I’ve Been Using An iPad Pro To Write For The Past 2 Years
And why I think you should, too.
I love writing, and I love any kind of mobile technology that allows me to write on the go. My productivity levels spike when I’m able to take out a sleek and light-weight piece of technology in any situation where, ordinarily, I would not be possible to write comfortably — such as on a train or an airplane.
I love writing, and I love any kind of mobile technology that allows me to write on the go.
The ability to write anywhere is a godsend for writers. We would do anything to achieve that goal — the ease in which we can pull out a screen, flip out a simple and compact keyboard and, with minimal fuss or waiting time, just start writing away.
I’ve been doing just that. For the past 2 years, I’ve been using the iPad Pro 11 inch (2018) to do all of my writing, from my Medium articles all the way to pumping out chapters for my upcoming debut novel. The iPad Pro is the best piece of tech I’ve ever used for writing, and here’s why:
It’s lightweight and comfortable in any situation.
Weighing at only 1.03 pounds, less than a kilogram, the iPad Pro is so deceptively light that I sometimes forget that it’s inside my bag. A screen size of eleven inches, in addition to it’s narrow and thin bezels, allows you to read what you’re writing easily, without skimping on the screen size.
Despite the fact that it’s about as light as a feather, Apple did not cut corners on the power it takes to run this device — powerful enough for writers to do everything that they need, such as running your go-to writing application, looking up your story structure in Dropbox, or just surfing the web for inspiration.
For example, I have, at times, found myself using my iPad Pro with over 10 tabs open at once on Chrome, Microsoft Word running on one side of the splitscreen, Dropbox on the other, and my Notion board, the app which I use to keep track of my story flow and structure, open up as a tiny window on the very right.
The weight, the form factor, and the power behind the iPad Pro makes it the perfect mobile writing station for authors on the go.
iOS 13 changes everything.
I’m sure that, by now, everyone is sick of flashy Apple ads claiming that your iPad Pro can replace your laptop. Some people decry it as fake. Some people doubt that the iPad Pro is powerful enough to run the same apps they use on a laptop. Some of the statements above are true.
As for me, however, I’ve done exactly that. The iPad Pro is more of a laptop these days, and that’s thanks to the introduction of iPadOS in 2019. For the first time ever, mouse functionality has been enabled on the iPad Pro, essential for writers in this day and age. With it, I’ve been able to highlight words or sentences effortlessly, scroll up my manuscript with my mouse scroll and make changes in a quicker and more efficient way than if I was just pushing my finger against the screen, exasperated by the slow touch control response on the iPad.
Despite it being more like a laptop, the fact that the iPad is still primarily running on a mobile operating system means that I can proofread my manuscript in an ePub or MOBI format, due to iBookstore and Kindle apps on the iPad Pro. Using an online converter, I simply convert my Word doc into one of the two formats, import it to either the Kindle or iBooks app, flip it over vertically, and start reading. This allows me to be in the readers shoes, to really see my work as others would.
Not only does this allow me to pick up errors much more frequently, but I also find ways to improve the reading experience as a whole, whether it is by changing the sentence structure, including more descriptions of the scene, or simply take things out that don’t add anything to the story.
All of this is done very simply, efficiently and — crazily — in a hybrid laptop-tablet format.
Apps, apps, everywhere.
It’s no contest. Despite people’s valid grievances about the price Apple charges for their devices, there can be no doubt that the App Store is one of the most complete in the world today — miles better than Google’s own App Store for Android devices. Apps on iOS are not only optimised for the operating system but for device being used as well, whether it is an iPhone or an iPad. People can not only find almost any app they want, but what they’ll find is an app that is incredibly refined, light and fun to use in every conceivable way.
The experience for writers in Apple’s App Store is no different. There are tons of productivity tools, all geared towards either giving writers a smoother writing experience or to put the finishing touches to their novel. Some of my favourite apps include:
- Bear: A simple mark down writing app.
- Story Planner for Writers: A story structure and outline app.
- Canva: A design tool that can be used to create your own book cover.
All in all, the iPad Pro is a great tool for writing. If you still don’t believe me, remember: I wrote this entire Medium article on an iPad Pro.