By David Becker
Apple has been making a big deal about wanting their customers to purchase new iPads such as the iPad Air 2, iPad Mini 4, iPad Pro, and 9.7-inch iPad Pro. Apple wants you to treat your iPad like a productivity-oriented tool rather than a media consumption device. I’m going to give you some advice on how to do just that!
My first example is using the iWork suite for iOS. It has been improved over the past couple years and comes for free with any new iOS or Mac purchase. These apps are Pages, Keynote, and Numbers. With these apps, you can create documents, graphical presentations, and spreadsheets. Besides it being free, these files can be formatted into Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel files, if necessary. And now thanks to iCloud Drive, users no longer have to keep the documents and files on their iPad, but instead up in the cloud. I would also recommend getting a Smart Keyboard or third-party Bluetooth keyboard for your iPad because it will make the experience a lot better.
Another recommendation would be to keep a journal/diary. Yes, it does sound cheesy, but typing on the iPad is fun and will make you even more productive with it. It will give you a reason to carry it around. The app I would recommend using is called Day One. It’s a great app for journaling on the go and best of all, it uses the cloud so that none of the journal entries are put on the iPad itself. Also, the cloud storage is not through iCloud (you can set it up that way if you want to) but through Day One. And the biggest bang is that the cloud storage is free! It might also get you into photography as well because users can put at least 10 photos in a single journal entry. Whether you take them from your iPad or iPhone is your own choice. Day One currently runs for $9.99 in the iOS App Store.
Want to run a blog? You can do so by using just an iPad. I will point out that once you have the name and interface theme (one should use a laptop for this), you can easily manage it with just an iPad. I would personally recommend using WordPress for this because not only does it have a nice interface, but it is always being updated. If you want to use the third-party app route, Blogo (free app as well) is a great substitute, but be sure to have the WordPress app on the iPad just in case! Having a keyboard on the iPad would also help with this as well.
My last example is for cooking in the kitchen. The app I’m going to recommend is called AnyList. With this app, you can get easily create and organize recipes down to the brim. Of course, you can always get the Pinterest app to get your recipes and integrate them into the app. Both Pinterest and AnyList are free in the iOS App Store, too!
And when the day is near its end, be sure to stream Netflix and reward yourself for not only staying productive, but making the iPad your key ingredient in doing so. Technology has taken over our lives and is trying to make life easier for us everyday. If you’re smart about it, it just might be able to make it work for you.