IPad For Work?

I waited in line for the original iPad. I thought the iPad would change how I worked. At the time I was just starting my design career at an agency in Seattle. I had imagined all the amazing ways an iPad could help me become a better designer. From quickly being able to markup a screenshot, to drag and drop wireframes, I was convinced that this was the device that would change everything for me. 

And it didn’t.

Nothing changed for me at work. The iPad didn’t provide any additional value over my iPhone, it didn’t help my work become easier, or more efficient. It was only good at one thing, consuming. And consume I did. I watched lots of videos, browsed the Internet, and played all the board game ports I could find. But I still longed for that tablet device that would change the way I worked. 

And I am still looking. I’d love to try the Surface Pro 4 as it seems like that would be the best of both worlds, but the price tag is too high to justify a device that may or may not work for my needs. 

I still think the iPad Pro is a joke and the smaller one appears to be Apple justifying a $100 base price increase to the Air 2. But since Apple announced the recent pro, they’ve dropped the Air 2 price to point that I could justify picking one up. My needs as a professional has changed over the years. I don’t design that much anymore, and I don’t code as much as I would like. I spend most of my days answering emails and writing. 

Which I think the iPad is perfect for. And I am going to give it a go as my primary work device. We’ll see if the forced restraints around not being able to code will bother me, or if it will force me to rely on my team to complete the work. 

Here’s to what should be an interesting test of the iPad!

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Jesse Orndorff

The founder of Glean, an agency for change. Formerly Innovation Program Manager at DAI. He's now focused on building technology and startups that work on challenging issues and doing social good.

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The founder of Glean, an agency for change. Formerly Innovation Program Manager at DAI. He's now focused on building technology and startups that work on challenging issues and doing social good.

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