I’m getting a new iPad today. The old one that I was using isn’t really charging anymore.

It will be donated to a family member who will watch Netflix on it. That is a great use for it. It will do well for that. Playing games on it is a struggle and it often crashes and is frustrating.

I am excited to be using this new more energy-efficient architecture. I don’t like iOS but slowly it is becoming more mac-like. I don’t want a dumbed-down interface. I want to be able to make choices and let people work in the ways that they find most efficient for them.

For example, I am also using Windows 11 and while it does make it easier for less experienced users, it also removes long-term functionality that long-term users are used to. I don’t think simplicity means making things only work in one way.

My main purpose in using this iPad is for is to play Strike Force. I don’t plan to use it for anything other than that. I might test out OS features that are new and interesting in case I need to support others who use them. I will use it more as an educational tool than anything else. I did buy the Apple Pencil because I have very little use using that. I don’t think it will be something I will regularly use but the more you know, the more valuable you are.

I bought a case for it that holds the pencil in a way that keeps it constantly charged. I bought this because if I didn’t put it there I would know I would lose the pencil. If you know your weaknesses it’s best to design around them. I hope that I can justify using the pencil. I don’t like to buy things just to have them.

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