Tagged with ipad

Gabe Weatherhead on LiquidText

Gabe likes LiquidText.

LiquidText is not cheap. It's free to download on the AppStore but $30 for all of the features I've described. If the iPad Pro only allowed me to use LiquidText, I think it would still be worth it. This is the kind of app that justifies the iPad and the expense of the incredibly powerful hardware Apple is developing.

And I'd say he's spot on. I've been playing around with the app to research posts for 1Password and it's pretty amazing. It's exactly what the iPad and Apple Pencil are perfectly suited for, and if you do it enough, it's worth buying an iPad for on its own.

Read Gabe's full review for all the details.

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The many iPads of Federico Viticci

Federico only has the one in-use — I think! — iPad Pro, but the ways in which it can be used is a great example of its versatility. It's like he has multiple machines, but they're all rolled into one 12.9-inch slab of glass and metal.

The opening few lines of the latest instalment in his ongoing "iPad Diaries" series sums it up perfectly.

One of my favorite aspects of working on the iPad is the flexibility granted by its extensible form factor. At its very essence, the iPad is a screen that you can hold in your hands to interact with apps using multitouch. But what makes iPad unique is that, unlike a desktop computer or laptop, it is able to take on other forms – and thus adapt to different contexts – simply by connecting to a variety of removable accessories.

The iPad, whether Pro or not, may not be what the future of computing turns out to be, but this idea of one machine that does everything depending on the accessories it's connected to and the scenario it is thrust into, is what we need computing to become as we hurtle towards 2020 and beyond. Computing, with the iPad and Surface lines, feels like it's on the precipice of a sea change that's still being held back by poor software choices and some questionable hardware decisions. We're getting there, but that also means that we're not there yet.

With iOS 13's likely arrival at WWDC in mid-2019, we might see the iPad take a huge step towards what we all want — a tablet that works how you want it to, when you want it to, without seemingly arbitrary limitations thrown in for no good reason.

Apple, I'm looking at you and the ridiculous USB-C storage situation you've created. 😡

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Using an iPad for "real" work

This is something that I feel like I have managed to run both hot and cold on over the past few years and I too spent some time using an iPad as my sole machine. These days I'm all about the MacBook Pro and 27-inch 4K monitor so I am just not sure I could go iPad full time, but the apps and ecossytem sure make me want to try it again. Being able to use apps like 1Writer - Markdown Text Editor and Drafts 5 full time sound amazing.

Matt's been doing exactly that.

Can I let you in on a little secret? When it comes to “iPads can do real work,” I’m putting my money where my mouth is. I have been using an iPad for 99% of my website and design work at home (including the redesign of this website a few months ago), I have been working on a Dell laptop at my 9-5 job. In the past week, that’s starting to change.

The results are worth a read and has me seriously considering picking up that 12.9-inch iPad Pro I've always wanted.

Now if only we could know for sure whether the damned thing is going to get a refresh soon. I'm not buying now only to find out a Face ID-equipped, bezel-free monster is around the corner!

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