What’s on my iPad Pro?

As a big fan of Apple products, it would be fair to say I’ve owned a few in my time. iPods, iPhones, iPads, and Macs have all formed part of my working and personal setups, but one product that’s impressed me more than most is the iPad Pro.

As I’m writing this, Apple has revealed a new version of the tablet, but my 2018 version still offers more than enough power in a portable form-factor. I’ve reviewed it here, but today I wanted to focus on the apps I have on it.

From the home screen, you can see I keep a few widgets to the left of the screen. There’s Fantastical for appointments, Things for my tasks, and Pocket Casts for podcasts. Then, there are the apps.

FaceTime, Photos, Camera, and plenty of others are stock apps, but let’s look at what else there is.

  • Fantastical – the best calendar app on iPhone and macOS is just as essential on iPad. It offers a great monthly and weekly view, and syncs across my iCloud calendar I share with Frankie and my Google one I share with my bandmates.
  • Bear – I switched to Bear this week, and I’ve been impressed so far. It’s a beautifully designed note-taking application that allows you to tag items, as well as edit them in impressive detail. It also lets you export notes to various formats for sharing.
  • YouTube – I watch more on YouTube than I do on TV, even with our Sky package. The iPad is ideal for watching, too, because of the size of its display, the great speakers, and the impressive colour accuracy.
  • Apollo – if there’s one app I gravitate to when I have five or ten minutes, it’s Apollo. This Reddit client is much nicer to look at than the official one, while also offering great themes and easier navigation.
  • Pocket Casts – I love music, but I think I love podcasts more. Because often I work alone, it’s nice to be able to catch up on various news items and conversations I may have missed.
  • Things – I’m not sure how many times I can write about Things, but I’ll say this again: without it, there is no way I’d be as organised as I am.
  • Maps – I’m going to be honest, I’d much rather use Google Maps, but Apple Maps works with CarPlay’s dash view on my Focus. Since I didn’t want my destinations to be stuck between two apps, I’ve opted for Apple Maps all round.
  • Slack – As occasionally laggy as Slack can be, it’s crucial for conversations with some of my clients.
  • Chunky – Chunky is a comic-book reader, and while it’s pretty barebones it offers iCloud sync that helps me take my entire digital collection with me wherever I go.
  • Infuse – We have a media server set up at home, and Infuse allows us to watch videos from it in any room.
  • Spotify – I’ve written before about how I was an Apple Music subscriber, but Spotify has introduced me to some artists I never would have heard otherwise, so I’m sticking to it.
  • Macworld – As a big Apple fan, I love reading Macworld magazine. Quite often I’ll find time to settle in with a coffee to read some, and then read the rest in bed. A great magazine (and podcast!).

So, what’s in those folders?

My ‘Entertainment’ folder is basically streaming services and gaming apps. Prime Video, Netflix, Crunchyroll and Sky Go are for video content, while the Destiny 2 app is to check in on my quests while I’m away from my console (yes, it’s a problem).

PS4 Remote Play lets me stream my PS4 to the iPad (I’m not entirely sure I’ve used it yet), while the Xbox Game Pass app shows me upcoming games I can play as part of my subscription. Finally, the other Xbox app is entirely for redeeming review codes so I can install things more quickly.

Ok, this one is pretty obvious – except maybe Discord, which I use for Gfinity work and one other client.

Now that I have the MacBook Pro I don’t use the iPad Pro for as much work as I used to.

  • Pages – all of my writing starts in Pages.
  • Numbers – for tracking work, invoices, and payments.
  • Files – for accessing files stored in iCloud.
  • Docs/Sheets/Drive – some clients prefer their work as Google Docs.
  • LinkedIn – every now and then I get some work via LinkedIn.

When the working day is done, it’s time to play some games. I’ve not played Hearthstone in some time, same with Gwent and FTL, but Football Manager 2020 Touch remains my favourite time-sink.

Finally, I grew up playing Civilization on the family PC, and having a full version of the latest game in the franchise on my iPad feels like a dream come true.

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