My iPad Upgrade

You may have observed that my frequency of writing here has slowed a bit, but I’m not dead yet. Vic and I are working on a website for Ronnie’s soon-to-debut podcast. In addition to that, I’ve spent some fairly non-productive time this past week playing with a major upgrade to my iPad life, namely a 2020 12.9” iPad Pro with Magic Keyboard.

My 2020 12.9” iPad Pro with Magic Keyboard

Coming from a 10.5” 2019 iPad Air, this iPad Pro seemed massive at first, and I really worried that I’d made a mistake. But now I know I didn’t. I do a lot of work on my iPad, and I love the screen real estate.

I also use my iPad as a tablet much of the time, if not most of the time, and while the 12.9” model is a little more unwieldy for that, it’s fine. I’ve adapted to it. Having long fingers probably helps.

I don’t know if I’d recommend the 12.9” iPad Pro for most people but anyone who does a lot of work on their iPad, especially with a keyboard attached, is certainly a candidate for it.

This thing is a powerhouse. I’ve messed around with the Affinity apps and it just rocks with those. Procreate, Working Copy, Shortcuts, and a lot of other apps I work with or play with frequently are amazing on it as well.

I have yet to edit anything in Ferrite on this iPad, and I can’t wait until I do. It should be a notably improved experience over editing on the iPad Air.

By the way, in case you’re thinking that a jump from a 2019 iPad of one kind to a 2020 iPad of another seems a bit abrupt, my daughter uses her iPad for school all day, especially in the current stay-at-home school mode. She was using a 5th generation iPad (introduced in 2017) with a Logitech keyboard case and Apple Pencil. Now she has the hand-me-down 2019 iPad Air and the Apple Smart Keyboard, and she’ll greatly benefit from the better screen and the superior performance and storage capacity.