Apple iPad Pro 12.9″ (3rd Generation) (Space Grey 256GB) (Wi-Fi + Cellular)
I wanted to see if the third generation iPad Pro 12.9″ can be a laptop replacement when I am traveling, act as an entertainment device when I am at home, and allow me to do blogging when I am in a cafe during weekends.
Bought an Apple Pencil (2nd Generation) so that Li Xiang can draw on it as well.
Decided to get the Apple iPad Pro 12.9″ (3rd Generation) (Space Grey 256GB) (Wi-Fi + Cellular) and it cost a whopping S$1,939.
It is out of stock almost everywhere, and hence I waited nearly two weeks for it. Place the order on 7th November 2018, and I only received it on 19th November 2018.
You can use the iPad Pro for basic coding. Using apps like Coda (S$34.98) or Textastic (S$14.98).
If you need to use Git, you can use Working Copy (Free).
If you need to SSH to your remote machine to code, you can use Prompt (S$21.98).
There is an upcoming app called iSH which gives you a sandboxed Linux shell access (Alpine) on iOS. You can use it to install packages like Git, Vim, Node, etc.
Checkout this article: FE webdev on iPad Pro (2018).
Entertainment is pretty straight forward for me. I only use three apps for it. YouTube (Free), Netflix (Free), and Plex (Free).
For blogging, normally I will just use Chrome (Free) and blog via WordPress’s WP-Admin or Grammarly web app. Not really a fan of the official WordPress (Free) app. I find it slow, buggy, and clunky.
Most writing tools like Bear, Ulysses, and Drafts have moved to a subscription model. Since I don’t really use it that often, I don’t find it necessary to subscribe to it.
Another alternative I am considering is iA Writer. It only charges a one time fee of S$12.98 when buying the app.
There are a lot of free apps for drawing since most of them are from big companies rather than independent/small companies.
There is Procreate (S$14.98), Adobe Photoshop Sketch (Free), Adobe Illustrator Draw (Free), Autodesk SketchBook (Free), and Paper (Free).