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Besides, I get a lot more uses out of my i Pad than just writing.Most of these involve performance on stage, or other tasks that are similarly in need of a distraction-free setup.First, there’s something to be said for a truly “distraction-free” experience.
And combining touching a screen with typing on a keyboard is, as Phil Schiller has suggested, ergonomically ill-advised.
So why, then, am I typing this with a mechanical keyboard on my i Pad?
Using the same device for writing makes perfect sense. I never give a second thought to battery life when I’m writing with my i Pad. And the more I use my i Pad to write instead of my Mac, the more battery life my Mac will have for Photoshop, Logic, Xcode, and all the other things I can’t currently do on i Pad.
Third, apps like Ulysses are just as good on i Pad as they are on mac OS.
Thus I still have no interest whatsoever in an i Pad with an integrated, always-connected hardware keyboard for my own uses.
I also have no desire to see i OS and mac OS merge completely into some sort of combined touch/pointer Frankenstein.I fought the notion of a mechanical keyboard for my i Pad for years. I’ve never been able to type a sentence on any of them without immediately concluding that they were terrible compared to the on-screen keyboard, let alone my Mac Book Pro keyboard.Part of the reason was every keyboard designed for a tablet I’ve tried (including Apple’s own Smart Keyboard) is just not good. But the bigger reason I’ve always been opposed to external i Pad keyboards is I just fundamentally believe a tablet is a superior form factor to a laptop—for the subset of tasks I do most often on my i Pad.I resisted the notion of attaching a keyboard to an i Pad for too long.I stand by my original opinion that for many, many tasks, i Pad is much better as a slab of glass with no mechanical keyboard.When the i Pad was first announced, its notebook-like shape (and name) seemed to make this type of use inevitable, but it’s only been in recent years with the release of the Apple Pencil that handwriting on the platform has been allowed to shine.A good app for handwriting has an entirely different place in the i OS ecosystem compared to a traditional note-taking app (like Bear, our favorite app in that category).But a Mac you use only for writing is a bit like a shotgun you use only to kill flies.It’s way more machine than you need for the job at hand.With handwriting being the focus instead of keyboard-based text entry, drawings and doodles can take shape, margins can be utilized, and the tools as a whole are completely different.These apps can come especially in handy for certain use cases such as students taking lecture notes, those committed to keeping a journal, and anyone who appreciates the art of putting pen to paper.