David Amos presents five+ ways you can code in Python on any iPad right now.
When Apple released the M1 iPad Pros in March of 2021, I traded in my MacBook Pro to get the latest tablet. I’d already been using a mac Mini as my daily workhorse, so I wasn’t concerned about my day-to-day coding workflow. But I was very curious to know what coding on the iPad looks like, and if a full-featured professional coding set-up was even possible.
While a native Python IDE experience is still unavailable for iPadOS — and might never be — it turns out that it’s actually pretty easy to code in Python on the iPad, especially if you’re willing to work in Jupyter Notebooks. You don’t even need an iPad Pro!
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