For the first time, Apple is moving out of its hardware ecosystem as it launches a new tool called Move to iOS.
As the name implies, the new tool will enable easy migration of data from an Android device to a new iPhone or iPad. That means as an iPhone or iPad user, you will be able to transfer contacts, calendars, photos, videos, browser bookmarks, email accounts, and SMS history from an Android enabled device to your iPhone or iPad.
Prior to Wednesday’s launch of Move to iOS, Apple avoided anything that had to do with devices running on Android OS. The company’s only Android presence before the launch of the tool was Beats Music, which the Cupertino-based tech giant acquired in 2014.
During the process of transfer, iOS establishes a private Wi-Fi network and connects with the Android device. However, you will be required to enter a security code, which authorizes copying data and configuring apps like Mail.
Move to iOS also tries to identify other Android apps that have similar features and functions on the Apple App Store. It is also designed to download free ones automatically as well as place paid ones on an iTunes Wish List.
Apple’s Move to iOS is available as a free download, and runs on any device with Android 4.0 or later.