You can do amazing things with your iPhone, but you could do a lot more with an iPhone and a Mac. Pairing great Apple devices lets you call or text from your desktop, transfer files without annoying cables, and automatically sync login or credit card information. If you are an iPhone user looking for a new computer, it’s time to skip the Windows machine and buy a Mac or MacBook.
Seamless integration of messages, calls and FaceTime
Why juggle a bunch of devices when you can do it all from your Mac? The macOS operating system offers native support for the Messages app (formerly iMessage), allowing you to for texting, calling and FaceTime without picking up your phone. You can even start typing a message on your iPhone and finish it on your Mac!
Texting and calling from your Mac can keep you from picking up your phone while you’re working, and the Messages integration is a boon if you lose or break your phone. Also, the ability to click any phone number you see in the browser to immediately start a speakerphone call can save you the trouble of removing your phone and entering a number manually.
Apple lets you change your notification preferences for calls and text messages if you don’t want to be distracted by the computer. You can also turn off message syncing entirely if that’s not your thing.
Effortless File Transfer with AirDrop and iCloud
Most iPhone users know AirDrop, the tool that allows you to transfer files, photos or websites to nearby iPhones. But did you know that AirDrop also works with the Mac? You can send whatever you want right to your Mac without the hassle of cables or annoying apps.
Of course, whatever is saved iCloud is instantly available on your Mac. If you set up your iPhone to automatically back up photos and documents to the cloud, you can just open Finder (Mac version of File Explorer) and select the documents you want without using AirDrop. Naturally, it works both ways, so documents saved in the cloud from your Mac are available on your iPhone.
Besides AirDrop and iCloud support, Macs also use a tool call Continuity Camera that turns your iPhone into a camera or document scanner for desktop apps like Mail, Messages, Notes, Pages, Keynote, and Numbers. If you’re working on a slideshow and need a photo of your dog, for example, you can take the photo on your iPhone and have it appear in the document on your Mac.
Automatically sync notes, purchases, and more
IPhone and Mac integration goes beyond syncing text messages or iCloud files. Because your Mac and iPhone are both linked to your Apple ID, all of your Apple-based apps sync on both devices automatically. Your saved emails, notes, passwords, and saved credit cards are always available no matter what device you use, saving you time and effort.
Purchases also sync between your Apple devices, so any e-books, movies, or music purchased on your iPhone are easily accessible on your Mac. And because the new Mac M1 can run iOS apps natively, you can play any game or use business app on your iPhone and switch to computer anytime without paying anything extra.
While pairing an iPhone with a Mac is by far the easiest way to sync messages, calls, files, connection info, and credit card information between devices, it’s worth noting that many of these things are possible without a Mac. You can use a service like Last pass to sync login and credit card information between devices, Dropbox to share files through the cloud and a third-party messaging service to send SMS from your computer. Heck, you might even ditch Apple entirely and pair a Windows computer with an Android phone.
Still, Apple’s ecosystem is straightforward and engaging. It works like a charm and doesn’t require any additional software or subscription. And the experience only grows as you add more Apple devices to the mix: you can use an iPad as a wireless Mac display, for example, or use your Apple Watch to automatically log into your Mac without entering a password or using a fingerprint reader.