This iPad 7th gen has been my main device for the last eight months as a Software Developer. In addition, I also do creative projects around video editing and design. All done on the iPad.
The questions is, can the iPad replace a laptop? Obviously, it can’t, Hahaha.
It still be more comfortable when working on a laptop rather than on iPad. There’s a whole bunch of finding the good workflow to make iPad as comfortable as laptop.
But I have no choice. Because I don’t have a laptop yet. And I choose to optimize and being productive with iPad.
What's on my iPad?
On this business category, I classify applications that are related to business. Off course 🙂. Some of them are;
Docs application for processing documents from Google Docs
Files The built-in iPadOS application for file management
Trello Application for task management
Duet Display Application for extending mac desktop into iPad
I use these applications in the Development category as my main tools as a Software Developer. Here are the lists:
Pythonista Applications for coding Python, Django and Flask
Prompt Application for remote server access with complete features
Blink Shell My favorite application when managing remote servers because of its persistent connectivity
Play dot js Application for coding Node.js, React.js, and Next.js web app
Shell Fish Application for FTP / SFTP client
Working Copy I like this application because it makes it easier for me to use Git commands
HTTPBot Postman or Insomnia app iPad version
Textastic Very useful code editor application
Table Plus Application for managing databases on production servers and on development / staging servers
Jump Application for remote desktop client
Actually you don’t need to install all of these applications. Just Textastic + Play.js + Working Copy + Blink Shell is well enough.
During the breaks, I usually channel my creativity through the following applications:
Luma Fusion Powerful application for video editing on the iPad
Procreate I usually draw random in this Procreate application
Goodnotes The place where I take notes, planning about something and drawing about software architecture
Figurative Wrapper for Figma to design UI / UX
The rest are applications for Mind mapping, writing drafts, and voice recording.
For light entertainment needs such as watching movies or tv series, viewing Youtube, then listening to Podcasts, the iPad is the perfect device.
Here you can find Apple TV, Netflix, HBO, to watch exciting and quality movies. Then there is also the Anchor application for producing Podcasts.
By far, everything was good in terms of work on the iPad. Everything goes well except you need many application to support your productivity instead of a single workflow like in the Macbook / Laptop.
I’m happy because the ability of the device which is indeed very good, the iPad is a very useful device for me and makes me feels motivated to keep calm and productive.
Thanks for reading 👋🙂