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    APPLE MAC By Nathan Parker With the end of free support for Windows 7, many users are looking at alternatives to Windows 10. And some are considering
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      APPLE MAC By Nathan Parker

      Setting up a new Mac

      The initial setup process is handled by Setup Assistant (more info) — it’s generally easy and takes little time. It will, however, require that you set up a new Apple account or use an existing account. (If you already have an Apple product such as an iPhone, iPad, or even iTunes on Windows, you almost surely have an Apple account.)

      Doesn’t “require” here contradict your previous answer which gave the impression that an Apple ID was entirely optional?

      Someone on Twitter responded to my Mac Switcher Guide asking if it is difficult to setup to setup a user account on a Mac without signing into an Apple ID.

      The answer is, it’s quite simple. During the Setup Assistant that appears when setting up a new Mac for the first time or when logging into a new user account for the first time, simply click “Skip” when it asks to create or sign in with an Apple ID.

      However, there are a handful of features that do require an Apple ID to use. These features require an Apple ID:

      • iCloud syncing (iCloud Drive, iCloud Photos, iCloud Mail, iCloud Contacts, iCloud Calendars, iCloud Reminders, iCloud Notes, Safari syncing, iCloud Keychain, Stocks syncing; app syncing over iCloud)
      • Some Siri functionality
      • Find My (Find My Mac, Find My iPhone, etc.)
      • Apple News syncing and Apple News+
      • Home and HomeKit
      • iMessage, Apple Business Chat, and iCloud message syncing
      • Family Sharing
      • Mac App Store purchases
      • Apple Books
      • Game Center
      • FaceTime
      • iTunes, Apple Music, Apple Podcasts, Apple TV, and Apple TV+
      • Handoff and Continuity
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