I ask because I’m not sure if Apple should be commended for designing and building a suite of useful, coordinated, connected, and well desired products that benefit our lives, or criticized for spreading out basic computing device needs over multiple, expensive products.
You Be The Judge
Here’s why I ask the question. Life was good when the only major Apple product I owned was a Mac. It gave me the time, connected to the internet, helped me get work done, and provided instant communication and various forms of entertainment.
Then, along came the iPhone, which after a few years a hundreds of thousands of apps from which to choose, began to take tasks away from my daily Mac usage. Browsing, searching, email, videos, photo management and much more became iPhone tasks, which resulted in fewer tasks performed on the Mac.
Then, along came the iPad, which quickly had hundreds of thousands of apps, and began to pull tasks away from both Mac and iPhone, particularly content viewing. Granted, I was doing much the same as I once did only on my Mac, but now I had three devices to use.
Now, along comes Apple Watch. Very soon it will have many tens of thousands of applications, some of which obviously pull information from the iPhone so it can stay in your pocket, bag, or purse. Watch can be more convenient as an extension of the iPhone, and it’s likely that future versions could even replace an iPhone.
So, now I’m up to four Apple devices. Apple could be commended and admired for providing customers with a range of useful, functional, attractive devices that work in harmony with one another– or, the company can be criticized for taking the 21st century computing life and spreading it out over four devices. After all, there’s a reason Apple is so rich and prosperous.
The question– If I could have only a single Apple product, which one would it be? Mac, iPhone, iPad, Watch? I would hate to have to part with my Mac, but the iPhone is, at least in many use cases, more valuable. So, iPhone. What about you?