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Content by: Patrick Clark – Medium
I abandoned iPads shortly after they were released, because they simply couldn’t do enough. There are lots of millenials like me — not necessarily heavy computer users but like to multitask. We like to watch Netflix while we look at Twitter, text while we watch YouTube, have two windows open side by side while we do homework, just because we know that it’s possible and we’re used to it.
An iPad simply did not satisfy my ADD (yes I’ve been “diagnosed”) until iPad OS released this year.
So this is how my routine goes — I wake up in the morning, check my phone, then work on my MacBook for 6-8 hours and spend the rest of the night entertaining myself on the iPad. For context, I am a blogger (for work) and I trade cryptocurrencies. (on the side)
It’s kind of sad how little I use my $1000 phone. On my iPad, I will have my crypto charts open in full screen, slide over with Twitter, Reddit, Safari, Discord and Texts to sift through and YouTube playing in PiP mode.
I never use the iPad for work because the keyboard isn’t good enough and it slows productivity overall. Still, the iPad is so portable that it’s comfortable to haul everywhere around the house whether it’s in the kitchen, on the couch or in bed.
It’s really as simple as that. I suppose if I were younger and using TikTok and Instagram more, I wouldn’t be as happy with the iPad, but for my slew of application needs it works perfectly.
Even an iPhone 11 Pro Max is a bit small for multitasking. Ideally, I can have two windows and a (PiP) video open all at the same time. Not only would that be a tight fit on the iPhone, Apple doesn’t support any decent multitasking features in iOS.
I do hope that in 2020, Apple will give us some split-screen capabilities on iOS along with being able to play video in PiP mode. Right now, the Twitch app is able to shrink video while you look around the app, and there doesn’t seem to be a good reason for Apple to not allow people to do that universally. Also, while 3 windows is a tight fit for the Max sized phones, 2 apps would be managable.
My laptop, the Macbook Pro 16″ is just too big to cary around the house. Sometimes I’ll take it from the desk to the couch, but it really is heavy, delicate and too expensive to be hauling around everywhere. There’s just no way I’m going to put a $2400 laptop on my bedside table next to a drink. Still, it’s a desktop replacement for me and it is doing fine as that.
For a while, I used the Apple keyboard case, but the viewing angles and typing experience bugged me. I ended up sticking with the Brydge Pro which has unlimited viewing angles and a place to rest your palms while typing. The build quality isn’t as good and sometimes keys don’t register but it is the best alternative to the Apple keyboard case right now if you value being able to tilt your device.
YouTube is stingy with PiP mode on iPads, they want you to pay to listen to or watch videos with the app closed. The work around that I use is called PiPifier which creates a shortcut on safari to turn videos in to picture-in-picture format. This means that you will have to use the web browser version of YouTube, but thankfully iPad OS supports a full web browsing experience from the start.
Lastly, just get used to using the web browser instead of individual apps. It’s a bit of a different experience compared to previous iPad operating systems, but it makes things much easier and quicker to navigate through. The only time I use apps over web browsers is if they are in the slide-over mode because it’s easy to flip through them as you would on iOS.
Oh, and I almost forgot — learn key commands so that you don’t have to reach towards the screen. Here are my favorite:
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