That may have been the case in recent years, but Apple adheres to the mantra ‘Nothing improves without change’ and the company is hellbent on making the Mac– as we know it and love and use it today– mostly obsolete. What could replace the Mac? The perfect personal computer.
Two Models Of Perfection
Apple’s co-founder, Steve Jobs, said the iPad brought about the post-PC era. Many of us agree that mobile devices are the future of truly personal computing.
So, what’s the best personal computer? Until the new iPad mini with Retina display hits the streets, it’s the iPad Air.
What makes the iPad Air contend for perfect personal computer status is usability. Most of us who use traditional personal computers– Macs or PCs– have limited what we use them to accomplish.
Sans Photoshop, Illustrator, Final Cut Pro X, or other specific uses which require larger screens and heftier CPUs, today’s iPad Air does more of what we humans probably need a computer to do.
Apple’s approach to the future of personal computing, as exemplified by the latest iPhone and iPad, is to help users move tasks from the notebook and desktop devices to mobile devices. Some analysts estimate that as much as 80-percent of what we once used our Macs and PCs to accomplish, can now be handled by an iPad Air.
As Apple improves the iPhone and iPad, adding a 64-bit CPU is an example, the devices continue to take on more traditional personal computing responsibilities. With iLife, iWork– iMovie, iPhoto, Garageband, Pages, Numbers, Keynote– Apple has strengthened the value proposition, especially of the iPad.
Think about the tasks you performed exclusively on the Mac or PC before the iPad launched in 2010. Now, think about which of those tasks are handled primarily on the iPad or iPhone today. The number of tasks is growing.
The iPad (and iPhone, especially with email and a few other apps) has become, in a few short years, the dominant device in my life, relegating the Mac to the more CPU intensive or keyboard intensive apps, or those which require a larger screen.
Run down the list. Mail, Safari, Calendar, Contacts, Maps, FaceTime, Skype, iPhoto, iMovie, Garageband, Pages, Numbers, Keynote, Reminders, web browsing, Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, Instagram, even iTunes– are almost exclusively used on Apple’s iOS devices.
So, allow me to state the obvious. For most of us, the iPad Air represents the perfect personal computer. Once the iPad mini with Retina display is available, the only real choice is which size screen do you prefer.
We can argue the merits of the MacBook Air (or any other Mac model) vs. an iPad all day long, but the end result is the same. The iPad Air has quickly become the go-to device for mobility and mobile connectivity. Apple already sells three to four times the number of iPads as Macs.
The Mac won’t die, of course, but the life cycle and usability has changed, and it is just as much a part of the pre-iPad era, and a relic of the post-PC era as any Windows PC.