What’s the lightest, most straightforward way to do something? What’s the fastest way we can get our work done and get on with the other things in our lives.
For many years, people have tried to push the iPad onto us as a replacement for the laptop. But problems with the app availability and the functionality of iOS for ‘real work’ made it hard to choose as a real option.
However, now, with the recent release of iOS 13 (also known as iPad OS), the iPad is ready to rise and take its place as a true mobile workstation.
Here are 15 reasons why we think it’s time to toss your laptop aside and jump into the iPad ecosystem:
Using an iPad can be much faster than using a laptop – especially if you’re used to using Windows. Windows can tend to slow down after a few years of use, caused by software and files’ clogging up’ the system.
‘iOS’ uses a different system that doesn’t slow down the device over time. Using an iPad two years later will feel just the same as the day you bought it.
Of course, you have to ensure that you aren’t using up every last megabyte of storage space, as this might slow things down just a touch.
2. Ease of use
The best thing about using an iPad is that everything is designed from the ground up to work with touch screen functionality. Apple restructured many apps from the desktop versions to make them much more intuitive.
Let’s take Photoshop, for example, which Apple just re-released for iOS. The team at Adobe entirely redesigned it, and they created it to work with the Apple Pencil, allowing users to draw, use touch gestures, and easily access shortcuts with a simple tap.
Compare this to the complex set of menus on the desktop version of Photoshop, and you can soon see why it makes sense to use an iPad – even for intricate work such as graphic design.
3. Great choice of apps
Apps on the iPad are generally very intuitive to use. There is also a great choice to pick from, depending on what you need the device to do.
The Apple App Store has a wide range of apps designed specifically for iPad. A great example is apps such as Goodnotes – a note-taking app designed with touch in mind. Procreate (a tool for creating digital artwork to a professional level), Adobe Lightroom CC (for pro-level photo editing) or even LumaFusion (a fully-featured tool for video editing – although it doesn’t quite match up to full-size video editing software such as Final Cut Pro or Davinci Resolve.).
Whatever you need to use your iPad for, 99% of the time, you will be able to find an app to fit that purpose.
However, it’s essential to be aware that if you do any specific tasks which require certain software, then you might still need to use a PC or Mac for that.
4. Full-size websites
Using the Safari app on iOS, you can now browse full websites on your iPad the same as if it were a laptop. This will give you almost 99% of the function of a standard laptop browser, but some particular features will not be available, such as plugins or specific web-based software.
5. There’s an app for everything
Well, almost everything.
That said, for most people – you won’t have any problems finding an app. With the iPad, you get access to all of the App Store apps, including some apps that are only available for iPad (such as full-size Procreate).
But overall, you’ll find that most software developers have jumped on the mobile bandwagon and have created versions of their software for mobile devices. This makes it very easy to replicate what you’re currently doing on a laptop with your iPad.
You might even find it easier since most of these apps are made from scratch and designed specifically for the iPad and iOS.
6. Charging on the go
The most annoying thing about working on a laptop is the fact that you have to chain yourself to a power outlet continually. Sure, laptops have ‘Okay’ battery lives. They’re getting much better recently. What if you didn’t have to worry about finding that coveted spot in the coffee shop next to the only power outlet?
What if you could just take your work anywhere (even somewhere outside!) and bring your power with you?
Well, you can do that with an iPad. All you need is a decent power bank and a charging cable, and you can quickly get 4 or 5 more charges. If you consider that Apple rates their basic iPad model for 10hrs of battery life – that could last you up to 3 or 4 days with the right power bank.
Of course, that depends on your use, if you’re just writing emails and browsing the internet, then, of course, you’re going to experience much longer battery life than if you are spending all day editing video.
7. Get more for your money
Many people think iPads are just better valued than a laptop. For a lot of people, they just don’t want to stump up the cash to shell out for a MacBook, which can easily set you back $2-3k depending on what model you choose.
For less than $500, you can get yourself a brand new iPad with a keyboard and pencil. With that setup, you’re okay with almost everything you could need from a laptop.
Oh, you need more power? Don’t worry, just bump that up to $1000 and you can get yourself an iPad Pro – with enough processing power for any of the apps you’d find on the App Store. You can even edit full-resolution 4k video with this beast of a tablet (if you didn’t know, that’s quite impressive.).
Stuck on getting a laptop, but don’t want to pay out for a Macbook? Well then, you’ll probably have to settle for Windows, and if you’re anything like me, that’s like nails on a chalkboard.
8. Great for when you aren’t working
iPads are great for gaming, too. So if you want to spend a bit of time after work using your iPad for some leisure time, there are a ton of great games to choose from on the App Store.
They’re cheap as well, compared to PC and console games, and are just as fun. With the new iOS 13 update, you can even use a PS4 or Xbox One S controller with the iPad via Bluetooth.
This versatility makes for a great, portable option that allows you to not only be as productive as possible during work hours but also allows you to relax and take some time for yourself easily.
On top of that, iPads are the perfect devices for consuming media! The screen is just the right size, between a full-size TV and your comparatively tiny phone screen. If you buy a good set of headphones, you can get a decent cinema-like experience. Great for watching some Netflix, etc.
It doesn’t get much lighter than an iPad. Especially considering the power these machines have. They are so easy to just put into a bag – you’ll barely even notice it’s there.
Compare that to hulking around a heavy laptop. But not only that, it gets worse. Yes, the dreaded power brick.
The power bricks on some laptops are ridiculous. Those alone can weigh more than an iPad would – before we’ve even added the computer into the equation.
10. New iOS 13 functions
iOS 13 or ‘iPadOS’ has revolutionized the iPad. It’s taken the device from a simplistic, clunky piece of technology into something that can truly replace a laptop.
Here’s a list of features added by iOS 13 that I think make a difference:
a. Dark mode – iOS now has a built-in dark mode. The Dark Mode is perfect for those late-night work sessions when you don’t want to ruin your eyes on a bright, white screen. Using ‘Dark Mode’ not only protects your eyes, but it also helps to not disturb your sleep pattern in the same way that a bright white light can.
b. Shortcuts – Those tasks you repeat multiple times a day? Yeah, now you can automate them to just one-tap of a button on your home screen. This feature means that you can streamline your workflow even more compared to a laptop. This is a huge advantage and also helps you to get around some of the more pesky, clumsy features of iOS that persist.
c. Siri – Apple has taken the time to improve their signature voice automation technology. Siri is vital to Apple, and it looks like they will continue developing this over the next few years.
Siri can now dictate your messages to you over your Airpods, offer personalized suggestions in a multitude of different applications, and now has a new, improved voice, which is more natural than before.
To be honest, I’d never used Siri before iOS 13 – but now I love it.
11. More secure
Apple is well known for creating devices that are notably more secure than its competitors. One of the main reasons for this is that all the hardware is running on the same software.
Unlike Android, which is released by not only Google but also by manufacturers who modify Android into their own unique ‘flavours,’ iOS is the same across every device – provided the user has kept their device updated.
This ecosystem means that Apple doesn’t have to release updates and patches to 3rd parties who will inevitably take its time to roll them out. They can create and release a new patch as soon as they learn about a bug.
This ability results in iOS being substantially more secure than Android.
Also, iOS is naturally more secure anyway because of the way it’s structured. Gaining access to deep system files requires a user or hacker to break open the operating system and usually requires physical access to the device.
12. Easier to backup
Because you’re in Apple’s ecosystem (love it or loathe it), you get access to Apple’s excellent system for backing up your iPad – iCloud.
With iCloud, you can back up everything on your iPad, from apps to browser history. iCloud takes a snapshot of your iPad and stores it neatly in the cloud for you. If anything ever goes awry, you can easily access your last backup and instantaneously restore your iPad to its former glory.
Trust me, I can’t even begin to tell you the number of times this feature has saved me from a nightmare. In the past, I was up a creek without a paddle, but now I don’t need to worry.
As you can see, it’s much more possible than ever to switch your workflow over to a mobile workstation, such as an iPad, and there are lots of reasons why you absolutely should do that.
However, you must check how your workflow would look on an iPad and if it would even be possible in the first place. For example, full-time professional video editors will probably want to stick to a full-size desktop computer to ensure that they have the software and processing power they need to edit and render large videos.