The war between PC and Mac has been ongoing since its founders have competed to see which operating system would become the first common household name. With PCs dominating the home and business market in certain sectors and Macs becoming the preferred choice in education and desktop publishing, these two rival giants have had a long-standing history of fighting to be the best.
As Steve Jobs and Bill Gates led their teams through many awesome innovations, these two founders have made a lot of phenomenal strides in building the perfect Operating Systems and Hardware devices. In some cases, each strategic move that they made, the number of Windows and Mac fans shifted along with the new technical tides.
Today, as the race continues, however, there seems to be a clear cut dominate player so consumers are beginning to lean toward Windows again. In fact, many of the die-hard Mac users are beginning to re-think the type of computer that will be best for them. This is because there are some great innovations that Windows is offering, and they are beginning to surpass Apple’s current capabilities. On top of that, the newest Windows operating system, Windows 10, is exponentially better than the older versions of Windows, mainly Windows Vista, 7, 8, and 8.1. Because of this change-of-pace, paired with the more advanced technology allowing for improved functionality, many users are switching back to PC based computers.
|What is it?||Short form for “Macintosh” and refers to any computer produced by Apple, Inc.||Refers to any computer running IBM-Based (Windows, Linux, Solaris, FreeBSD) operating systems. stands for “Personal Computer”|
|Cost||Computers start at $499 for the Mac Mini desktop, $899 for the Macbook Air notebook, and $1099 for the iMac all-in-one. Other models are more expensive. For desktop or home use Macs are generally expensive than a PC.||Compared to a Mac, Windows and Windows-associated hardware is cheaper, and you can build your own for even less money. Comparable computers running Windows can be found around 40% cheaper than a Mac.|
|Manufacturer||Apple Inc||Several companies: HP, Toshiba, Dell, Lenovo, Samsung, Acer, Gateway etc.|
|Gaming||Not as many games are made natively for the Mac, although in recent years, many more applications are released for them. The App Store is a hub for users to download games from.||The library of games available for the PC is exhaustive, and hardware specifically tweaked for gaming performance is much more readily available for Windows. The array of graphics cards and upgradability also favor Windows-based computers.|
|User||Home users and businesses (mainly in the creative department)||Home users and businesses|
|Available language(s)||Multilingual||Must purchase a different OS Version, but has multiple languages available.|
|Popular Applications||Photos, iMovie, GarageBand, Pages, Numbers, Keynote, Safari, Mail, Messages, FaceTime, Calendar, Contacts, App Store, iTunes, iBooks, Maps, Photo Booth, Time Machine||MS Office, Internet Explorer, Media Player, Media Center, Windows Defender, SkyDrive, VLC media player, Chrome browser|
|Latest Operating System||OS X El Capitan (version 10.11)||Windows 10|
|Compatibility||Can open almost all PC files and can coexist on local networks with PCs. Can open .doc, .exe (as a compressed bundle), .xls, and others. Software exists for other file types. Can also run Windows on a Mac for 100% compatibility.||Mac-based files (.DMG) cannot be opened on PCs natively, but you can install software that can read, and possibly write Mac-based files on a PC.|
|Market Reach||Attracts graphic designers, video and music producers, tech journalists, app developers etc.||Wide reach to all stratas. Business users tend to use Windows hardware due to compatibility.|
|Virus Attacks||Since Macs are not as popular as PCs, there are fewer malware written to target Macs, although the threat of malicious software is growing, like from Java.||Being the popular desktop choice, most virus writers target Windows systems, however, Linux often has less malware.|
|Compatible Operating Systems||OS X, Windows (through virtual machine or Boot Camp), Linux||Windows, Linux|
|Performance||Since Apple have controlled the hardware & software bundles and model updates, so every Mac operates smoothly without worry on lagging, incompatibles, and have stable and expected performance||Different OEMs and even custom build PCs might not have the suitable drivers released for every components in each OS version, incompatibles, lagging may occur. Maybe cannot reach expected performance|
|Programs and apps||Same as gaming, limited choice due to user range.||Same as gaming, excess choice due to user range.|
All in all, both PCs and Macs are great options in today’s technology world for computers. Both have a unique niche in the market, though are frequently and continuously competing for a bigger market share. Which one should you buy? It depends on what you’re looking for! Take a look at the table above and make an informed decision. In addition, we here at Endless Technology Solutions have informed and experienced experts who can help you pick the next laptop or desktop for you. Call us today!