Many talk about Apple’s ecosystem and how this either benefits them or locks them in. Apple has done an incredible job at the integration of its products between each other. Often referred to as Apple’s walled garden, it is made up of a combination of open and product specific standards that allow the various products to interact with each other.
As an example, although an Android phone can play in this ecosystem, it can only play well if the applications you use have been designed to work equally on the Apple device and Android. A lot of new software is being released for both environments making it easier but other older apps have either been ported, are in the works to be cross platform or there are no plans. The larger the variety of applications that are cross platform enhances competitiveness, choice and functionality.
If you use an Apple computer as an example and want say an iPad for portability and say an smartphone to make your calls you’re best to keep this in the Apple camp. The prime reason is software. Software that you buy for your computer often is available for your mobile device. A lot of software runs cross platform and as such if you run something on your computer it is likely there is a mobile app for it. A very good category of software where this is the case is that of the task manager.
You might write your tasks down on your computer but when you’re out and about that’s where often you need access to this info. Something as simple as a grocery list is a great example. You write the list on the computer but when you’re at the grocery store this is where you need to reference the list. In the Apple environment, it is likely that most software has both desktop and mobile equivalents alonging fairly seamless sync’g.
Setup is a Breeze
Even when you go to setup your mobile device, it is a breeze. It is now automatic if you want it that way. You go from one device to another simply by putting them together and a popup jumps up recognizing the foreign device. After a couple of input steps, the connection between the device and say the desktop is complete.
More Software for Open Platforms
Currently there is a lot of software for the Mac ecosystem that runs on say an Android device. The software has to be cross system compliant and although a lot currently is more is moving that way. This allows you to use an Android in an all Apple environment. However, not everything works like this and if you have worked with something for a long while you might have to work around the gap.
There is a lot of software that does work in both environments and are compliant however lets say you use:
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The above are all very robust pieces of software and can work well in the Apple world. You can find equivalents but if you’re used to working with these, then you are loosing productivity in a new learning curve.
There are many examples but say you use the program “Outline” on your Mac. Although it is compatible with Microsoft’s OneNote and thus would work on an Android system if you wanted to use “Outline” on your mobile devices this isn’t possible.
If the software is a port to Android you’re fine. However, you will find there is a lot of looking around to figure out what works, where you have to look for a workaround and on it goes.
Apple’s Walled Garden has Proven very Effective
Apple in the early days when it competed against Microsoft learned the value of apps on its platform. This has been extended though to not only having a lot of apps and the most interesting array to having seamless integration between the platforms. For the user not as inclined to the search so to speak, the use of all Apple equipment, though potentially more expensive, is also a productivity saver. Apple keeps doing well and this is reflected in its current stock values and it is just such approaches as this that ensures their continued success.