My Inability to Commit – Own an iPad and a MacBook Air
Hello all. I have a 12.9 iPad Pro (2018) and a new MacBook Air (2018). I’m a professor. I like the iPad for reading lectures, marking up exams, etc. I like the MacBook for fast input, heavier computing, etc. So I’m not a programmer who absolutely needs or prefers one over the other. I’m a writer and professor.
I have a keyboard folio for the iPad. But it makes it heavy. I know, not heavy, but heavier. I force myself to sometimes use the iPad with just the pencil for input. I also force myself to use the on-screen keyboard with the iPad. Doing some things on the iPad, I feel like I hurt my brain trying to figure out a best use case for the iPad when I could just do the task on the MacBook without thinking.
I never believed that Apple needed to make a Surface-like device. I don’t want to use a touch screen on a Mac (uncomfortable to touch your screen for regular navigation so I would never use it). But I certainly miss a trackpad on an iPad.
This is turning into a rant. But I wanted to ask: do any of you out there struggle with this? I am constantly thinking: “which device should I bring?” and “I’d rather not bring them both.” How has your experience framed your use of the two devices (if you own both of them)? Is it time Apple create some sort of convertible Surface something with a detachable iPad that can run iOS when detached but then runs a macOS lite or macOS when attached to a keyboard?
EDIT: Thank you all for the very insightful and informative comments. I think I’ve discovered my major issue with the iPad for certain functions. 1) There’s no way I can input text as quickly as I can with a physical keyboard. I feel all weird doing the dictation thing, even by myself. Idk. Maybe if I force myself to always use dictation. Or if there was a way to input with the pencil faster than using that third party keyboard which I can’t remember the name of, I could get more use out of it. Granted, I could use the keyboard folio. But at that point, I might as well carry the Air.