It will be a cold day in hell when someone pulls my Mac out of my cold dead hands. The Mac is where I get real work done. Sure, iPad Pros are nice, but macOS is for work. iOS is for, well, not work, and more casual usage, iPad Pro keyboards not withstanding.
That said, I have a co-workers with a new Samsung Galaxy S9-something and a thing called DeX. Basically, DeX is a combination of software and hardware– a small dock which the Galaxy smartphone plugs into and connects to a PC screen, keyboard, and mouse.
That turns the smartphone into a desktop PC. How about an iPhone that turns into a Mac?
Think about the obvious advantages for Apple’s customers (and think about why Apple would not consider it a good idea to turn an iPhone into a desktop Mac; think unit sales). Sit down at your desk, pop the iPhone into a dock cradle which is connected to a display, keyboard, and mouse.
The iPhone becomes a Mac.
Well, probably not. Even Samsung’s DeX doesn’t become Windows, but it does run Windows software with Office– Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, etc. Plus, DeX lets the smartphone run Google apps from Calendar to Docs, Sheets, etc., but on a big display– just like Windows apps.
Samsung just doubled-down on DeX with a new tablet that also works with DeX. Cho Mu-Hyun has the details if you want to munch awhile longer on this idea.
The Galaxy Tab S4 can be connected to its optional Book Cover Keyboard or launched from Quick Panel to power Samsung DeX, allowing users to switch to a desktop experience. Samsung DeX will allow the opening of multiple desktop-style windows for apps on the tablet
DeX seems to be an idea that has legs and further differentiates Samsung’s premium products from the rest of Android’s riff raff. Apple could do the same thing with an iPhone– but it won’t happen.
Apple is a hardware company and would prefer that customers buy an iPhone, buy an iPad, and buy a Mac– see the commonality— instead of selling a single product that could act as both iPhone and Mac.
I was impressed with my co-worker’s ability to sit down and continue to work on exactly the same documents he stored on his Galaxy smartphone without the expense of a full blown PC to do the desktop deeds. Yes, you can kinda sorta mostly work on Office documents on a Mac that are also on iPhone or iPad, but that’s two to three pieces of major hardware expense vs. inexpensive display, keyboard, and mouse that can be used by multiple employees or multiple members of the household.
DeX seems like a good idea that has legs. Meanwhile, Apple has doubled down on its decision not to produce a Mac with a touchscreen. I like Samsung’s idea, even if I don’t care for Samsung hardware.