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Apr 08, 2019 22:07:24

Using the iPad as a Writer

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Valentino Urbano

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I don't know why but I feel more comfortable jotting down quick ideas for an article on my phone than on my Mac. On the other hand, I much rather prefer writing anything long-form on a proper keyboard.

I've seen so many writers switching to an iPad as their primary device in the last few years and I think it's a great choice for the professionals and hobbyist alike. The iPad delivers the 'Focus' mode that everybody wants: a full-screen application with just text and some friction to internet connectivity on the WiFi only model if you decide to set it up that way [^1]. The only limit is the software keyboard, but with so many great external keyboards that problem is solved.

We're not there for the software though and I don't think we are going to get there anytime soon. People are going to use it to write software, hell you could do that years ago with 'Coda' for the iPad, but for anything more you really need proper multitasking and filesystem. The Files app is not enough and the limited iOS multitasking is not enough. Unless Apple really changes some of their policies regarding iOS I don't see the way it could flourish outside certain niches.

[^1]: Of course you can't use an iPad without an internet connection, but it is easier than on a Mac to turn it off while you're writing and turn it back on after. It still requires will, but that's not a problem for me.

Originally published at www.valentinourbano.com

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    @valentino I still carry both my iPad and MacBook when I travel. I tried getting by with iPad alone, but I just find too many limitations. I like the MacBook for moving files around and drag and drop to emails. I still find the iPad to be much more of a content-consumption rather than content-creation device.

    Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | Apr 08, 2019 14:52:20
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      @brandonwilson Yup, totally agree. Still can't either, but I keep hearing from people that love to use it to write (some people even wrote entire 100k fiction novels on it) so I was wondering if I'm just missing something...

      Valentino Urbano avatar Valentino Urbano | Apr 09, 2019 18:17:14
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