I am about to upgrade my iPhone, iPad, and Mac. I will be ordering a new M1 iPad 12.9 on Friday. This fall I plan to order a new iPhone and MBP. But, I’m wondering if based on my use case if I should try something different. Given the varied experiences and workflows of those in this forum, I’m seeking advice and/or real world experiences.
To set the context for my question, here are my primary computer needs and workflow–simplified. I use a computer/iPad for:
- Writing (including brainstorming, research, references, blog, proposals, publishing)
- Communication (email, this forum, occasional Slack with Craft developers, Messages)
- Presentations (speaking notes, Keynote)
- Project management (personal and team)
- Light spreadsheet work
- Google docs and Office 365 for collaboration
- OCR, file conversion
- Light photography editing
- Web browsing
- Watching an occasional video or movie
I do most of my work at the office and home, with some travel now beginning (includes some international travel).
Historically I’ve used the iPad and MBP 13" for my computing needs. But, I’m wondering if I should get a Mac mini with a great monitor OR new iMac (I’ve never used one) for the office and rely on the iPad for working from home and traveling (I always just take the iPad for traveling). There are only a few times when I use my laptop for meetings at work–usually I just use the iPad. I also find it better for spreadsheets and document collaboration.
The one downside I see to the above is that if I use the iPad for projecting slides I will not have it available for my speaking notes. I could use paper but I try to function completely paper free. I suppose I could add an iPad mini for my notes when using the larger iPad for projecting slides during a presentation.
I suspect that going with Mac mini will save some money but honestly, money is not a factor in the decision. IF I purchase a Mac mini is would be the Apple M1 Chip with 8-Core CPU and 8-Core GPU, 512GB Storage.
Thoughts on this? Advice? Based on my workflow needs, what would I lose, if anything, by not having a MBP?