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Apple's ecosystem

Par Quentin GRUBER Publié le 15/05/2019 à 16:22:24 Noter cet article:
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Presentation

The Apple ecosystem is the Apple environment. This environment will allow to keep the user on Apple brand devices by offering links and features available only between these different devices.

The different connected objects

iPhone and Mac

Apple's iPhone and Mac are the basic objects of this ecosystem, i.e. the objects necessary for the proper functioning of this alchemy between the different products.

They both work, regardless of the model, under Apple's operating system "IOS". The applications available on the latter are obtained via the "App store", i. e. the Apple application market, applications that are specially designed for this system and which can only be developed via this system.

Applications running under IOS are coded in Swift which is Apple's programming language. You can only create applications for iPhone and Mac with XCode software, which is exclusive to Apple. So to be an Apple developer, you need at least one MacBook, or an Apple product.

The Apple Watch

The Apple Watch is the connected watch from Apple. Once linked to your iPhone, you can answer calls, send messages, change music via this watch without taking your iPhone out.

It is obvious that this watch only works with Apple products.

AirPods and HomePods

AirPods are wireless headphones designed by Apple that can be connect to all Apple products via Bluetooth.

HomePods are Apple's smart speakers that use "Siri", Apple's voice assistant.

Equipped with a Mac or iPhone, having AirPods and HomePods is very interesting: I can listen to music everywhere with impressive ease. The simple fact of equipping myself with my AirPods will mute the sound of my HomePods and transfer my music to my ears, I'm far away from my Mac/iPhone to change music? No problem, I just have to use my Apple Watch or ask Siri to do it for me via my HomePods. This is Apple's ecosystem.

Advantages and disadvantages

Advantages :

-Instant synchronization between all Apple devices
-Almost innate ease of use

Disadvantages :

-Difficulty to get away from this environment, therefore to buy a product other than Apple
-Expensive package

Conclusion

Apple's ecosystem is very closed to the outside world. When you are installed with all these features, it is difficult to get out because it makes interaction with connected objects just easier.

However, a user who is not yet involved in this ecosystem may find it repulsive from the outside: Nowadays, you need special headphones to listen to music via the iPhone; to develop an iPhone application, you need a Mac; to access your personal music on the iPhone, you have to go through iTunes... But once all these configurations are in place, the "alchemy" between all these devices then turns all these blocks seen from the outside as restrictions into a freedom.

It should be noted that all applications that can be downloaded via the App store are secure. Indeed, it is extremely difficult to have any virus on an iPhone unlike phones under the Android operating system using the Play store which contains more applications, but which is less secure and less qualitative.

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