How big is your Apple ecosystem?

Discussion in 'Apple Music, Apple Pay, iCloud, Apple Services' started by pmontanarella, Apr 21, 2013.

  1. pmontanarella macrumors 6502

    Oct 12, 2012
    Vancouver, Canada
    Hi all,

    Lately I've been thinking of the whole Apple ecosystem and I was wondering how big your Apple ecosystem is. How many devices do you have? How do they all integrate with each other? Personally I have a MacBook Pro and an iPhone 5 all syncing with iCloud and wifi-sync with iTunes, and the ipHone backing up each night to iCloud. I also have a Time Capsule for backups for the macbook Pro and a Airport Express I use as a wifi extender. My mom has a MacBook Pro, an iPad and an iPhone 4 and my sister also has a MacBook and an iPad. All the laptops are backing up to the time capsule and they each have iCloud to sync with each other. Lastly we have an Apple TV as a centerpiece in the living room for all media consumption and movie renting.

    I'd love to hear what you guys have as an Apple ecosystem and how it works. Additionally, if you have any suggestions on how to improve even further my ecosystem please let me know, suggestions are always welcome :)

  2. imejh macrumors member


    Mar 4, 2013
    About 8 weeks ago I purchased my first Apple products, and because of the fantastic ecosystem, device integration, and device quality I went all in and bought everything at once. So, my world of Apple devices now consist of a 15" rMBP 2.3/8/256, iPhone 5 32GB on Verizon, iPad 4 32GB on Verizon, iPod 7 nano 16GB, ATV 3, and a Time Capsule 2TB tying it all together along with iCloud. This is also my first crack at going all digital media consumption.

    I use the rMBP as the main hub. I have ripped all my CDs (about 1,400 songs) and purchased iTunes Match. I have bought about 500 more songs, 5 movies, and 2 books from iTunes that were all downloaded to the rMBP. The phone/tablet I back up using iCloud and then sync media/photos/videos with the laptop. My first laptop sync was tethered but now when I add to the laptop media library I use WiFi sync to sync with the phone/tablet. So, I have all my music (1,900 songs) in iCloud, and on the laptop, phone, and tablet. The phone/tablet are used to stream my music collection via BT in the car or to my portable BT speakers. I use the iPod for workouts and running/biking etc. so I just keep whatever music I'm in the mood for that day on it by syncing with the laptop. The movies I watched on the ATV by WiFi streaming from the laptop, or syncing 1 at a time to a phone/tablet to watch. Music, movies, pics can be played on ATV by streaming from laptop or from iCloud, and the cloud gives me the ability to take ATV anywhere plug into a TV and connect to the net and have my media library available. I have iPhoto syncing pics/vids with the phone/tablet when I plug them in to the laptop, plus using Photo Stream. And, here on my home network everything being operated by Time Capsule doing WiFi Time Machine laptop backups, AirPrint, AirPlay, and all my devices syncing with each other flawlessly, plus providing me with rock solid speeds and connections.

    Sorry for the big paragraph, but can't you tell I'm very happy with everything thus far. I've had only 2 little hiccups so far with all the Apple gear. The first being when I started the iTunes Match and having it hang twice for about 30 minutes while doing the song match process and upload missing songs, and the second being me having to reboot the Time Capsule about 5 weeks ago after updating it to the current firmware version and it initially giving me some WiFi issues, but reboot fixed it.

    I've always admired Apple over the years, but for one reason or another I never bought any of their products. But when I started reading about things like iCloud, Air Play, Air Print, etc. and Apple tying it all together with all their devices and software creating the whole ecosystem. Well I couldn't resist it any longer and everything has exceeded my highest expectations. To put it simply... Digital Nirvana.
  3. Nermal Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 7, 2002
    New Zealand
    Nonexistent because a computer system is not an ecology.

    Now that that's out of the way:

    1 MacBook Pro
    1 iPhone 4S
    2 Hacs
    2 AirPorts

    It seems to do the trick :)
  4. Jessica Lares macrumors G3

    Jessica Lares

    Oct 31, 2009
    Near Dallas, Texas, USA
    Three Macs are in our network. An iMac G4, a Power Mac G5, and my MacBook Pro. Them two iPhones that my parents have, and an iPod Touch my brother has. Finally, my iPad Mini. This doesn't count my other iPods though and unplugged machines.

    And that's it.
  5. eric/, Apr 22, 2013
    Last edited: Apr 22, 2013

    eric/ Guest


    Sep 19, 2011
    Ohio, United States
    But it can be an ecosystem, as the OP stated. but just in case you want to argue the point:


    Macbook Air
    Airport Extreme
    iPhone 5
    Apple TV
  6. rsnapeuk macrumors regular

    Oct 19, 2011
    Macbook Pro
    iPhone 5
    Apple TV

    (**** loads of Apple accessories)
  7. DesertEagle macrumors 6502a


    Jan 10, 2012
    /home @
    My wife and I have the following devices:

    2 Macs
    2 iPads
    2 iPhones
    2 iPods
  8. ugahairydawgs macrumors 68030


    Jun 10, 2010
    Between me and the wife....

    iPhone x2
    iPad x2
    MBP x1
    Mac Mini x1
    Airport Extreme x1
    Apple TV x3

    All DVDs are ripped and served through the house on the Mini through iTunes. iCloud syncs a good chunk of the data.
  9. BroadcastDoc macrumors 6502


    Nov 22, 2008
    Milwaukee, WI
    My Family...

    1 iPhone 5
    3 iPhone 4S
    2 iPads
    2 iPods
    1 MacBook Air
    2 MacBooks
    1 MacMini
    1 iMac
    1 Apple TV
    1 AirPort Extreme
    1 AirPort Express
  10. Nermal Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 7, 2002
    New Zealand
    Well if you really want me to argue then I'll point out that the Oxford dictionary provided in OS X lacks that definition :p

    ecosystem |ˈiːkəʊsɪstəm|
    a biological community of interacting organisms and their physical environment.
  11. djransom macrumors 68040


    May 14, 2008
    Mac Pro
    iPhone 5
    iPad 4
    Apple TV

    That about sums it up for me. It's time for a new Mac Pro this year and I'm definitely considering purchasing an iMac by the holidays.
  12. rmhop81 macrumors 68020


    Apr 4, 2005
    Dallas, TX
    MacBook Air
    AirPort Extreme
    3 airport express
    2 Apple TV
    2 iPhone 5
    2 iPad mini

    Actually have another AirPort Extreme and 2 old apple express I need to sell. Also iPhone 4 to sell.
  13. mikeydeezy macrumors 6502a


    Jun 15, 2010
    MN, USA
    iPhone 5 for myself. 4 for my wife.
    Apple TV
    Macbook Pro
    Airport Extreme w/ external drive attached
  14. nizmoz, May 3, 2013
    Last edited: May 6, 2013

    nizmoz macrumors 65816

    Jul 7, 2008

    1 - iPhone 5 64gb white
    1 - iPhone 5 16gb black
    1 - iPhone 4S 16gb white
    1 - 09 Mac Mini
    1 - 27" apple cinema
    1 - ipad mini white - 64gb
    1 - iPad Mini blk - 16gb
    1 - Late 2012 27" imac, 680mx, i7 3.4, 1tb Fusion


    Many MacBook pros, airs, atv2, airport extreme
  15. AppleDeviceUser macrumors 6502


    Jan 7, 2012
    1 - 8GB iPod Nano 4g (Blue)
    4 - 2GB iPod shuffle 4g (Black)
    4 - 32GB iPod touch 4g (Black)
    1 - 64GB iPod touch 4g (Black)
    2 - 64GB iPod touch 5g (Black)
    1 - 8GB iPod touch 2g (Black)
    1 - Apple TV 3g
    1 - 64GB iPad "3" (Black)
    1 - 15" 2012 MacBook Pro Retina, fully upgraded
    1 - 21" 2012 iMac, fully upgraded
    2 - Magic Mice
    1 - Apple Wireless Keyboard
    And dozens of Apple accessories like: USB SuperDrive, Apple Earpods, iPad Dock, lighting and 30-Pin cables, etc.

    Plus over $2500 of iTunes purchases
  16. Shrink macrumors G3


    Feb 26, 2011
    New England, USA
  17. Che Castro macrumors 603

    May 21, 2009
    Mac mini
    AirPort Extreme
    iPhone 5
    Ipad mini
    Apple TV
  18. johnnnw macrumors 65816


    Feb 7, 2013
    My family in total has an iMac 21inch, I have a MBP, iPhone 4, Apple TV 3.

    I really want a Time Capsule sometime to do easy TM backups, but they're pretty expensive.
  19. MUBiomed macrumors 6502


    Apr 24, 2010
    15" rMBP
    iPhone 5 x2
    iPad Mini x2
    7th Gen iPod Nano x2
    Airport Express
    3rd Gen Apple TV x3
  20. Macman45 macrumors G5


    Jul 29, 2011
    Somewhere Back In The Long Ago
    Imac 2012 27"
    rMBP 13"
    Ipad 4
    Iphone 5
    ATV 3 X 2
    Time Capsule
    Pegasus R4

    All integrated and work perfectly together. I dabbled with an Android tablet...The little N7, but just could;t find a way to work it in....I only really got it to see what Android was like.
  21. Celtic Warrior macrumors regular

    Celtic Warrior

    Mar 20, 2013
    Toronto, ON
    I'd consider myself with my family(sis)

    Macbook Pro
    Apple Tv
    iPhone 2x
    Airport Express
    iPod Classic
    iPod Mini

    I'm planing to purchase iPad Mini with retina display as soon as it will be launched. Also new Xbox is coming too. It will depend on my mood and features in fact. :)
  22. octatonic macrumors regular


    Mar 23, 2010
    Heavily invested, I think.

    Mac Pro with 24" Cinema Display in the home studio.
    MacBook Air 2012
    iPad Mini 64gb 3G
    iPad 2 64gb 3G
    iPad 4 64gb 3G
    iPhone 4 64gb
    2 x Apple TV.
    3 x AirPort Extreme.

    The real cost has been in the machines I don't have... Since 198x.
  23. OllyW, May 6, 2013
    Last edited: May 6, 2013

    OllyW Moderator


    Staff Member

    Oct 11, 2005
    The Black Country, England
    Mac mini
    MacBook Pro
    3 x Apple TV
    AirPort Extreme
    3 x iPods

    All sort of integrated, but not as integrated as I'd like it to be as the MBP is running Snow Leopard and can't take advantage of iCloud. I also have to run two iTunes libraries because of the limitations of iTunes Match, so I have to juggle things around to sync everything. :(
  24. Brian Y macrumors 68040

    Oct 21, 2012
    In this house, we have (* indicates it's mine):

    15" Retina MacBook Pro (2.6/16GB/512GB)*
    27" iMac (3.4 i7/32GB/200GB SSD + 3TB)*
    11" MacBook Air (No idea what spec)
    13" MacBook Air* (work, not owned by me, i5/8gb/256gb)

    iPhone 5*
    iPhone 4
    iPad 2 (64gb 3G)*
    iPad (first gen - 32GB 3G)

    AirPort Extreme*
    AirPort Express*
    3 x Apple TV 2nd Gen

    Not including the ridiculous number of accessories, etc.
    Ironically, it's not powered by a Mac server. All that stuff is dealt with on a small ESXi box running 2 VMs - debian for filesharing/backups, etc and a Windows XP install running iTunes as a media server.
  25. Nalmond92 macrumors regular

    Apr 26, 2013
    bearing in mind 6 months ago i owned zero apple products

    ipad (3rd Gen) 32GB
    iPhone 4s 32GB
    Apple Tv 3rd Gen
    iMac late 2012
    Apple Battery Charger
    iPod nano (3rd Gen)

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