Difference between Macs & PCs

For all the technology freaks out there, you know both the advantages and disadvantages of Macs and PC’s. If you were to shout, “Mac products are bad,” or “Apple rules, Microsoft doesn’t offer much”, then you are surely calling for trouble. There has always been a conflict between users of both Microsoft and Apple products as to which products as better than the other. Let’s compare Mac’s and PC’s on various parameters like design, specs, etc.

1. Design

Apple prides itself on its iconic design while PC design depends on which company is making them. As PC’s don’t come from one single manufacturer like Mac so there are countless designs available on the market. If you don’t like the design from one manufacturer you can simply look to others. With Mac, if you’re not keen on their design, there’s nothing you can do about it.

2. Price

One of the most frequently cited differences between Macs and PCs is price. Mostly Macs are more expensive than PC’s. But that doesn’t mean there are less expensive PC’s. What has to be kept in mind is that Apple has chosen to build its Mac line around higher-end computers with better and more costly components.

3. Specifications

The technical specifications offered by Macs and PCs can be very similar or very different, depending on which brand and line you’re comparing. While they both have similar internal parts (processors, RAM, hard drives, video cards), the speed and capacity of these components vary. Macs will generally outperform low-end PCs, because the Apple product lines typically boast more expensive and better-quality parts. Comparing Macs with higher-end PCs is a little more difficult.

4. Operating System

Most PCs today come pre-installed with Windows 8.1 while Mac runs OS X Mavericks with users having the option to upgrade to the new OS X – Yosemite – this fall. OS X is generally thought to be more user-friendly, while Windows PCs generally see a more comfortable user base and a higher number of programs that work with the OS. However, with the increasing adoption of virtual desktops and cloud systems, the idea of a separate OS being better is quickly falling to the wayside. This is especially true if you use a virtualized desktop solution where you connect to a server which delivers your desktop.

5. Customer support
When your Mac breaks, you can book an appointment and take it to your local Apple Store. There, a specialist can help you out with your Mac. If the problem can be fixed in one session, there’s usually no charge. Microsoft does have a few retail locations, but not nearly as many as Apple does. You’d probably have to call your laptop’s manufacturer directly to get customer support or head over to your local Best Buy. There’s no Genius Bar option like there is for Mac owners.

6. Security

Another big difference between Mac and PC is the level of security you can expect from viruses and other unwanted intrusions. Because the vast majority of the world’s computers run Microsoft Windows, most attacks focus on PCs. Malware like Trojans, which trick users into installing them by pretending to be something desirable, like antivirus programs, and botnets, which quietly enlist computers into an army of zombie machines designed to distribute spam or advertise fraud, are now common threats to PCs, but rarely harm Macs.

Want the best of both worlds? Macs can run Windows! Macs have the ability to run Windows either through a virtual machine or directly on the system. Every Mac has a built-in program called Boot Camp that lets you install Windows on your machine. If you want, you can divide space on your hard drive between Windows and Mac OS X so you’ll have both operating systems on the same computer.

Though there are many other factors that set the two apart, these above-mentioned points are the main factors which will help you make your decision. Agreed, both have its advantages and disadvantages but trying it’s important to figure out which platform would be better for you.

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