At the time of publication, over three million small businesses use QuickBooks accounting software to keep track of their accounts, spending, payroll, and tax information, according to QuickBooks' manufacturer Intuit. Apple computers and mobile devices are becoming more widely used in business environments, making demand for a QuickBooks application that runs on Apple devices more pressing than ever.
QuickBooks for Mac
QuickBooks for Mac is available for Mac computers running OS X version 10.7 or 10.8. This version of QuickBooks is roughly equivalent to QuickBooks Pro for PCs. It is an entry-level product and does not include enterprise-level features that QuickBooks Premier and QuickBooks Enterprise Solutions offer.
The QuickBooks Online service is an alternative to the QuickBooks desktop software. It offers many of the features available in the desktop versions of QuickBooks Pro, but with a lower cost of entry. QuickBooks for Mac Price is about $200 as of this writing, while QuickBooks Online costs between about $13 and $63 per month with a 30-day free trial period. QuickBooks Online is compatible with Safari 4 or later, Firefox 5 or later, and Chrome for Mac.
QuickBooks for iOS Devices
If your business already uses a QuickBooks product for PCs, but you have begun to use Apple mobile devices such as the iPhone or iPad to manage your business remotely, the QuickBooks Mobile app can save you time and effort. Instead of saving receipts to be entered at the end of the week, the QuickBooks Mobile app allows you to enter your business purchases directly into QuickBooks on your iPhone, Android phone, or iPad.
Even though Intuit has a QuickBooks product for Apple computers, businesses that require more complexity than the entry-level product offers are limited to the PC-only versions of QuickBooks. In addition, even though the QuickBooks Mobile app can run on Apple mobile devices, it requires the PC version of QuickBooks because it does not run as a standalone app and does not sync with the Mac version of QuickBooks.