Mac vs. Windows: The Debate Raging Since the 1980s. Whole commercial campaigns have been consolidated around this concept, arguing that one is better than the other.
But what are the real, unbiased differences between Macs and Windows computers?
The study found 10 objective differences between Mac and Windows computers. So what makes them different?
Let's start with their price tags.
1. What do you pay for
Price is one of the main differences between Windows PCs and Macs. If price is important to you, pay attention to this.
Computers come in a variety of configurations as they are made by different manufacturers (more on this later). This means that they can be very cheap or very expensive, depending on what items are included.
Mac computers will be more expensive on average. They have higher initial prices for laptops and desktops. Macs are also expensive to maintain.
If something goes wrong, Apple won't help you pay for a new computer or repair. Considering the price of the Mac, it's not worth the risk.
In general, Windows PCs are more affordable in the price range. However, the Mac can pay off in other areas like ease of use.
What distinguishes a Windows PC from a Mac is what operating system it uses, but what makes these systems different?
The big difference is in the ease of use. How quickly and easily the user can complete the required task. In general, Mac OS is easier to learn. In fact, starting with Windows 7, Microsoft has been mimicking Apple's simple layout in order to offer its customers a similar experience.
So, for the statistical user, the Mac will be more convenient. Windows PCs are fine, but Macs tend to be more intuitive.
3. What software is available?
Technically, Apple designed the first personal computer, but Microsoft helped find more basic software. The end result is that most of the software is designed to run on Windows PCs. Apple is still catching up with compatible or comparable Mac software. In general, apart from very specific Apple applications, all software is available and compatible with Windows PCs.
If access to software is important to you, Windows PCs are the clear winner. Apple may restrict you if there are only Windows devices in public places, such as a library or school computers.
There is a lot you can do to protect your Windows PC or Mac yourself. But they have different anti-malware protection built in.
As more computers are used around the world, it is widely believed that they are at a significantly higher risk of malware infection. Most viruses are designed to attack Windows PCs, and many cannot or will not affect Macs.
That was true at one point, but the rise in popularity of the Mac has attracted scammers and hackers. Macs are no longer as secure against viruses and malware as they once were. It's also important to note that Macs have fewer built-in protections.
There are more firewall programs and security measures on Windows PCs, so they can provide better protection against potential hacks. Safety is of the utmost importance and both are not 100% safe. It all depends on antivirus software, how you set up your router, and other such factors.
The reason for the high cost of Mac-PCs is the parts and materials that are involved in the assembly.
Apple's use of an aluminum chassis with rounded corners increases manufacturing costs, but presents a solid and beautiful machine in the end. Windows PCs cut costs by using a lot of plastic, but they can be more fragile.
As a complete set, both computers have many of the same parts. Apple and Windows can use Intel chips, similar graphics cards and additional memory.
But Windows PCs are more customizable, you can even do it at home. With a Mac, you need a dedicated tool to open and replace items.
So for aesthetics and durability reasons, you might prefer a Mac. For customization and self-repair capabilities, stop on a Windows PC.
But what about their lifespan?
6. How long do they last?
When we talk about the durability of Windows PCs and Macs i.e. how long the machines can run. How soon updates are coming, and whether it will force you to buy a new computer.
Average service life of a laptop is 5 ... 6 years. But PCs can increase this time only with some delay.
Mac customers, however, complain less about their machines. Apple also doesn't update its computers every year, unlike some manufacturers.
When Apple renews itself, it stops making older PC models and even stops repairing them. Thus, the company forces you to upgrade, while Windows PCs can run for years before taking such action.
You can always upgrade your Windows PC to give it a new lease on life without having to buy the latest PC with more memory or better graphics. You can install them yourself and save money.
If you want to decide for yourself when to upgrade, you can opt for Windows. Just make sure the parts are compatible with your motherboard. But if you want the decision to be made for you, go for the Mac.
7. Who makes them?
As mentioned above, Windows computers are made by different manufacturers. Acer, Alienware, Sony, HP, Dell, IBM - the list goes on.
This means that you have a variety of options when buying a PC, and you can shop depending on what specifications are needed. If you play a lot, you can get a gaming computer, etc. based on the task of use.
Meanwhile, all Mac computers are made by Apple. The company makes several types of laptops and several versions of desktop computers, but the possibilities are severely limited. You cannot purchase a Mac PC that was built for a specific task. Mac models will only differ in different charging ports, weight and features.
Windows PC makers are ready to help with the freedom of choice. If you just want certain built-in Apple features, a Mac is the way to go.
8. Graphical display
Graphics can appear completely different on Windows and Mac. Apple prides itself on being ahead of the competition in graphics cards and image quality, but is that really so?
The bottom line is that Macs and Windows PCs can have the same or exactly the same hardware. Some think Apple provides better graphics, but Windows users can use 4K TVs as monitors.
It's pretty obvious that you can get amazing graphics with both Apple computers and Windows. It just depends on how you set up your car.
Due to the availability of different manufacturers, Windows PCs are much easier to find in different stores, while Macs can only be purchased at brand outlets and from company representatives.
You can buy Windows PCs online, at virtually any retail store, and these stores also offer discounts throughout the year.
Since Apple makes its own computers, you'll mostly buy them from Apple Stores online. If you can manage to find a discount on the Mac, these are usually refurbished models.
Thus, Windows PCs are available in more locations and with a wide range of prices, while Macs are available at specific locations with minimal options or discounts.
10. Compatible with smartphones.
Windows PCs and Mac PCs work well with smartphones, but each is optimized to work with specific devices.
Unsurprisingly, the Mac pairs well with the iPhone. You can answer text messages and calls from your iPhone to Mac and open web pages from one device to another. But Mac is not as compatible with Android. You can connect devices, transfer music and pictures, but this requires more steps.
Windows PCs are the same, but they prefer Android and may have difficulty with iPhones. Thus, the type of smartphone you have can influence which computer is best for you: Mac or Windows.
These are 10 objective differences between Windows PCs and Mac PCs. Ultimately, they generate subjective opinions. I hope this list has taught you something and will help you with your choice.