I am a techie, no doubt about it. I own or have tried all different sorts of tech. I am the guy that pre-orders most of the new tech. So then obviously, I have tried all 3 of the major ecosystems – Windows, Android, and Apple. However, over the last year, I have found myself living in the Apple Ecosystem. Perfectly described in this image I found on Google
Before we get into why I live in the Apple ecosystem, or rather why I enjoy the Apple ecosystem, let me provide you with a view of the Apple products that I do own:
- Macbook 2016 (M5 model)
- 12.9 inch iPad Pro
- iPhone 6s
- Apple Watch
Like I said, it’s perfectly described in that image above! The one thing that is missing, and the thing I am very keen to get, is the new 4th Generation Apple TV. Not only to complete the ecosystem, I am actually seriously considering getting a streaming device and in my case it only makes sense to get the Apple TV.
So why exactly does the Apple ecosystem work for me? Why don’t I try the Android based options or get a Windows phone and use my Xbox One as the media center? The answer to all these questions can be described using the words “Integration” and “Consistency”. What do I mean by this?
Other than it’s premium appeal, the biggest thing Apple has going for it is it’s easy of use. Apple software, whether it’s OS X (Mac OS), iOS, WatchOS, or tvOS, are all easy to navigate. This is something still lacking in the Android ecosystem to date. Though Google is working hard to improve this, almost all Android devices offer variations of the stock Android experience.
That’s not all, by “Integration” and “Consistency” I don’t only mean easy of use, but also the seamless connectivity between all the Apple devices. A good example of this is my movie collection on iTunes which is available on my Macbook, iPad Pro, and soon on my Apple TV. Though this can be made to work in the Android and Windows ecosystems, there are certain hoops to jump through in the process.
Apple is taking this connectivity between it’s devices even further with the upcoming releases of MacOS Sierra, iOS 10, and the new WatchOS. Soon, I will be able to auto-unlock my Macbook just because I am wearing my Apple Watch. Soon, I will be able to use my iPhone’s fingerprint feature to complete online purchases on my Macbook. Soon, I will be able to access the content of my Macbook folders directly on my iPhone and vice versa. These are just some of the new and awesome features that will be available by the end of this month. Here is a detailed article I did on all the new features in MacOS Sierra – My thoughts on Mac OS Sierra
Lastly, I would be a fool not to admit that the initial attraction to Apple’s hardware starts with the premium designs on offer. Though Apple charges a hefty price for all it’s hardware, their devices are actually quite durable.
Overall, Apple offers an integrated and consistent experience which is currently is unmatched by it’s competitors. For the near future, Apple seems to be taking this integration and consistency even further. Believe me, once you try the Apple ecosystem, it’s hard to look back. At least for now!