Sometimes the simplest solution is just right in front of you
Shall we play a game?
It’s been a while since I have written about using the iPad Pro as my primary machine so I thought it would be as good time as any to give an update on where my head is at.
To be honest, the cracks in this whole plan have been forming for a while now. While I’m certianly not the first person to post about it, the interesting bit is that the iPad itself really isn’t the problem — it’s 100% the software at this point.
Watching my computing habits during this transformation has also been particularly interesting. Similar to my laptop usage, the iPad Pro was sitting in my bag throughout the day — only to get pulled out at night at a hotel, or around the house for reading. I started to wonder if it’s time to go all-in and experiment a bit with what I call the “iPad Nano”… yes, the iPhone 7plus.
Would this work?
Let’s take a look what the normal computing needs are:
- Would I attempt to create a Keynote on it? Nope.
- Try and write a huge manuscript? Not a chance.
- Take notes during day, respond to emails, check off items in Todoist? Sure thing!
Sure — I still have my “desk-bound” laptop with a huge-ass monitor when I need to do the heavy lifting; but really, most of my day (and I realize this is really a “what do you do all day” defining problem) could easily be tackled by the phone — and that “the best computer is the one you have with you”.
I still fundamentally agree with what Ben Brooks said:
But the truth of the matter is that it’s a laptop, and as much as you disagree, a laptop is not the future of computing, it’s the ancient hold over.
I continue to gravitate to a future where problems and tasks are best solved with the device that is in your pocket.
Sure — just for kicks — I may experiment with a small portable keyboard thrown into the bag for typing long form at night (Ulysses is simply the best), but I may go ultralight for a bit.
Where we’re going, we don’t need roads..
All of this time spent noodling on how I compute, makes me think a bit about what Apple is going to announce at WWDC this year — it would be interesting if I could just plug my phone into a large monitor use a keyboard and mouse (it has enough processing) and then just take it with me when I need to.
But the real question is where this leaves the iPad?
I do like reading on it. I like using it for the day to day. And, frankly if there was an iPad Mini 5 I would probably just go with that. It’s really sad because I sincerely believe that the iPad could have (and, who knows, still might) transform the computing market — it kneecaped itself by limiting it’s usefulness as being treated as a large iPhone. We already have one of those.