7 Causes Why Each Mac Consumer Ought to Get an iPhone

At this point, the Android vs. iOS and Windows vs. Mac arguments are old and irrelevant. No operating system is objectively superior to another, and it is mostly a matter of personal choice. Even so, it still makes sense to buy into an ecosystem.

Apple, Google and Microsoft are all now trying to unite computers and smartphones to bring users a seamless experience.

If you're using a Mac, get the Apple iPhone rather than an Android or Windows phone. Why? Well, the iPhone-Mac combo has many advantages.

1. Continuity and handover

Apple devices have continuity and handoff – and these two features help iPhones and Macs communicate better with each other. They sync your smartphone and computer so you can start working on one and then seamlessly switch to the other.

A good example of this is news. If you can start typing a message on your iPhone and find that this is going to be a long conversation, just open it on your MacBook and you can keep typing on your full-size keyboard instead. Likewise, you can answer or ignore calls right from your Mac screen without touching your phone. It works seamlessly and is only available with a combination of iPhones and Macs.

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Continuity also syncs several different apps, most of which are pre-installed on your Apple devices. It supports your contacts, calendars, email accounts, cards, browser tabs and the iWork suite of office apps (Pages, Keynote and Numbers). You just need to be signed in to the same iCloud account on both devices.

You can also use Continuity Markup to sign your documents with your iPhone or create sketches on your Mac. Just draw or annotate a document on your iPhone and paste it right into the actual document on your Mac. This saves you the hassle of using your trackpad, for example to draw or sign a document.

Continuity and handoff combine to make for a great experience, especially since you won't have to reach for your phone while using your Mac.

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2. FaceTime and iMessage

Apple has two proprietary communication apps – iMessage instant messaging service and FaceTime video call service. Again, both apps are only available on Macs and iPhones.

iOS 15 allows Android and Windows users to join FaceTime calls using shareable links, but this is only possible as long as an Apple user starts a call using an Apple device and shares the shareable link. Hence, if you plan to use FaceTime a lot, it makes more sense to buy an iPhone.

There are many advantages to this. You can start a video chat on your Mac when your iPhone runs out of battery. You can continue the same conversation in iMessage with different devices.

Sure, Windows and Android have alternative apps like Skype and WhatsApp, but if your friends are using iMessage and FaceTime, you have to use it too!

3. AirDrop

One of the best things about using an iPhone with a Mac is AirDrop. It's the easiest and most seamless way to share files between your Mac and iPhone. Just open AirDrop in Finder on the Mac, launch AirDrop from Control Center on your iPhone, and then drag-and-drop or share the appropriate files.

No messy cables required, no iTunes required, it just works. On the other hand, throw Windows or Android into the mix and you'll need cables and special drivers or software to make the transfers happen.

4. AirPlay

With iOS 15 and macOS Monterey, you can mirror your iPhone display on your Mac. This can be useful in many cases – you can display a video from your gallery on the larger screen of your Mac for a better experience, or mirror your screen to record a tutorial. You can also play the sound of the phone through your Mac's speakers if you want.

All of this is done wirelessly, so no cables or adapters are required. The mirroring is also pretty quick and can be very effective when used properly.

5. Apple ecosystem apps

Several developers swear by their Apple devices and build apps exclusively for them. In fact, some of our favorite apps on all platforms are exclusive to Apple gadgets.

Take, for example, Tweetbot, possibly the best Twitter client on phones or desktops. It is only available for macOS and iOS and is even synchronized between the two. This is also the case with Fantastical, an expensive and absolutely worthwhile calendar; Day One, the daily journaling app; and Reeder, one of the best RSS readers.

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All of these apps are as good as they can get, and we'd even go as far as to say that they don't have any worthwhile competitors on Android or Windows.

6. iCloud

Another benefit of having an iPhone with your Mac is iCloud. ICloud lets you sync everything to the cloud so you can access it quickly and easily from any other device. For Mac and iPhone users, this means that if you have iCloud Drive turned on, you can quickly access your Mac's files using the Files app on your iPhone. If you've turned on iCloud Photos, any photos you take on your iPhone are automatically uploaded to the cloud and synced with your Mac.

With iCloud you can easily integrate your data on all your devices. You can also sync your calendar, contacts, notes, and more with iCloud.

7. Instant hotspot

If you're working in an area with poor WiFi coverage, you may want to temporarily switch to a cellular network and connect through a personal hotspot for better internet connectivity. The traditional step would be to enable the hotspot through the phone's settings and then connect to it as a normal Wi-Fi network by entering the password.

A feature called Instant Hotspot allows you to connect directly to your iPhone's cellular connection using a personal hotspot without having to follow the traditional steps. This means there is no need to activate it on your phone or enter the password on your Mac. Your iPhone's cellular network will simply show up in the list of available Wi-Fi connections on your Mac, and you can connect it directly to it.

Android and Mac aren't bad, but iPhone and Mac are better

Well, all of this doesn't mean that Mac users should never buy Android phones. The Android and Mac combo isn't bad. Yes, you'll be missing out on Handoff, Continuity, and AirDrop, but there are alternative methods you can use like Bluetooth to transfer files wirelessly, or cross-platform apps like Google Calendar and Feedly.

The advantage of the iPhone and Mac combo is that it makes everything easier. Technology is best when it's gotten out of the way and makes you more productive by just focusing on getting things done instead of figuring out how to get things done – and this is where the Apple ecosystem excels.

The famous "it just works" philosophy works best with an iPhone and a Mac.

It goes both ways

Given the number of extra features you get with an iPhone, Mac users should consider an Apple smartphone or tablet over Android, Windows, BlackBerry, or something else. It works the other way around too – if price isn't an obstacle and you have an iPhone, buy a Mac rather than a computer with a different operating system. And if you have a Chromebook, you might be better off using an Android smartphone than an iPhone.

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Shujaa Imran
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Shujaa Imran is a die-hard Apple user and loves helping others with their macOS and iOS issues. Apart from that, he is also a cadet pilot who wants to become a professional pilot one day.

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