Can I use my iPad as my main machine for work? Let me tell you about my workflow
I am a journalist. That means that I write a lot, I read a lot, and I browse social media a lot every day. Right now I do that on a Windows desktop, I have a MacBook air, and occasionally I’ve used a chrome book. My iPhone gets a lot of use too obviously. But my main machine right now is a Windows desktop for whenever I am at my office.
I’m interested in using the iPad as either my main machine or one of my main machines (especially when i travel) for a couple of reasons but chief among them the security that iOS offers versus other operating systems. My job requires me to be very security conscious and Apple has done an exceptional job in building a secure operating system.
Security is one thing but actually using the thing every single day for work is another. I have a 2017 9.7” iPad but it seems like the smart keyboard for iPad pros is significantly superior to anything I can get on my device. Is that what you all have experienced? I type articles that can be anywhere from hundreds to thousands of words and so I need something good for that task. Dictation on iPads and iPhones is pretty good in my experience (I’m using it now) but I would still likely need a keyboard because my area of expertise is niche enough that the iPad simply doesn’t have the correct vocabulary a significant portion of the time.
I also need to be extremely up-to-date on social media as in my field, like many, that’s where news breaks immediately and where I can stay in touch with people. On my Windows machine I use two screens for things like TweetDeck and my RSS Feedly app, but I’m not sure how well this would work on an iPad. There is no TweetDeck app obviously and the Twitter app is slower and less powerful on the iPad. The feedly app on the iPad also seems to be… A little less intuitive and easy to use. But I suspect that there are good iPad apps for Twitter that I am unaware of. Can anyone fill me in?
Basically being a journalist means that I’m a power user in a handful of areas. I realize that people come into this sub Reddit every day and ask can I use my iPad as my main machine. I tried to explain my specific workflow and needs, I’m curious if there any other journalists or people with similar work experiences that use iPads in a serious way for their job.
It won’t be the end of the world if I can’t make the iPad one of my main machines. But it would be great to be able to add it to my arsenal in a more significant way.