The glue that the others just don’t have

With updates to iOS, OS X, iPhone, iPad and Mac, there have been a flood of reviews. When reading these reviews, it's easy to get caught up in the details of each product. But that's only part of the story. Apple's big initiative is to bring all of its products together, so the sum is greater than the parts. In fact, Tim Cook made a bet on this when he restructured the executive team shortly after taking on the role of CEO. While the individual product reviews are important, it's now important to also look at Apple's progress in bringing things together seamlessly. So how is Apple doing?

 

Farhad Manjoo, The New York Times:

Its phones, tablets, computers and the mobile and desktop operating systems that run them are blending into a single, inseparable whole...

What I found was, for the most part, just what Apple has promised: an integration of hardware and software that works intuitively as you move among the gorgeous devices.

 

Joanna Stern, The Wall Street Journal:

But unlike the competition, the iPhone, iPad and the Mac are playing to their form factors without requiring compromise, while adopting visual continuity and strong communication they never had before.

The Yosemite and iOS pairing feels like the glue that the others just don’t have right now.