How tied are you into the Apple ecosystem

Discussion in 'Apple, Inc and Tech Industry' started by Cristim74, Apr 7, 2018.

  1. Cristim74 macrumors member


    Aug 27, 2016
    Bucharest, Romania
    Hi there friends,

    I was wondering how tied are people into the Apple ecosystem.
    What Apple hardware and services are you using?
    How easy or difficult would it be for you to move to something else?

    I'll start with our household setup. We were PC/Android users until 3-5 years ago, when we slowly started switching over. Why? Reliability and user friendliness. This is what we are currently using:

    iPhone 8 Plus
    iPad Air 2 cellular
    Watch Series 3 (non-LTE)
    2017 MacBook Pro 15"

    My wife:
    iPhone 7
    iPad mini (3 series I think)
    2016 Macbook 12"

    200Gb shared iCloud subscription
    Apple Music Family subscription

    We still have a PC in the living room and a Lenovo notebook, bust mostly for the kids.

    We could move to something else if needed, but the convenience of the current ecosystem is there.
    Apple makes it hard for other vendor's equipment to integrate into their ecosystem so you're mostly stuck to Apple for the hardware.
  2. drewsof07 macrumors 68000


    Oct 30, 2006
  3. Tech198 macrumors G5

    Mar 21, 2011
    Australia, Perth
    Very tied...

    Macbook Pro
    iPhone 6s+
    iPad 16 Gig
    Mac Mini
  4. AidenShaw macrumors P6


    Feb 8, 2003
    The Peninsula
    Me: None
    My husband: None

    All Windows, Linux and Android.
  5. belvdr macrumors 603

    Aug 15, 2005
    No longer logging into MR
    Headed that direction myself but will likely stay on iPhones.
  6. slayerizer macrumors 6502a

    Nov 9, 2012
    Untied! Only have a macbookpro 2013 and 2 ipads I don't really use. I wouldnt mind to be all in again if I felt respected.

    I just feel that everything is way more overpriced that before and you also have less choice and less updates. Their total disrecpect of the non-IOS products is beyond me.
  7. mtasquared, Apr 10, 2018
    Last edited: May 27, 2018

    mtasquared macrumors regular


    May 3, 2012
    I'm old and so is some of my gear.

    Watch: Movado Connect
    Phone: Galaxy Note 5
    Speaker(s): Google Home, Amazon Echo Dot
    Laptop: Macbook Air
    Tablet: iPad2 (too slow to be usable. my workflow doesn't really go with a tablet anyway)
    Main Workstation: tuned Mac Pro 5,1 on OSX Mountain Lion
    Wife/Office workstation: i5 self built custom pc on windows 7

    Just bought a Galaxy Note 8. I am totally tied into the Google ecosystem, but use a Mac.
  8. goslowjoe macrumors member


    Dec 22, 2017
    On the lonely planet
    Totally, and it works perfectly for me:

    Spread over two homes I own, thus two networks, as well as the office:
    1 x Time Capsule
    3 x Airport Extreme
    1 x iMac, 2 x MacBook Pro, 2 x Mac Mini, 4 x iPhone, 1 x iPad

    Apple Music, iCloud Drive, Plex running on one of the Mac Minis, - photos shared with the family, and I have access to my important information anywhere as well as at the office. Ditched the employer's stone age Windows PC (which they refuse to upgrade to something workable), put in my own Mac Mini with their permission, and it is flawless. No hanging, forced reboots, MS Office not responding, etc.

    Cannot imagine going back to anything else.
  9. kazmac macrumors 604


    Mar 24, 2010
    On the silver scream
  10. Mefisto macrumors 6502a


    Mar 9, 2015
    The North
    Just the right amount of tied.

    Phone, laptop, aTV, Time Capsule. And an iPod Classic. And 50 gigs on iCloud.
  11. millerj123 macrumors 65816

    Mar 6, 2008
    I've always used both, which is why so far I've always preferred Apple despite the sometimes hefty Apple tax. I don't know what I'll do when my 2011 Macbook pro no longer serves me. MacBook Pro, iPhone 6s, Series 2 Apple watch, multiple windows laptops, desktops and servers.
  12. TMRJIJ macrumors 68030


    Dec 12, 2011
    South Carolina, United States
    Very tied.

    What I have:
    • MacBook Pro (mid 2010)
    • iPad Air 2
    • iPhone 7
    • AirPods
    • MacBook (Early 2008) which I’ve just given to my mother
    • iPad 2
    My mother:
    • iPad 2
    • iPhone 7
    Most of my extended family have iPhones either iPads.
  13. T'hain Esh Kelch macrumors 601

    T'hain Esh Kelch

    Aug 5, 2001
    We have the following:
    iMac, 2xMBP, rMB, 1,5xiPad (One not being used, IOS9 killed it), 2xiPhones.

    I don't feel tied into the ecosystem in any way really. I have a 200GB iCloud which could easily be moved to something else, and then all my Safari logins, but I consider that a minor hurdle. The 'worst' is probably all the metadata in Photos.
  14. Inked macrumors regular


    Feb 15, 2009
    Buckinghamshire, UK
    We have;

    iPad Pro
    iPad Air
    iPad mini
    2 x iPhone X
    iPhone SE
    Apple Watch
    Apple TV 4K
    Apple TV 3
    200gb iCloud
    Apple Music sub

    As with the above poster, I don’t feel tied in. Most of my content has been purchased elsewhere, everything else can be transferred with only minor inconvenience if I ever decide to move away from Apple products.
  15. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    I'm very tied in, iphones, iPads, Macs, even a homepod.

    I tried venturing out using windows the past couple of years however, my kids rebelled, they enjoy the OS X experience much more.
  16. artfossil macrumors 65816


    Oct 5, 2015
  17. GoodHealthIT, Apr 25, 2018
    Last edited: Apr 25, 2018

    GoodHealthIT macrumors member

    Nov 10, 2017
    Extremely. For those that are in active duty:

    1 x 2013 Mac Pro (server)
    1 x 2010 Mac Mini (server)
    1 x 2014 MBP (me)
    1 x 2012 MBA (me)
    1 x 2010 MBP (wife)
    1 x 2013 iMac (kids)
    1 x Time Capsule
    1 x Airport Extreme
    1 x Airport Express
    1 x iPhone 6 Plus (me)
    1 x iPhone 5C (wife)
    1 x Apple Watch S0
    1 x Apple TV 3
    1 x Apple TV 4

    I've also got a bunch of retired products dating back to the iMac G3 (Bondi Blue) that still work but only get used for novelty purposes.

    I stopped updating in 2014 as you can tell because I haven't seen anything worth upgrading for since, and am starting to waiver and seriously consider alternatives. In fact, this week I'll be retiring the Apple Watch and replacing it with a Garmin Fenix 5.
  18. bbednarz macrumors 6502a


    Nov 16, 2017
    Very happily tied in...

    Apple Watch Series 3 LTE
    iPhone 8+
    Apple TV 4 x3
    Apple TV 4K
    2014 MacBook Pro
    Head-unit with CarPlay
    Apple Music
    50GB iCloud storage

    Wish they would make an Echo Dot competitor so I could go all Siri for home automation, but I cant even justify 1 HomePod let alone outfitting the whole home with them...
  19. AidenShaw macrumors P6


    Feb 8, 2003
    The Peninsula
  20. bluespark macrumors 68000

    Jul 11, 2009
    New York
    I fought against the ecosystem for a long time, even though most of my computers/devices were Apple products. My reasoning at that time was that I wanted to be able to switch platforms anytime I wanted. I finally gave up and embraced the Apple ecosystem, and I'm really glad I did. So much of my stuff works better and more easily now, which means I didn't really properly value what Apple's services add to the equation.

    I had been particularly worried about having the Mac Photos app manage all my photos, but I actually very much like it. On the video side, being an Apple ecosystem user paid off in a big way when Apple upgraded many of my purchased movies to 4K for free -- that's something absolutely no one else was doing. Plus, there are now better tools out there for transitioning to other products, so if I ever change my mind, I think I'll be fine.
  21. mmomega macrumors demi-god


    Dec 30, 2009
    DFW, TX
    My walled garden at home is extremely high.

    I still dabble with many different brands but Apple is the majority for sure.
    I am also one that won't completely go blindly with Apple just becaue of Apple. I run a few thoughts through my head and if that particular product makes sense for me personally for a particular purpose then that's what I go with.

    For Apple things at home there is
    the HomePod
    5 AppleTVs
    4 MacBooks/Pros
    3 iPhone X's
    3 sets of AirPods
    3 sets of Beats Studio3
    2 iPads, 1 Pro 12", 1 Air2
    3 Apple Watches
    1 iMac5K
  22. steve_man75 macrumors newbie


    May 26, 2018
    I've grown quite weary of Apple. All of their gear is silly expensive (I own several Macs, iPhones, iPads, etc.) and used to be worth the upcharge. Not finding the "it just works" thing to really be that true anymore. I also don't like the fact that Apple will not let you really customize a lot of things to work for you.

    I hate the way they charge you for EVERYTHING. Spend hundreds on music over the years through iTunes and want to take the music you purchased elsewhere? Fat chance. Want to replace the garbage charger for your Mac? Sure, that'll be $100. Want to use an actual pair of your own headphones? Sure, we'll sell you a $10 adapter every time you misplace the one we supplied. Would you like us to replace the 16 GB of storage in your phone for you with a larger unit? Sure, you can get upgraded flash memory anywhere else for $20, but we're gonna charge you $100-200 for that. No, sorry... you can't add the micro sd card you already own.

    I could go on and on, but they are just about on my last nerve. The last blow for me was finding out that they are indeed throttling the speed of older phones. They can couch it however they want, but anyone with half a brain knows that they are doing it so that you will want to pay for a newer phone.

    So, right now I am pretty tied to the ecosystem. However, as my next few devices need to be replaced, my ties with Apple will be lessened, for sure.
  23. slayerizer macrumors 6502a

    Nov 9, 2012

    • There is no DRM in iTunes music, you can take your music anywhere. If you're paying a fixed cost, then you're leasing the music, you're not buying it.
    • I don't know any company that gives free adapter because you misplace them
    • SD card? yeah. In most phones, it's not considered as the built-in memory. You can use it for photos and music but it they often forbid you from putting applications there. Many people had problem with that, if they buy faulty cards they blame the phone. It's better to have built-in larger capacity memory
    • Many phones companies don't even have store to service their phones, I'm sure you'll complain with your next one

    - I don't currently use iTunes or the Mac
    - I don't have an iPhone
    - I have a phone with a SD card , so yes, I'm aware of the issues

  24. 960design macrumors 68030

    Apr 17, 2012
    Destin, FL
    None at all. I use products with the least interruption to my workflow. Currently and for the last 10 years that has been Apple. Before that it was OpenSolaris and before that it was Windows.

    OpenSolaris opened me up to Unix backends and in my opinion a much better user experience. Windows10 has done some pretty impressive things and I have a high end Window10 machine for Edge browser testing. But, Windows10 still seems to 'bing' in the background and 'pop-up' messages while I'm coding and this distraction is unacceptable.

    If Mac OS X goes away, I'd probably fall back to a high end Asus ZenBook Pro ( ) running some version of linux.
  25. JagdTiger macrumors regular


    Dec 20, 2017
    All I use now is a iPad, do not want a pc/desktop, its tethered and needs a monitor (laptop excluded) and two sockets for the plugs increasing electrical consumption...the portable tablets are the future of computer/entertainment systems.

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