I’m still processing my thoughts on this topic, but I’ll vent a little…
I got an Apple Watch a couple years back because I wanted the fitness tracking and I wanted to not have to pull my phone out of my pocket all the time just to know what’s “dinging” me. And also to be more untethered to my phone while at home.
I have an iPhone because, well, I need a phone and a camera at the very least, so all the other functionality is a bonus.
But I still have an iMac because I like having a big screen and big trackpad and real speakers and the whole grand experience, especially when editing photos and videos. Plus I use it as my main data store (ie, not using “optimized storage”) as well as my backup server. So I have a bunch of external drives hanging off it.
But we also like sitting on the couch or on the porch to do things, so I also have a MacBook Air for portability. Sometimes I will take this when I travel, too.
Oh, and I have an iPad, too. I got this most recently primarily as a solution for all my mobile sheet music for performing live (or even just at home). I have thousands of pages of Jazz fake books, not to mention all kinds of, rock, classical, and other piano, guitar, and bass tablature. Using software to manage all that and have it portable in a simple iPad has been fantastic.
All of that makes sense, right?
But then sometimes I get paralyzed by choice, or constrained by limitations. I’ll see a message on my watch, but replying will be a pain so I pull out my phone anyway, since it’s right there on my desk or in my pocket.
Or I start shopping for something on my phone, but the task would be easier on the laptop because of all the typing, and the larger screen to look at photos and compare products, and navigate dropdowns.
Or I try to edit videos on my laptop, but the “optimized” storage means every one has to sync with the cloud before and after I work with it, making the effort sluggish, making it much easier to just go to the iMac.
And this wonderful iGigBook Pro app I use on the iPad to manage and index my PDFs unfortunately doesn’t run on iPhone and there is no Mac version. But I have to do all my PDF editing and creating on my MacBook. So all of that involves multiple devices. I have asked the iGigBook developer to consider supporting the new default which will make the app (any iPad OS app) run on Apple Silicon Macs. Then I could at least use one device for setting things up, and only need the iPad when performing.
I could go on.
But this is just a picture into my device overload and the resulting confusion and sometimes paralysis. I have some thoughts about how this could be fixed, and it’s much more comprehensive than Handoff.
But I’d like to know how many of you are dealing with this? And do you have any solutions to mitigate the challenge?