You may have been informed that Mac sales have declined in recent quarters. You may also be aware that the latest iPhone 15 Pro has impressive new features, which has caused Apple enthusiasts to rush to stores for a purchase.
How about this as a suggestion: Apple could integrate some of the impressive new features from the iPhone into the Mac. This would undoubtedly increase Mac sales and also benefit customers with more powerful features. Here are the features from the iPhone 15 Pro that Apple should consider implementing on the Mac.
The iPhone 15 Pro boasts a titanium construction, a departure from the stainless steel material utilized in previous models such as the iPhone X. According to Apple, this is the most luxurious material ever featured in an iPhone. Titanium’s strength and lighter weight contribute to a significantly reduced overall weight of the phone.
The MacBook Pro’s aluminum casing is impressive, but it would be even better if it were constructed from titanium. I believe there are numerous users who would value its durability, and perhaps Apple could even incorporate some of the finishes found on the iPhone 15 Pro. I would certainly be interested in a White Titanium 16-inch MacBook Pro. Additionally, using titanium on the MacBook Pro could enhance its distinction as a “pro” laptop compared to the MacBook Air.
A titanium MacBook is not a novel concept, as Apple previously released the PowerBook G4 over 20 years ago, featuring a stunning titanium exterior that was fondly referred to as the TiBook. Although I was not employed by Macworld at the time, I did have the opportunity to use a TiBook for work, and it was undeniably an exceptional laptop. A contemporary version of the TiBook could revive that same sense of wonder.
M3 with ray-tracing
Out of all the capabilities discussed in this piece, this is the one that is highly likely to occur. Apple boasted about the improved 6-core GPU in the A17 Pro chip for the iPhone 15 Pro, claiming it has the top ray-tracing speed among smartphones. In our assessments, the A17 Pro is undoubtedly the most rapid iPhone chip to date, with its GPU performance being the standout feature.
As the M-series chips from Apple are built upon the A-series chips, it is logical to assume that the M3 will bring similar graphics enhancements to the Mac. The types of games that can fully utilize ray tracing acceleration are more suited for Macs rather than iPhones, making it a perfect match.
Intel, AMD, and Nvidia have all highlighted the benefits of ray tracing acceleration. Therefore, if Apple chooses not to include it in its M3 chip, it will be a noticeable gap in the chip’s capabilities.
Reverse USB-C charging
The USB-C port on the iPhone 15 Pro allows for charging of other devices, making it convenient for situations such as when your AirPods need a quick boost. Similarly, a MacBook can also charge any USB-connected device, including another MacBook. However, this process is slower and not heavily promoted by Apple. Additionally, it is recommended to have the MacBook plugged in while charging, which somewhat defeats the purpose.
Apple does not promote the use of MacBook reverse charging, as evidenced by the limited documentation and lack of emphasis on this feature. This may suggest that it is not optimized for performance and safety. Alternatively, it is possible that Apple never considered it a desired feature. However, with the introduction of reverse charging on the iPhone 15 Pro, it would be beneficial for Apple to also make it available on the MacBook officially.
The updated UWB chip in the iPhone 15 Pro allows for more accurate device tracking. Although it is currently only available on the iPhone and Apple Watch, Apple should also incorporate it into their MacBook. Many users, including myself, frequently use the Find My app on our Macs and would greatly benefit from the improved capabilities.
During the Wonderlust event, Apple did not mention this, but previous reports have stated that the new UWB chip will also facilitate connections between the iPhone and the upcoming Vision Pro mixed-reality headset. At WWDC, Apple showcased close collaboration between Mac and Vision Pro, and we are hopeful for even stronger integration through a UWB chip that enables compatibility with the headset.
The front-facing camera has a resolution of 12 megapixels and utilizes TrueDepth technology.
It would be remiss of me not to mention the Mac FaceTime camera, which I have complained about numerous times. Apple equips its MacBooks and iMac with a 1080p camera, but the iPhone boasts a 12MP TrueDepth selfie camera that offers a wide range of features and captures images that far surpass the FaceTime camera.
Apple’s solution is to use the iPhone as a webcam via Continuity Camera. It’s a fine alternative, but it’s not a frictionless, seamless one. We shouldn’t have to fiddle with setting up our iPhone on our Mac every time we make a video call with decent quality on our Mac. And we wouldn’t say no to Face ID and the Dynamic Island either.