My trials and tribulations using an iPad for work… this month … Terminals.
So this month I’m starting my ‘iPad for real work’ preparation by finding a Terminal.
For those readers who are not involved in technical work a Terminal is an application we use to access servers, file systems, configuration files, and so on. If you remember the old days of computers, it’s basically a text interface, a bit like looking at the old MS DOS prompt.
On the Apple Mac desktop/laptop I often use Terminal which is the default macOS terminal. Windows users might be familiar with PuTTY (https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/PuTTY).
But there is no Terminal application in iOS for the iPad.
There are a variety of Terminals available for iOS these days in the App Store, two of the most popular being Terminus and SSH-Term (free version and paid Pro version).
I’ve settled on iTerminal. There is a free version, and a paid version. I’ll be using the free version for now, as I’m not a developer, and not likely to use the more advanced features of the Pro version.
One key part of this decision is that I also use iTerminal on my Mac laptop (MacBook Air) and Desktop (MacMini). So everything I learn and use on the desktop will be valid for use on the iPad too.
iTerminal (by ComcSoft Corporation) is available on the Apple App Store at https://apps.apple.com/nz/app/iterminal-ssh-telnet-client/id581455211.
More reflections on this experiment next month. I’m really looking forward to the upcoming iPadOS to see what that will add.