The original Mac, while ahead of its time, ushered in a different era; one that took a while to grow roots, but became the norm, even deeper into the 21st century. We need to be thankful for Apple’s apps and the features we get for free.
All. U. Need.
Most of us have and use applications that go beyond the basics Apple gives us. We have Safari and Mail, Calendar and Contact, FaceTime and Messages, Notes and Reminders. Every Apple customer gets Pages, Numbers, and Keynote for free. Apple Maps, too.
What’s not to like? Free is good, right? The holiday season is a time to give thanks so let’s be thankful that Apple can afford to provide customers with such beneficial applications.
What’s missing? Consideration of the Apple ecosystem; the related and integrated set of functionality that extends beyond the basics. I have a small but growing list.
iCloud – yes, the 5GB amount Apple gives away for free is anemic, but enough to handle Calendar, Reminders, Notes, Contacts, and importantly, iCloud Keychain.
CarPlay – sure, some of us hate CarPlay because it’s not wireless everywhere yet, but that day will come. CarPlay is a bit like having an iPad mini on your car’s dashboard but combined with Siri it can help the driving experience.
Apple Music – I look at Apple Music in two ways. The monthly subscription that gets you access to umpteen million songs. And Apple Music the app which lets you play and organize your own music the way iTunes did back in the day.
Photos – there are many ways to store photos, but an app that syncs photos between devices and keeps them well organized and shareable– for free– is worthy of a thank you nod.
AirDrop – as is often the case with Apple functions the original AirDrop was, well, buggy and not exactly ubiquitous, even if it Sherlocked a few other sharing apps. Drag and drop a file or folder and AirDrop would send it away.
Activity & Health – even Apple Watch gets into the act with a built-in system that collects information about your activity– movement– and health information and syncs it up to iPhone.
Siri Shortcuts – allow me to place this Siri functionality into the almost-ready-for-primetime functional feature list. Siri has improved. How we use Siri has not, but getting acclimated to Siri Shortcuts changes that, and modifies how we interact with Siri on our devices.
Pray for more usable functions on future products, give thanks for what you have already because life everywhere else is worse.