Apple’s co-founder, Steve Jobs, once proclaimed the post-PC era was upon us, that traditional PCs had become trucks, and mobile devices were the new cars. Well, you know what that means, right? That shiny new iMac with 5k Retina display and even that light-footed MacBook Air with all day battery life? They’re both trucks.
Trucks Haul, iOS Stuff Don’t
As much as I hate to a admit it, there are times when my desktop Mac and even my diminutive MacBook Pro feel like trucks compared to my iPad and iPhone.
Both smartphone and tablet are more nimble, easier to maneuver, faster at gathering and displaying basic information, and mostly cost less than their Mac counterparts.
Just as a truck can carry a heavier load than most cars, my Mac can perform in ways ill suited for iPhone or iPad.
Photoshop and Adobe Creative Suite. Apple’s Final Cut Pro X or Logic Pro X, or even GarageBand on the Mac are far more capable. Microsoft Office is more feature laden than iPhone and iPad versions. No self respecting IT guy would think of using a smartphone or tablet as a server (it can be done, but there are immense tradeoffs) in a production environment.
What’s interesting about this truck vs. car analogy is how it can be carried backwards, too. Back in the day, trucks were all about utility, not comfort. But as the highway infrastructure grew, and people became more mobile, trucks were not the way the masses preferred to travel. Cars provided more comfort but less utility and heavy duty lifting, so to speak.
Today, trucks are still utilitarian to a degree, but not completely. Some of today’s pick-up trucks come with interiors that are as well appointed as any luxury model this side of a Rolls or Benz. Likewise, we see some of the conveniences of iPhone and iPad show up later on Apple’s truck, the Mac (Notification Center, LaunchPad, fullscreen mode, and more).
Like it or not, your Mac has become a truck. It might be a lightweight pickup, or a massive 18-wheeler, but a truck nonetheless. That iPhone and iPad you use so much are both cars that get you from here to there with the least amount of effort, and go wherever you go. Just don’t expect either device to carry the load a Mac can carry.