The last few days I have seen this very question posed around the web. PC owners who love their iPhone, now wondering if they are missing something by not coinciding their device with a Mac computer. The short answer is no, you don’t need a Mac to utilize the features on the iPhone itself. That being said, you are missing out on some pretty convenient tools without the combination. Allow me to shed some light.

We can start with the basics, iTunes, the iPhone home base of sorts. As you now know, to set up and add items to your favorite handheld, you must use iTunes at some point. Don’t think this is a coincidence. Some will go as far as to say it was designed so much with this in mind, that its purpose was to get the PC owners to switch. iTunes was created on and for Mac computers. The platform itself runs noticeably smoother on a Mac than any PC you can provide, I will guarantee you that. Once you’re in Tunes, the ability to sync within the application is absolutely effortless.

There are other features that the Mac can sync that your PC just doesn’t have. iCal, the calendar on your iPhone, has an identical twin that rests on the desktop of every Mac computer. Syncing your oh-so-important life events couldn’t be any easier than if you designed it yourself. MobileMe, which is available for $99 a year, will also add much appreciated benefits with the combination of an Apple handheld and a Mac computer.

Mail, Contacts and your photo Gallery are all worthy features you will enjoy. The iPhoto application on a Mac is one of the biggest enhancements I have enjoyed after switching from PC to Mac. Again here, syncing is painless, and once the photos are moved on to your Mac, you can sync the iPhoto app with your MobileMe Gallery. Like I previously said, the coinciding of the devices is not a coincidence, it’s designed to be like this to reward current owners, and lure those who aren’t.

For the ambitious iPhone owners who are interested in contributing (and collecting) from the App Store mania, for you it’s a must. XCode, which is the format used to develop apps for the iPhone, only works on a Mac machine. I don’t suspect this will ever change, so if you’re thinking of writing an app, stop waiting and make the purchase.

At the end of the day I’ve only given you a few of the compatibility enhancements of using your iPhone with a Mac. The neat part is the hands on workmanship and productivity that seems to come almost too easy. What you will like best will ultimately come down to the functions you most desire. So, do you need to buy a Mac to enjoy your iPhone? No, but Apple would sure appreciate it if you bought one, and so will you.

  • Mac

    I used to have a pc but
    When I tried a Mac I will never
    Use a pc even they give it to me for free.
    In mac there is no mallware no viruses

  • Eric

    Tell your buddy Sebastien about iPhoto. He tweeted he doesn’t like it. Blows my mind. He’s still in Windows mode i guess. LOL

  • Bobby Mo

    Once you go Mac you never go back!
    Can’t believe I waited so long to make the switch. Much faster, no malware, quality from top to bottom

  • I’ve had a Mac for a few years and I find the frustration and stress to be absolutely minimal compared to when I used Windows. Of course I can still have Windows and Linux now all on the same machine. I think most Mac users anti-virus is the technology news, if a Mac virus is found then it gets reported even although so far all Mac viruses have required user participation (they can’t self-replicate).

    However, I still don’t love iPhoto, I do like it for the editing tools it has but it takes up too much hard drive space due to duplicate copies of photos (originals, edited photos, and possibly a third version), the way around it I think is to export a photo once done with editing and then delete it from iPhoto.

  • Bobby Mo: I’ll tell him, though it sounds like he knows about it 🙂

    The beauty of options is, well, options..

    I can say that I don’t know 1 person who has bought a Mac and went back to PC.. I know several who’ve done the opposite…..Just sayin’….

  • SoCoMagNuM

    Cant afford a Mac but one day when the opportunity comes ill get me a macbook.

  • Pn2bade

    I was and will always be a windows user. Being a hardcore PC gamer, and macs just don’t deliver. Sure you can make the argument that Steam just came out for the Mac and

    • Pn2bade

      (Accidentally hit the publish button) you can run windows in VMware, but a macs hardware dosent cut it. Speciffically the video card. I would rather pay $1200 to build an awesome gaming computer than pay $3200 for a Mac pro with the same specs. Plus I know windows. I have customized the crap out of my OS making it just the way I like it. And viruses? Well I have a free anti-virus, coupled with Firefox’s WOT, and I’m not stupid so the only thing my scanner ever picks up is a rare tracking cookie. Sure it takes up recources, but my 6 gigs of ram can easily take it and I can always upgrade my hardware if I need to.

      I agree that macs are great products, but just not for someone like me.

  • Mac

    Dell company ask apple if they
    Can sell OS in their machines
    Steve jobs said nop
    That shows how people love apple product

  • Since I got an iPhone I don’t travel with my MacBook Pro anymore. My iPhone replaces the laptop for 90% of the things I do on my Mac. My experience so far:

    • While my iPhone doesn’t really replace my Mac, it makes it so I need not bring most of the time.

  • gaming computers should have multiple cpu cores and a lot of memory to support those heavy graphics ;”‘

  • One of the best things I’ve seen all week! This whole operation is amazing! Keep up the GREAT work!

  • Kleiven