10 Reasons To Get An Apple Mac Instead Of A Windows PC

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So you're trying to choose between a Windows PC or an Apple Mac. Or, maybe, you're just curious to see what a Mac can do better than a Windows PC.

Indeed, there are lots of things that a Mac computer from Apple can do better than a Windows PC. Oh, for sure, there are lots of good things about Windows PCs, when you put them up against a Mac. Right now, though, we're talking about reasons to buy a Mac over a PC. Come back soon, though, for an argument the other way.

Check out 10 reasons why you should by a Mac instead of a Windows PC:


1. Macs are easier to buy.

There are fewer models and configurations of Mac computers to choose from than there are Windows PCs - if only because only Apple makes Macs, and anyone can make a Windows PC.

Certain PC brands can have dozens of computers for sale, under the same (or similar) product names and model numbers. Unless you really know what to look for, picking a Windows PC can be daunting, especially if you're browsing on sites like Amazon.

But if you just want a good computer and don't want to do a ton of research, Apple makes it easier for you to pick. Just pick one that matches your budget and it will do great for you.


2. Mac computers are easier to get repaired.

There are lots of places to bring a Windows PC to get repairs, but you mostly need to figure that out on your own: Different places have different prices, and you'll need to find one with a good reputation, too.

Meanwhile, nothing beats simply bringing a computer to the Apple Store, where the famous Genius Bar will take care of you. I'm speaking from my own experience, where I've had to bring both Windows PCs and Macs to get repaired, and it's always been easier to get my Macs repaired.


3. Apple macOS can be simpler to use, but that depends on personal preference.

Windows 10 is a fantastic operating system with tons of features and functionality, but it can be a little cluttered at times. Apple macOS, the operating system formerly known as Apple OS X, offers a comparatively clean and simple experience.


4. The Apple ecosystem.

The Apple ecosystem is hard to beat. Combined with a Mac, devices like the iPhone, AirPods, iPad, Apple Watch, HomePods, and Apple TV, offer some kind of useful integration that makes certain things seamless and easy. So far, no other company or ecosystem has come close to the easy and smooth integration between Apple's home-built devices.


5. Macs come with some great software for free.

The built-in software on Macs, like iMovie, Garage Band, and Image Capture, among others, is actually quite good and makes it easy work to edit videos, create music, or transfer photos from your camera. They're a lot better than anything I've found pre-loaded on Windows PCs.


6. You might not want these free apps, but they're nowhere near as offensive as the "bloatware" that comes with most Windows PCs.

Windows PCs are often pre-loaded with a ton of so-called bloatware. These can be third-party apps you don't want or need, and clutter up your system.

Even if you buy a fresh copy of Windows 10 from Microsoft, it will come with apps and games like Candy Crush Saga, which devalues the look and feel of Windows - in my opinion, anyway. You can always remove that bloatware, but the fact that it's there in the first place leaves a bitter taste in my mouth.

The pre-loaded software on Macs might not be everyone's choice, either, but at least it's less offensive.


7. New versions of macOS are always free.

Whenever Apple releases a new version of its operating system, it's freely available to download and install on any Mac that supports it.

Windows 10 gets free updates, too, on a twice-a-year schedule.

However, if you're using an older version of Windows, including the still-popular Windows 7, or the more recent Windows 8 or 8.1, you're going to have to pay $US120 or so to get current on Windows 10.

While Microsoft did offer that upgrade for free for the first year or so after Windows 10 came out, that time is long over.


8. Most Mac laptops have beautiful displays.

Macs have beautiful "Retina" displays that are sharp and vibrant. Windows laptops can also come with great displays, some of which are even sharper or better overall, but you have to really hunt through the great many models available to find one with a sharp screen.

With that said, if nice displays is part of your list, avoid the cheaper, lighter MacBook Air laptop. It uses Apple's older displays, that are nowhere near as nice as the more recent Retina models.


9. Mac laptops have the best trackpads.

Few, if any, Windows laptops have mouse trackpads that are even close to the trackpads on Apple's laptops. Any MacBook has a responsive mouse trackpad that just feels right. Windows trackpads can be unreliable and occasionally uncomfortable to the touch.


10. You can run Windows on Macs if you want.

If you want all the benefits of a Mac, but you need Windows for certain situations, you can install Microsoft's operating system on your Mac. Meanwhile, you can't run macOS on anything other than a Mac computer from Apple.

You could always build your own "Hackintosh" out of available PC parts, but I wouldn't really advise it. You're limited in what parts you can use, and installing/updating macOS on a Hackintosh is a pain.


Comments

    I'm not hostile to Apple (I actually like some of their products - I still prefer iOS to Android) but the only real reasons to buy a Mac is to get deeper into the Apple ecosystem.

    Apple diluted the Mac laptop lineup with ridiculous options that make no sense (why has the Air been sold this long?). A PC laptop can be much easier to repair, even with off the shelf parts in some cases - the only benefit from an Apple laptop is that any Apple store will fix you for it (and charge a fortune). And I don't see Microsoft charging for a new version of Windows for consumers any time soon - we're in a perpetual update cycle for quite a while now.

    Outside of that, and their insane costs, they're not actually that bad.

    #2 Easier to get repaired?!

    I guess that's true when a small fault results in simply having to replace the whole logic board...

      Board? Most people say the Apple Store said to replace the whole dang computer.

        Hahaha, well when I told them to stick their $900 repair up the proverbial, the 'genius' had the audacity to offer to show me the new range of MacBooks!

        I since went and picked up a $1000 Toshiba lappy and 6 years down the track it's still rock solid! In comparison, the $2500 MacBook Pro lasted 2 years and 2 months...

    I'd disagree with almost all the points in the article.

    1. There are a ton of different options when it comes to buying Macs. And they're all expensive. If you walk into a reputable PC shop and state your requirements you'll probably get just as good, if not better result. And likely save money doing so.

    2. I'm sorry, but blocking third party repairs does NOT make it easier to get a device repaired. In fact Apple actively make it more difficult to repair their devices than most PC vendors. And of course that's ignoring the fact that you can relatively easily fix most PC problems yourself since you can just buy the part(s) you need easily.

    3. You're right that this is quite subjective. If you've been using Mac all along you're probably perfectly comfortable with it. But then the same logic applies to Windows or Linux. So really this is a moot point.

    4. About the only point I agree with. Apple really did the ecosystem right. I may not like some of the choices they made but it's very interconnected and "familiar" so if you use a phone you'll be at home with the tablet and the laptop. MS is trying to emulate that but failing dismally.

    5 & 6. The free software is very subjective. To be honest, I'm of the opinion that the OS should ship with pretty bare bones software and everything you want to use should be a personal choice after that. No problems if they make it an optional download/install but I don't want a video editor or Garage band any more than I want Candy Crush or Paint 3D.

    7. Are free (for now). Just like Windows there's no reason they can't start charging if they want to. And if you have a full legal version of Windows 7 or 8 you can still get a free upgrade to Windows 10. I did it with my last PC build only a month or so ago. It's not advertised but it still works just fine. Put in your Win7/8 license key when doing the Windows 10 install and Bob's your uncle.

    8. Screen resolution is again subjective. I know a few people who hate the retina displays (or PC equivalents) because they have poor eyesight. Personally I love it, but hey you can easily buy a Surface with just as good a display or one of literally hundreds of other displays/devices on the market.

    9. To be fair I can't really comment on this since I never use the trackpad. I just plug in a mouse and away I go. In my book, no trackpad is good because they're all awkward to use. I guess though, if you use and like trackpads then fair enough.

    10. This isn't really a case of Mac is better. It's more an admission that Windows has a bunch of great software that isn't available for Mac so how do we manage to use it? But if you really want to use Mac on PC you don't have to build a hackintosh. You can also run a virtualbox (https://io9.gizmodo.com/5938332/how-to-run-mac-os-x-on-any-windows-pc-using-virtualbox?IR=T) or run an emulator (http://www.emulators.com/). And of course, you can do the hackintosh thing as well.

    When developing hardware, you typically need 2 things -
    1. Ability to run support software (usually in Windows, sometimes in Linux) and
    2. Ability to install custom hardware (PCI bus is common)

    Apple mac support is rare to nonexistent.

    The only place i have ever seen windows is at work, and a minority of parents whose kids need flash to run school software.

    No one i know voluntarily uses windows.

    Which is quite a turn around from 15 years ago, when pretty much everyone did.

      OS X market share (Desktop/laptop) is indeed now up around 25% in the region (Oceania) compared to around 7% in 2009 although globally it is still only 12% as the large price premium of owning an Apple Mac can't be justified in most non-affluent countries.
      Indeed, the growing price premium has caused our large company (5000+) to drop the 13" MacBook from our offerings to new hires as it is now over AU$1500 more than the equivalent Lenovo product (i7, 16GB, 500GB SSD)
      Companies aren't physiologically swayed by excellent Apple marketing

        I find it hard to see how people (as opposed to companies) are swayed so much by marketing that they'd stump up that much more. But then I guess not everyone is logical. *thinks about a friends wife who refused to buy a car because it was "the wrong colour"*

      Not sure why you got voted down for that. Just because your experience is different to other people's doesn't mean it wrong or bad.

      Personally, I'm almost the opposite. Practically everyone I know uses Windows PCs and most of them use Android phones/tablets. A couple of them have gone Apple but didn't like it (my dad got given an iPhone and bought a Mac on someone's recommendation). He's ditched both because he hated them though he used them for two years or thereabouts.

      I'm guessing you're a much younger person, probably in your 20s? Either that or you're an "arty" type person (that's not meant as an insult btw) since those are the demographics where Apple seem to have the most market share. Three of my sisters have gone Mac because they're at Uni (two studying art type subjects) and using Mac's seems to be the "in thing".

    I have been in the industry for many years and support both the Mac and Windows platforms.
    We need both ecosystems to generate innovation and competition. For those who are Mac or Windows supporting clients stick with it, for this keeps the balance in check.
    For the undecided:
    Here is my personal views.

    1. Do you want a closed shop, which is Apple Mac

    PROS: Easier to choose Hardware, talks to its own MAC device – Mac OS, MacPro, Macbook, ipad, iphone, ipod, appleTV, and other accessories, MAC dedicated outlets. More compatibility only in its own MAC ecosystem.

    CONS: Less hardware to choose, less software, less users, more expensive,
    less compatibility outside its own MAC ecosystem, less outlets to buy and less repairers.
    Difficult to communicate with devices outside its own Mac eco system.

    Use the above PROS and CONS in reverse for Windows Platform.

    My humble advice is talk to your Mac and Windows friends and get them to show you
    how it physical works and what they like about their devices, their cost, their support. compatibility with TV’s, USB, see which of the two platforms will be compatible
    with your existing devices and family devices.

    2. At some stage you may have a family or close friend who wants to share videos or photos with you, this is where choosing the right platform comes to play. Do you have a family member or friend that can help you out with the same platform.

    3. Conclusion:
    Both platforms have good and bad aspects, choose the platform that makes life a little easier for you.

      On hardware, I can honestly say that I've never had any issues with hardware compatibility on my macBook Air. It works with every camera, tablet, phone and mp3 player I've ever needed to connect to it, which includes quite a bit of older hardware, like my current phone (Nokia Asha 311, btw). The only real issues I've ever had were with hard drives pre-formatted to NTFS, and even then, reformatting is easy on a Mac, which comes with support for that using Disk Utility.

      I honestly don't know what you're talking about when it comes to hardware compatibility. The only major issue there is is the USB C ports, which are easily remedied with a couple cheap dongles. You don't even have to buy from Apple, as there are some other options on the market.

    Id be willing to bet Louis Rossmann's YouTube channel has videos that would counter-argue every point.
    But what would he know... He just repairs boards Apple screwed up at the design stage.

    many of my points will agree with the above comments. To the writer of the article, please do a little bit of research first next time, I get that you have to give Apple devices a good write up otherwise you won't get demo models or invited to releases, but seriously this article needs work.

    1. "Macs are easier to buy" - Only if you are window/retail shopping. Typically if you wanted it for something specific (like playing particular games or video editing) you would go to a professional and they would build you something specific for your current and future needs.

    2. "Macs are easier to get repaired" - Are you serious!? There are less repairers for Apple than PC, the official Apple repairers often make fairly large mistakes when repairing, apple often solder items on, so replacing parts or upgrading is a pain, and the official support will replace a whole board, ssd included, for a memory issue, losing all your data. I have supported Apple clients for many years, and for every customer who has taken their device to the 'genius' bar, about 2 out of 3 have had a poor result. This point is blatantly untrue except obviously for the writers individual experience (sample size 1).

    Apple have recently been fined for mis-representing consumer rights in regards to their phones they deliberately bricked here in Australia. They have also previously been in trouble for telling customers they had a software bug instead of letting them know they had a virus. If this is your idea of legal, let alone good, customer service, then you have a pretty poor idea of what customer support is about.

    3. "Apple macOS can be simpler to use, but that depends on personal preference" - Umm then this isn't a valid point to have over windows. MacOS users do tend to feel comfortable in the ecosystem until they have to do something outside of what they ordinarily do, then it becomes painful. Ever try to uninstall an update from a piece of software like final cut? because it broke something?

    4. Apple Ecosystem - Ok this is a bonus in that all the devices talk to each other, but then so do all the google devices (Home, Android phones, Chromebooks), the windows devices do pretty well as well (WinPhone 10, Win 10, Surface devices), and they also include streaming from one device to the other without buying a dongle. The downside of the Apple system is that unlike the others, it only really works with other Apple devices. Apple certified devices tend to have intermittent issues whenever Apple change their code.

    5. "Free Software" - Umm, you are aware that every single one of the apps you mention has got free equivalents on both PC and Linux that pre-date them, are often better, and you don't end up signing your copyrights over to Apple for anything made with it?

    6. "Bloatware" - This is true, when you buy non-professional and pre-made gear (lenovo, dell etc.) they are loaded with a bunch of rubbish. However again, if you are dealing with getting a proper system from a technician rather than a store, it should have none of that. On the upside, unlike the bloatware in iOS and OSX, you can usually easily remove it. Also your comment about Candy Crush is incorrect, this is only on certain installs and can be unchecked when you are installing.

    7. "It's free!" - This would be good if they updated the system on a semi-regular basis. BTW those older versions of Windows are still getting updates, and they gave everyone with one of those licenses a license to Win 10. Windows 7 is going to be supported for the next 13 years. Oh and the OS is getting major updates a lot more than twice a year, the twice a year ones are very large updates that typically add new features. It's also only free if you don't mind being slowed down till the system is unusable (funny how that happens on their desktops too)

    8. "nice displays" - yep the macs are about the quality of a mid-range gaming monitor, the retina branding is to cover up the actual resolution and works in a similar fashion to the dpr on mobile devices. Reasonable colour, but nowhere near accurate if you are editing photos or videos, also even if you get a 10bit monitor, good luck fighting with MacOS and trying to get it not to force 8-bit OS-graded colours, trying to use anything with LUTs on this can be painful.

    9. "The best trackpads" - People seriously still use those? None of my customers (even the ones using Mac) use the trackpads at all. They use mice (5 button jobs), and for video editors trackballs and editing decks.

    10. "Use windows on a mac, can't use mac on pc" - Actually it's pretty easy, you can run MacOS in a virtual machine, or you can run a bootdisc to fake the UEFI into looking like Apple hardware (as the check in the installer/updater is the only thing stopping it from working) and just install. I have a few clients who run parallels and have numerous issues with MacOS randomly removing ram assignments from the VM, given the same VM engine does not have the issue under linux or windows, I am assuming it is a MacOS issue.

    This is actually like a radio manufacturer putting in a bit of code that makes sure you are driving a prius and stops it working if it finds it is not a prius even though all the parts are identical. It's interesting because technically under Australian law, this is illegal.

    You will also notice if you put windows on a Mac as boot, the fans will run super fast and loud, this is because mac throttles the cpu hard to reduce any fan noise, wheras most PC motherboards/cooling systems will run the fans faster as heat rises.

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      Now for a list of the negatives:

      1. Closed ecosystem - This means less support, less software and one tiny issue anywhere can stop everything. Enforcing this closed ecosystem is also a negative when it comes to poorly trained technicians, as they are the only 'legitimate' (according to apple) ones who can work on the devices.

      2. Lack of security - All phones are rubbish, 20 - 30 seconds and they are completely controlled. Macs typically go down within the first 30 minutes of the yearly comp. In 2008 it was 2 minutes. The lack of regular patching means any up to date Mac is going to have more known vulnerabilities than the equivalent PC. (Last comp I watched, the linux and PC both went down on day 3, and the hole exploited was usable on a Mac as well.)
      This means for anyone dealing with IP or trade secrets, a Mac is not the way to go.

      3. Uncustomisable - You can customise your PC beyond all reasonable bounds.

      4. Poor engineering - Look at Louis Rossman's video channel on youtube for an example, incorrect parts used for the voltages running through them, bowing boards, having the heatsink fan blow over a part that is heat sensitive, chips coming loose, dust stopping the whole thing, replaceable parts being soldered on. The list goes on.

      5. Unsuitable for bleeding edge purposes - this includes transcoding, 3d modelling and rendering, physics simulations etc. Macs are typically between 1-5 years behind the current retail tech (upcoming $10k mac excepted), they also tend to benchmark worse on equivalent software when transcoding and rendering, time is money, if you are doing these sorts of things, then run Linux or windows and save yourself some money and ongoing, time.

      6. Poor Networking - Apple continues to have the occasional wierd issue with networking not working correctly.

      7. Slow updates - This issue feeds in to the above two issues as well, one issue I diagnosed years ago was that FreeBSD was detecting professional routing gear and trying to load drivers and extras to enable more advanced networking capabilities, MacOS was freaking out and unsetting the network settings FreeBSD was trying to set. MacOS would reset the network, then FreeBSD would see the device again and try again. This endless loop meant no ability to get onto the network, the fix was going into bash and forcing FreeBSD's options to stay regardless of what MacOS did. This solved the problem permanantly, no help from the genius bar as they just said it was a router issue (10 other devices didn't have a problem) . No help from apple support, 'this issue was resolved in the current version of MacOS', The patch to fix it took six months to come out and turned off FreeBSDs stuff.
      Another issue was an update to quicktime that switched the audio channels, surely not a major issue. But in Final Cut it meant if you tried to switch them back, it would crash and destroy the project. Three months it took for that to come out. Thankfully we wwiped and reinstalled the system and stopped it from updating.

      8. Changing the way things are already done - Apple has a tendancy to try to change standardised ways of doing things, like right-click vs squeeze on mice. Now in some cases this could be a good thing, it may lead to quicker ways of doing things. But often Mac just makes it harder to do stuff. Screenshots for example or navigating to an install directory, uninstalling a program completely. Managing SSDs.

      9. Poor support - Apple tend to send you to a Apple authorised service centre or the 'Genius' bar, rarely do they ever deal with anything directly. The bar or service centre then have to order components in and it usually takes about 2 weeks to a couple of months depending on the part. Most of the PC component manufacturers are pretty good, I have had Asus get a replacement device to us in rural Australia within 2 days. If we had been in Sydney or another major city it would have been done on the spot. I have had a HP technician fly out to a rural town to fix a device on the day I reported it. If it isn't a major problem generally your technicians will be able to have a look and either order a part (2 days to rural NSW) or fix the issue immediately (dependent on other jobs). Add in Apple's history of misleading advice (as found by Australian Courts), their lawsuits against anyone doing hackintoshes or repairing phones with refurbished parts and they look pretty bleak in comparison to the competition.

      10. Upgrading - good luck with an Apple. I just bought myself another 16gb ram for my PC and am installing a 10bit, 4k, colour correctable, monitor with LUT integration, I am also adding 13 SATA ssds and 1 NVME SSD. I will be running 3 VMs regularly, and be dynamically re-assigning monitors on the fly.

      Only thing I really disagree with here is the Windows 7 support. It runs out in 2020 and that's extended support. Mainstream support ended a couple years ago. They pretty much won't be fixing anything now unless it's a major security risk. And obviously we aren't getting interesting features and support (like directx 12) on Win7 (or 8 for that matter).

      https://support.microsoft.com/en-au/help/13853/windows-lifecycle-fact-sheet

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