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Life with the iPad Pro: Update 1

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        Ok it’s been about 4 days with the iPad Pro and it’s been pretty positive so far. I’ve been pretty productive on it, but I have also run into some issues. I will break down my pros and cons that I’ve experienced with the iPad Pro in 4 days. 

All images taken with my Sony a7ii and edited on the iPad Pro. Images can not be used with written consent.  

Pros

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 - The first pro is definitely the portability of the device itself. That’s hands down a win-win.  It’s way more convenient than bringing out my MacBook Pro. I love being able to basically use it anywhere. Literally anywhere! Use your imagination here folks.  

-  I freaking love this screen! I can't stress that enough. It's the best display I've ever seen on a mobile device. I also love using it to edit photos because touch based editing just seems easier and more intuitive to me.

- I love the battery life! It literally lasts all day on a charge. No more being tied to a charger. 

- The speakers are also a lot better on the iPad Pro that we are all my MacBook Pro! What’s up with it that Apple?  

- I have also found some amazing apps that work just as good as some of my macOS programs. I’m using Lightroom Mobile for photos, LumaFusion takes the place of Final Cut, and Ferrite for my podcasting needs. They all work extremely well. 

Cons

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- The first I have to start by saying the Apple Pencil is by far the easiest device to lose of all time. Just think about this. How many pens do you lose in a day? Or a week? Lots right? You just get another right? Well think about how you would feel with a pencil that costs $100! Yeah it really makes your heart stop to lose it. I have lost the Apple Pencil at least for 10 times in four days and have had 10 heart attacks. I wish there was some magnetic connection between the two. The only way to keep the two together is to buy some sort of case, which means more money. 

- Podcasting and editing. Right now, I have to take it from my iPad Pro, export to iCloud, download to my MacBook Pro or iMac, then edit and upload to iTunes and Soundcloud. I could cut out the middleman by eliminating the iPad Pro. I had to bring my MacBook Pro to work with me today to get this task completed. 

- There aren't many options for expandable storage. I have a 2 TB hard drive for my MacBook Pro which basically means that I can save all my RAW and video files. These files tend to be  pretty large and will clog up a device fast! I did purchase the 256 GB iPad Pro version but that space will be used up very quickly with a couple 4K videos and I entire day of shooting photos. So that’s a real bummer. iCloud works, but being able to use an external drive would be awesome. 

- Adapters! My Macbook Pro has all the necessary ports available. I might be spoiled because of this. I am able to use a USB hub via the lightning to USB adapter and I can read my SD card with the SD adapter, but I lose the ability to charge the device at the same time. Also, USB 3.0 is fast but not as fast as my SD card port in my MacBook Pro.  

- I’ve also noticed that I can import RAW photo files easily, but video files aren’t so easy  I record in XAVC S format and it doesn’t play nicely with the iPad. It’s an iOS/Sony beef more than anything. I will have to find a solution or record in a different format. 

 This is the first update. I have a few more days with it. Maybe I will get used to it by then and develop a better workflow. Im leaning towards the MacBook Pro, but I really want this iPad Pro to pull through because I do like it in spite of the limitations I have currently seen. Next update will be on Monday! Stay tuned! 

Life is for Living, 

Michael B.  

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Can the iPad Pro replace my MacBook Pro?

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Can the iPad Pro replace my MacBook Pro?

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         I live a truly techie life. I have various gadgets that keep me connected to my various services and apps. As a blogger and photographer, I really need to have my gear with me at all times. I also need that gear to not only be extremely portable, but it also needs to keep me connected to all my other devices and play nicely. My camera has WiFi and I'm able to transfer, edit, view images on my iPhone 8 plus, but the screen is too small for serious work. Pulling out the MacBook Pro can be cumbersome at times. I also produce a weekly podcast so a simpler way to record and edit them while on the go.  

          After years of living in the Android ecosystem, I made the jump to Apple. Specifically the MacBook Pro. I followed that up with an amazing deal on a 27 inch iMac. This set up works great but I also love to edit and write while lounging around the house. The MacBook isnt always the best option for this. I've found myself editing more and more on my iPhone because I love the touch based interface. Enter the iPad Pro. 

          For years, I’ve said the iPad was just a glorified iPhone. I didn’t see it being capable of being a device I could use for more than YouTube videos. Seeing what I'm capable of with my iPhone 8, I decided I need something just as portable but more powerful. I waited and researched and decided to take the plunge for the new 10.5 iPad Pro. I picked up a 256GB LTE variant after seeing all it was capable of.  I also picked up the Apple Pencil, Smart Cover, Lightning to SD adapter and the Lightning to USB adapter.

          I have 14 days with the device to decide if I want to keep it or return it. I’m actually writing this post on the iPad Pro now! Something that was hard to do on my iPhone yet pretty simple on my iMac or MacBook Pro. My problem is I'm usually creative in the weirdest places....ie in the bathroom or laying upside down in my chair. Let's see if the iPad Pro can keep up with my blogging, photography, podcasting and general tasks. I will do updates on my workflow every couple of days and see if this device is the device that I will put into my photograph bag. Stay tuned! 

Life is for Living, 

Michael B.  

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My thoughts on the iPhone X

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My thoughts on the iPhone X

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       Wow! The Apple Event was yesterday and I was super excited about it! I'm not an Apple head like lots of people are, but I do own a few iOS and Mac products. I love the simplicity and beauty of Apple. Not to mention, they also make some of the best performing devices you can buy. Software optimization is paramount!! That's something Android still hasn't gotten right. 

        Moving on. So I was already pretty much set on what the iPhone X would look like based on leaks I've seen. I already knew the price(more on that later).  What I really wanted to see what the specs. And boy were they impressive! It's basically an iPad Pro sandwiched into a smaller package with better technology. I totally had a nerdgasm. 

          My issue with the iPhone X is not just the pricing, but the storage allotment for the pricing. For $1000, you only get 64GB. What the hell? You have to move up to the only other option of 256GB to get any real memory. 1 min of 4K video is about 350-400MB. You can squeeze about 4 hours on a 64GB drive. But the OS takes up a bit of space as well, so you're not really getting 64GB. 

       Apple really messed up on this one. This device should have started at 128GB minimum. Your only other option is forking out $1149 for the 265GB version. That's the price of a MacBook Pro. I really wanted to get the iPhone X, but I can't justify the pricing to storage options. I will just keep my iPhone 7( because the iPhone 8 was blah), and buy a $329 new iPad if I need a bigger screen. Plus I enjoy having a home button.

Life is for Living, 

Michael B  

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