“My iPad journey began in 2012 when I was undergoing cancer treatments. In the first half of the year, right after my diagnosis, I was constantly moving between hospitals to talk to different doctors and understand the best strategies for my initial round of treatments. Those chemo treatments, it turned out, often made me too tired to get any work done. I wanted to continue working for MacStories because it was a healthy distraction that kept my brain busy, but my MacBook Air was uncomfortable to carry around and I couldn’t use it in my car as it lacked a cellular connection,” Federico Viticci writes for MacStories. “By contrast, the iPad was light, it featured built-in 3G, and it allowed me to stay in touch with the MacStories team from anywhere, at any time with the comfort of a large, beautiful Retina display.”
MacDailyNews Note: Many of us do use our MacBooks and MacBook Air units in cars frequently – tethered to our iPhones, of course. The iPad with Cellular is one less step, but it’s a minor step.
“The tipping point came when I had to be hospitalized for three consecutive weeks to undergo aggressive chemo treatments; in that period of time, I concluded that the extreme portability and freedom granted by the iPad had become essential for me,” Viticci writes. “I started exploring the idea of using the iPad as my primary computer; if anything were to ever happen to me again that prevented being at my desk in my home office, I wanted to be prepared. That meant embracing iOS, iPad apps, and a different way of working on a daily basis.”
“I realized when writing this story that I’ve been running MacStories from my iPad for longer than I ever ran it from a Mac. The website turned 10 last month, and I’ve managed it almost exclusively from an iPad for seven of those years,” Viticci writes. “And yet, I feel like I’m still adapting to the iPad lifestyle myself – I’m still figuring out the best approaches and forcing myself to be creative in working around the limitations of iOS.”
Much more in the full article – highly recommended – here.
MacDailyNews Take: We won’t go into detail, but when on the road, including many visits to oncologists’ offices, during surgeries, post-surgeries, etc. we went pretty much the opposite way: Apple’s smallest, lightest MacBooks went with us everywhere – again, tethered to iPhone for connectivity – with which we ran MacDailyNews as best we could for the past four of our site’s nearly seventeen years.
Not that we couldn’t have done it with iPad Pro units, but we didn’t want to deal with any learning curves at the time; the Mac being second nature was critical during this period.
We are very much looking forward to iOS 13 to see what it has in store for iPad productivity.
BTW: We know the site has seemed frozen in time for quite some time. We apologize and thank you for your patience! On the desktop and mobile, this is a design from years past. That will finally be changing very soon! 🙂