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

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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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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