If you could have only one Apple device, what would it be? Mac? iPhone? iPad? All are important components of a modern life but clearly we do not need all three, right? Want? Sure. Need? No. So, of the three– assuming you have one or more of each– which would you keep and which would you get rid of?
The more I think about the choice the more difficult the decision becomes.
I spend more time on my Mac than iPhone or iPad. But I don’t want to start using Windows even if all the apps I use on my Mac have similar Windows-based counterparts (Adobe, Microsoft, et al). Yet, as good as a Samsung Glaxay-whatever is these days (or, a Google Pixel 2), leaving iPhone and iOS behind and going all in on Google is an event I cannot fathom.
What to do? What to do?
First to go would be iPad. After all, it’s merely a very big iPhone but without the phone and that’s what makes the pocket-sized device so useful and mobile. iPhone fits into a pocket or purse; iPad does not. So, between the two, iPad goes, iPhone stays.
Mac? Or, iPhone?
If the Mac were no longer an option I could move my work to a Windows PC; not with ease, of course, but with little pain. I would miss the data synchronization of various applications I use which are both macOS High Sierra and iOS 11.x, and the convenience of iCloud Drive, of course, but Dropbox works everywhere but faster and better than iCloud anyway.
So, if worse came to worst, I would keep iPhone instead of Mac.
I’ve been toying with the idea of Samsung’s DeX and I think we can make a good case for having a similar option for iPhone. DeX is a dock for certain Samsung Galaxy smartphone models. It plugs into a display. Add a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse and the smartphone becomes a Windows-like personal computer that can be carried in your pocket.
If I had to choose between Mac or iPhone I would choose iPhone; and to keep the device more productive, I would try to figure out a good way to turn iPhone into a desktop, Mac-like computer.
Think of the advantage such a system could bring to you. Sit down at a desk, drop the iPhone into a dock which is connected to a nearby display. Use a keyboard and mouse as you would on a Mac while the iPhone charges. iPhone X’s screen resolution is 2436×1125. A MacBook Pro is 2560×1600. That’s not much difference.
Microsoft Office runs on iOS. Ditto for Safari, Calendar, Contacts, Notes, Reminders, and many other professional level applications that also live on macOS.
Mouse support. Keyboard shortcuts. iPhone has far more applications available than on the Mac, though macOS is capable of more than iOS.
Why would Apple create a DeX-like system? It won’t.
Apple is a hardware company so any configuration that would eliminate the need for a Mac or iPad in favor of just using an iPhone for everything– as cool as that could be– won’t happen.