I accidentally discovered a podcast about using the iPad as the hub of your digital life. Here’s the tagline for this Relay FM podcast…
Hosted by Federico Viticci and Fraser Speirs, Canvas is a podcast all about mobile productivity. Armed with iOS, Federico and Fraser will be walking through workflows, exploring the best apps for the iPad and iPhone and helping users solve problems.
I’m finding myself not needing to lug around my MacBook Pro 13" as much. I have been slipping into my messenger bag my iPad Air 2 and an Apple bluetooth keyboard. Nearly everything is being worked on my iPad now. I have the iWorks suite, Ulysses, Fantastical, Apple Mail, Dropbox, Box.com, Safari, and OmniFocus being my mostly used apps.
I do have other app such as iThoughts but it hasn’t seen much love lately.
The Microsoft Surface has seen a lot of interest lately. The nice thing is that you can use a full OS and can use your current Windows apps. But I think Apple isn’t afraid to break from the past. It was a jarring experience switching from MacOS 9 to MacOS X if you go that far back. The transition from PowerPC to Intel wasn’t as jarring.
But I’m guessing because MacOS X is starting to show its age despite being a very robust system, Apple probably designed iOS as a reboot of their ecosystem. My guess is that they’re trying to refine and tinker under the hood as the years pass. iOS 11 has been a breakthrough with the introduction of multiple spaces and drag and drop (finally!).
Another jarring experience was when the first Mac was the first computer to use the mouse as a main input device with the keyboard. Other things were the dramatic decision to not include 3.5" floppy drives, discarding optical drives, and deprecating standard I/O connections such as SCSI and FireWire. The latest items that Apple has discarded has been standard USB connections in favor of USB-C and the headphone port on the iPhone. So we can see that Apple isn’t afraid to buck the trend.
I might guess that eventually MacOS X will be deprecated and replaced by a full featured iOS ecosystem. Developers are learning to create apps for iOS after years of working on MacOS X. I think I saw a tweet somewhere from Omnigroup head honcho, Ken Case, that stated that they are seeing more sales of OmniFocus for iOS over OmniFocus for MacOS.
As much as I love my MacOS X and USB 3 connections, I’m grudgingly changing. I find that the only time I use my USB ports is to connect my iOS devices and external hard drives. I’m using Dropbox and Box.com more often and print/scan via wifi. It’s a changing tide that is rolling over us now.
The Canvas podcast started in January 2016 and features a lot of issues that is involved with using an iPad as a main device. I’m finding several episodes interesting… There is a small series of using “Workflow” on iOS that I’ll be listening to. They also discuss some of the workflows and trouble spots they’re discovering with iOS 11.
I’ll use my Mac when I need more screen real estate but Handoff has been creating in letting me work on the iPad and then opening the same document on my Mac and continue work there. It’s interesting to see developers getting new APIs with every iOS release and creating new workflows for us.
It’s a great podcast to listen to if you’re vaguely interesting in using your iPad more frequently.