Hid­den se­crets of OS X and iOS

Link all your Ap­ple de­vices to­gether to make a whole that is much more than the sum of its parts

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The im­mi­nent launch of the Ap­ple Watch means the tech­nol­ogy gi­ant will soon have de­vices of all sizes and uses, from wrist­worn to work­sta­tion. Ap­ple’s soft­ware cov­ers ev­ery­thing, whether you want to share the sen­sa­tion of a heart­beat or run a net­work of servers and work­sta­tions. At the cen­tre of this ecosys­tem is the Mac. Though it’s no longer a re­quire­ment for sync­ing an iPhone or iPad, it’s still at the heart of the com­pany, and soft­ware for all Ap­ple de­vices is de­vel­oped on it.

OS X Yosemite and iOS 8 pull Macs and mo­bile de­vices even closer, en­abling you to make and re­ceive phone calls on a Mac­Book, or send text mes­sages from an iMac.

As for the Watch, ini­tially you’ll need an iPhone to use one, so it too is very much a part of the ecosys­tem.

Of course, Ap­ple makes ad­di­tional kit that’s de­signed to make work­ing with your Mac or iOS de­vice eas­ier, or pro­vide ex­tra fea­tures. Air­Port Ex­treme con­nects Macs and mo­bile de­vices to your broad­band con­nec­tion, and Ap­ple TV and Air­Port Ex­press stream au­dio and video over your net­work to a tele­vi­sion or hi-fi. Ap­ple’s wire­less key­board, mouse and track­pad are among the best in their class. Even the ne­glected Thun­der­bolt Dis­play is a great ad­di­tion to us­ing a Mac­Book at a desk, or as a dis­play for a Mac mini or Mac Pro.

Ap­ple’s soft­ware is at least as vi­tal as its hard­ware. As well as be­ing the glue that binds the whole sys­tem to­gether, it makes ev­ery­thing we love about Ap­ple prod­ucts pos­si­ble. Be­yond Ap­ple’s op­er­at­ing sys­tems there are ap­pli­ca­tions and ser­vices. The iWork and iLife apps are a bril­liant ex­am­ple of how Ap­ple makes even the most in­cred­i­ble re­sults easy to achieve. And Fi­nal Cut Pro X and Logic Pro X are the first choices for thou­sands of pro­fes­sion­als in the video and au­dio fields.

Over the next eight pages, we’ll take you in­side Ap­ple’s ecosys­tem and show you how it all fits to­gether.

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