A laptop is probably your primary productivity tool. It’s fast and can do any task. You probably believe that the iPad is a beautiful tablet that can be used by people who don’t work with numbers and don’t need to multitask between powerful apps in order to get their work done. This was true until a few decades ago. Since then, I have replaced my laptop by an iPad Pro.
It was amazing to see that the iPad managed to be a more productive tool than a laptop a few months back.
1. The physical structure
The iPad Pro’s physical design is a major improvement on laptops. The iPad Pro can be used in a variety of settings. The iPad Pro can be attached to the keyboard in a similar way to laptops. The Smart Keyboard Folio
Although it looks like a toy, it is actually very easy to use. The keyboard is small so that the fingers can reach the screen easily. Magnetically attached to the iPad Pro’s back, the keyboard can be held in one hand and attached to the keyboard with the other. This is just one aspect of the evolution. To type, I use the keyboard and then hold the iPad in my hand to read and create media. It is easy to switch between the keyboard and my hands at once. Although it might sound absurd, it is very relaxing to be able to relax on a sofa and attach the keyboard while editing a movie. This applies to the 12.9-inch screen and may not be true for the 11-inch. iPad OS makes the most of its large Display size. I don’t think that a smaller Display would be as efficient. This device is very portable. The train table suddenly looks quite spacious. It takes up very little space in your backpack to store the iPad, keyboard, and charger.
The Applepencil is the last physical piece in the evolution. It was only for artists, I thought. It’s actually very well integrated with iPad OS. When the iPad is off, you will be presented with a blank note that you can use to sketch. The pencil can be used to annotation screenshots. To move the pencil, drag it from the side of your display.
Take a screenshot,
Then, draw directly on the page. You can also take a screenshot of the entire webpage in Safari and save it as PDF. Any PDF can be pulled up and you can use the pencil to highlight or fill in forms just as on paper. You can also use Keynote to quickly sketch an idea or revise a document.
You can also use the pencil to draw directly on text. Adobe Lightroom allows you to use the pencil to edit specific parts of a photograph and move the sliders more precisely.
2. The internal hardware
It is amazing how much power this small device can provide. Even compared to MacBook Pros, this thing is quite a beast. Lightroom and LumaFusion are very efficient, even though they simultaneously export videos and photos. The iPadPro barely heats up even without a fan.
Multiport adapters offer many opportunities, including HDMI, USB-old school, and USB-C ports. There are the usual options, such as connecting an SD or hard drive. More interestingly, the HDMI adapter allows me to mix audio and video from Algoridim’s Djay app while simultaneously previewing the next song through my headphones. Multi-port adapters are used by many apps. Luma Fusion allows you to play 4K video previews on your TV while still having the editing interface on your iPad. The USB ports can also be connected to an SD card or hard drive, allowing me to import photos into Lightroom.
An iPad Pro’s battery life is far superior to a Macbook. My charger is always with me. Google Hangouts and other apps that drain the battery of a macbook are much more efficient on the iPad Pro. (By the way, screen sharing to Hangouts calls is so simple). The iPad’s camera has a higher resolution than a Surface or Macbook, the speakers are louder, the microphone is better and the sound quality is much better. It is amazing that a device smaller than a laptop performs better when it comes down to hardware.
3. The operating system
Although it took ten years to develop iPad OS, the system is now a modern version of desktop-based systems. Multitasking is a key feature of iPad OS. The way that desktop systems multitask is done seems to be the best. It took me a long time to set up apps on my desktop. I had no idea how much. I was dragging them around until I saw all the content. Because of the way apps organize content, even that is a lot of wasted screen space. Content. To reach the item in my toolbar, I have to resize the window. Even then, I ended up with too much screen space. Even if it wasn’t wasted, there would be an additional app at the bottom of my screen that creates clutter and makes it difficult to navigate through all the windows. To drag an image to an application, I need to align the app and finder so that I can move them around.
I’m not sure if these drawbacks were questioned by the iPad engineers or if they were trying out multitasking within the iPad operating system. It looks like they struck the jackpot. Multitasking has become easier thanks to the way multiple windows interact. The system allows you to use only a few apps at once and makes all properties available to them. This is without stacking too many apps on top of one another that eventually makes it difficult to navigate the screen like a maze. Drag and drop allows you to display two apps simultaneously. I can choose which app takes up the most space and don’t need to resize every window to show that last button on the toolbar. I can make a separate app to use for quick reference (like I do with Google Keep and Slack) so that I can easily slide it in and out as needed. Switching from Netflix to another app will allow the video to continue playing on the side. It takes up no space. It’s almost as if a desktop system doesn’t know how multitasking is done these days.
Drag-and-drop interaction is a huge benefit for the iPad system. This goes beyond setting up multiple windows. It makes moving things easy by using people’s ten fingers. Grab a file, for example, from the Files app. You can also grab multiple files by keeping the original file close at hand and tap the files that you require. As long as you have the files, you can browse folders to find files. Browse to the folder you want, then make sure to have all the files in your hand so they can be merged together. You might want to save these files in another app to email them. The files can be saved in their original location. To create a new email, open the Mail app and tap to create one.
Files are not the only way to have items in your possession. With one finger I can swipe through Safari to grab an image, then switch to Google Docs with the other finger and drag it into a document. You can also grab videos from Photos and switch to LumaFusion. The videos will be added to the edited timeline. You can also grab a sketch that I made in Notability and drag it into a Google Slides presentation.
The Shortcuts app, which is a little more powerful than I am, is what really makes the iPad system great. Many of my workflows involve small technical tasks, such as converting PDFs to images, encoding audio files to another format, or merging 3 screenshots into one image. These are all tasks that can be accomplished by apps and websites. However, the process of searching for these services and going through advertisements is neither productive nor enjoyable.
Shortcuts Allow me to quickly save several powerful actions that accomplish many of these technical tasks. This is similar to the Automator app for Mac OS. Shortcuts is more. Installed apps can add their own actions to make it easier to execute a series actions that involve multiple apps. It’s easier to activate shortcuts because shortcuts are available in the shared sheet as well as within Siri.
This is how the iPad changed my perception of the primary tool I use to learn and produce. It is now the evolution, ten years after its launch