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Writing with iPad Pro: The first 48 hours away from Mac



Every time a new iPad Pro is released, reviewers tend to ask the question: can it replace a laptop? That's a valid question as Apple pitches the iPad Pro as the future of computing, even boldly creating I've spent 48 hours writing with iPad Pro and here's what I think …

First and foremost, what am I using to replace ] my 2016 MacBook Pro? The 12.9-inch iPad Pro with Smart Keyboard Folio and Apple Pencil. The last iPad I owned for an extensive period of time was the iPad mini 2. My 15-inch MBP was the top of the line model at the time, with 16GB of RAM, 1TB SSD, 2.9GHz Core i7 with the dedicated AMD GPU . But, for the most part, none of that matters for me.

See, the thing with the iPad Pro hardware is that it's gotten so powerful over the years, seeing massive gains in performance every generation. Men, den software har desværre ikke fanget endnu. I think iPad Pro can be a great contender for replacing a computer for many people.

Within the last 48 hours I've been using iPad Pro as my main work machine. So far it's been a pretty good experience.

The initial 48 hours

On a typical working day, I have our Slack chat running on the left side of my screen, and the 9to5Mac web portal running in safari, split 50/50 evenly. In addition, I often have Tweetbot as a window about Safari to make sure I'm not missing any breaking news. Jeg har også e-post med email og med notifikationer på alle indgående mail via Edison (Current Mail Client of Choice). If I need to, I'll swipe up a little from the bottom, drag Edison into the Safari slot and read / reply to email there if need be.

If I need to refer an email while typing out a post, I have edison as a window and safari on the right of the 50/50 split.

If it's a news piece, I return to Safari and start writing there. Over de laatste paar dagen heb ik opgemerkt dat sommige kleine problemen zoals de cursor niet verschijnen, maar voor het meest het goed werkt. For longer pieces (like this one) I use Ulysses to write. Other than updating its app to support the new iPad screen sizes, it works as expected with any other iPad.

I think the hardest transition is from mouse / trackpad and keyboard to touch and keyboard. Most first-party apps and some iPad Pro-specific third-party apps support keyboard shortcuts that are similar to what you would find on a Mac. For example, pressing ⌘ + L on Safari for iPad will bring you into the URL / search bar without moving your hand all the way to the top.

Adjusting to iOS

Admittedly, I have not spent too much time in Shortcuts or Siri Shortcuts.

Oh, and the new iPad Pro has USB-C now, which is great.

Sure, if you have a 4K USB-C monitor, you can plug it in and have it mirror the screen and charge your iPad at the same time as vel som det som hub for andre tilbehør. Men du kan også gjøre det med Lightning as well, men ikke via en enkelt kabel (HDMI adapter med en USB-A og Lightning for charging, anyone?). Selv om jeg ville elske at have min skærm spejlvendt min skærm, ville jeg helst forlænge det, og måske har flere programmer kørt på et givet tidspunkt. I also have the LG UltraFine 5K, which is Thunderbolt 3. So I can not test that functionality.

The real advantage of USB-C is having one cable to rule them all. The iPad is now free of just "iOS accessories" and the door is open to other vendors building in support.

Lack of external hard drive support is weird to say the least. Plugging in a camera automatically launches the Photos app, naturally. Dus, het zou aannemen dat een externe harde schijf of een flash drive automatisch wordt geopend voor de Files app. Nope. Hopefully this changes in the future.

Conclusion

Obviously, it's only been a few days and that is not enough time to make a firm decision on whether this could completely replace my computer (for work purposes) yet . With that being said, the iPad is starting to grow on me and I would highly recommend others who primarily write for a living to give it a shot.

I'll need a bit more time before I can make an informed decision



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