Mike Becky

‘All-in on iPad Pro’ ➝

Fraser Speirs:

I’ve been wanting to do this for five years now and it’s finally happened. I sold my MacBook Pro to go all-in on iPad as my main personal computer. Yesterday, I packed my 2015 13″ Retina MacBook Pro back into its box and sent it off to a new owner.

People have lots of questions about this so I thought I would write a bit about the thinking and experimentation that went with this.

He cites iOS 9 multitasking as the primary feature that turned the iPad into a viable alternative to the Mac. And I agree with him, it’s probably the most significant feature Apple’s added to iOS since the app switcher. But unlike Fraser, I’m not quite ready to jump ship on the Mac yet. There’s still a few tasks that are painful, yet possible, on iOS that I’d rather keep a Mac around for.

The best example I have off the top of my head is all the work I’ve spent on the site redesign over the past few weeks. Jumping between uploading files in Transmit, viewing the finished product in Safari, and editing files in a text editor — this type of work is just so much easier on OS X. I could have done it all in iOS, and some of which I did, but each task might as well have taken me twice as long to complete.