Switching To An iPad Pro

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.

Convenience

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.

It’s New

Let’s face it. I like to be one of the first to try new things.

Versatility

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.

Note-taking

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.

Focus

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.

Functionality

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.

Performance

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.

Workflow

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.

The Setup

I carry all of these around with me in a backpack when I am working…and basically all the time.

Current

  1. 13″ MacBook Pro
  2. Laptop charger
  3. iPhone charger
  4. Notebook
  5. Pen
  6. Camera
  7. Camera batteries
  8. Camera battery chargers
  9. Backup hard drive
  10. Battery back up for my iPhone
  11. Headphones
  12. Glasses

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.

New Setup

  1. iPad Pro in a Logitech keyboard case
  2. iPad Pro charger
  3. Battery back up for my phone (and now iPad)
  4. Headphones
  5. Glasses
  6. 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

Check back

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.

Table of Contents

  1. Intro — You are here.
  2. Day One
  3. Day Two
  4. Day Three
  5. Day Four
  6. Day Five
  7. Day Six
  8. Day Seven

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.