Jamal Awad

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Main differences between Macs and PCs

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. For example, when using Windows on a PC, to close the program, a user simply clicks the red X at the corner of the program window.

However, for Macs, this is not the case. When the red X on a Mac program box is clicked, that window closes but the program does not. It is still open and running, even though there are no documents or windows open. To close a program completely, a user must click on the program name on the top status window (it must be active to do this) and then click on Quit. Another way to close a program, which is usually faster, is to use the shortcut Command + Q. The Quit command closes all multiple windows that may be open under the program. This is all down to the fact that Macs run on the Mac OS X operating system and PCs run on Windows. It’s down to the individual as to which is easier to use. You can run Mac OS X on a PC but not vice-versa, although OS X on a PC wouldn’t work as well as on a Mac. There are also differences in hardware in that Macs are only built by Apple, whereas PCs are built by a number of companies. This reflects in the price, in that Macs are generally more expensive, and the quality of Macs is considered more stable and stylish.

Most creatives, designers, musicians and others seem to use a Mac

Macs appear to be cooler/trendier but they are also a better fit for designers. Apple has carved out a reputation for being the “alternative” choice for those that see themselves as an individual, which is what art is all about. But it’s not just about image. Macs tend to be the best platform for design and creativity due to the strength of the applications available for them and the fact that Macs are generally high-quality computers. This and the image of using a Mac make up the perfect team for those that see themselves outside the corporate culture.

Mac is a better fit as a laptop, or are there PCs that can do just as good a job?

There are PCs that can do just as good a job, especially as you can build a PC. The only problem is that Macs have applications that run only on Macs. Many would argue that that is not the case, but these applications are built specifically for Macs and so the PC version is usually an after-thought, although this is starting to change.

Mac vs PC is not so much a case of which is better

Whenever anyone asks me for advice as to which PC or Mac they should buy, I always ask: “What do you need it for?” The reason is that unless you’re editing video, graphic design, and so on, then you probably don’t need to spend that amount of money on a Mac. Most people just want to browse the web, check their emails and use a word processor, which doesn’t need a high-powered machine. This is the reason for the rise of the netbook – they’re cheap and do all basic functions without too much hassle. The needs of the user are paramount, but people like the idea of saying they use a Mac and the image that goes with it, even though in most cases they’re not using it to its full capabilities.

Apple has a very strong brand identity

It has everything to do with marketing and branding, but also the fact that its products are great. Apple is very clever and deserves a lot of credit for resurrecting a company that was struggling in the mid-1990s. There’s no question that having a Mac, iPhone or iPad has a stigma attached to it, but that shouldn’t take anything away from the fact that these are fantastic products. If they weren’t so good, then all the marketing in the world wouldn’t help. People buy into the marketing but they then add to it by evangelizing the products. When someone has a Mac, they generally tell people about it and promote it either by word of mouth or by writing about it (blogs, Twitter, Facebook). This wouldn’t work if the products weren’t so good and easy to use.

Macs are generally far more expensive than a PC

The price point isn’t justified in relation to a similar-specification PC, but Apple sells the products at a premium, making them more desirable. If Ferraris were cheap, that would ruin their desirability. It says a lot about you if you spend money at the higher end, and if you save up for something, you tend to feel more of a sense of achievement when purchasing it. In a strange way, it’s a win-win situation.

A Mac is considered to be the trendier and cooler laptop option

It’s part of the package. Apple products are seen to be premium products and the style and design is part of that image. The functionality is great but, as I said before, Apple relies on people to promote the product. The fact that these products look great makes people want to show them off. In technology, you rarely find a product that does well on looks alone, but when you marry style with functionality, then it’s a winning formula. Dell has tried a similar tactic with its latest line of laptops coming in an array of colors and even going as far as getting designers and artists to contribute. Apple has always understood the need to sell good-looking technology, dating back to the original iMac. The fact is that if you want people to pay more money, then it needs to look good, perform and, in Apple’s case, enhance your status.

Is it possible to say if a Mac or PC is more secure?

A Mac is definitely more secure due to the fact that there are few viruses that can infect Macs. PCs need virus protection and sometimes that’s not enough. Malware exists on Macs, but it’s very rare in comparison to PCs.

What do I personally use, PC or Mac, and why?

I got a Mac recently after being a PC user for the past 20 years. I am very happy with its performance and I keep saying: "Oh, I had to make this move a couple of years ago...". I’m comfortable on both platforms but tend to find a Mac easier to use, powerful and more secure. Share your experience in the comments section below.
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