There isn’t much that has an Apple logo on it that hasn’t found a home in the Kayhill Estate, so we’re doing our part to stimulate the economy and keep Apple’s stock flying high (insert obligatory ‘thank you’ here). The only problem with being a family of Apple fanatics is my fear that the Mac may go the way of the dodo bird. Why?
Officially, I use my iPhone and iPad more than the Mac.
Do You Even Need A Mac Today?
Bob Dylan said it best. “The Times They Are a-Changin'” Before the iPhone I managed my life on my Mac. Then, along came the iPhone and some of what my Mac once did became utterly mobile and convenient.
Yes, I still used my Mac for real world work. The iPhone isn’t much for typing and doing research or a document using that little screen is a recipe for a lifetime of visits to Lenscrafters.
For a few years my Mac and iPhone peacefully coexisted. The iPhone for mobility and convenience. The Mac for heavy lifting. It was the best of times. Then along came the iPad.
If two’s company, and three is a crowd, then what is four and five? It’s nine. Basic math. Try to keep up.
Uh oh. Over the past year the Mac’s usage has dropped considerably. Web page browsing and RSS feed reading went from Mac to iPad. In fact, the Mac is only getting used when I have some heavy typing to do, or some serious graphics work.
Everything else that the Mac once performed for me has been offloaded to iPhone and iPad.
From my official For What It’s Worth Department, I still don’t use Numbers on the iPad or iPhone. But Pages catches some work now and again. Tasks once handled by Mail, Safari, Calendar, Address Book, iPhoto, iTunes, Skype, FaceTime and more is easily accomplished by the iPad.
If mobility is the future, then what of the Mac? Already schools are dumping their PC and Mac purchases and going to iPads. That trend is unlikely to change soon, if ever. Mac sales growth has slowed considerably. How much longer before Mac sales actually decline as iPad sales grow?
Clearly, the iPad has had a disruptive influence on the Mac and PC market (judged partially by our own habits at home and work). So, the question of the day is simple. Which gets used most at your house: Mac or iPad?