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The desire for a Mult-iPad lifestyle

As I sit here typing on my 12.9-inch iPad Pro, there’s something about the whole iPad experience that continues to elude me. While this iPad is FANTASTIC to work on, and the Magic Keyboard has improved everything, there’s still something missing.

Another iPad

What’s the problem?

Over the last few weeks, I have had a ping-pong game going on as to whether I should be using the 11-inch iPad Pro instead of the 12.9 monster. And when it comes to getting work done, that answer is a resounding no. But it’s those times where I want to sit on the couch and just review my week, check out my RSS feeds, or just mess around with it that have made me realize that the 12.9 version just isn’t suited for that.

Sure, it’s easier than ever to just grab my iPad and sit on the couch. However, trying to maneuver and position the iPad on my lap or in my hands is just an annoying experience.

Obviously, the “Mult-iPad” lifestyle is nothing new, as I’ve heard Myke Hurley and David Sparks speak about it in great detail. Even listening to some recent episodes of Adapt with Viticci and Ryan Christoffel have re-sparked my interest in a smaller iPad. But this wouldn’t really be to “get work done”, but instead would be for couch-time.

Something else that I’ve found myself enjoying comes along with my recent decision to re-download Procreate to the iPad. I saw a few tweets from Charlie Chapman, maker of Dark Noise, who shared a video of how he created the icon for his Launched podcast episodes.

Following his instructions made it really easy and fun to mess around with trying to create some new logos for this site. And it also sparked my mind to create similarly styled icons for Shortcuts that I have not yet created and added to my Home Screen. While the big screen of the 12.9 iPad is great to work and draw on, it still feels too big.

What about the iPad Mini?

Like Federico has stated before, I also have put the iPad Mini in my Apple Cart more times than I care to admit, and it currently sits there as this is written. But also like Federico, I cannot pull the trigger on an iPad Mini because of the design alone. I want ultra-slim bezels, Face ID, and the beautiful “boxy” design that is found with the iPad Pro line.

So do I try and spring for an 11-inch iPad Pro? Probably, but there’s no need to try and buy a brand-new one. And I won’t feel the need to get any accessories other than a Smart Folio, since the 12.9 will handle all of the heavy lifting.

Having something like the 11-inch iPad would be perfect to sit back, read through my Twitter and RSS feeds and chill. Will Apple update the iPad Mini with a new design? Maybe. Will Apple unveil the update before I get another iPad? Probably not.

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It’s finally here – Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro First Impressions

I have been watching through the window like a crazed lunatic waiting for the UPS truck to arrive. When it did, I happened to be on a call, but my excitement level instantly went through the roof. This is the same feeling that I get whenever Apple announces something new that I’ll end up buying for myself.

All of this is to say that the iPad Pro Magic Keyboard has finally arrived.

Unboxing it is just simple much like everything else that Apple has to offer. Before I knew it, the iPad was floating above the new keyboard and it’s absolutely amazing. The level for using this at my desk is absolutely perfect. The responsiveness of the keys make me want to throw my Keyboard Folio in the trash (or just return it). No more mushiness.

Get the weight out of the weigh

As someone who has tried out the Brydge Pro in the past, I was hoping that Apple’s keyboard would be a bit lighter. Unfortunately, that’s just not the case, as the combo of the iPad Pro and keyboard weigh in at 1350g. Surprisingly, the Brydge Pro & iPad Pro combo comes in at around 1323g. This difference may matter to some, but in the grand scheme, likely won’t.

This is a feeling that I’ll have to flush out over the coming days, but a big problem I had with Brydge’s keyboard is that I was always afraid that closing the iPad’s glass screen up to the Brydge’s aluminum body would end up in disaster. It never actually happened, but I didn’t feel like I could just close up the iPad and go, as I would have to carefully close things up.

In my (extremely) limited time with the Magic Keyboard, this is not much of a concern yet. Perhaps it’s because Apple opted to use the same plastic-feeling material from the Keyboard Folio, instead of just a slab of metal. But closing up the iPad is pretty quick, easy, and doesn’t scare me quite as much.

That trackpad doe

iPad Pro with Keyboard Folio and Trackpad 2

I’ve been toying around and using the Magic Trackpad 2 with the iPad Pro since the release of iPadOS 13.4. I already feel pretty comfortable with using the trackpad for gestures, but there is one thing to make note of with the Magic Keyboard. The Trackpad is tiny.

I have thicc hands so I definitely have to change how I interact with this smaller trackpad. Although the surface area is much smaller than the Trackpad 2, this one doesn’t actually feel so different that it’s unusable. I can still move my fingers down and interact with the new cursor with ease. And that’s really just something that I continue to be enamored by.

Magic Keyboard Trackpad

Activating gestures is just as easy, even if I have to pinch my fingers closer together than with the Trackpad 2. And this may just be placebo, but using the Magic Keyboard’s trackpad actually feels snappier. Maybe it’s because of the Smart Connector, as the trackpad is directly connected, and not just relying on Bluetooth. Yeah, that’s probably it.

The keys themselves

Right after Apple launched the 16-inch MacBook Pro, I replaced my 2015 version, but opted to go with the last 15-inch model. This was because Best Buy was having some great sales and I just couldn’t pass up on it at the time.

I bring this up because those sport Apple’s dreaded butterfly keys that have plagued users for years and years. After the 16-inch made its way to stores, I would type with the new keyboard to see what it felt like, and felt like it was a great move, as there was some actual movement again.

Magic Keyboard Keys

From what I’ve seen so far, the Magic Keyboard takes advantage of these same keys that are also expected to come in the new 13 or 14-inch MacBook Pro coming soon. Typing is a breeze, there’s good bounce back, and bottoming out doesn’t feel like such a bad thing.

While writing this, one potential frustration I’ve found is that my fingers end up under the front lip of the iPad. It’s not like they get stuck or anything, but I am hitting the tops of my finger nails on the bottom of the iPad. It’s probably nothing, and I’ll get used to it, but it’s still something to be aware of. And the arrow keys are laughably small, but will do the job if I need to use them.

Laptop lap time

Floating iPad Pro
It floats!

A huge complaint that I had with the Smart Keyboard Folio is that I never really felt comfortable using it on the couch. There just wasn’t enough rigidity for me to get through long-standing typing sessions, so more often than not, I would just get up and go to the desk.

When using the Magic Keyboard in my lap, it feels exactly the same as it did when using the Brydge Pro. But now, I have the ability to use the trackpad, and can keep my hands on the keyboard without needing to reach up and tap the screen all the time.

There have been some who have wanted Apple to release a touch-screen Mac for awhile, and this is it. And while iPadOS still doesn’t match up to the hardware, it’s making me even more excited to see what’s to come with iPadOS 14 this Fall. And I’m even more excited for the possible new iPad Pro with all-new silicon in the same slab form factor.

There’s plenty of time to keep typing away

I’m going to keep putting the Magic Keyboard through its paces, and will likely move away from using my laptop for anything but my day job. That will give me plenty of time to see what, if any, limitations I end up coming across throughout my usage.

Stay tuned for more, but early signs point to “love at first type”.