Orin texted me from the Apple Shoppe the other day, taunting me with pictures of his shiny new iPad Pro. I am envy. But I'm still not buying a first gen model. I might even be waiting until the iPad Pro Air 3 is released.
Not that I don't want one. I do. Desperately. But my big arse Retina iMac is always going to be my primary hauler for taking words to market, and for a second screen I can't get past the newish Macbook. Although I'm not buying into the first gen there either.
I can and do use my iPad for production, but always as a stop gap. Writing columns when I travel. Editing manuscripts in Word while stuck at school cricket for half a day. Maybe blocking out a chapter in a book. I use the onscreen keyboard for all of these, but when it comes time to do hours and hours of hard core writing, I still prefer a solid keyboard and trackpad.
I have four main sources of income. I write novels, ebooks, blogs/columns and features. For each of those a laptop remains a better option than a tablet, even with a bluetooth or connected keyboard. I doesn't mean I couldn't do all of those things exclusively in iOS. I totally could. It just wouldn't be ideal.
I've been pondering on this a lot the last few weeks, because I want to tweak my work flow next year and I'm thinking of breaking my day in half. Doing longform fiction at the iMac in the morning when I'm most productive, and shorter media work, or tending to the Burger, apres lunch.
For the latter, I wouldn't mind getting away from my standing desk for an hour or so. (I've also been considering how to multitask without multitasking, which is proven bullshit. I have a couple of trade published novels and half a dozen self published ebooks I want to get through in 2016 and juggling them all in the course of a day doesn't work. Instead I'm looking at splitting the week the same way I split the day. Primary project first, getting all my attention in the first part of the day, Monday through Wednesday. Secondary project – ebooks, basically – getting the back end of the week, Thursday and Friday. No weekend work. No night shift).
With blogging, column writing and occasional gym visits in the afternoons, it'd be nice to escape the Cave, even it was just to repair to the verandah where the bunnies might attend me with mint juleps and foot rubs while I tap the keys. That's why I'm thinking Macbook. All I'm doing away from the iMac is word processing and web searching, but the publishing software for both the Burger and Fairfax still works better with MacOS than iOS. And as for the hardware? Well I thought this great little piece from the Philippines really nailed it.
Luis Buenaventura jaunted off to his local fruit store to get the iPad Pro on the first day (and it's worth reading the article just for that). "Omigod! It's huge!"
But when he gets the big arse pad back to his hotel room, although it's a hella impressive piece of kit, "it's too big to carry around in anything but a laptop bag, and it's too heavy to whip out just to skim through Facebook while sipping on your morning pour-over."
I don't want to verbal Luis, because he (I'm pretty sure he's a he) really loved the Pro and spends most of the entry raving about it. But for me, for a second screen devoted solely to writing, it's just not there yet.
I'm sure Tim will be happy to take my money when the Macbook update drops next year.