The Contacts app on Mac allows users to specify if a card is a person or a company. Does this affect any practical usages, other than an implicit type which cannot be used as a filter or key in Smart Groups? Thanks!

  • So when the phone rings you see "Apple, Inc." rather than "Tim Cook" it is a categorization, convienience feature. – Steve Chambers Jan 12 at 19:27
  • But for such contact cards, I would only fill in the Company and Main Number, leaving the name field empty. – jackxujh Jan 12 at 21:49
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    Exactly! That is what it is designed for! – Steve Chambers Jan 12 at 22:11

Two reasons:

Firstly, it's so the contact displays the company name when you receive a call instead of a personal name.

Secondly, it also sorts it in alphabetical order into your contacts by company name and not by a personal name. This is especially useful as contacts are sorted alphabetically by surname and not by first name, ie. Tim Cook is listed under "C" in your contacts but if you were to have "Apple Computer" you would want this sorted in the A's and not the C's.


iOS will display contacts in a mostly-similar way to macOS.

Although iOS has very little feature support for what the CNContacts framework calls contact type, you can't easily see it, you can't set it, the handling is inconsistent in edge cases, etc.

  • opps, that probably would be better as a comment to @JamiePatt. If anyone feel strongly, make any edits needed. – benc Jan 13 at 7:09

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