Leaving Windows for the Walled Garden - The Experiment Succeeded

Wait! I thought you loved your mini 6?

Then I got the M1 iPad Pro 11”. One had to go. Too much overlap. And my aging eyes like the larger format. A lot.

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Can’t please everybody.

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BTW, I like Procreate, too! :rofl:

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A semi-success with Luna Display + Astropad Standard.


Rebelle 5, only available on Windows and Mac, works quite well wirelessly on my iPP 11 now, with touch and Pencil w/pressure & tilt. Two-finger pinch-zoom is functional if not smooth; two-finger rotation is nonfunctional. Oddly, the wireless is much better if the Mac mini and iPP are using my iPhone 13 Pro hotspot rather than my Netgear Nighthawk set to 5GHz. :vb-headscratch:

Steam games are blurry no matter what settings I’ve tried. Oh well, maybe Apple will improve SideCar in Ventura/iPadOS 16. The drawing apps on the Mac were the important things though, so I’m well enough satisfied.

Edit: Stardew Valley has no problems with the graphics, such as they are, so I’ll have to check each one. Stellaris was the blurry one as was SW: Knights of the Old Republic, though I didn’t play with the settings on the latter.

Finally got around to installing CSP on my M1 Mac mini. I was dreading a denial of license key as I have heard of on various forums. Thankfully my perpetual desktop key went through easily. And, like with Rebelle 5, I can use it while curled up on the couch with my M1 iPad Pro 11. :vibing_cat:

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Oh man, I tried the 12.9 and now I can’t go back. It’s so nice…

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The screen must be nice. But the 12.9” iPP wouldn’t fit into my current mix: 6” iPhone, 7” e-ink Kindle, 11” iPP, and the Mac mini with monitor. Not to mention the 12” Galaxy Book which handles legacy Windows stuff. (The SG2 is gonna leave the stables one way or another. I never use it.)

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That’s what happened to my daughter. She fell in love with the larger screen.

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I AM NO LONGER A POWER USER

That is a sad fact - it hit me this morning - I have NEVER heard the fan run on my MBP14 (M1 Pro 10cpu/16gpu/16gb/1tb) - I am DEFINITELY not a power user anymore. The reason I posted this here is because if I can’t push an M1 Pro, no risk of stressing a M2 Mac, or likely a M2 iPad Pro…

Since iPadOS16 (and future iterations) is the closest we’ll ever get to a MacPad (much less a WinPad) it is time to start changing my workflows to fit the new 1/2Mac iPad environment, with the MBP14 relegated to my F150 for heavy loads. If my daughter’s experience with her MBP15 circa 2015 is any indication, the MBP14 should easily last through my remaining law career if I even have a heavy lifting session down the road.

I’m still on the fence about that M2 iPad Pro this fall - @Desertlap has confirmed that 5g tethering is not as hard on an iPhone battery as LTE, and the performance gain of an internal 5g modem may not be a big delta. Still, I just like the idea of having cellular, and maybe even on an alternate provider (considering Mint Mobile - it’s T-Mobile based here in Midland and at $15/month for unlimited data is even cheaper than AT&T on my unlimited account - with the advantage of a different pipe if needed).

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I haven’t been a power user for more than a decade.

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FWIW: In the utility industry, there is a concept called peak capacity planning. How much water, gas or electricity does the system have to supply when every customer turns everything on wide open at about the same time during extreme conditions? That includes the supply of the commodity, the availability of pipes and wires, and the redundancy of support systems necessary to keep it up and running. The failure of the electric grid during the winter storm in Texas in 2021 is a classic example of the disconnect between policy and planning.

I say all that to say this: Don’t sell yourself short. You are still a power user even if your peak capacity is only used a small percentage of the time. When your personal digital equipment is used to produce revenue, the long-term value of that extra RAM, next larger SSD, or more powerful chipset is a small investment in your customer/client satisfaction.

And if you’re a hobbyist, well the whole point of having the latest and greatest is to have it for the sake of having it. Isn’t that our raison d’etre around here? :wink:

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When I pit my ear next to the outlet vents I heard the fan on my M1 Mac mini yesterday after an hour of DVD ripping. I think. It might have been my imagination. The mini wasn’t warm except maybe in on spot. I think. Might have been just my expectation that it must be warm after all that… :vibing_cat:

Thanks @Bishop - you’re a great enabler! Seriously, your point is right (about both my productivity AND Texas incompetence).

I think @Bishop is on track with the power reserve position. Just last March-April, with a big partnership buy-out and division, I would have been hamstrung without the F150…

And there is ALWAYS this…

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Observations:

Habits are hard to break. I have tried many times to do something via touch since receiving my 24” ViewSonic monitor (non touch).

The Magic Trackpad is ideal for a Mac mini, not counting gaming, except strategy gaming like Stellaris.

OWC had the best price for a space grey Magic Trackpad 2. Shocking. OWC and “lowest price” don’t normally go together. $99 new in brown box; refurbished on Amazon was $144—just for space grey which seems to be in short supply everywhere.

What the heck? A three-finger sideways swipe on a trackpad changes programs even while playing a game in full screen?! No more iffy, might-work-but-usually-not ALT-TAB?! It can’t be…

I haven’t used a SD card w/adapter to get things from one device to another since unifying my device ecology. Air Drop is wonderful.

All is well in the walled garden. :vb-agree:

Edit: I forgot the Apple Watch integration. Great convenience when the Mac needs admin authorization, but I wish there was an option to forego double-pressing the Watch side button for it. It opens up my iPhone without any action on my part so why not my Mac, too? I don’t get it.

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In general, I do like the 3 finger swipe thing to switch apps on my MBP. I don’t actually use my trackpad at all, except for that feature. I use a WVM for work, and can easily reach up to my MBP and 3 finger swipe to switch over to my Mac screen for non-work stuff, then swipe right back again into my windows machine. The biggest thing to get used to is using 2 OSes on the same keyboard. I’m constantly using ctrl + c to copy things instead of cmd + c on my MBP, and only when I attempt to paste, realizing I used the wrong shortcut.

Airdrop is pretty great for files between my MBP and IPP. I don’t know if the wifi sync is also done through air drop, but that’s nice too, just having one machine pick up the password automatically from the other.

A couple years in now and I’m actually pretty surprised how much I don’t mind the walled garden. Granted, I use Windows on my MBP probably more than I use MacOS these days, but honestly, there’s some things on Windows that are starting to irk me that I didn’t think would.

Mac file system still sucks.

Otherwise, I’m surprisingly pretty happy. (I’m never switching to iPhone or Apple Watch though)

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I spent the whole afternoon testing my iPad Pro 11 + Apple Pencil connected to my M1 Mac mini with Sidecar, AstroPad Standard, Luna Display, and AstroPad Standard combined with Luna Display. All using wireless connection via my iPhone 13 Pro hotspot. Screen protector: iCarez anti-glare film with a bit of tooth to it. Pencil nib: the soft noise reduction tips discoved by @Bishop earlier this year. Software: Rebelle 5.

Compared with my Galaxy Book 12 using a Zbook X2 pen with its grey nibs, normal tempered glass screen protector. Software: Rebelle 4 (‘cause 5 is too taxing for a 7th gen i5).

Results:
FIRST PLACE— a tie between GB12 w/Wacom and iPP 11 using Sidecar. Very, VERY close in all respects including inking lag, smoothness, noise, accuracy, etc. The GB12 eventually got uncomfortably hot to hold (Rebelle is demanding) while the iPP never changed temperature at all, nor did the Mac mini. The Zbook X2 pen was more comfortable (subjectively) and just a little less jaggy—i.e. very straight slow diagonals while the Pencil over wifi was a tiny bit wobbly, though not enough so to bother me. The iPP 11 was lighter, more comfortable and easy to hold for a long session. In other words, it was an overall wash.

THE RUNNERS UP— Yeah, AstroPad Standard and Luna Display, alone (just Luna) or combined, didn’t measure up. More lag and fuzziness in the display (Sidecar was nigh perfect there), but at least they didn’t do much worse with wobbles. And they had features (touch, full use of the Magic Keyboard, etc.) that made them useful for other things. Not AstroPad Standard alone, however. It was inferior in all ways. It’s no wonder they have discontinued it and now only offer AstroPad Studio ($15/mo or $100/yr). They done been Sherlocked.

As always, YMMV and it’s always dependent on one’s preferences and needs as to what’s “best”.

Edit: oh, and the reason for posting in this topic: the drawing excellence of the GB12 + Zbook X2 pen was a large factor holding me back from total Apple migration. That’s now no longer an impediment for me. And that’s a relief since the GB12 is getting on in years and shows it.

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Addendum: Sidecar uses the Pencil for all Mac UI interaction and only allows touch within the drawing area on apps. Two-finger move, pinch zoom, and rotate work acceptably well in Rebelle 5; not acceptably well in CSP (jerky, hard to control). The Magic Keyboard is only usable for text input; hotkeys work but that requires the iPP to be attached to the MK and it’s no fun to draw that way. You can get the trackpad circle pointer to show up on the edge of the iPP screen, press down and drag to the drawing area, then maybe you can do half a second of pinch zoom. Proving that they can make it active in Sidecar but choose not to.

All my tests were with the Mac mini display mirrored, BTW, not with the iPP as a second screen. This allowed me to turn off the ViewSonic 24” and do my doodling very power-efficiently.

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I missed this. How soft is it compared to the regular nib? And it’s not felt, but looks like it has some texture as well as softness, is that right?

This is where I found the item. It is a slightly softer plastic version of the original Apple Pencil tip, fits the 2nd gen pencil too. It’s not felt and has no texture. It does have slightly more drag than the hard plastic of the original and therefore a less pronounced click when tapping the screen. It works so well, I ordered a dozen.

Amazon.com: MJKOR [2021 New] Soft Paperfeel Damping Tips Replacement for Apple Pencil 1st Gen & 2nd Gen, Noise Reducing Pen Nibs for iPad Pro(2 PCS) : Electronics

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Same Amazon page & model as my link (2B), just 4 PCS vs 2 PCS. I bought one of each one of the 2-piece then two of the 4-piece, 5 days apart.

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