The Apple ecosystem is a term used to describe Apple Inc.'s digital ecosystem of products and services, including the iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, HomePod, and the applications that run on them.[1] It is often praised for its seamless integration and optimization between various networks of devices, software and services,[2] and is largely emphasized by Apple's focus on privacy,[3][4] but criticized for its closed system and lack of customer control.[5][6]

Apple products often unlock extra features when paired with other Apple products, as opposed to devices from other companies.[7] Privacy is also considered a major perk of the ecosystem, as Apple markets its products with high standards of privacy, sometimes using it as a selling point over competitors.[8][9][10][11]

"Walled garden"

See also: Closed platform

Apple's ecosystem is often described as a walled garden.[12][13] While peripherals such as AirPods, HomePods and AirTags integrate complementarily into the ecosystem, with products such as the iPhone, it does not function as well or with as many features with competitive devices such as Android smartphones.[7] Also, it is not easy to switch from the ecosystem once users have immersed themselves into it, as it is designed to keep users from leaving.[5][6]

See also


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  4. ^ ""It's the ecosystem, stupid"*". The Mac Security Blog. 2019-01-11. Retrieved 2021-05-05.
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  6. ^ a b Patel, Nilay (2018-02-06). "Apple HomePod review: locked in". The Verge. Retrieved 2021-05-05.
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  9. ^ Gartenberg, Chaim (2021-04-27). "Why Apple's new privacy feature is such a big deal". The Verge. Retrieved 2021-05-05.
  10. ^ Samantha Murphy Kelly (26 April 2021). "Apple's major privacy change is here. What you need to know". CNN. Retrieved 2021-05-05.
  11. ^ Brookes, Tim (May 2021). "How Apple's AirTags Prevent Stalkers from Tracking You". How-To Geek. Retrieved 2021-05-05.
  12. ^ "Apple's app store goes on trial in threat to 'walled garden'". NBC News. 3 May 2021. Retrieved 2021-05-05.
  13. ^ Sherr, Ian. "Apple's 'walled garden' walls will get even higher with iOS 14, iPadOS 14 and MacOS Big Sur". CNET. Retrieved 2021-05-05.