While I wasn’t able to go to the Apple Event in person, a lot of other great people were. I decided to put together a wrap-up from the live-tweets from those that were there for the release of a new iPad. There is also some notes I put in during the live event as well.
If you are wanting to leave your laptop behind for the more portable, convenient, and just pleasant experience that is iOS there is one way to make this transition stick, and it isn’t what you think. The best way is to remove all other options and only have an iPad available.
It may sound simple, but when you limit yourself innovation takes over. This by no means is easy, but it is the best in my opinion. There is somewhat of a learning curve needed to acclimate yourself.
To help you decide if this is right for you, I have come up with 3 things you need to consider when making the conscious choice to leave Mac or PC behind and go iOS only.
- Are You Willing to Change Workflows?
Making this change in your workflows will create some hurdles you may not have had to get over before. But know this, it is possible to use iOS exclusively. To do this you need to know what to do to combat issues that may come up. For that I have a few posts that will help when getting started.
- iCab Mobile – The Best Browser for iPad
- Why iPad vs Mac
- Learn How to Use Workflow
I have been using my iPad as my main computer for almost a year and it has become more fluid and second-nature to do nearly everything I could on my Mac. Some things are a little less intuitive but other things I used to do on my Mac seem like they were actually meant for iOS in the first place.
All in all, for me, iOS has made my workflows more intentional and effective than they were on the Mac.
- How Important is Automation to You?
Between Applescripts, applications like Hazel, and other automation options you may be using, iOS is a much more sandboxed experience. This may sound like a bad thing to you, it was for me when I started. But here’s how I think of it now: iOS makes you focus more on what is important.
Now, automation is available for iOS. There is an app called Workflow that Apple acquired last year. It provides the bridges to our apps that we needed, but doesn’t run in the background like Hazel or other software can.
Automation for iOS isn’t the same as Mac, not by a long shot, but it doesn’t need to be. I have found the limitations brought to me with iOS automation has actually improved my abilities to work on the things that matter and let the rest fall to the wayside without much hesitation. This is one of the biggest reasons I moved to iOS more and more over the years and why I keep coming back in times of doubt.
- Do You Enjoy Trying New Things?
When I made the switch to iOS, I made the decision to start right from the bottom and leave all my previous notions of computing at the virtual doorstep. I wanted a clear head and an open-mind when I took this plunge.
I am not going to lie, there were times when I went back to my Mac, but even when I caved a little I kept remembering all the things that were fun and delightful on my iPad over my Mac and I kept coming back because of it.
I have learned a ton about iOS and about myself through the last year when I started this journey. I feel like I know how I prefer my work done more than I did before, and I spend less time problem solving and more time actually doing. If I hadn’t made that switch to my iPad Air 2 when I did I don’t think I would be as confident in my work as I am now and definitely not as productive.
The iPad offered me what no other computer did: purpose.
So You Want to Use Your iPad More, What Now?
If you have considered the pros and cons for you and want to go all-in on iOS, then I have good news! You can join others in a Facebook Group called The iPad Only Club.
Here you will find me and other like-minded people in the iOS only community that will help you with your problems, encourage you when you are frustrated, and provide useful insight and value to help you make this switch as painless, and dare I say fun as possible.
If you want to join, head over to iPadOnly.club and join. It will redirect you to the Facebook group, from there request to join (the reason we require your request is to keep spammers out, don’t worry we will accept your request).
There may not be many users on there yet (this is the launch announcement after all), but I will be there every day to help you and encourage you throughout this change as the group grows over time. And if you want more people to join, share this with them. They say the best way to do anything life-changing is with a friend.
So, if you are looking to make the switch it iOS as your main operating system join The iPad Only Club over at iPadOnly.club.
See you there.
Over the past several days social media has exploded over the issue with the peculiar bug when you type in the letter “i” and you get a weird string of text showing as “A ⍰.”https://twitter.com/theqtlinn/status/927208912012677121
The reason, according to Jeremy Burge at emojipedia, is this:
What’s really going on is that the letter “I” is being appended with an invisible character known as Variation Selector 16 when auto-correct kicks in to replace the lowercase “i”.
This VS-16 character is intended to be used to make the previous character have emoji appearance. When used in conjunction with the letter “I” it displays in some apps as “A ⍰”.
The correct [behavior] should be to ignore the invisible variation selector if the previous character doesn’t have an emoji version.
There is a fix you can do today to stop your phone from doing this. According to Apple’s support page they want you to create a text replacement.
Here’s what you can do to work around the issue until it’s fixed in a future software update:
- Go to Settings > General > Keyboard > Text Replacement
- For Phrase, type an upper-case “I”. For Shortcut, type a lower-case “i.”
This seems to be a temporary fix until the next iOS update, most likely 11.2. According to a number of sources like The Wall Street Journal, Complex, and AppleInsider Apple is working on a permanent fix for this in the 11.2 betas.
So there are options to fix this today but they are only temporary until iOS 11.2 is released. The 2nd beta came out today, so it is being worked on.
We can only hope it comes out soon.
MacStories’ John Voorhees did a tremendous job breaking down the numbers in the recent financial results Apple put out today. There was a 10% increase in iPad sales year-over-year and some strong indications the iPhone 8 sales were better than expected.This is all before the next quarter including the iPhone X launch and holiday sales which has been their biggest quarters regularly. Things are looking good for Apple.