Dedicated Apple fanatics know that owning all Apple products can be extremely beneficial. Not only is the software and user interface similar across all devices, making it exceptionally easy to use, but Apple has also taken great lengths to enhance integration between devices. For example, Apple’s optimized integration allows users to move from the iPad to an iPhone to a MacBook.
In order to take advantage of the integration features, officially known as Continuity, Apple users only need a few basic features: iOS devices need to be updated to iOS 8 and Macs need to run on OS X Yosemite or newer software. Additionally, all devices need to be signed into the same wifi network. Finally, all devices should be logged into iCloud with the same Apple ID. iCloud allows Apple owners to backup all of their files by essentially saving it in a wireless, virtual hard drive.
Thanks to iCloud, your music, mail, calendar, contacts and reminders are available across all devices. iTunes no longer takes up space on individual devices and will import music from CDs and third parties for you as well. Mail, calendar and contact updates are synced everywhere; make a change on one device and iCloud will make sure the reminder transfers universally. With iCloud.com you can access your files away from your Apple devices as well, ensuring that everything is automatically backed up.
Continuity, the integration feature from Apple, takes iCloud one step further. Continuity can be broken down into Handoff, cellular calls, SMS, and instant hotspot. Handoff is the main feature of iCloud: it allows you to start an email or document on one device and pick it up on another. Likewise, if you are browsing a web page or editing a contact, it will easily transfer to another device.
Beyond Handoff, the cellular calls feature allows you to forward calls from your mobile and landline to your iPad, iPod Touch, iMac, and MacBook and vice versa, meaning you can make standard and Facetime calls from these devices as well. Likewise, SMS or text messages can be received on your MacBook through iMessage. This includes traditional texts, pictures, audio, and video messages to both Apple users and non-Apple users. Finally, if there is no Wi-Fi network available, you can use the instant hotspot feature to connect your iPad or MacBook to your iPhone’s data (subject to cell phone plan conditions.)
Integration also allows Apple owners to utilize Airdrop–a feature that allows users to share files with friends and families with different Apple IDs. As long as all users are under the same wi-fi, files including photos and videos can be transferred almost instantaneously, decreasing the amount of time and hardware space used in file-sharing processes. In addition to standard integration, many Apple users find creative ways to take advantage of the seamless transitions Apple products provide. For example, a Mac Mini and a MacBook can be linked together for screen sharing purposes, and a MacBook can be used to play iTunes on Apple TV. Whatever your specific purpose, the benefits of owning all Apple devices are endless.