The Mac will never die. The iPad will never die. We may have hit peak iPhone or peak smartphone in the post-PC era, but some things never change and we won’t see those iconic brand die. At least, they won’t die anytime soon.
Yes, I know. Never say never. What goes up must come down. Nothing improves without change. Those are all memes that we’ve used on Mac360 for nearly 14 years. Seriously? Does anyone think that short of having some sort of brain implant that computerizes humans that something will replace the Mac or iPad?
The reason Apple hasn’t produced the next great thing– whatever it is beyond iPhone– is because the technology just isn’t there yet to introduce laser beam glasses, or health implants, or whatever else humanity is waiting to receive from the technology gods from Apple Park. So, in the mean time, certain laws of physics must be taken into consideration.
We have a need for screens larger than iPhone X or Samsung Galaxy Note-whatever. Screen size matters. Pixels matter. Yes, Apple’s first foray into OLED displays makes the iPhone X a marvel of design and function, there are times when you just need to sit down in front of a big honkin’ Retina display the size of Orange County and get some real work done.
Macs and iPads will never die because size matters. Screen real estate is a thing and always has been. Have you seen that iMac Retina 5K display? OMG! You can’t go back to crummy screens of yesteryear regardless of the price. I can only imagine how an 8K microOLED or whatever is next can do when it has some screen real estate to bring to those of us who find handheld devices to not be as worthy for work as they are made out to be.
Sure, you can get some things done on an iPhone X or any iPhone or Android smartphone, but for real work you need real horsepower and real screen size. Look at how most of humanity use their smartphones. Games, Instagram, Facebook, Messages, email, browser, and a bunch of apps that help wile away the day instead of getting something done that is worthwhile and could help humanity.
For that you need big pixels and giant Retina displays; at least as large as your face (iPad Pro, I’m looking at your), but size matters so larger is better. Yeah, that split screen view on iPad Pro in iOS 11 is cute. Compare it to a 27-inch iMac Pro– Apple’s most powerful bargain computer. Finally, I found a reason, a pure justification to buy an iMac Pro– it’s less than an original Mac from 1984.
Until Apple or some successor comes up with brain implants or laser glasses that shoot huge screens onto our human retinas, the Mac and iPad will never die off because size matters.