The Apple ecosystem is starting to work

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When I upgrade my iPhone I expect ALL of my data and settings to move seamlessly to my new device, and after some time it all works exactly as I want it to. From alarms to messages to finite settings, the iCloud backup system has proved to be 100% reliable for me.

I didn’t, however, expect a similar experience when I bought my MacBook. A simple sign-in to iCloud and after leaving it for 30 minutes I had my email, notes, contacts, bookmarks and everything I need each day all up and working. It shouldn’t be surprising because it is obviously what is supposed to happen, but it is the first time it happened for me on a proper computer. Remember that my iMac is the last Mac I bought and that was back in 2011 when such things were not even a dream for most of us.

It made all of the difference and meant I was up and working in no time at all. This extended to the much criticised Mac App Store where I simply had to click the ‘Purchased’ tab and then install my most used apps. With the right account details already added to the MacBook, I had Twitter and everything else synced and I was away.

At no point did I feel like I was being sold stuff and I didn’t even find a hoop let alone have to jump through it. When I compare this to my last Windows experience, it is night and day and a world away from what the vast majority of Windows users have to go through when dealing with a new computer.

In 2017, iCloud and the Apple ecosystem are finally starting to work as they should for me and the potential here is huge alongside the obvious loyalty they bring.

A Mac user I shall be for some time to come.

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4 replies

  1. The iPhone restore is something we almost take for granted, but the Mac restore always impresses. I’ve done that myself a few times. While there’s a benefit to installing and setting up everything from scratch, it’s so easy to simply restore from a clone.

  2. 30 minutes to have it all synced? Pah! For us Chromebook users it’s 30 seconds…. 🙂

  3. I feel like Chrome takes care of a lot of shared web presence.

    I was thinking of how I now use Dropbox for my old “C:\data\” – where I’d always put all my personal files for ease of backup and customizing a new computer.

    And I’m glad Bob acknowledges some benefits to “from scratch”. I like the feel of a fresh start, always worried about legacy crap building up. App stores “purchased” tab sounds like a good compromise for some of that.

  4. When I set up my Yoga Book (Android) I got all thd basic data like contacts, but my apps Installed manually bit by bit, because it’s a different beast from my phone, and some of the apps I have on my phone I may not want or need on my tablet computer.
    (could that be a new subset? Tablet computer? It’s a tablet OS, but due to it’s form factor it can act like a traditional computer in many ways.)

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