Along with that consideration, allow me to assume you have multiple Apple products. Let’s say, a Mac, iPhone, iPad, and something else. Which of those Apple products do you use the most? Too many of us might reply “iPhone!” As much as I slave over the hot keyboards on my Macs, I must admit that iPhone gets the nod as Usage Champion in the O’Brien household.
iPhone, though, is different than Mac or iPad. It’s far more mobile and often more convenient and probably carries out more tasks. So, let me scratch that off the comparison list and focus on Mac vs. iPad. And from that list, let me scratch off the Mac notebook line because 80-percent of the Mac customer base prefers notebooks to desktops, yours truly included.
That leaves the past– a desktop iMac (or, even a Mac mini)– to compare to the future of computers without using the word computer, iPad. Which of the two do you use the most?
iPad? Or, Mac?
I ask because I read Sam Rutherford’s report on how desktop personal computers are now less popular (think usage) than tablets (think iPad). There is far too much techo-jargon and demographic charts and flying numbers to sift through, but the basic gist is this:
Desktops are on a declining trajectory for usage, while tablet usage is increasing; indeed, just topped desktop PCs, and since iPad is the #1 tablet in the good old U.S. of A., say ‘thank you‘ to Apple.
Apple’s customers are not mainstream personal computer or smartphone or even tablet users. We use our devices to do more, purchase more applications, and get more work done than the average Yogi Bear in the park.
So, back to the original question: Which do you use the most? iMac? Or, iPad?
My unofficial survey of watching what I did with both devices last night led me to believe they’re about equal, but with a lean toward iMac. My MacBook Pro is the winner among Macs, but I spend plenty of time banging on the iMac’s keyboard late into the night. That contrasts sharply with iPad which remains more consumption related.
Yes, I have a keyboard for our iPad Pro and use it when traveling without the MacBook Pro. But at home, the iPad is more consumption than creative, so iMac wins by a hair.
In summary, iPhone is used the most. MacBook Pro is the most used working device, followed by iMac, then iPad.