would need to search a bit for a laptop with a great touchscreen that runs silent and has 10 hours of batterylife but those DO exist nowadays for the same pricepoint as the iPad Pro.

Where? Have you ever even used an iPad Pro? Do you have any idea of the kind of battery life you can get with these things (not the ten hours Apple claims which applies only to absolutely constant use)? Show me a laptop that can be actively monitoring my networks while locked and instantly ready when I wake it up, that can charge from a portable USB battery when necessary, and doesn't need charged for a few days. On top of that, it's stable as I could hope for in today's world of modern software unlike that perpetual beta we call Windows 10 and without the driver craziness of Linux. If you find a laptop that can do all of these things and more, then I want to know about it asap. I don't care about what the specs officially say, I care about what it can actually do. I'll be nice and forego the touch screen if you can find the rest, but I've been looking for a long time and the iPad Pro is the closest I've ever found to what I want in a portable workhorse for my job.
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I didn't see your reply until today and .... wow, you are rude in asking somebody to help you. I was about the write down 2 systems and look for more for you but you are going to have to do that by yourself. What you have found is not a portable workhorse, it is more like a dressage horse. Put another rider on it and ask it to do another task and it cannot do it. It is awesome that you found a setup that suits your needs so nicely, but from now on please refrain from moving goalposts that much and "insulting" other platforms.

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