Replace Imac 27 and iPad Air 2 with iPad Air 3


Hi there, I have an iMac 27, which has a 1 TB spinning platter and standard Ram etc. I also have an iPhone SE and my wife has an iPhone 7 an iPad Air 2 and an Ipod.

I am considering replacing the iMac and iPad Air 2 with the new iPad Air 3. We are both now retired and I believe the “upgrade” would prove beneficial. I have access to Telstra internet via their modem.

I was wondering what thoughts this generates with members of Apple Talk.

Along the lines of
(1) Whether I would require internet access via the iPad Air 3, or whether I could get this via a dongle attachment.
(2) Whether I require the largest storage on the iPad.
(3) Could I attach the iPad Air to my phone to achieve (1) or whether this is just not viable



Personally, I’m a big fan of 4G iPads if you’ll ever use them outside the home (i.e. if you have Wifi at home).

Depending on what you do, transitioning to an iPad only lifestyle should be doable - but beware there’s a fair bit of stuff that may be tricky to migrate if you haven’t already done it… (documents to cloud storage, photos to iCloud library, music to iCloud Library, etc…)

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27” iMac to a 9.7” iPad is a hell of a downgrade.



My old 27 inch iMac has died for the final time and cannot be resurrected anymore and I am currently dependent on an iPad Pro.

It’s quite doable if you are prepared to invest in the apps. It is a different way of computing.

Specialist app tools make the difference. This includes additional printer functionality and photo editing tools. Cloud storage (and thus subscriptions) is also a must.

The only reason I haven’t bought a new iMac is because I have other expenses at the moment, and I get by with the iPad Pro. And if I need to I can use my daughter’s laptop. That is not often.

But do not kid yourself it is a computer replacement yet.

  • There is no file system. It can be hard to find files for example unless you remember which app you used them in.
  • You are very limited on peripheral support.
  • The screen is not iMac 27 inch sized.
  • Multitasking is a bit of a cludge
  • Windowing is a bit tricky.
  • Mail needs work. For example how do you have several emails open at once? You might find a better third party app.
  • Cut and paste is not as easy as it could be. It also doesn’t work well in some blog platforms. (Eg OK here, lousy on Appleinsider)

That will do for now

PS: I have a work colleague who is @70 come back to work to help me out. She is iPhone XR and iPad only. That has basically been her home setup for years. That is all she needs although I am always worried she doesn’t back up enough, particularly photos. iCloud photo storage is a must in the Apple ecosystem.