What can your Mac do that an iPhone or iPad cannot? Heavy lifting. macOS and most modern Macs run applications which do not have an iOS counterpart. Adobe’s Creative Suite comes to mind. So do the Mac and PC capabilities built into Microsoft Office. Even Apple’s own Final Cut Pro video editor and Logic Pro X audio editor do not have a competitor than runs on iPhone or iPad.
The reverse– what do iPhones and iPads have that the Mac does not– is easy. iPhone and iPad have multiple cameras which exceed the quality of a built-in camera on the Mac. iPhone and iPad are more mobile devices, which means improved convenience and portability. iPhone even has a built-in cellphone.
What else does the Mac have that you don’t get on iOS?
Multiple user capability. On macOS, you can add multiple users; dozens if you choose. That means the Mac can be a family machine that provides privacy and security for each user– Photos, iTunes, Mail, Safari, Calendar, Reminders, Messages, FaceTime– all segregated by user, each with their own preferences and settings.
iPhone and iPad cannot do multiple users the way you can on a Mac. Apple could change that situation in a heartbeat but chooses not to.
Hardware. iOS is based upon macOS so multiple user capability is there and easily implemented if and when Apple chooses to make it so.
Apple. Will. Not.
Hardware. Apple is a hardware company. As an example of where a multiple user login would work well is the iPad. Many households have multiple iPads. Why? Each user wants their own iPad. If multiple user capability was available, a single iPad would work well for each user in a way similar to the Mac.
Apple would lose hardware sales because customers would not need to buy as many iPads per family.
What about iPhone? Apple’s iconic device is more personal than iPad or Mac, but having access to a guess user account option would be beneficial.
Let me approach a multiple user iPhone from the perspective of user segregation. I see many people hand their iPhones over to children to keep them entertained with Netflix, YouTube, or games. Yet, often, those same children muck with various settings which can cause their parents a measure of grief.
A guest user setting would eliminate that risk and allow children to use apps specific to their requirements– a parental control– without risk to their parent’s settings.
Apple could fix this dilemma with multiple user login support for iOS.
Apple. Will. Not.
Apple is a hardware company and wants customers to buy multiple devices. Yes. It’s that simple.