I’ve been using my iPad for work as my main computer for over a year now. That’s not a completely true statement as I’ve had spells of using my MacBook as my main computing device but when I had to choose which device to take with me to the UK in the summer of 2016, it wasn’t even a close choice between the iPad and the MacBook. I could get everything I needed to do with more ease on the iPad and it would fit my work better. I suspect that this statement will not be true or possible for most readers of this site (after all, an iPad isn’t a cheap device and some people have tasks they can only do on a desktop device like a windows PC or Mac…like professional video or audio editing or certain types of coding.) but i doubt that is as many people as would dislike that statement. [I also suspect that there are a fair few people who use their phone as their main computing device and don’t even realise that they do.]
Anyway I thought I’d share some of the great resources I’ve found for people who are interested in using an iPad as their main computing device. These start with websites and end with Podcasts.
Macstories is run by Federico Viticci and friends, despite its name it now focuses mostly on the iPad and iOS and using them productively. Federico writes amazingly detailed reviews and stories about how he is using these tools and services in his life.
Club Macstories is the members section of MacStories. Here, you get a weekly email and ebook downloads of Federico mega reviews. This might not sound like much but the weekly email includes workflows and zapier recipes for automation as well as interesting reviews and a chance to say thanks to Federico for all he does.
The Brooks review is run be Ben Brooks. He focuses on reviews of high end products (lots for traveling well) and how he uses the iPad. Ben often has more iPad accessories than MacStories and focuses on some different tools. An Important thing to note is that Ben isn’t a writer (although he does a lot of writing) so that offers him a different perspective
(Honorable mention) The sweet setup
I’d like to add the sweet setup in here. It’s also a blog that this time focuses on the best Apple related software and some accessories, however they do a weekly interview series where people show off what gear they are using, what they like and the issues they have with them. I find this series to be very interesting and I often hear about a new tool or a different way of doing something.
(Honorable mention) Thaddeus hunt
Thaddesus hunt ran an interesting series when he went off to walk the Camino De Santiago while still working and carrying only an iPad with him. Considering he does web design (an activity that some people say is impossible on an iPad, I found it very interesting.
Canvas is a podcast hosted by Federico Viticci (yup, him again) and Frasier Spiers (he started the first One to One iPad school deployment). In Canvas, they look at some of the limitations of using the iPad for work and also some of the crazy cool and useful things. This includes their Workflow series recently which really inspired me in how I could use workflow to do more.
Any thing else?
If you know of any other good resource then please feel free to add a comment. I should add that I’m planning on writing a short series for ChurchMag on some of the ways I use the iPad and the apps I like.
Also published on Medium.