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A week working with nothing but Apple iOS and OS X

For the next seven days, I’m going to work only with Apple devices, software and services. That’s iOS and OS X only.

Working with nothing but Apple technology is no big deal. Millions of people do the same. It’ll be interesting to see how easy it is to make a clean break with Microsoft and Google.

Next week I’ll repeat the exercise with Microsoft technology. Then Google technology.

This week looks set to include the usual mix of working at home, meetings and press functions. There will be some working while on the move.

Apple kit

My kitbag includes a 2013 MacBook Air, an iPad Air and an iPhone 5S. Depending on how things go, I may use Apple’s Bluetooth keyboard.

I’ll use Safari on each of the three devices. For writing I’ll use Pages. I will use web-based tools like WordPress as well. Facetime should cover me for any online communications.

Apple’s Calendar, Contacts and Notes will handle day to day admin tasks. This may or may not include iCloud versions of the tools. If I need to crunch numbers, Numbers will get the job. And photo processing will be done by iPhoto.

Problem areas

There are two problems. While I plan to use Apple’s Mail app, I have to route messages through Google Apps. That’s because I have a personal domain. I don’t think there’s a straightforward Apple-only way to do this.

I’ll have to use Google for search as Apple doesn’t offer anything similar.

Otherwise, it’s Apple iOS and OS X all the way.  Let’s see how it goes.

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