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How to Set up Your iPad for Business Use and Increase Productivity

iPad for business use

Elsewhere on this blog, Kirk compares the tablet vs. laptop, covering the pros and cons of replacing a laptop with a tablet. Although initially dismissed as consumption devices, in recent years tablets – especially Apple’s iPads – have proven themselves to be more than capable for business use.

An iPad is lightweight, flexible, and offers unique, distinct business-oriented apps, efficiencies, and interactions that just don’t exist on traditional desktops and laptops. However, to get the best from an iPad, and ensure you have an optimum solution for day-to-day work in any environment, take advantage of the following tips.

10 ways to get the most out of your iPad for business use

1. Go large 

iPad productivity

Surprisingly, even the iPad mini is a solid tool for productivity, but its tiny screen feels cramped in most use cases. Whether sorting email or working on mind mapping apps, you’re ultimately going to be happier with more – rather than less – screen space. On that basis, go for the iPad Pro. The latest 12.9-inch model is smaller than its predecessor, but the 11-inch iPad Pro is also suitable for work-related tasks.

2. Consider a cellular model iPad 

iPad cellular model

Not all carriers enable you to have your smartphone act as a personal hotspot other devices can use for internet access. If you’re in that situation, look at buying an iPad with LTE. These models are more expensive, but you can use the built-in eSIM to get online in seconds. (If in the USA, note AT&T has a habit of locking SIMs in Apple devices, and so make your choice of carrier carefully.)

3. Buy Apple’s Smart Keyboard 

Apple Smart Keyboard

You can type on glass, but won’t want to. So you’ll need a keyboard. Apple’s Smart Keyboard Folio instantly connects to your iPad; it’s odd to type on at first, but I’ve grown to like mine. If you want something more laptop-like, with backlit keys, try the Brydge Pro or Logitech Slim Folio Pro. Or if you already own a standard Apple keyboard, connect it via Bluetooth, and use something like the upcoming TouchType to act as a stand while you work – and protect all your kit when on the move.

4. Grab a stylus 

Apple iPad stylus

The iPad’s iOS operating system is designed to be used with fingers. Touch targets are large enough that you don’t need to file your fingers to a point in order to work. That said, an Apple Pencil is a wise investment for precision work that requires speed – sketches; mind-maps; document annotation. The latest iteration also smartly charges when magnetically attached to the iPad Pro, and allows you to switch tools with a double-tap.

5. Make yourself appy