I’ve been reading this bemusedly on my iPad mini (which I travel and work with since… forever), and although Jason’s use case (podcast creation) is indeed a hassle (as anyone who’s tried to use an iPad for music will attest to), writing and publishing has never been a real problem provided you were willing to jump through some minimal hoops (this post is being published semi-automatically via Shortcuts and Working Copy).
Coding, however, is still a pain. I have
ssh, Remote Desktop, three hundred flavors of Visual Studio Code, a-Shell and iSH, but all of the local approaches have annoying constraints. Not blocking, but annoying.
Right now I travel with a Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W, which I can talk to via Bluetooth PAN and use as a “sidecar” when I need something specific. It can run a complete replica of this site, a Node-RED instance, and dozens more services…
I would love for Apple to just get
HyperKit working on iOS and let me run, say, a tiny single-core ARM Linux VM on the iPad–it would make some things so much easier. Or even let UTM into the App Store–one can dream, right?