What we’ve seen show up in the iPhone and iPad in recent years is beginning to show up on the Mac and more is sure to come. Launchpad, Continuity, Handoff, iCloud Drive and more help to bond the Mac to Apple’s mobile devices. Here’s what’s next.
Talk To Me, Baby!
The Mac has been around well over 30 years, but OS X and Intel Inside, just over and just under a decade respectively. In technology years, that’s as old as dirt.
Apple’s engineers must have salivated for months when it came time to make the iPhone available for third party applications. Engineers love to start over.
In some ways, iOS is more modern than OS X, which might explain why so much visible functionality and features show up on iOS devices before showing up on the Mac.
Retina display? iOS first. Apple Maps? iOS first. Launchpad? iOS first. Siri? iOS first. Does anyone not think Siri will come to the Mac? Touch ID fingerprint sensor? iOS first. Again, what a great way to differentiate and further secure the Mac’s stellar security reputation than with Touch ID and increased security with facial recognition, and voice recognition.
Apple’s moves in recent years tell us what Mac and iPhone features are coming in future years.
Not So Far Down The Road
Here’s what I expect to see in 2015 and 2016 for the Mac, based upon recent iOS developments. Siri and Touch ID. A complete notebook redesign to mimic iPhone 6, and with Retina displays for the MacBook Air product line (and models with even longer battery life). A standalone Thunderbolt 5k Retina display. Those are just obvious. Much like Siri taking a more proactive role on all of Apple’s devices.
The biggest threat Apple faces is the increasing number of very cheap products. Windows PC notebooks sell for less than $300. Chromebook sell for less than $200. Smartphones with Android are nearly free. It should be obvious that Apple’s positioning as the premium brand has been and will continue to be beneficial to the company’s bottom line.
Would you consider switching from a Mac notebook to an iPad notebook? That would be an iPad with a detachable keyboard, but with iOS controls built-in to the keyboard so moving the fingers, hand, wrist, arm, elbow and shoulder simply to touch a button on the screen isn’t a requirement (as it often is on PC touch screens).