I've been using my iPad Pro every day since I got it back in November and it's slowly but surely becoming my main machine so I thought I would share what my home screen currently is and what apps I use the most.
Ok, I'm a convert I used to use Flipboard but since iOS 9.3 News has come on leaps and bounds and is now my news app of choice. The offerings that the 'For You' section gives me leaves a lot to be desired but adding my favourite sites and reading them via the App is where I utilise it the most. If you haven't tried it yet I recommend you give it a go, don't forget to swipe and like/dislike on articles so that it can learn a bit about what you like to read.
I'm pretty late to the Fantastical bandwagon but I'm glad that I'm on it now. Integrating with my iCloud Cal and Reminders combines them into one view so that at a glance I can see everything going on today is powerful. I've been a Reminders user on and off for years but now I can see them within my Cal I am fine with it. The Today Widget is enough to keep me using it, showing my entire Cal and the ability to tap and see other days makes it super handy to see what's going on quickly.
As you most probably know (if you read my stuff) I switched to Apple Music last year(from Spotify) and with iOS 9.3 it's much improved.
Yes, I use the iOS default mail app for all of my accounts (including gmail!). I have it set to manually fetch my mail when I open the app and to be honest for the amount of mail I deal with (not much on my personal accounts) I manage fine.
I've always been a user of Notes but with the changes in iOS 9 it's made it my go to app of choice. I do have Notability that I use for work, I can annotate PDF's and draw diagrams that I can then send to colleagues easily.
Apps for Apple Pencil
I absolutely love the Apple Pencil and have been using it daily, from taking notes to drawing diagrams, here are some of my favourite Pencil apps.
I started sketching as soon as I got the iPad Pro, I'm not a great artist but I find it relaxing and something that I have definitely gotten better at over the last few months with daily practise. Procreate is the best app I have found, I can import images to trace over, pick loads of brushes and even export video of how I created something.
Adult colouring is all the rage these days but I've enjoyed colouring for a number of years, again great stress relief. Pigment works out of the box for free with some samples but to get the most out of it you can subscribe for more books, it's really worth it but I suggest you try the free ones first to make sure it's your thing...
I use Numbers, it's simple and for my use does me fine. It works great on the big screen of the iPad Pro and with iCloud sync I can use it wherever I am.
As you can see I use Apple Maps, honestly I find it good for my use. It's saved me a few times where Google Maps hasn't (mainly on traffic conditions) and I quite often find myself looking at 3D tours of major cities - again looks great on this screen.
I have quite a few photo apps but the main ones I use are Photos, Pixelmator and Lightroom.
As a musician the iPad is a great device for helping me record and learn, I use quite a few music apps but one of my favourites is Music Memos from Apple. I can quickly record an idea (add bass/drums automatically) and know it's in sync with my other devices when I eventually get around to recording the proper track.
Learning guitar is great on iOS and with the bigger screen on the iPad Pro I have found reading Tabs to be a big win. My app of choice is Tabs HD (from Ultimate Guitar), you can sign up for an annual membership to view all of their library - they have almost anything you can think of.
Lots of writing apps to help with my blogging on iOS, here are some of the ones I use
My blog is hosted with Squarespace so I use their blog app to post new articles, it's not perfect (and not updated for iPad Pro) but it does the job.
A recent discovery of mine and now I'm hooked, it's the best writing experience I've come across on iOS and with iCloud support it keeps all my writing in sync.
A little app that I found out about whilst writing for App Factor, it allows me to combine screenshots into one image or add an iPad/iPhone border around one.
What are some of your favourites?
I'll update as I move on in my iPad Pro career but what are some of your favourites?