I have been using the iPad Pro 10.5 for about a day now and have a few initial thoughts about it.
First and foremost – I like it — a lot.
Secondly – There is a learning curve.
Thirdly – I am really glad that I got the keyboard.
Let’s be real, I have learned in the last 24 hours that using an iPad is a different beast than any laptop that I have ever owned! While it is simple to operate/use, it works differently than a laptop does – just the way it is. You have to either embrace the differences or you will never adjust to how it works.
The biggest difference for me is the lack of a mouse or trackpad, I find myself attempting to figure out the keyboard shortcuts (all new muscle memory kind of thing), reaching up to touch the screen which sort of, but not really interrupts my workflow. Huh, when I first started to reach for the screen it felt a bit odd last night, but this morning it feels more dare I say “normal”.
I don’t find myself searching for the trackpad with my thumb nearly as often. I find myself touching the screen to get the pointer close to where I want to be onscreen and then using the arrow keys to get the rest of the way there – a bit awkward, but as I get more comfortable with things I am sure it will improve.
One thing that I found helped me with the transition was finding an old cheap stylus that I had for something else and finding that in many instances it works quite nicely as a mouse/trackpad and for somethings even better i.e. turning pages or quickly moving somewhere on the screen. It even takes decent notes. So while it is not the Apple stylus, it seems to be working for how I will use a stylus as a non-artist. It was definitely a LOT cheaper and doesn’t need to be re-charged.
Software or I should call them apps going forward, do not work or often look quite the same in IOS as in other operating systems. Getting used to those differences will be a part of the learning curve as I move away from legacy software and move back to Apple’s offerings. I have a feeling that I will probably keep my running log spreadsheet in Google Spreadsheet until next year, just to give me time to acquaint myself with the IOS version of Numbers. There are enough differences to make using Numbers, not as intuitive as other Spreadsheets.
The IOS version of WordPress is different and I can’t really say it is as good as the web version or even the Linux one that I had been using. There are less tools available to use, but the basic ones are there and I will get used to how it does things.
Speaking of Apps – that is a big change. I had become primarily cloud-based for most of my productivity software (Google’s Drive or G-Suite stuff) that I lived most of the time in the browser. Now I have to get used to being App based on the iPad. Which is not a bad thing, but it does make me have to twirl my head around a bit to used to looking at things differently – yet again.
I am loving the size and portability around the house, although on the spreadsheet having the smaller screen is going to take some getting used to or maybe I just need to simplify things and not worry about stuff that I can see on Strava or Garmin Connect.
The reality is that
Moving from a traditional laptop with Windows, OS-X or even one of the Linux flavors, there is a significant difference in how I will be doing things moving forward. After 24 hours I am seeing the potential and possibilities that using the iPad Pro 10.5 has, but the work flow and yes, muscle memory makes things feel pretty damn awkward – for now.
It will take a couple of weeks to figure out which apps work best for the way that I do things and how the body/head will embrace the iPad way of doing things.
Whether they are more efficient or simply different remains to be seen.
All-in-all though I am very happy with the progress I have made in moving to my new computer. Notice that I didn’t say replacing my laptop – the iPad is not a laptop, it is a different computer system and there is always learning curve to any new computer.
Will it replace what and how I did things on a laptop – from the short-time I have used it, I believe with maybe one or two exceptions that it will quite easily. I am already more comfortable with how it does things than I was on the Chromebooks that I had, so that is saying something already.
Let’s see where I am in a month. 🙂