The MIX FOLD released by Xiaomi has a computer mode, that is, the desktop layout is similar to Windows. In fact, Lenovo and Techtech have also introduced similar functions in their tablet products before. This function is widely recognized and is the result of smart phones. Samsung, Huawei, and Smartisan provide similar functions in their own products, providing a PC-like control experience by connecting the display. Of course, no matter how the UI looks like a desktop system, the system kernel has determined that this method is only suitable for light use. After all, the size and operation logic of mobile applications are vastly different from desktop applications. To break this situation, only the cores of the desktop and mobile operating systems can be unified. This reminds me of Apple.
Apple iPhone 12 Pro (6GB/512GB/full Netcom/5G version) 5G network, Pro-level camera system, super-ceramic panel, IP68 water resistance
Last year, Apple launched its self-developed Soc M1, which is outstanding in terms of compatibility and performance. M1 is based on the ARM architecture, and the macOS Big Sur with it also supports M1 from the bottom of the system. Apple also said that in the future, it will launch more products equipped with self-developed Soc, including Mac Pro. macOS will also be fully upgraded, gradually abandoning x86. In a sense, iOS and macOS will eventually come together, and iPhone and Mac will run on the same operating system.
In other words, the operating system that the iPhone will run in the future is actually the same as that of the Mac, except that the operating interface is different because of the screen size, ratio, and other reasons. So, can you connect the iPhone to the display through a wire, or directly connect it wirelessly, the display will show the operating interface of macOS, and the iPhone becomes a mobile Mac.
For Apple, this step is not difficult. There is no problem with the operating system, and the closed ecosystem is convenient for developers to develop applications that adapt to different screens at one time. But in the short term, or in the next 5-10 years, Apple may not do this.
First of all, if there is no breakthrough development in display devices, Apple will not allow brothers to tear each other out of its different product lines. iPhone, iPad, MacBook, iMac, and Mac Pro are targeted at different usage scenarios. Even though these products run the same operating system and applications, the user groups are relatively fixed due to screen limitations. If the iPhone grabs the job of the MacBook, then the revenue of the MacBook product line will be gone. At this stage, the notebook is still a necessity for work, and even if Apple has high ideals, it will not be overwhelmed with money.
Apple’s multiple product lines
Secondly, Apple’s closed ecosystem is unlikely to allow users to connect to a monitor casually to turn the iPhone into a Mac. Apple launched Carplay because Apple intends to develop into the automotive industry. After all, this is a big cake and the possibility of building a car is great. The display industry is quite low for Apple. Of course, Apple has a display product line, and its more important role is to serve its own Mac Pro. According to Apple’s thinking, even if it tries to make iPhone touch the field of Mac, it will launch a matching display device. Whether it is from the patents applied by Apple or the information leaked from the foundry, we can’t see Apple’s actions in this regard. It can be judged that Apple will not develop in this direction in a short time.
Finally, the current battery technology limits the possibility of iPhone development in more directions. For daily use, the battery life of the iPhone is no problem, but it basically needs to be charged once a day. If coupled with office use, the iPhone’s battery life will be dragged down. Although it can be charged at any time, the battery life is limited, and as a handheld device, the upper limit of the battery capacity is not high. Now that the iPhone’s battery wears out 80%, the official recommendation is to replace the battery. If the iPhone is used at a higher intensity, the frequency of battery replacement will be higher, and consumers will definitely not accept it.
It is precisely because of the limitations of benefits and technology that Apple, which has always valued experience very much, will not do it easily even if it has the ability to transform the iPhone into a Mac. But I think Apple will definitely do this in the future, especially when there are breakthroughs in screen and battery technology, Apple’s absolute control over software and hardware will show its advantages.
Display form and equipment miniaturization in science fiction movies
Miniaturization of digital devices is definitely a major aspect of the future. As long as you find a suitable form of content presentation, this trend will only come faster. Therefore, a device will have more and more functions, and it is not limited to plugging a PC into a smart phone. Nowadays, smart phones have replaced more and more objects. In a few years, keys, ID certificates, wallets, bills, etc. will all be replaced by smart phones. As the leading product of smart phones, the iPhone’s development speed Will be faster.
So, sooner or later, the iPhone will have the Mac in the bag, but not now.
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