Two questions. First, what would make the iPhone the perfect device? Second, what’s wrong with the iPad? Some might argue that the iPhone already is the perfect device and if you could have only one modern device, it would be iPhone.
Fair enough. But what the iPhone obviously lacks is access to a really large screen, and that’s something you can get already with a few Android smartphones and Windows 10 PCs. The PCs screen becomes the smartphone’s big, external display. What if the iPad could become the iPhone’s big, external display?
Duet For iPhone
A few years ago some smart Apple engineers left the company and started their own. The end result was a cleverly designed utility called Duet which turned an iPad into an external display for a Mac. Plug in an iPad cable to a Mac notebook and you double the screen real estate with Duet. The iPad becomes the Mac’s display.
The one thing missing from an iPhone these days is what some Android smartphone and Windows 10 PC users already have. A way to put the smartphone onto a big screen. Why not let the iPad become the everything device– an external display for a Mac notebook, and an external display for an iPhone.
Wait. Why does an iPhone need a larger screen beyond the 5.5-inches already available in iPhone 7 Plus? Because. Because bigger is better. There’s no substitute for screen real estate. Size matters. Entering text or rummaging through a spreadsheet or navigating iMovie or Garageband on an iPhone’s screen, large though it is, is only made better by having said screen at least iPad screen size.
Future iPhones will have Quad-HD screens; think 2k or 4k, and while all those tiny pixels make for a stunning iPhone display, whatever you view on the iPhone’s diminutive screen will look better on an even higher resolution display, whether iPad or simply a larger Retina-based display.
When I travel, and I do often, I take Mac, iPad, and iPhone. The Mac is for real work because it can handle all the applications I used on the desktop back in the office. The iPad is more for content consumption than the Mac, and while it can do double duty and perform some Mac-like tasks, it’s limited by applications and keyboard. iPhone is more limited still, and while you can add a lightweight Bluetooth keyboard when typing becomes a necessity, that’s about it. Have you ever tried to edit a movie on the iPhone? Or, played with GarageBand on iPhone?
Puhleeze. Screen real estate is important and Apple could make the iPad more valuable simply by adding to it the option to become an iPhone external display. Hint to Duet developers: ‘Think about this idea. Feel free to steal.’
Apple’s iPad is a good product that has languished on Apple’s vine too long. It’s time for a revamp. Faster CPU. Quad-HD resolution displays. Micro-bezel. More storage. Pro and Pencil with each iPad. Home button embedded into the screen. And an option to make the device an external displays for Mac and iPhone.