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    Hi,

    I just started university as an undergraduate student, taking up a BSc in Computer Engineering. I need something with me (go figure ) and was recently waiting to either buy a Haswell-powered Windows laptop or wait for the new wave of Windows tablets or hybrids coming out.

    Yet, the new iPad Air looks delicious. I have only one problem. We use MATLAB and Eclipse a lot in our classes and so I'd need them on my device. I guess I could go with just a C compiler and IDE, not necessarily Eclipse at school, and then redo all the stuff at home but I had heard that C programming isn't quite possible on iPad. Has this changed nowadays, given that the iPad now even sports a 64-bit processor?

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.
    Cheers.

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    Simply put, you need a computer not an iPad. Don't get confused over the fact that the new iPad Air is 64 bit because it still runs iOS not OS X. Matlab and Eclipse are not going to run on an iPad. Besides, if you have to do programming the lack of tools for the iPad is a big drawback. Save your money for a MacBook Air or one of the new MacBook Pro machines.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chscag View Post
    Simply put, you need a computer not an iPad. Don't get confused over the fact that the new iPad Air is 64 bit because it still runs iOS not OS X. Matlab and Eclipse are not going to run on an iPad. Besides, if you have to do programming the lack of tools for the iPad is a big drawback. Save your money for a MacBook Air or one of the new MacBook Pro machines.
    I see. Thanks a lot!

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