My computing life began back in the last century; various Windows PCs, the Mac, and then Linux when it came along. My daily routine has me in front of a Mac for hours, but I’ve adapted to the mobile life Apple recommends, including iPhone, of course, but also iPad.
iPad is just about– but not quite– to a point where it can act as a Mac replacement; totally dependent upon your daily work requirements, of course. Where iPad falls down is where the Mac shines; keyboard and mouse vs. touchscreen, and multitasking.
Here is a simple way to turn your iPad into a mini Mac.
You’ll need a few items to get started on the road to Mac-like productivity in an iPad environment.
First up, an easier way to view the iPad’s display. The standard flipboard-like iPad cases don’t work well while sitting at a desk. The angle is wrong. I recommend an iPad stand. Amazon has plenty, just get one that lifts the iPad display a few inches above the desktop.
One that caught my eye during Amazon Prime Day is the Slope Universal Tablet Stand. Others are available for much less, but the idea is the same. Lift the iPad off the desktop.
Second, you’ll need a good Bluetooth keyboard. Apple sells versions for iPad Pro models– typical Apple; you’ll need a second mortgage to pay for it– but other very good keyboards also are available on Amazon. One that I like is the Omoton Ultra Slim keyboard; white or black.
Finally, you’ll get used to the keyboard shortcuts in iOS 12 for the current crop of iPads, but later this summer iPadOS 13 arrives, and that brings the necessary work flow and multitasking capabilities you need.
30 more keyboard shortcuts. Mac power users have known for years that keeping the hands on the keyboard– rather than bouncing back and forth to trackpad or mouse– is highly efficient.
Split screen. When it arrives, iPadOS won’t get you the same multitasking capabilities as the Mac, but it gets close enough to enhance overall productivity without giving your tennis elbow.
Mouse support. Uh huh. That’s right. You’ll be able to use a mouse or trackpad on an iPad with iPadOS. Consider it a find because Apple doesn’t make it easy to get to. It’s an Accessibility function and you don’t– as of now– get a true mouse pointer onscreen– but it works.
A simple stand, a keyboard, and iPadOS 13’s new keyboard shortcuts, mouse support, and split screen options go many steps toward turning an inexpensive iPad into a much more expensive Mac.
Without the expense.