As you use macOS, you will be prompted to sign in with an Apple ID or an iCloud account. This video can help you understand what these accounts are and help you decide if you want to use them.
- [Instructor] Before we get in to learning how to work with macOS there's an important conversation we should have about online accounts. Specifically the Apple ID account and the iCloud account. As you use macOS or an iPhone, or an iPad, there will be many times where you may be prompted to sign in to either an Apple ID or an iCloud account in order to enable certain functionality. You are not required to sign in to an Apple ID or iCloud account to use macOS. They are optional. But you do need those accounts in order to use some applications and some optional services. So if you do not want to setup these accounts you always have the option to skip it. So first let's introduce the Apple ID. The Apple ID is a simple registration for one individual person. It's a way of getting you and your information into Apple's database so that you can identify yourself on your computer and online services. When you setup an Apple ID you have a simple email address and password which you can use to log in to store and update information about yourself with Apple. In addition to your name and contact information the Apple ID can keep a record of the Apple devices that you own. And optionally the Apple ID can store your credit card information. That's because the Apple ID is also the account that you use in any application that involves paying for something. Like buying music through iTunes or apps in the App Store. The account itself does not require any payment information but if you use any of Apple's online stores you will need to provide credit card information in your Apple ID account. So that's the Apple ID. Then there's the iCloud account. iCloud is an account that you setup that gives you access to a collection of tools built around storing information online or accessing certain data on multiple devices. For example, iCloud lets you keep your address book, calendars, reminders and notes synchronized on multiple devices. So the information on your computer is always the same as the information on your iPhone for example. It also lets you synchronize data from other applications. Like your photo library. iCloud also includes an email account, a cloud storage tool, and a back up solution for an iPhone or an iPad. A basic iCloud account is free but there are some optional services that cost money. We will see some things in this course that require an iCloud account. You should check out my course iCloud Essential Training for much more information on iCloud in general. Now that you know about these two accounts here's the one confusing thing that I want to address before you run in to it. In some scenarios an Apple ID account and an iCloud account can be the same account. Or you might have an iCloud account that is completely separate from your Apple ID account. Apple ID and iCloud started as two very different services but over the years they've changed and become much more closely linked. Now when you sign in to iCloud the email address and password that use to sign in are considered to be an Apple ID. You can think of iCloud as an extra service added on top of an Apple ID login. So, for example, I have an Apple ID that I use for the iTunes Store which is separate from my iCloud account simply because I setup those two accounts years ago. But for new users I strongly recommend you just setup one account that is used for both services. One email address and password that you'll use whenever you are prompted to sign in to either Apple ID or iCloud. So I hope you're starting to understand what the Apple ID and iCloud accounts are and what they're used for. The usefulness of these accounts will become more clear as we go through the rest of this course. At this point you might want to decide whether you plan to use these accounts or you can continue watching the course and decide later.
- Launching and managing applications
- Browsing the web with Safari
- Use the Messages app with iCloud
- Use FaceTime for audio and video calls
- Using bundled applications
- Import and organize pictures
- Use the App Store to install and update applications
- Install software from the web
- Using Siri for voice commands
- Manage notifications
- Share files and data between devices