Here’s how much it costs to set up an Apple ecosystem

Investing in an Apple ecosystem isn’t cheap, but it does ensure seamless interaction between a user’s devices. Here’s how much it costs to set up.

Setting up a Apple can be daunting for those worried about cost, so it’s important to get an idea of ​​the different devices and their prices. A group of connected gadgets that can seamlessly interact with each other make up a digital ecosystem. Devices in a basic Apple ecosystem include an iPhone, AirPods, Apple Watch, MacBook, and iPad. An Android ecosystem would consist of a Chromebook, an Android smartphone, and a Wear OS smartwatch.

However, Apple’s ecosystem offers unparalleled continuity features. For example, Universal Clipboard lets users copy from an iPhone and paste on a Mac, AirDrop provides quick and easy wireless file transfers, and Handoff lets users start a task on an Apple device and finish it on another. It’s also possible to make and receive calls on multiple network-connected devices from an iPhone and auto-unlock a Mac with an Apple Watch. Apple’s ecosystem is often referred to as a “walled garden” that makes it almost impossible for an invested user to get out of it, but for those who want to take the plunge, here’s a look at the prices of an affordable Apple ecosystem.

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On the Apple Store, the cheapest iPhone model is the iPhone SE which starts at $429. The iPhone 13 mini starts at $699, while the iPhone 13 starts at $799. Users who don’t mind buying an older iPhone model can consider the iPhone 11, which starts at $499. Moving on to AirPods, the 2nd generation headphones are available for $129. Users who can afford to spend a little more can pay an extra $50 for the new 3rd generation AirPods. Next on the list is the Apple Watch. Although there are several options, the Apple Watch SE would be the best fit for an affordable ecosystem, starting at $279. Based on the cheapest options mentioned above, the total comes out to $837.

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While an iPhone paired with an Apple Watch and AirPods might be enough for many users, those looking to add a laptop to the mix can get the M1 MacBook Air for $999. For this price, Apple offers an 8-core processor, a 7-core GPU, 8GB of RAM and 256GB of SSD storage. Users who want to include an iPad can purchase the 9th generation iPad starting at $329. It features a 10.2-inch True Tone Retina display, Apple’s A13 Bionic chip, and a 12MP ultra-wide front camera with Center Stage. Adding these two products to the ecosystem basket will bring the total to $2,165.

Keep in mind that buying accessories for the iPhone or iPad will increase the overall cost of the Apple ecosystem. Chargers, for example, are not included with newer iPhones and will require an additional purchase. There are also other products like Apple TV and HomePod, which aren’t essential to the ecosystem but are useful additions. Although the prices mentioned above are taken from the official Apple Store, third-party retailers may offer better deals. Users looking for a bargain can check out refurbished Apple products, which could help reduce the overall price significantly. Buy products from official certified resellers Apple store will result in the same one year warranty as a new product.

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