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Why the iPad became Federico Viticci’s main computer

Federico Viticci’s review of the iPad Air 2 isn’t a review of the iPad Air 2, not really. It’s a personal essay about why Viticci has embraced the device’s portability and made it his primary computing device.

I have a very mobile lifestyle, in the literal sense of the word. My post-treatment physical therapy requires me to move often and avoid sitting for several hours a day whenever possible. And every day, I have to leave my house at least twice to drive around Rome for errands, buy fresh groceries, or just pick up my girlfriend at class. I can’t afford to sit at a desk for 8 hours and, truth be told, I like the freedom of not being constrained to a desk and use a desktop computer. One of the best takeaways from my journey so far is, without a doubt, a newfound appreciation for movement and the feeling of being free. This, I believe, has deeply changed how I work and slice up work times during the day.

I’m not convinced that we’re all going to give up our Macs for iPads, but assuming that things will stay the way they are today is almost always a mistake. Tim Cook believes the iPad will be successful in the long arc of time, and if so, then Viticci’s essay is a window into the future.