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A guide to pre-installed software on iOS and macOS

When you buy a new Apple MacBook or iPad, it comes with a bunch of different applications built-in to the operating system (OS). An OS is the software your gadgets run on. Apple’s laptops run on macOS while iPads use iOS, and they work in quite similar ways. We’ll give you a quick rundown of what you can do with your new gadgets straight out of the gate.

Let your hair down

Whether you want to relax or you’re in the mood to get a bit creative, there’s plenty of cool apps to play around with. GarageBand is perfect for everyone from music maestros to composing beginners. You can mess around with virtual instruments or even record a song with your band. iMovie lets you edit home videos and create a little movie trailer from your holiday memories. If you fancy relaxing instead, then iBooks is a great eReader with a massive range of books available. This will also connect to your online iCloud account so you can keep reading no matter where you are.

Time to get to work

When you need to roll up your sleeves and get down to business, Apple’s equivalent to Microsoft Office has got you covered. Keynote lets you put together slides for a presentation, while Pages and Numbers are like Word and Excel – letting you write essays or reports and put together spreadsheets. The good thing about these programs is that they’re hooked up to the iCloud, Apple’s online storage system. So you’ll be able to transfer your documents between your devices and work on them at home, on the train or wherever you need to.