The Apple Ecosystem: Series Introduction

How does Apple’s ecosystem work?

But first, what is Apple’s Ecosystem?

The combination of Apple’s devices, software and services. Ideally they all interact and integrate to provide this “ecosystem”.

So what’s the point?

The idea is that as you buy more Apple devices, a magical ✨synergy✨ appears. Once you have collected all the devices in the ecosystem, it’s kinda like summoning Exodia, only instead of an iconic Yu-Gi-Oh monster appearing, Tim Cook appears in a dream thanking you for making Apple the most valuable company on planet Earth.

There’s a metaphor in here somewhere.. (Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash)

But what are you actually covering in this series?

Jokes aside, going entirely Apple does have real end-user benefits. I’ll be documenting my use of Apple’s ecosystem and sharing the experiences. The first post (coming soon) will look at HomeKit (Apple’s home control platform) and how it integrates with the ecosystem.

Devices/Services Used

Interactions will include:

Apple devices I own:

  • Phone – iPhone X & 12 Mini, iOS14.4
  • Tablet – iPad 6th generation, iPadOS14.4
  • Smart Watch – Watch Series 5, watchOS 7.3
  • Streaming Media Player – Apple TV HD, tvOS xx.xx
  • Earbuds – Airpods 2nd generation, software version 3A283

Apple-compatible devices I own:

  • Airplay 2 Speaker – IKEA SYMFONISK, Sonos OS 2 v12.2.2
  • CarPlay Car Deck – VW 340G, CarPlay v210.81

And Apple devices I use but don’t own:

The main gaps/caveats in this series are:

  • No interactions with HomePod devices. I have no desire to indulge the current grey/parallel market R3k+ pricing but may get one once they officially come to SA.
  • The MacBook belongs to my employer, so it’s not logged into my personal iCloud. All iCloud-related MacBook interactions will be missing for that reason.
  • Spotify Premium is used instead of Apple’s own Apple Music.

Currently Live/Planned posts in the Series

  • HomeKit – Coming Soon

If you have any questions or would like to share your experience with the Apple Ecosystem, leave a reply below. Thanks for reading!

(Featured image (the one at the top of this post) remixed from this photo by Omid Armin on Unsplash)

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Proudly powered by WordPress | Theme: Baskerville 2 by Anders Noren.

Up ↑

%d bloggers like this: