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Switch to iPad is leaving Substack

Post updated August 25, 2022. The members area has launched!

I hope you’ve had a good summer. I’ve spent mine resting, mostly, but also setting up the move from Substack, as per your (and my) wishes from the #100 survey. I’ve chosen Memberful as the service for this. It was easy to integrate into the Switch to iPad site, and it’s also a great user experience, in my opinion, in the sense that it’s easy to both login and cancel accounts.

So, this is what happens now.

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Four apps for you to consider (#103)

This week, I’m doing something different with the Switch to iPad newsletter.

How are you? Me, I’m getting ready to wind down for some sort of summer break. That, to me, means I want to clear my plate a bit, so this issue will feature four apps I’ve been playing with for the last couple of weeks.

📧 Switch to iPad #103 requires a paid subscription. It’s $5/month or $50/year, and helps pay the bills for both newsletter and this very site.

A few weeks with Readdle’s Calendars app 🗓 (#102)

I’ve been spending a few weeks with Readdle’s Calendars app. That’s what Switch to iPad #102 is all about.

Everything that really needs to get done at a certain time ends up in the calendar. Time-blocking isn’t for everyone, or even everything, but to me, it’s the only thing that works when things go sideways. It’s crucial when I’ve got too much on my plate, or when life hits you with something sad.

The consensus among Apple enthusiasts is that Fantastical is the best calendar app out there. It’s great, I like it for plenty of reasons, but I also found that it performed worse than the default app with my numerous Google accounts. You might remember that I switched to the default Calendar app a while back, with the promise that I’d try some other calendar apps as well. That’s what I did, and that’s why I’m writing about Readdle’s Calendars app.

📧 Switch to iPad #102 requires a paid subscription. It’s $5/month or $50/year, and there are over 100 issues for you in the archives. Perfect summer reading, I’d say!

Let’s create the iPad Office Toolkit (#101)

This issue will be a little shorter than usual, but I hope you’ll find it interesting nonetheless. You see, I’ve been wanting to dive deeper into how the iPad works for various professional use-cases. One thing most people will say is that iPadOS is fine for light office work, which sounds about right, doesn’t it? Well, I’m on a mission to try to figure this out, and see where the whole thing falls apart.

Email and documents won’t be such an issue (although I’ve got thoughts on the latter), but when it comes to spreadsheets, the iPad’s screen might not be the best option. Those are the things I’m going to explore, essentially creating an Office Toolkit, consisting of apps and services, for iPad users.

📧 Switch to iPad #101 is free for all to read. Have at it!

100 issues of Switch to iPad (#100)

Are you as amazed by the number attached to this issue? One hundred is quite a lot. Plenty of words has been written on this computing journey of ours. The newsletter alone is over of 123,000 words over these 100 issues, and that’s not counting things written for the site, or the weekly updates, that’s just proper issues, if you will.

A lot of words, and a lot of thoughts – it’s been a ride, and it’s not over yet.

This week, I’d like to talk about the future of Switch to iPad as a project. But first, I’d ask you to fill out this very brief survey. It would really help me to make several decisions because, as you’ll see further down, I’ve got some thoughts.

📧 Switch to iPad #100 is free to read. Have at it!

Please take the survey, too!

The one about Stage Manager 🖥 (#99)

The WWDC keynote this Monday showed us what’s in store for iPadOS this fall. One of the new features is Stage Manager, which revamps multitasking on iPadOS, but also brings proper fullscreen support to external monitors. Yeah, you knew I’d write about that, right?

I’m writing this on my M1 12.9” iPad Pro, but I’m not looking at its screen. Instead, I have hooked up to a 27” BenQ display via Thunderbolt, something I rarely do. That’s because you get those pesky black bars on the side, and just a mirrored version of your iPad screen.

Or rather, that’s what it used to be like. You see, I’ve got the developer beta of iPadOS 16 installed, and the main feature there is external monitor support with Stage Manager. I’ve got to tell you, it’s pretty sweet. No, scratch that, it’s bloody brilliant, that’s what it is. At least I think it will be, when the bugs have been ironed out.

Apple announced iPadOS 16 at WWDC this Monday. It’s very much in beta (with improved developer tools), and just for developers at this time. The public beta is due in July, if that’s your thing, with the actual release coming sometime this fall.

So, what’s it like to work on your iPad using Stage Manager?

📧 Switch to iPad #99 requires a paid subscription. It’s $5/month or $50/year.

A typical day ⌛️ (#98)

It’s Wednesday, which means that it’s newsletter time! From the intro of the 98th issue:

This week, I thought I’d tell you about mine. It might illuminate some issues and compromises, as well as strengths, of using an iPad, foremost.

So, tag along for a day.

📧 Switch to iPad #98 is for paying subscribers only, so if you want to know what my day’s like, this is a good time as any to sign up. It’s $5/month or $50/year, with a free trial available. Thank you for your support!

What if Apple bought EA? (#97)

I mean, they won’t, but what if? And, maybe they will?

So, there are speculations that Apple might be interested in buying Electronic Arts (or EA as they brand themselves), a big games company. It’s one of the gigantic ones, known for the EA Sports line, as well as franchises such as Need for Speed, The Sims, Apex Legends (recently launched on mobile, by the way), and Battlefield. EA is looking to sell in the wake of the mammoth Activision Blizzard deal, where Microsoft paid $68.7 billion.

One of the potential buyers is Apple. There have been talks, reports say, although how serious those talks have been, or are, is unknown at this time. EA is surely looking for a serious payday, although it’s hard to see them being worth as much as Activision Blizzard these days. Other people can probably guess better than I, so I’ll refrain, but suffice to say, whoever picks up EA will have to have a deep wallet.

Apple has a deep wallet. They’re also notoriously bad at games, despite raking in cash on games through the App Store.

So, does EA make sense for Apple, and what would happen if they bought them?

📧 Switch to iPad #97 is free for all, so pop on over and read it. 👋

How tiny can a keyboard get? (#96)

I love my iPad mini 6, as you probably remember, and I’ve got this idea that pairing it with a small keyboard could be an awesome portable writing station. So, that’s what this week’s issue of Switch to iPad is all about, featuring five portable keyboards.

I’m typing this on a Keychron mechanical keyboard, but that will soon not be the case. You see, I went on Amazon and bought a number of tiny keyboards to see if any of them were a worthy addition to a small iPad kit. I’d love it if I could get away with a small bag, packing just the iPad mini 6 and a small keyboard, as well as the Apple Pencil, for creative forays into the city. Smaller is sometimes better, after all.

The problem with this isn’t the iPad mini, you don’t need a big screen if you’re setting out for a writing session. What you do need is a decent keyboard, and, traditionally, these are at least close to full-sized. There are tiny keyboards out there, too, but I’ve stuck with models that are at least reasonably sized, not directly set up to fail by sheer lack of size.

So, let’s see if there’s anything worth getting for a truly tiny iPad workstation, shall we?

📧 Switch to iPad #96 requires a paid subscription. It’s $5/month or $50/year, and helps funding my keyboard purchasing needs (and this very site). There’s a free trial, too.

My new iPad home screens 🏠 (#95)

Ah, home screens… Dragging and dropping those apps, figuring out where they go, it’s something some of us spend quite a bit of time on, and others couldn’t care less about. This week’s issue of Switch to iPad is all about home screens, and how I set them up together with Focus Mode.

How are you? And, perhaps more importantly, what are your home screens like? I’ve been fiddling with mine for quite some time, trying to find balance. What I needed, it turns out, was an unplanned reboot of my 11” iPad Pro. I had some issues with my cellular connectivity during my Easter trip a while ago, and while I was waiting for the provider to get back to me (not an easy task during Easter), I tried everything I could think of. In the end, and in my desperation, I resorted to resetting the iPad completely. Don’t worry, I had access to decent Wi-Fi at the time, so it was easy enough to get everything up to speed, but during this process I figured, hey, why not reshape the whole thing?

So, I did, and ended up with the most logical, albeit perhaps not entirely complete, home screens yet. This, paired with Focus Mode, has helped me consolidate my iPad use a bit, something that’s been beneficial for me the past couple of weeks.

Let’s talk home screens, then!

📧 Switch to iPad #95 is a paid issue, so you’ll need a paying subscription to read. It’s $5/month or $50/year, and you’d be supporting my writing with your hard-earned money. There’s a free trial too, if you’re uncertain. It’ll get you full access to the archives as well, which is more than two novel’s worth of iPad goodness.