Apple is a hardware company. Whether Mac, iPhone, or iPad, without hardware sales, Apple isn’t really Apple. What about that fast growing Services group (already larger than iPad and Mac)? Where would Services be without hardware sales?
Apple seems quite content to sell new products to the same customer base, over and over again. I have two Macs, an iPhone, two iPads, Apple Watch, AirPods, a pair of overly expensive Beats headphones (won’t make that mistake again) and more iOS and macOS applications than I can use.
Is it possible to get by on just an iPhone Xs Max?
I’m in the process of giving it a try. Why? Frankly, money and time. I am heavily invested in almost all things Apple. As easy as Apple makes it to keep devices upgraded to new versions, both OS and apps, I find that managing all those devices has started to suck some of the life from my life.
Call it management overhead. It’s growing. There’s no single central method to manage them all in an efficient manner.
So, what about using iPhone Xs Max as a replacement for Mac and iPad? Possible? Yes. Doable? Different story.
As powerful as iPads are these day– they have performance benchmarks that rival mid-range MacBook Pro models– they cannot do the heavy lifting of Apple’s truck platform; the Mac. iMovie on iPad and iPhone is not iMovie on the Mac. There are not iOS versions of Final Cut Pro, Logic Pro, or any of Adobe’s Creative Cloud suite. Even Microsoft Office on iOS is not an equivalent to the desktop Mac or Windows version.
If you have heavy lifting, you need a truck.
What if your desktop needs require less horsepower? That’s what Chromebook is all about. Browsing the web, managing email, editing and managing photos, and, well, we’re done here. Chromebooks are growing in popularity because they, 1) simple to use, 2) private and secure (more the latter than the former; this is Google we’re talking about so privacy is an afterthought), and 2) inexpensive.
So, why not an expensive Samsung Galaxy-whatever phone with DeX? Puhleeze. Not Samsung. Not Android. But the DeX idea caught my attention, especially after I found one of those smartphone holders on Amazon that could position an iPhone Xs Max right in front of my face. Add a Bluetooth keyboard and the setup starts to feel more like a Mac in my pocket.
With Apple TV or a proper adapter, an iPhone can drive a desktop display and give you full 1080p HD with the mirroring setting.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m not advocating that we all dump our Macs and iPads and live on just iPhone Xs Max, but I see why many millennials and others worldwide have settled on the smartphone as their single device of choice. No, I’m not likely to ditch my Mac or iPad, either, but I can see a need to upgrade less often if I can get more mileage from my larger screen iPhone.