When you look at Apple’s lineup of hardware and software, the company’s overarching goal becomes pretty clear. Apple wants you to use its technology in every part of your life. It wants you to read the news on your iPad over breakfast, text your friends using Messages on your iPhone, check your notifications on your Apple Watch, and get to work on your MacBook.
To make that an appealing setup to customers, Apple has spent the last few years finding convenient ways to make its devices work together. The results are pretty remarkable.
By using Apple’s ecosystem of products, you can get the most out of all of your devices. The more devices you own, the more convenient ways you’ll find to make them interact with each other. Isn’t it time to get started with your interconnected digital lifestyle?
Until fairly recently, the PC was our primary computing device. Now it’s the phone. And if you’re looking for a phone that can handle just about any task you throw at it, the iPhone has you covered. Thanks to the millions of apps available, the iPhone is an incredibly powerful device for communication, entertainment, and even work.
The newest models, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6+ are the best phones Apple has ever made. They’re mostly identical, but the iPhone 6 has a 4.7-inch screen, while the 6+ is quite a bit bigger, with a 5.5-inch screen. Which one to choose depends on a number of factors, but in general I’d go with an iPhone 6 if you normally keep your phone in your pocket, and a 6+ if you keep it in a bag.
If screen size is important to you, the iPad has all you would ever want and then some. It’s not a device you can slip into your pocket, but when you’re relaxing on the couch and you may want to surf the web, play a game, or watch a movie, the iPad’s screen is luxurious.
Like the iPhone, it comes in two sizes. The iPad Mini has a formidable 7.9-inch screen, and the iPad Air has a magnificent 9.7-inch screen.
Why buy an iPad if you already have an iPhone? After all, they share many of the same apps and have overlapping functionality, right? That’s true, but the large screen makes a big difference, and the way you can use them interchangeably is extremely convenient.
To do most tasks, you can simply grab whichever one is closer. You can make and receive calls and texts from your iPad. You can edit video and photos on its large, clear screen. You can even start watching a movie on your iPad and send it to your iPhone or Apple TV without missing a beat.
The Apple TV may be most unsung component in the Apple ecosystem, but that’s a shame, because it just might be the best set-top box on the market. For starters, you can use to watch streaming services like Netflix, Hulu Plus, WWE Network, HBO Now, and many more. Like an iPhone, you can use it to purchase and play brand new movies and TV shows.
And thanks to the AirPlay feature, you can make your Apple TV “mirror” whatever’s on your iPhone or iPad — no cables required. This feature makes it easy to display photos, presentations, games, movies, or any other content on the big screen. It’s like having a giant external monitor for your phone.
While all of Apple’s devices are interconnected, no two products are as tightly integrated as the Apple Watch and iPhone. That’s because the Apple Watch actually borrows the iPhone’s processing power to run many of its apps. With the two devices working together, the Apple Watch can do a number of extremely useful things, like send quick messages to your contacts and show you notifications at a glance.
The Apple Watch’s biggest strength is fitness tracking. Its built-in sensors detect all of your physical activity throughout the day and the watch displays the results in an easy-to-read format. Not only does it tell you how many calories you’ve burned, but it also has a powerful tool called a “Move ring.”
The Move ring is a set of three concentric circles that gradually fill in with color as you walk, run, and stand up throughout the day. The idea is to fill in all three rings every day in order to achieve pre-set fitness goals. Using the Move ring is like playing a game, but the result is that you lead a healthier life.
All of Apple’s products give you opportunities to work, play, and communicate with your friends and family, but having the right accessories can help you get the most out of your devices.
This portable Bluetooth speaker is fantastic for pumping out music from your iPhone or iPad. You can use it while cooking in the kitchen, enjoying a cocktail on the porch, or kicking it at the beach. It’s versatile and it sounds great, which is exactly what you want in a Bluetooth speaker.
Although the iPhone and iPad have excellent battery life, you will have to charge them at some point. This dual Belkin dock offers a fast and convenient way to get your devices back to full power. As a bonus, it has a universal design, so you can use it to dock any newer model of iPhone or iPad you have.