The latest iPad Pro 10.5 is a good replacement for my MacBook Pro. Since I no longer do any core programming or coding work which I was doing earlier, I thought it would be good idea to move to a iPad Pro and some what stop carrying the MBP. Let me make it very clear, I cannot completely get rid of my MBP for many reasons like doing some serious backup / restore process, configuring my Time Capsule, Using iTunes to reset my iPhone / iPad, etc.
These are the core applications that belongs to iOS and I use this more for one main reason and that is simplicity. Not too much of features, so I can do things faster and keep things simple.
Top 10 iPad Pro Applications that I use
- iCloud Storage – I have a 1TB storage, all my photos and files are stored and backed up using iCloud and it works seamlessly across all my devices and most of my friends / family use iPhones so this works great for sharing files too. But for my office work, I have to depend on Google Drive as we are using Google Apps for official purpose.
- Photos – All pictures taken from any of my Apple device will store them to iCloud and I can view them, do basic editing using the application, works great and is very simple.
- Mail – Apple iOS Mail works good for me, I use the Exchange option to configure my Google account and get to use the Push mail, so no delays, get all my mails instantly.
- Notes – I used to use Evernote for all my notes, files storage, meeting notes, projects and have been using it for some time now. After getting this iPad Pro and experiencing the iOS 11, I decided to use the Apple notes as my note taking application. I can do almost everything that I used to do using EverNote. Some features like tagging, clipping, etc are something I miss, but most of my tasks are done very well.
- Reminders – This is what I use to set reminders and manage my task lists. The drag and drop feature of iOS 11 is of great use. I can drag an email on the reminder screen and create a reminder on the fly. Same in the case of using the notes where the drag and drop works great and I love this feature very much. I am sure once the public version of iOS 11 is out, all the 3 party applications would integrate the drag and drop feature.
- Keynote , Pages, Numbers – Used for my official purpose. Very rarely I use the Microsoft office products these days.
- LumaFusion– My favourite video editing and publishing App. You can do mostly everything that you would want to do. This best part of it is that it has multiple audio and video tracks. The only problem is when I have to publish a video, I need to keep the App running in the foreground or the entire publishing process has to be repeated. This is same in the case of other video editing tools like iMovie, Pinacle Studio.
- FlipBoard – This the best designed tool for aggregate all your news feeds and other favourite websites. I love the design and the flips. You can also connect all your social media accounts to this tool.
- WordPress – I am a blogger and I need to keep track of all my WordPress blogs. With this you can do almost everything that you want as far as WordPress blogs are concerned. Write new post, edit post, reply to comments, read the blogs that you are following, stats, etc. A must have if you are a WordPress user.
- YouTube Studio – I use the YouTube app for watching videos and YouTube Studio to manage my YouTube Channel. A must have if you are YouTuber.
Other than these applications, I use social media apps like Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+, etc.
If you are a Pro User, you can get an iPad Pro, I would suggest a 10.5 one if you want to do more of content creations, checking emails, etc. The 12.9 inch iPad Pro is good for artists, designers , etc. You can decide on which one would suit your need. Get a good keyboard, I would suggest to again for a Apple Smart Keyboard, that works great for me or you can check for other options like the Logitech Slim Combo.
Suggested Reading – Surface Book vs MacBook Pro
Have I got rid of my MacBook Pro?
After about 6 months of using iPad Pro 10.5, I feel 90% of my tasks can be done with my iPad Pro, but when it comes to some core work like coding, doing some serious video editing, we need to have a desktop version and I switch to MacBook Pro. I think the situation would be the same even if had the bigger version of the iPad Pro.
Further Reading – Messages on Mac and iPad – iOS 11
If you a person who just work with emails, social media, notes, etc, iPad Pro will be ideal, but someone who is into coding or any other core development, then you will need a Mac.
Happy iPading – Waiting for full featured iOS 11 that could really change the way people use iPad.