I want my iPhone on my Mac’s screen

“Where I work we have a department that develops apps for iPhone and iPad,” Wil Gomez writes for Mac360. “That means I get to view new apps while they’re in development. It’s a fun activity to see the latest and greatest before it gets released.”

“These in-house app developers use Macs, of course, and that means iOS Simulator. Think of Simulator as an app that runs iOS apps on the Mac, fully visible and working on the Mac’s screen,” Gomez writes. “It’s like having the iPhone – and all its apps – as a Dashboard Widget. I want my iPhone on my Mac’s screen.”

“Why couldn’t Apple update the developer Simulator app and make it available to every Mac user?” Gomez writes. “Here’s the scenario. My iPhone is in my pocket while I’m working on my Mac, but I want to check or use an iPhone app that does not have a syncing counterpart on the Mac. Click the iPhone icon in the Dock, and the iPhone’s screen appears on the Mac screen; fully functional, fully usable, fully visible, but point-and-click replaces the iPhone’s tap-the-screen. How cool is that?”

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  1. All ideas are bad, until Apple does them, then it’s genius. And usually later than everyone else.

    I’d like to do something with that useless lock screen. Maybe weather, a radar map would be nice. Traffic. How about time and date a person without perfect vision can see clearly without putting effort into it. Maybe a larger battery indicator on the lock screen(when not plugged in) Or have the option that the lock screen stays up more than a few seconds.

    There’s got to be some great info you can have on your lock screen for quick access.

    1. You’ll see iOS 10 as an improvement then. The notifications/control center, etc is way more helpful (especially things like traffic/maps info). Having RadarScope in there, for example, would be fantastic though.

    1. Birdseed, your label and disparage tactic is worthless (and idiotic). You might want to consider that the Instigators or the American Revolution and our Founding Fathers were considered activists in their time. Those types of people influence change, often change that is later hailed as a great step forward for humanity.

      Lincoln was an activist in his time…yes, that very Abraham Lincoln for which you guys like to take credit even though he wouldn’t make it past your primaries in modern times.

      Your ignorance and hypocrisy know no bounds. I suggest that you learn the meaning of your words before you spout them publicly.

      “Better to be silent and thought a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.” MT

  2. For now, what I do often is connect my iPhone to my Mac via a cable.

    Then open QuickTime, select record a …, the first one, I forget the actual name. When a screen appears, change the video input to capture to my iPhone. Then my iPhone is on my macs screen

    I often make training videos this way.

    Not exactly what the OP wanted, but close-ish.

      1. Oh and:

        One added tip: You don’t actually need to record anything. If you just want to show what’s on your iOS device screen on your Mac— playing a game, for example, and wanting to see what it looks like even bigger – you can do it. QuickTime Player shows you everything as it’s happening.

        √ Mission accomplished.

  3. This was one of the reasons why I used to jailbreak. However, the integration between iOS and OS X has gotten to a point where the benefit of this is fairly negligible. This combined with larger screen iPhones and even the iPad have resulted in very little use cases.

    1. Actually, “benefit” isn’t quite a fungible term here: it can man different things to different people.

      For example, having a perfect clone of one’s iPhone appear on your Mac’s screen means that from a UI perspective … zero learning curve as friction against productivity.

      How’s that as a benefit?


      1. True, but the very reasons why the benefit to me has been reduced as the platform has evolved does apply to many other users.

        For example, early on, I did this to create longer messages. This was a huge benefit when the original iPhone had such a small screen and didn’t include copy and paste functionality while at the same time, there was no messaging on OS X. Now, it’s pretty hard to see the benefit for anyone in this regard when you can simply send the message from your Mac, as well as the fact that the screen/keyboard is bigger on newer iPhones and of course there is copy and paste, 3D touch, etc…

        “How’s that as a benefit? “

        It’s a (minor) benefit, but my point wasn’t that there weren’t any benefits, but rather that there are now very little use cases (as compared to the past).

  4. Like other tech companies Apple greatly fears cannibalization of iPhone by other product lines and vice versa . The cash cow must be fed and treated better than others. It’s droppings (failures) are precious and are analyzed before being dumped or shelved rather than being implemented on other products where they’d be somewhat revolutionary. I think that sometimes we talk of “fandroids” suffering from fragmandroid disease yet we see the same in iOS & macOS which share the same source code. That’s why we’ll never see an iOS/macOS hybrid machine as thin as iPad Pro but at 24-27″. If created, such a product would hurt Mac sales because it has to be affordable since it’s not a full-fledged Mac but should attract a new class of consumers. IPad Pro is a sleeping giant without pro apps or a hybrid mode. This is also the very reason Apple developed TvOS and classified it as a variant of iOS just because they did not want an iPhone on your tv screen. By tinkering with IOS and rebranding it as tvOS Apple capped the dream of iPhone apps on the Apple TV as developers would drive this to be the next “Mac Air”(desktop variant of iOS), which would again choke Mac sales for non-pro consumers, or those people think a Mac would take them to Facebook in style and faster(cool-factor people) just because it has a lit fruit. Apple has always successfully tricked consumers that they thought-it-right by bringing long overdue ideas into fruition very late just because only they could do it that way.

  5. Dare I say it, but likely one of the only benefits to developing for Windows 10 was having the OS doing some of the figuring out which platform you’re on, whether it be desktop PC, tablet, TV (Xbox), or the laughable Windows Phone. Granted this concept doest apply to everything, but the notion of develop once, run on many platforms is something Apple should be embracing more of. iOS is by far its most popular platform, so developing an iOS app should also at least work on the Apple TV and Mac, just maybe not the other way around to preserve user experience. Really the only thing hindering this for becoming a reality is the lack of touch-screen Macs.

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