Much has been written about Apple’s new iPad Pro powerhouse and how it’s as fast or faster than most PC notebooks and even some low end Macs. Many have written about how an iPad Pro can, could, should, or won’t replace a Mac. Time Magazine even called it ‘The Best Apple Computer Ever.’
What was Time’s criteria for making such a judgement? The list was not disclosed. To answer the question, ‘What is Apple’s best computer ever?‘ requires a list of criteria which will be as subjective as an issue can be. ‘Best ever’ will be different for each person.
That said, here’s a look at Apple’s Best Computer Ever.
iPhone. Specifically, iPhone 6s Plus.
First, let’s define what a ‘computer’ is so we’re all on the same page. Windows PCs– notebooks, desktops, servers, tablets, hybrids? They’re all computers. Apple– Macs, iPhone, iPad, Watch, Apple TV? They’re all computers.
Probably the truest test of what constitutes the best computer ever is usage, and that’s what varies person to person. For Apple’s customers, many can get by with an iPhone and an iPad. For others, it’s an iPhone and a Mac. For many it may be Mac only. For others iPhone only. But for some, the iPad is perfect as a standalone computing device.
Second, the field can be narrowed quickly by answering a single question.
‘If you could have only one Apple computer (Mac, iPhone, iPad, Watch, Apple TV), which would it be?’
Some would say the Mac, because the iPhone can be replaced by an Android smartphone. For others, the reverse. iPhone is more useful, and PCs running Windows are cheaper.
See the problems?
My company provides a 27-inch iMac which rests on my desk in the cubicle farm. I use it for work. Personally, I own a Mac, iPhone, iPad, Watch, and Apple TV (and I’m likely to pick up an iPad Pro once the kinks are worked out; something of a growing problem emanating from One Infinite Way in Cupertino, CA these days).
Of the four devices it’s the iPad that is the easiest to dismiss. It has similar functionality to the iPhone, but better at managing content than a Mac. Dismissing Apple TV and Watch are no brainers. Now we’re down to Mac vs. iPhone.
*Only because my employer provides a Mac at work.
The iPhone is a stunning piece of technology wrapped into a decidedly diminutive and affordable package which can be upgraded to the latest and greatest every year at a nominal price. Great screen, good battery life, 1.3-million apps available, an excellent camera for still photos and high definition movies (and these days ‘HD’ is UHD or 4k video), stereo audio, a gazillion accessories and much more.
Oh, and it’s a cell phone, too.
A single iPhone 6s Plus can record high quality audio, 4k video, and built-in (or add-on) apps can edit and produce audio video that exceeds broadcast quality, yet the device is remarkably affordable (more so than a Mac or an iPad with fewer features).
Of all the Apple products I own, I could dispense with the Mac, begrudgingly, but I could do it. iPad? Easy. Watch? Easy? Apple TV? Easy? But getting rid of the iPhone is where I draw the line because it’s the singular device that does more than all the others.
Put a cell phone into the iPad Pro and I might Think Different™.