What happens when you try to ditch your MacBook Pro and use an iPad Pro as your main computer?
I really wanted to find out. So, I have stored my main computer in a desk, and I will only use an iPad Pro and my iPhone for the next 10 days.
The Back Story
I run a company that keeps me to be on call constantly (at least for the foreseeable future). We are in our early stages, and I simply cannot be without my computer should something come up.
In addition to this, I am very mobile. I like to change up my work area often, so mobility is key.
Everything I do happens in a browser. My entire workflow is cloud based, so storage really isn’t a problem.
Finally, I believe in being ahead of what is normal. I believe computing is going mobile and tablet based, and I want to be ahead of it.
I really want this to work out as a full time solution.
What I am looking forward to.
There are so many things that are attractive to me about using a tablet as my main computer.
This device seems convenient. I love the idea of having one device that serves the purpose of many. I will be outlining my setup later in this post, but I plan on dramatically cutting down on the amount of things I carry around.
Let’s face it. I like to be one of the first to try new things.
It’s a tablet, a laptop, a notebook, and camera all in one. It will do what I need it to do in most situations.
I love taking notes by hand. I hate not having access to my notes wherever I am. Right now I scan everything into Evernote which takes time, and I don’t always remember to do it everyday.
I get distracted. It’s going to be nice to focus on just one window at a time. I believe I’ll be more productive as a result.
What I am nervous about.
This one is obvious. I simply don’t know how the iPad Pro is going to perform with the web apps that I use. Hopefully, they don’t try to serve me a mobile view.
As great as the iPad Pro is on speed, it’s no MacBook Pro. I don’t do very much resource heavy computing, but I do like make a home video every now and then.
iOS apps are different than their mac counterparts. It’s going to be an adjustment getting used to them.
Retraining Muscle Memory
As I write this, I keep reaching for my trackpad. Interacting with the screen and limited keyboard shortcuts is going to be a challenge.
I carry all of these around with me in a backpack when I am working…and basically all the time.
- 13″ MacBook Pro
- Laptop charger
- iPhone charger
- Camera batteries
- Camera battery chargers
- Backup hard drive
- Battery back up for my iPhone
It’s not a ton of stuff, but it’s not a little either.
My plan is to ditch the unnecessary devices and stick to just what is essential.
- iPad Pro in a Logitech keyboard case
- iPad Pro charger
- Battery back up for my phone (and now iPad)
- Extra lighting charging cable and plug
As you can see, I plan to cut my daily carry in half. I can ditch my camera, notebook, and the chargers that go with them. I can use my iPhone and the iPad Pro for photos and videos. I am
I am going to post daily about how it’s going. I’ll talk about what I like, what I am forced to change, and what’s not going well. If anyone else has any experience with this same experiment, please comment. I would love to learn what I can from you.
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Update: I quit early. As great as the iPad Pro is, there were certain things I needed to do to run my company that it could not handle. Bummer. Read about it here.