This week's MacBook refresh got me---an avid iPad Pro user---thinking about the Mac's place in my life.
In my review of the iPad Pro, I wrote:
I think it's important to clarify, though, that for as much as I laud iOS, I don't mean to imply that OS X is inaccessible or a worse system. I like the Mac very much, but the accessibility benefits to using a touch-driven OS are so obvious that it feels right to spend the majority of my time on iOS.
The iPad Pro is an awesome device, but there's a piece of me that still believes the Mac is capable of having a role in my workflow. I don't use iOS in spite of OS X; it's just that, as a mobile computer, an iPad is easier for me to use than a laptop.
The obvious solution: if not a laptop, get a desktop like an iMac.
I keep thinking I'd like a (27-inch) iMac as a "home base"---a central computer with which I could sit down and work. I've always dreamed of having my own home office, if only because it'd be a place I could always escape to write or whatever.
One big "whatever" is podcasting. I had a show once upon a time, and I really miss it. The big disadvantage in being iOS-only right now is that podcasting from iOS is difficult at best. Something like an iMac would alleviate those problems, and help me better connect with my peers. (It's also worth mentioning that I remain bullish on accessibility as a podcast topic. It's an important part of the tech space that's currently underrepresented.)
Another benefit of incorporating a Mac into my life is it would enable to me to further explore OS X from an accessibility perspective. I'm admittedly not as well-versed in this area, and I'd like to change that. Doing so would help expand my knowledge and broaden my coverage, which I see as a win-win for myself personally and for Apple journalism at large. One big thing that I hope Apple announces at WWDC is the addition of Larger Dynamic Type on the Mac. In my opinion, this feature is more critical for a desktop OS than it is for iOS; it'd certainly help me make the most out of working on a Mac.
The bottom line is I increasingly think there's value in, as Jason Snell put it, being on "Team Both." For as well as iOS works, there's no reason for me to use it at the exclusion of OS X.
I'm looking forward to seeing how a Mac fits into my life.