Q: Pros & cons of unique Apple IDs for each device?

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    b2387692 macrumors regular

    Nov 9, 2014
    Hello all, I have a MBP and Mini Sever both running (pre-loaded) OS X 10.7.5, which I'm preparing to upgrade and I'm also considering buying my first iPhone.

    For the very purpose of NOT having any of my devices speak to each other and/or share any files, etc., I use each device for different things. I use hard-wired Mini for online financials i.e. purchases, banking, etc. I use my MBP for daily web surfing, email, social media, streaming TV & movies, and I use my phone to call/text, web surf, take/view recreational pics and videos.

    I've never created an Apple ID, never used iCloud, Mac app store nor iTunes store. That said, I need an Apple ID, now. What are the pros & cons of creating unique Apple IDs, for each device vs. one Apple ID for all devices? Thanks!
  2. Mr_Brightside_@ macrumors 68030


    Sep 23, 2005
    Do you want to continue using them all separately? If so, unique IDs will be fine, but tedious if you want to use the same (App Store) apps between Macs.
  3. b2387692 thread starter macrumors regular

    Nov 9, 2014
    Yes, I want to continue using them all separately. I've been using Macs for 6 years and don't yet have any apps from App Store, let alone any that I use between Macs. The only reason, I need an Apple ID, at this point, is to upgrade OS.
  4. Alrescha macrumors 68020

    Jan 1, 2008
    If all you are using is the App Store / iTunes Store then I do not see any advantage in more than one Apple ID. If you never sign into iCloud, the separation of your machines is maintained. If ever you come up with a need for multiple Apple IDs, you can always create them later.

  5. satcomer macrumors 603


    Feb 19, 2008
    The Finger Lakes Region
    The Apple ID can be seen at Apple - My Apple ID and when there you can create multiple email aliases that are still tied to one Apple ID. This way the whole family could see all movies and everything bought from the iTunes Store!

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