iPad How do you use your iPad?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by nightlong, Jun 27, 2017.

  1. nightlong macrumors 6502a


    Jun 16, 2012
    This is NOT another iPad as laptop replacement thread! I never want to read another of those threads.

    To me, desktops/laptops and iPads are different tools and can't replace each other anyway. I still use a laptop but as technology and the software relevant to my work improve I am using iPads more and laptop less.

    This thread is about using iPads for more than basic consumption. I'm interested in learning from others who are using iPads for their job or business, for creative work, or even if not for work but to run their lives ... how you use it, how you overcome limitations of IOS or iPad versions of Mac software, how it has improved your workflow.

    My intention here is positive, to share constructive information/experience as well as questions. I hope that people who dismiss the iPad as a toy because it isn't a laptop will stay away in droves or at least will refrain from explaining endlessly that until an iPad has everything a laptop has it can't be used for real work.

    I am a writer and musician, though mostly writing now. I use 2 iPads for almost everything - a wifi 12.9 for most of my work and play, though also with Duet as second screen on MBPr sometimes, also with IPad AIR2, which is cellular and goes almost everywhere with me. I use Apple Pencil with Notability for handwriting notes, IA Writer for typing, Dropbox and iCloud for storage. I did get Scrivener for iPad as I use that on laptop, but haven't yet been able to sort out file storage issue with Dropbox and so haven't used it yet, and I love the simplicity of IA Writer and its excellent Dropbox connection, and can open these files in Scrivener on laptop when I need to use different formats etc.

    I'm also learning drawing, painting on iPad, using Procreate and have just got Affinity for iPad. I have written music on iPads using GarageBand, but at present do prefer laptop for that with 24 inch external screen.

    I use iPads for all office stuff, banking, communications, scanning, research, study (learning lots of things not directly for work). Print through the laptop as I haven't got an Air printer yet. Still use laptop for iPad backups, putting movies, music on them, storing photos and backing up work on hard drives as I don't totally trust cloud, but I will soon look into getting wifi hard drive for iPads.

    Major differences in using iPads more ... major health improvement with back issue, much less sitting, I only sit at a desk for writing, all reading of my work, research, some office work I can lay down with iPad, something I would never do with laptop. Mobility .... with cellular iPad I always have internet when out and don't have to rely on public wifi. Not having a "proper" file system isn't a major issue using Dropbox. I much prefer touch screen to mouse or trackpad. I can write anywhere, with a keys To Go keyboard and lightweight stand in an STM bag that fits both iPads, Apple Pencil, and chargers, compact and easy to carry. Battery life is great.

    So I do still use laptop for quite a few things but mostly because it is there and I haven't had to find iPad solutions for those things, but I am interested in hearing about them as I probably won't replace my laptop when it dies.
  2. Rhonindk macrumors 68040


    iPad Mini 4 (LTE) - strictly consumptive.
    News, movies, reading, email, messaging, and other similar activities.

    iPad evolution as my usage settled: iPad 1, iPad 2, iPad 4, iPad mini 2, iPad Mini 3 (LTE), iPad Mini 4 (LTE).
  3. mrklaw macrumors 68020

    Jan 29, 2008
    Can I ask for any workflows for photos? I don't mind using my desktop Lightroom and Lightroom mobile for 'triage' but I'd prefer to be able to do more organising on the iPad and ideally without needing a paid subscription (have the full Lightroom version and don't want to pay £10pm)
  4. MrEcted macrumors member

    Apr 21, 2011
    I use mine for handling all my media consumption needs on the go (listening to music, pod casts, etc through Bluetooth while driving), I use it for things like navigation and maps (much better than using a tiny smartphone screen), I also use it for taking notes, sheet music, flying under the radar at work (have an LTE mode), sketching out music ideas with Garage Band, reading/annotating PDFs, drawing (even though I kinda suck at it), playing some games, I use it as a secondary monitor when I'm on the go, and more.
  5. seadragon Contributor

    Mar 10, 2009
    Toronto, Canada
    I posted this in another thread earlier today, but I've been dabbling with processing photos on the iPad and I'm quite impressed so far. It is a little bit more involved than using a desktop but basically this is my workflow so far:

    - Connect lightning SD card reader to the iPad and import raw photos into the Photos app (USB 3 is quite fast here)
    - Allow Photos to sync up to iCloud
    - Use Polarr or Affinity Photo apps to open the raw files and then process into finished photo
    - Export photo to the camera roll which in turn syncs up to iCloud.

    It seems to work quite well and I'm able to produce photos with the same quality as my Lightroom workflow on the desktop. I can even add my watermark using Polarr which is not possible in Lightroom Mobile. Using the Apple Pencil to draw local adjustments directly onto the photo is quite an amazing experience.
  6. Dave Meadows macrumors 68040

    Dave Meadows

    Nov 10, 2010
    I'm fortunate enough to have 3 iPads, 12.9 2016 128GB, new 10.5 256GB and iPad mini 4 128GB. All three are wifi and cellular but when I upgrade the 12.9 I'll just get the wifi model as it never leaves the house.

    I take my mini with me every day to the office and use mainly to read the news, BBC and the Times. It's something I've tried to use more of as sometimes I take it and don't use at all. I have taken my 10.5 Pro to the office but (in a kind of strange way) am a little embarrassed to show it off! I am known in the office to be a bit of an Apple fan boy, "I bet Dave's got the new iPhone/iPad" etc...

    My new 10.5 Pro is (obviously and the moment) being used the most at home. (I'm typing this on it now) and am really enjoying the size and performance. I use this for the usual stuff that others have mentioned, emails, forums, Facebook, Twitter and the Sky app.

    One thing that I have tried and failed to do is read more on my mini. I was hoping it would replace my Kindle but I find it just too distracting and will find any excuse to look up a work or event on the web rather than concentrate on the book...

    Just a point; It would be good if others mentioned which iPad they are using. A useful thread.
  7. tkukoc macrumors 65816


    Sep 16, 2014
    Wish I Was In Space!
    I use mine depending on task. iPad Mini 4 is simply for work material, thus the reason why it's just 16gb. I don't need a ton of power, just a few basic programs to take written notes, audio notes, drawing. iPad Pro for tinkering with my programs and didn't need a lot of space so 32gb is just fine. Watching youtube before bed and taking it around the house while my phone charges. I recently purchased the keyboard case so I'm excited to have that. Will make communicating with people a bit easier when I facetime with my niece. Not to mention the changes in IOS11 have really had me using my iPad a lot more.. was about to dump the 2015 original pro and just have my work mini. I would have gotten the new 10.5 but again I wasn't thinking of even keeping the original pro so I'll just stick with what I have for another year or two before possibly upgrading or moving on to something else.
  8. alecgold macrumors 65816


    Oct 11, 2007
    I use my iPad with the screen facing me. Mostly.

    I know, I'll let myself out.
  9. kasakka macrumors 68020

    Oct 25, 2008
    Mostly for watching Netflix etc at home or web browsing on the sofa. It's a laptop replacement when traveling, mostly to look up info, book tickets and such tasks.
  10. spiderman0616 macrumors 68040


    Aug 1, 2010
    I use my 10.5" iPad Pro for everything.

    Podcasting: I use the Ferrite app and an Apogee mic (plugged into the Lightning port) for recording, editing, and publishing my podcast. Results are fantastic.

    Music: I use Notion for creating scores with my Apple Pencil. It recognizes handwriting very well and turns the handwritten notes into what looks like professionally printed music--I'm actually much faster this way, because I grew up doing it by hand rather than via a computer program. I use GarageBand when I'm just goofing around with chords and stuff.

    Drawing/Sketching/Painting: I mess around with lots of different art apps, but I keep coming back to Paper by 53. Even as a non-artist I've made some really cool stuff.

    Note-taking: OneNote for work, and Notability for personal. I love both, though Notability is the ultimate note-taker for me. Very versatile and easy to use.

    Office software: iWork apps for personal documents, and Office 365 for work documents. Both suites do way more than I need to do, so the limitations that I hear about from other users go unnoticed by me. I used to really hate iWork but it has come a long way in the last few years.

    Reading: iBooks. I really hate the Kindle app.

    Video: You name it. I use Playstation Vue, so I've logged into all the video streaming apps using that and filter it all through the TV app. I wish they would add Vue to the single sign on list so I wouldn't have to worry about re-logging in every time there's an app update.

    My favorite thing about the iPad has always been that one minute it can be my recording studio, the next it's my laptop, the next it's folded up flat and has become a sketch pad, and so on and so on. Besides the Apple Watch, which helped me to lose almost 80 lbs., it's my favorite Apple product. Yes, I adore my iPhone, but I find the iPad to be more versatile, more powerful, and more fun than an iPhone. It's my dream computer that I've wanted since I was a kid.
  11. Dave Meadows macrumors 68040

    Dave Meadows

    Nov 10, 2010
    Lost 80lbs? Need to know more! I need to lose at least 80lbs.

    Surprised you don't like the Kindle app. Have you altered the setting to sepia and turned on the cool page turn animation? I think it's really good but have not used iBooks so I might be missing something?

    And, when you're out and about, what case (if any) do you use?
  12. spiderman0616 macrumors 68040


    Aug 1, 2010
    The day I got my Apple Watch, I really liked the activity reminders and how it would encourage me to move around or would congratulate me when I filled a ring. It almost turned into a game for me. I started wearing it every day (and still do) and logging my calorie intake on MyFitnessPal. Within about a year and a half, I went from 258 lbs. to 175 lbs. and am still maintaining that weight now. I was heading down a very bad road before I got the Apple Watch--high blood pressure, fatty liver, tired and sore all the time, back problems, etc. I tried losing weight a zillion times before getting the Apple Watch, but something clicked when I started wearing it.

    I've tried all the different settings with the Kindle app. I just don't like it as much as iBooks.

    When I'm out and about I use the Poetic TPU case with built in Pencil holder on the side, and the Apple Smart Keyboard cover. If Apple had come out with silicon back covers right away, they would have sold me one the first day, but I love the Poetic cover and will probably not replace it with an Apple one even if they do release it at some point.
  13. seadragon Contributor

    Mar 10, 2009
    Toronto, Canada
    That is awesome... congratulations! I need to lose weight myself. 49 years old, 6'2" and currently 274 lbs. All belly. Yet I was as thin as a rake into my late 20s. I'd be happy to get down to even 220 or so. Its encouraging reading your story.
  14. Dave Meadows macrumors 68040

    Dave Meadows

    Nov 10, 2010
    Me too. Currently 238lbs, 6ft and 53.
  15. seadragon Contributor

    Mar 10, 2009
    Toronto, Canada
    We should start a weight loss support thread elsewhere in the forum where we would have to post our rings each day/week and encourage each other. :)
  16. Ghost31 macrumors 68020


    Jun 9, 2015
    I am so down for that man. I've already lost 80 lbs since getting my Apple Watch with another 30 to go. It's a long road but totally worth it
  17. seadragon Contributor

    Mar 10, 2009
    Toronto, Canada
    Absolutely awesome! So cool to hear this. It's really tough and shows just how much dedication you have. Kudos to you my friend!
  18. macbanjo macrumors member


    Jan 8, 2008
    Deep in a forest with a great Mt. view
    --- Post Merged, Jun 28, 2017 ---
    I have the 9.7 ipad pro and my uses are drawing and painting with procreate and Linea
    Affinity Photo (just purchased the other day and replaced pixelmator) for photo editing
    Gaia Gps for hiking and backpacking trip planing.
    Reading, books, news etc. (for manuals and how to books I find I prefer printed books)
    notes plus for note taking and typing up my class notes. just picked up the logitech keys 2 go
    bluetooth keyboard for typing (I’ve never really had any issues typing on the ipad screen keyboard)
    but is was was on sale and find i like it.
    and watching utube, and some hulu but have shut it off a few months ago so not so much now.
    I am running the IOS 11 beta also and have not run into any issues as far as IOS or any of my apps
    some of the drag and drop between programs don’t seem to work yet, also have the apple pencil
    and debating getting the 10.5 ipad.
    hope this helps.
  19. Channan macrumors 68030


    Mar 7, 2012
    New Orleans
    I don’t even care about what people are doing with their iPads anymore. I want to read more weight loss stories from the Apple Watch.
  20. gobikerider Suspended


    Apr 15, 2016
    United States
    Did you see Affinty updated the app, you can import photos directly from Photo app now. :)
  21. alecgold macrumors 65816


    Oct 11, 2007
    Let's start a thread, positive encouragement to move a little bit more.
    Working as self employed consultant (always) doing a law study (in between working) and having a young family really didn't make me any lighter :(
    But I would love to shed some weight. I never tell anybody (although you can see it easily) but I'm a 276 pounds, 6'2" and 43. Way to heavy, way to young to be this heavy.
    And I would need to get me an Apple iWatch!! :D
  22. mosesming macrumors member


    Jun 11, 2017
    Hong Kong
    Stock Music App for my entire music collection (approximately 140GB)
    Korg Gadget, Module for Music production
    Affinity Photos for photo editing
    Procreate for drawing
    ByWord for blogging
  23. italodance Suspended


    Jun 7, 2017
    Movies, TV Shows, Browsing Internet, Magazines, Music, Games, Apps, Photo editing, Taking Notes.

    Still looking for 1 and 2 TB of iPad Pro.
  24. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    So far, with my IPP being only a couple of weeks old, I use it for
    Comics, office apps, email, surfing, some games, and reading books (though I admit my first inclination is to grab my Kindle)
  25. Quake1028 macrumors member


    Jun 22, 2011
    Tampa, FL
    Games, Netflix, iTunes movies, internet browsing, comics.

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