The iPhone is just over five years old. The iPad is less than three years old. Speaking of old habits dying hard, how much of what you once did on the Mac is now done on your iPhone or iPad instead?
Divide And Conquer
Through the years we Mac users have accumulated dozens of useful apps for work and personal use. From Office to Photoshop, from browsing to email, our Macs became more useful.
The Mac was the digital hub for our files and devices. Cameras and movie cameras stuffed photos and movie clips into iPhoto and iMovie.
CDs were ripped into iTunes. When CDs and DVDs became passé we bought into the iTunes Music Store for songs, TV shows, and movies.
Those were the functions representative of a Mac user. We did spreadsheets, word processing documents, presentations (Office or iWork), and kept track of Contacts and Calendars and email on the Mac.
That was the nature of the PC era. Now, we’re being told that it’s the post-PC era, and the iPhone and iPad represent the future of personal computing; mobile computing, if you will.
So, if you’re an iPhone or an iPad owner, what functions have you moved completely from the Mac to your iOS devices? Notice that Apple isn’t completely content with disparaging or dropping the past. Calendar, Contacts, documents, photos, messages and notifications all sync nicely between Mac, iPhone, and iPad.
To be honest, there may very well be some functionality that never makes the transfer from Mac to mobile devices. Pages, Numbers, Keynote are fine replacements for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, but what about Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, or other apps which require a larger screen and the precision of a mouse or trackpad?
For me, most of my email handled on the iPad. Ditto for casual web page browsing, Facebook, RSS readers and news watching. While everything used to be on the Mac, many functions are now iPhone or iPad only.
I spend less time on the Mac’s keyboard than I do hunched over my iPhone or navigating the iPad. It may be many years before the Mac takes a backseat to iPhone and iPad, but the trend is clear.
If I would be required to identify a negative with using iPhone and iPad, it would be two-fold. The screen size and less precise touch navigation. And the keyboard. Neither iOS device is made to handle what most of us can do on a Mac’s keyboard– type fast.
Where does the trend toward using handheld devices end? Will there come a time in the not too distant future when what we once did only on the Mac can easily be accomplished on the iPhone or iPad?