I happen to have an iPhone 5, so I'm thinking about the idea of the Apogee MiC with that, as opposed to buying a separate handheld recorder like a Nagra SD, Zoom H4N, Sony, etc. I normally use a Macbook Pro and Logic w/Duet 2 at home for recording, so I haven't really felt a need to buy an iPad.
I also was looking online at the new Rode iXY stereo mic for iPhone, and of course there's the Blue Mikey and a few others. Doesn't it seem like these types of iOS mics with an iPhone or iPod will be a MUCH better solution than any handheld recorder for most people? And with something like the Apogee MiC or Blue Spark Digital, wouldn't it be MUCH better quality mics, preamps, converters and therefore sound quality than even the best handheld recorders? And since so many people already own an iPhone, I'm wondering if these iOS mics will basically make the handheld recorders somewhat obsolete. I don't know the quality of the Rode iXY mic, but I assume it's pretty good... the iXY is $200, an iPhone 5 w/out contract is $600-700 (or iPod touch for much less) - so why spend $1000+ for a Nagra SD when the iPhone/iPod and Rode iXY is probably MUCH more powerful and flexible, and probably at least as good sound quality - right?
I'm really just wondering if I'm missing something here - that's what I'd like help on. Are there advantages to the high-end handheld recorders, like Nagra SD, Sony D50 or M10, Zoom H4N, which I'm forgetting and not aware of? My only big concern with the Apogee MiC is latency - a few people have said it's latency is TERRIBLE - basically unusable for monitoring yourself while recording. Others have said the latency isn't a problem at all. I don't mind not using effects processing while I'm recording, and I'd probably want to monitor a click track and/or up to 5-6 tracks along with monitoring myself while I'm playing/recording. Any opinions? Thanks again for any help.