Thursday, January 10, 2019

Mac vs. PC: The Famous Debate

Mac vs PC

We have been familiar with news of trade disputes between the US and China or when it comes to the prolonged war still existing between Capitalism and Communalism concept driven by America and Russia. But another thing which will run on a daily basis till doomsday is that tussle of using a PC or a Mac. Any IT geek has sometime or somewhere struck with this incident where he or she was engaged with this non-finishing and an unconquerable verbal spat of these systems which have their own prospects of consumers. Today whenever anyone is thinking to buy a Laptop or PC, he or she will go through some sort of brainstorming and proper mind fight in order to buy the best. But, in core basis, if discussed both the systems have their own domains where they hold cutting edge technology.

The best way to describe the difference between a Mac and a PC is that they are two different ways of thinking. In most cases, you can come to the same result using either, but they will go about it in a different manner.  The very first mock distinguishability occurring between these Computer Giants is red X button.

The Apple ecosystem is hard to beat
Combined with a Mac, devices like the iPhone, 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. 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 one has found pre-loaded on 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'll come with apps and games like Candy Crush Saga, which devalues the look and feel of Windows — in my opinion, anyway. One 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. Whenever Apple releases a new version of its MacOS, 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 Windows 8 or 8.1, you're going to have to pay $120 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.

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 a great many models available to find one with a sharp screen.
With that said, if a nice display is part of your checklist, avoid the cheaper, lighter MacBook Air laptop. Though Apple has upgraded MacBook Air (MacBook Air 2018), it’s display is nowhere near as nice as the MacBook Pro 2017 model. 

(Also read: MacBook Air 2018 Review)

Talking about the trackpads, few, if any, Windows laptops have trackpads that are not even close to the trackpads on Apple's laptops. Any MacBook has a responsive and large trackpad that just feels right. Gestures are awesome and multi-tasking becomes so easy on it. Windows trackpads can be unreliable and gestures are not as smooth as you find on any Apple’s MacBook. Though trackpads on laptops like Dell XPS 13 of HP Spectre are great but limited gestures and smaller size, that does not come even close to a trackpad on MacBook.

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. This can be done vice versa also with the help of third-party softwares such as VMWare, Parallels or VirtualBox.

Apple computers are actually cheaper in the long run. Sure, one can buy a Windows PC for fewer up-front price. But the true cost of ownership should be calculated based on not only the acquisition cost, but the residual value after you sell it or trade it in. It’s the difference between those two numbers that really tells one what one’s computer costs to own. When one calculates the cost of ownership in that way, Macs win easily. All one have to do is compare the value of a Windows PC from, say, three years or five  ago (which is often close to zero), and compare that to what one can get for  Mac in the same time period. It’s virtually always no contest.

Because Macs are built using a specific subset of hardware that is officially supported, the base systems don’t ever need drivers to function optimally. For someone used to reinstalling Windows on a half-yearly basis and the inevitable hours following spent hunting down all the correct drivers (again), this was quite revolutionary.

When you run Windows you have far more choices of where to shop for the stuff you want to install or plug into your computer. No other OS has as much choice and this is undisputed.
Mac, on the other hand, is a money pit because you’re required to buy a Mac box to have their operating system. And Macs cost more than PCs do. This is undisputed. You buy a box with Windows and you’re ready to go. It’s cheap; it has the most support; it works with everything.

Apple's biggest strength is that it designs its own hardware and software. This gives the company the power to make an operating system and suite of apps that are tailor-made and optimized for the Mac. Though third-party software such as Adobe Premiere Pro works well on a Mac, it performs better on a PC.

Office Suite
, which includes apps likes Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, are still best used on a Windows PC instead of a Mac. The Windows version comes with more features and is more stable than it is on the Mac version.
The Windows System is more customizable and allows for more extensive fine-tuning than macOS.

Both MacBook and PC have great keyboards, it is a subjective matter. One can like MacBook’s butterfly keyboard and one is comfortable with the PC’s traditional full-size keyboard. However, in my opinion, Windows laptop has more reliable keyboards than Apple’s MacBook.

If we talk about battery life, whatever is claimed by a PC manufacturer, come no near to the battery life on a Mac laptop. On MacBook Air, you get 10 Hours of battery life and on a regular Windows PC, it won’t last more than 5 Hours in the real world. However, Surface series claims a better battery life though, but again Macs are better in this.

Anyone who wants to play AAA Titles on a computer should buy a Windows PC, hands down. Only a fraction of the games available can be played on Macs, and anyone seeking high-end graphics won't find them on Macs due to their lacking power.

Apple's latest crop of MacBook Pro – starting from the 2016 line-up – only come with USB-C ports. That means you can't plug in monitors that use HDMI, SD cards for photo transfers, and other regular USB accessories like external hard drives without a USB-C adapter.

If you are a gamer and you want cutting-edge hardware, you need a PC. If the Surface line from Microsoft isn't quite what you're looking for, there are a collection of partnered manufacturers who also release Windows 10-powered PCs. Laptops specifically used to come as bulky black slabs that looked horrific when placed next to the MacBook for the day, but vendors like ASUS, Acer, HP, Lenovo, and Dell have really stepped up their game to offer some compelling products. Take the stunning DELL XPS 13 or HP Specter laptop as a perfect example of this.

While this has changed just a little as Apple has gained ground on Microsoft, Mac users are still living in relative bliss with the lack of viruses, spyware, and malware. I am not saying they can't get them, but it's just far less of a problem for Mac users than it is for Windows users. What's pretty much true is that the back-end, server-infrastructure kinds of things is well-handled by Microsoft, because it's in the "land of the geeks," who loves to dig into the machinery and tinker with all the settings and understand all the acronyms. Those kinds of people like Windows on the front end as well because they understand all the crazy intricacies and complications of the computer system. Apple isn't nearly as big in the IT world, and that's okay because its front end user interface for "the rest of us" doesn't require us to be computer whizzes to get things done.

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