After upgrading from my older Mac Pro to a crazy powerful new 27" iMac, it was time to look at the rest of my computing workflow and see where I could streamline. After moving from the Mac Pro, I was still using a Desktop, Laptop, Tablet, and Phone. This was a lot of devices to manage and there were a lot of overlaps between them all. I decided to go the route of three devices total. One desktop computer, one tablet, and a phone. Having used and preferred laptops since I can remember there being good laptops, this was a pretty big step.
<p>For the desktop, since it would be the work horse, I went with a maxed out 27" late 2013 iMac. At the time of this decision I was using a first generation iPad mini. I knew I would need to upgrade this since it would ultimately be replacing my maxed out 11" MacBook Air and would be my mobile computer going forward. For this job I enlisted the iPad Air with WiFi and 32GB of storage. The only reason I didn’t go with the 4G version is because I already have a 4G hotspot that I like and can be shared with multiple devices so there was no need to duplicate functions. And finally, my phone remained the same 32GB iPhone 5S. </p>
<p>Hardware Additions to the iPad Air</p>
<ul><li>Logitech K811 Bluetooth Keyboard (for when you need a “real” keyboard)</li><li>Apple Lightning SD Card Reader (for importing photos)</li><li>Red Apple Smart Cover (protects the screen and is a nice built in stand for watching video or when using the Logitech keyboard)</li><li>Verizon MiFi 4G hotspot (all remote data needs)</li></ul><p>Key Pieces of Software</p>
<ul><li>Evernote. I keep everything in evernote and having it sync across all three devices is fantastic.</li><li>Dropbox. This is basically my “filesystem” since there isn’t a conventional one on iOS. </li><li>Penultimate. An advantage of using an iPad over a MacBook is the ability to input handwriting.</li><li>Writeroom. A great text editor. This is where I capture most of my text, including this blog post.</li><li>iWork suite (Pages, Numbers, Keynote). Great for interfacing with documents from my desktop. </li><li>Games. More than I can list. A lot more than you might have on OS X. This could be bad or good. :)</li><li>Video Chat (FaceTime, Skype). Great for video chatting with any other client. </li><li>Remotix. Really awesome Remote Desktop client. For those times when you absolutely need to do something on a Desktop, or you simply need to access something on your Desktop.</li><li>Screens. Another really good Remote Desktop client. This has the ability to traverse firewalls and lets you access from anywhere you have a network connection. </li><li>Prompt. Really really good ssh command line tool. </li><li>Codeanywhere. Could be a really good solution for coding on the go for quick fixes. </li></ul><p>There are a ton of other great iOS apps that I use both on the iPhone and the iPad, but I tried to just focus on some of the ones that make the experience of using an iPad in place of a MacBook just as good, if not better.</p>
<p>This new setup I have has been going strong for about 6 weeks. Not once have I thought I made a mistake. The iPad Air has been the iPad I have always wanted. Great size and weight, and tons of power. I think anyone that may be in a similar position as me, wondering if this can work for them, should give it a shot! It will take some getting used to, and maybe a little research to figure out how you access certain thing. If I tried to do this even a year ago, I think this post would be ending differently, but I think you will find iOS has matured quite a lot over the last couple years and it is quite capable. Best of all, it will only continue to get better and more advanced!</p>
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