Apple wants you to use your iPad or your iPad Pro like a clean computer: How do you go about doing that? And does it actually work? You can turn your Apple tablet into a laptop-sized laptop — and get rid of it even if you're still going to come across.
The iPad-only tweaks in iOS
If you have not used an iPad lately, then there are some iOS features made exclusively for Apple's tablet that you should know about. In terms of your iPad like a laptop, the most important ones are Slide Over and Split View
They're both ways of Get more than one app on screen at once, either via a hovering window (Slide Over) or a docked window (Split View). With one app open, just drag another into play from the dock (a quick slide up from the bottom), then fix the app to the side of the display or leave it floating, at dragging the gray bar at the top.
With Slide Over, you can dismiss a floating app by quickly swiping the gray bar at the top to the right or left, and bring it back by swiping in from the edge of the screen. With Split View, drag the divider bar into the center to the left or right to change how much screen space each app is given.
When you've got apps in Slide Over or Split View mode, you can drag text, pictures , and files between them: Touch and hold an item on one side, then drag it across in the other app. Quite how this works varies between apps – Twitter will copy the URL rather than its text, for instance – but it often comes in handy
There's the dock at the bottom, which we've already mentioned, and which makes flicking between different apps just that little bit easier. The iPad has now adopted the controlled controls with the iPhone X too — this was a necessary move with the removal of Touch ID from the iPad Pro, but also the work with older iPads too.
The best apps for serious work
Starting with processing, the likes of Apple's pages (which comes built into iOS), Docs from Google, and Word from Microsoft are helpful in getting through a substantial amount of text (note that is as well as view files in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint for iOS on an iPad, you'll need an Office 365 subscription). For spreadsheets and presentations, it's the same suspects from Apple, Google, and Microsoft, which all have been impressively displayed on iOS (and mobile platforms in general).
Image editing is well covered: From Snapseed to VSCO to Adobe Lightroom CC to Pixelmator, there is plenty of choice, and add in the default Photos app from Apple and Google Photos and you should be able to replicate a lot of what you do on a laptop, especially if you've got an Apple Pencil. Though the most exciting new image editor, a full version of Adobe Photoshop, won't be available until later in 2019.
Speaking of the Apple Pencil, the iPad is great for digital artwork and sketching: The likes of Procreate and Autodesk SketchBook makes this much better device than a laptop in many ways. What is still lacking is a way to do that kind of detailed, pixel-by-pixel edits that are often needed at the professional level — it will be interesting to see how the "full" version of Photoshop tackles this.
We can recommend to use iPad as a laptop, we can recommend Slack, video editing powerhouse LumaFusion, Evernote, TeamViewer, Ulysses (for a more minimal, intuitive word processor), and Notability for converting handwritten notes in files and text you can actually use. Apple apps like iMovie and GarageBand are no slouches either.
An impressive roster of apps then, but they're not quite up to desktop level yet. With Word, for example, you can change paragraph settings, or modify and apply stylesheets, or edit any imported charts. You can drop in pictures and shapes, but you can do much with them, or modify them quite as easily. Most of these apps are still like what they are: Cut-down versions of the full apps.
The iPad is closer than ever to a laptop's functionality, but its definitely not there yet.
Kitting out your iPad with accessories
To help turn your iPad into a laptop you need some accessories.