20 Mar

Mac vs. PC



We write our title with a bit of “tounge-in-cheek”. There is such fierce debate between Windows advocates  and Mac supporters, about which is “better” that we can’t help but to smile. It can’t be an entirely serious debate given that personal choice is about perception, preference, and market pressure. But if you want to know which computer the author is using to write this article, you can ask him.

There are a few things that the Windows folks need to know and understand about Mac. The first is that contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to spend $3000 to purchase a Mac. It certainly helps, but there are several kinds of different Macs, and one of the least expensive Mac desktops is the Mac Mini. The specs for each  Mac is outside the scope of this article, but we encourage you to take a look in order to compare: http://www.imore.com/mac-mini-which-entry-level-options-should-you-get. The entry level Mac Mini runs about $499.00.

Now that we debunked the myth that a Mac is unaffordable (well sort of), what are the differences? One of the key differences, according to Professor Tom Rodden, is that historically Microsoft has been a software company, whereas Apple controls both hardware and software. The end result is that Apple can protect and optimize its computers in ways Microsoft cannot. http://bgr.com/2014/06/26/differences-between-mac-and-pc/. So now imagine being able to test the operating system with every combination of hardware that you will release.  This is a good reason Mac advocates happen to love the Mac and report that “it just works”.

A Windows guru might scoff at these “benefits”. For one thing it is nice to have a choice of what kind of hardware you are going to use. Moreover, when there is only one machine to choose from, you have a virtual monopoly and we all know what happens to price when it isn’t beaten around with a little competition. The perception of Mac because of the way Apple handles business is that they cater to the elite and are okay with only 5-10% of the market share. When you buy your Mac, coming from a PC, keep in mind whether your computer will have the software compatibility that you have come to expect and rely on.

The Mac camp will let you know just how amazing the Mac operating system is which is fully integrated with and works seamlessly with the hardware. An operating system named Unix which is “open source” was not built for Macs. However Mac’s use of Unix as a platform has made it incredibly solid and highly resistant to viruses.  Also, in part because of the Unix Platform, the Mac is an incredible tool shielded by amazing security, and requires far less maintenance.

There are few who could denounce the Unix platform upon which Mac resides.  Windows users could very well say that they are catching up to Mac with touch screen technology (Windows 8) and that they are compatible with a lot more software. The PC offers far more ability to customize its software and hardware. In addition, Windows offers great backwards-compatibility.

In conclusion, if everyone bought a Mac, many computer repair guys would go out of business, and the price of a computer would be unbearable…. until then, lets keep stoking the fiery debate between the Mac and Windows. There are common threads that run through all computers, like “don’t drop your laptop”.



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