I know. I know. I was supposed to be back a couple of days ago with a review of the iPad Pro and more blogging. I got waylaid, first by the injured knee and then by writing. I’ll admit I worried that the injury would bring most, if not all, of my writing to a standstill. I can’t sit at the desk right now to work. I can’t sit in the recliner or on the sofa with the knee elevated and work on the laptop. It is too much weight and pressure on the knee. But, to my surprise, the iPad Pro turned out to be a better solution than I’d dare hope and, as a result, the final draft of the re-imagined Light Magic.
I picked up the iPad Pro about two weeks ago. It was on a whim a and I got a really good deal on it. Part of the reason for getting it is because I am trying to migrate all my writing and editing to my MacBook Pro and having an iPad to take with me when I’m away from the house would let me keep with the “Apple means writing” mindset. Part of it was less selfish. My mother has been using a second gen iPad I gave her years ago. To say it is on its last legs is being kind. I’ve been looking for a replacement, one she wouldn’t have to learn a new OS on. So i wanted to know what the real differences were between the iPad and the iPad Pro and if the differences were something she would need or want.
I did my research. I decided not to spend the additional money for the newest version of the iPad Pro, choosing instead to go with a refurbed 9.7” version. I got a great deal on it and, using the money I saved, bought an Apple Pencil to go along with it. They came in and I started working with them. Then I injured the knee and knew I needed to find a way to write or I’d be blowing not just one deadline but at least three if the damage to the knee was as bad as I feared.
I’d bought one of the most recommended Bluetooth keyboards and cases for the iPad Pro but it suffered the same problems so many of its kind do. There was a lag between typing a word and that word showing up on the screen. That lag got worse the lower the keyboard’s power. You had to carry the charge cord with you or find yourself suddenly unable to use the keyboard while out and about.
But it was the lag or the drag or whatever you want to call it that bothered me the most and made it almost impossible to use if I was going to do any serious writing on the iPad. I bit the bullet, trolled various sites and found the Apple keyboard for the iPad Pro at a really good price. (Mind you, I’m cheap and did not pay retail or close to it for any of this).
Oh. My. Goodness.
The keyboard is totally awesome. It doesn’t rely on Bluetooth or wireless connections. There is a connector on the iPad it hooks into magnetically. That is how it communicates with the tablet and where it gets its power. The one real drawback, other than the fact it isn’t a full-sized keyboard — is that the keyboard isn’t back lit. But the feel of the keys is much better than I’d expected and I like the sound of them. Better yet, the keyboard keeps up with me and I don’t have to wait for it to catch up. Huzzah!
the Apple Pencil is wonderful for making notes or for annotating a manuscript. The batter life on both it and the iPad Pro are much better than I’d dared hope. I can work most of the day, pausing only for a short time to give the iPad a quick charge. Then I plug it in overnight.
To give you an idea of how much I have written on the iPad Pro since getting it, in this past week, I have managed close to 40k words on it. I have the work saved on the iPad and have emailed it to myself. I can save it to Dropbox or any of the other major cloud storage sites. In fact, I have been writing this blog post on the iPad Pro using the Apple keyboard.
it isn’t for everyone and I certainly don’t want to do all my writing all the time on it. I also can’t do my conversion on it because the program I use — Vellum — isn’t available on iOS. But for something that is portable and able to do what I want and need when writing and stand up to my writing schedule (at least so far), I highly recommend the iPad Pro.