Kate and I have a longstanding, long running argument about which Apple gadget we would keep if we could have only one. As it stands now, we tend to have one of everything.
Kate says iPhone; specifically the new iPhone Xs Max which has cut down on her Mac and iPad usage thanks to added horsepower and larger display. iPad is the odd gadget out because I say the Mac is the must-have Apple device. Which would you choose?
Screen Real Estate
This which is best argument began back when Apple shipped iPhone 6 Plus with that gargantuan– then— display. Today’s iPhone line has even larger displays; all the way up to 6.5-inches in the iPhone Xs Max (Kate’s new favorite toy). I can agree than Max is almost a miracle device; especially when compared to the original iPhone barely a decade ago.
But is Max a Mac in your pocket? It could be except for one very telling visual aspect of doing work. Screen real estate. The convenience of having Mac-like power in your pocket is compelling, but when it comes down to the basics of work– not the convenience of living with handheld gadgets– the Mac does not have parallel in a mobile device.
The laws of physics apply here.
My desktop iMac at home has 27-inches of Retina display which holds a dozen or more applications and utilities, all easily accessible with a click. Yeah, I love iPhone and use an iPad to gather information, but real work gets done with a keyboard and mouse. iPhone can’t handle mouse input and the display is just too small to handle the workload that a Mac handles with ease. Even my MacBook Pro, the 13-inch quad-core model which may be the perfect form factor for a traditional computer, makes short work of real work that I struggle to replicate on an iPad Pro that far exceeds work load usability that iPhone cannot match.
Kate, and others, insist that a Max is more like a Mac in your pocket. Yes, Apple’s new A12 Bionic CPU might be the industry power leader, and it might be as powerful as the entry-level and mid-range Mac notebooks in sheer horsepower, and it might be as mobile as you can get in such a machine, and it might have a million more applications to do a million more jobs, but screen real estate is where it’s at.
An iPhone is a car. A Mac is the truck.