I’ve been using an iPad Pro instead of a laptop for long haul travel since early 2017. In this series of reports, I hope to share some of how iPads can be used to replace laptops.

Where we are now with Apple’s iPad

Apple’s iPad opened up the enterprise for the company. Huge interest among business leaders led to wide adoption and opened industry up to approving use of iPhones in business. These days, iOS is rapidly growing share in the sector.

At the same time, UI, iOS, and engineering improvements mean Apple’s tablets are becoming more powerful productivity solutions even while developers create increasingly sophisticated apps that help you get things done.

The user interface is very different from the Mac, but it is important to remember that iOS is a multi-UI system, combining multiple inputs — voice, touch, Apple Pencil and shortcuts — you may need to spend time learning these.

In my experience, the biggest limitations tend to be when working with bespoke enterprise apps built by old-hat tech support teams who don’t seem to have been told that we now live in a heterogenous platform world.

Apple introduced new iPad Pros in October 2018, so it seemed a good time to write a little about using them as a notebook replacement. In the first part of this series of posts, we’ll look at the things you really should have if you decide to replace your laptop or notebook with an iPad.