Welcome to part 2 of the “Changing a whole Ecosystem Series”. You missed the intro and Windows vs MacOS if you haven’t checked the first part of my Apple journey. Feel free to explore it before going deeper into this jewel!
Across the ecosystem
Final reason to switch a whole Ecosystem of course is the access to different services across the system. Let’s talk about.
oneDrive vs iCloud
There was a time when placeholders where the absolute killer-feature for me and this was in Windows 8. Unfortunately Microsoft blew it. Yes placeholders are back but after what time? Also the iCloud works much more automated. If you have all your data in the Cloud MacOS knows which files you use a lot and which not. Automatically it deletes older files from your drive to get more space here. And this works completely by itself.
You can also sync your Photos and Videos over iCloud in the Photos App. If you make a picture on your iPhone you can instantly edit it on your Mac after. Same style works oneDrive with Fotos on Windows but not nearly as good and the editor is not worth to talk about. Hope it will change this year again.
There is only one case when iCloud sucks. If your drive is completely full and you plan to install a bootcamp partition the iCloud doesn’t clean your drive for extra storage. The only way I find out is to copy big files in your download-folder many times and erase them after. This hack simulates a need of storage in MacOS itself.
Anyhow there is also a oneDrive client on Mac so you can use both.
Cortana vs Siri
Both can be used to set alarms, reminders, get directions, check the next movies and more. You can also do fancy things like sending text messages and emails using dictation.
They’re becoming adept at controlling smart home gadgets such as lighting, heating and more. You just need to make sure you buy gadgets that work with your digital assistent.
As a longterm user for now I can only speak for the German Cortana and Siri. Sadly Siri sucks in german…There are only a few moments when Siri understands and less moments when she really helps me out beside of posting “helpful” web-links.
Cortana felt years tab when it comes to translation, country based humour and idioms. Hope this will change in the future. For now I use Siri only in car: “Hey Siri, drive me home.”
Microsoft Store vs iTunes
What is the real sense behind iTunes? It is a over the time grown messy store filled with…everything? It automatically opens when I try to connect my iPad via Duet Display as a second monitor…Why having an AppStore, iBooks, Podcast and so on when you also have iTunes. In my opinion: kill iTunes or at least rebrand it.
100 Points to Microsoft. They have one store. Done!
Contacts. Calendar and E-Mail
Fortunately, Apple makes it pretty easy. Assuming you’ve been using your Microsoft account to keep these three entities, you’ll be able to import everything to your iPhone easily. Before you proceed, it’s a good idea to go back to your Windows Phone and make sure you’ve backed it all up first.
What I did, is downloading all my Outlook contacts to my Mac and imported them into iCloud. This isn’t a must but it feels like more integrated when it comes to syncing with different iOS Apps. For example: I use sync me to sync all profile photos from different social media accounts with my contact-list.
The Pro behind system coupled with hardware
Apple has the clear advantage that hardware and software come from a single source. Apple itself provides a Mac with up-to-date software. It is also easier to test software when you know that the hardware is only on X devices. New drivers as well as updates of the operating system come directly and tailor-made for your own computer. Apple simply knows what hardware setup I use in my different devices and saves me the manual search for individual drivers. The same thing makes re-setting up a Mac that simple.
Here you can also find a helpful article from Apple for Windows Switcher.
Apple and the Bluetooth heaven
I tested a lot of Phones and tools but nothing is this cool when it comes to Bluetooth connection. It’s simple and steady. And there is an other feature I love. For example when I connect my iPhone to my BOSE Soundbar there is only one volume control. WOW! What is the reason for having different controls here like on other phones? Why should I want to volume up and down on my Phone AND on the remote control? I don’t get it.
For me one of the most powerful “hidden” features I found out in the Apple Ecosystem. Family Sharing makes it easy for up to six family members to share iTunes, iBooks, and App Store purchases, an Apple Music Family Membership, and an iCloud storage plan. Your family can also share a photo album, calendar, and reminders, and even help locate each others’ missing devices.
In short: Every MacOS App and iOS App you ever bought can be used by your whole family. Ever thought about using Final Cut Pro six times? 😎
Also a cool feature is to share Wifi passwords with your family. My girlfriend now is part of the crew and when she enters an apartment I was before, a pop-up on my iPhone asks me to share the password with her.
With AirDrop, you can instantly share your photos, videos, documents, and more with other Apple devices nearby.
For example: If you on the road, filming something in 4k on your iPhone, send it via Airdrop instantly to your iPad after, edit it with LumaFusion and finally upload it to your YouTube channel. Just easy like that.
Keychain Access is an App (works on iOS and MacOS) that stores your passwords and account information and reduces the number of passwords you have to remember and manage.
When you access a website, email account, network server, or other password-protected item, you may be given the option to remember or save the password. If you choose to save the password, it’s saved in your keychain so you don’t have to remember or type your password every time.
Different from other password-manager Keychain only works if you are completely in the ecosystem. There is no option to Android or Windows.
It also creates save passwords for you when changing or creating new accounts (if you want).
This was the second part of my small report about the switch. Hope you enjoyed it. In the next sections we will talk about:
- Windows Mobile vs iOS
- Microsoft Band vs Apple Watch
- XBOX ONE vs Apple TV
What is your opinion about it?
Have you had similar experiences?
Push it in the comments!
Special thanks goes out to David who helps me out a lot with the Windows part and Myong for general feedback and help.