To some, the Mac(macintosh) is strange because they have been so used to a computer running windows operating system. I am one the very few African who is very familiar wit the two operating systems. In this article, I will try and convince you beyond reasonable doubt why you should rather buy a mac computer if the price is not a constraint for you. I switched from windows to mac in the year 2013 due to security and battery life constraints, even though it wasn’t easy initially, I am currently very happy that I made the over early enough (at least before the economic recession started afflicting my country Nigeria).
Apple ignited the personal computer revolution in the 1970s with the Apple II and reinvented the personal computer in the 1980s with the Macintosh.” Just like with Apple iPhone, there has been a huge phobia, especially from Africa and Asia about using MacBook because they believe it ha huge limitations which can hamper the user experience. I was in your shoes befoe my switch, but now, am better off. Without taking much of your time, let me walk you through why you should buy a mac and how to enjoy it.
Note: my review is based on A windows computer running windows 10 pro operating system with latest updates installed and my mac is a MacBook pro with retina display 13inches running mac os x Yosmite. We have two newer OSes for mac which are 10.11 EL Capitan and 10.12 Sierra.
THE ADVANTAGES APPLE MACBOOK HAVE OVER WINDOWS ARE AS FOLLOWS:
A MAC COMPUTER CAN ALSO RUN WINDOWS 7, 8 OR 10
This alone speaks volume of the flexibility of the Mac computer. I mean if you buy a mac computer and you simply feels it’s not the Os for you, but you love its beauty and class, then you can easily run a windows OS on your mac in two ways; 1. either a separate partition via Bootcamp (recommended) or 2. Via a virtual box on your existing mac OS.
THE USER EXPERIENCE / INTERFACE.
In all its ramifications, a mac pc is more solidly built than any window PC irrespective of its manufacturer to the extent that windows manufacturers now copy mac’s designs. There’s no denying that Macs are expensive. If all you want is a simple machine for Facebook, shopping and a little work then a Mac isn’t really the best option. Buy a Chromebook instead, as they’re excellent devices that only cost a few dollars and can do all those things very happily. But if you want a device that is built to the highest standards, with top-grade components, elegant styling and almost fanatical attention to detail, then Macs are some of the most beautiful consumer electronic products on the market right now. My reader, you can hardly beat the build quality of a mac with any windows PC
Research shows that we currently have 60,000 known viruses for windows based computers, 40 for mac and 40 for linux. Mac is a close unix OS therefore, you can actually have a virus free experience. the worst you can have is adware. also, you can hardly download a virus to your mac while it’s damn easy getting your windows infected. In Nigeria for example, most well know supermarkets use Apple product for their accounting and computation. The reason is that unlike windows, macs are very very secure. I formatted my windows at least thrice a year because of one security threat or the other. I have not had any reason to do same with the Mac. Mac users have flaunted the apparent invulnerability of their systems in the faces of PC using friends. While we don’t necessarily condone such behaviour, there is indeed a good deal of truth involved. Macs are continually known to suffer less attacks than Windows-based PCs, and by quite a margin. Things are admittedly changing, though, with internet-based attacks on the rise, and hackers are becoming increasingly sophisticated in their approaches. For the time being the Mac is still the safest platform, but users would be well advised to add a dash of caution to their surfing and clicking behaviours, lest complacency usher in the avoidable troubles for you.
OUTSTANDING BATTERY LIFE
This is from a personal experience. I alway get at last 8 hours of battery life on MacBook pro when using it continuously. MacBook air even has a better battery life as you can go up to 11 hours of endurance time on its battery. This is why most DJs around the world will always use a Mac. Many professionals and businessmen and women have also migrated to Mac. If you are a traveller and you don’t want to constantly worry about power, you will surely get a mac computer. The best windows computer cannot challenge a mac computer in a battery duel.
YOU CAN USE A MAC AS A WI-FI ROUTER BY DEFAULT
I remember when i was using a windows computer, it is either I go through series of coding and tweaking or i download a wifi hotspot app like(connectifyme) before I can use my windows as a wi-fi hotSPOT.
Enable Internet Sharing and Configure Your Hotspot
The Wi-Fi hotspot option is part of the “Internet Sharing” feature in Mac OS X. You’ll find it in the System Preferences window. Click the Apple menu, select System Preferences, and click the Sharing icon.Select the “Internet Sharing” option in the list. You’ll now need to select the Internet connection you want to share with the devices.
If things go wrong then it’s reassuring to know that Apple offers various good support and service options. Apple consistently ranks as one of the best for customer support. Most Apple products come with 90 days of complimentary phone support and a one-year limited warranty.
The support services offered by Apple include telephone support, support using online tools, and support at Apple Retain Stores where you can book an appointment with a Genius. There are also a number of Apple Authorised Service Providers who can help you with any issues you face.
A Mac integrates with iOS through Hand-Off
Apple has further strengthened the ties between Macs and iOS devices, if you own an iPhone, iPad or an iPod touch and you do not own a mac, you are missing. This something that has carried through to OS X Sierra. Thanks to the Hand-off feature, you can start an email, note or document on your iPhone or iPad and continue on your Mac without syncing or saving anything to a cloud drive like OneDrive or Google Drive. This also applies for web searches, reminders, maps searches, and calendar adjustments. This close integration is a powerful selling point, as it means your devices all work together to help you complete your tasks without fuss or frustration.
Confusion because there are too many PCs to choose from
Currently, we have countless manufacturers for windows. This might sound like a bad thing, but it’s true that sometimes less is more. Apple offers six different computers that come in various specs and with various build-to-order options. Apple’s Macs include the MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, MacBook, Mac mini, iMac and Mac Pro, and from those, you’ll find a Mac that suits your budget, lifestyle and power requirements. If you are a professional or a graphic designer, you go for macbook pro. If you are simply a light user, go for Macbook air. The pros are the most powerful mac computers that is capable of performing any task.
Macs have the best screens
I know this is debatable, but if you compare a high-end mac with a high end windows computer, Mac’s display is more accurate and more visually appealing than that of windows.Many might scoff at the idea of a Retina screen (after all isn’t it just a HD display?), but the current range of Retina MacBooks and iMacs boast screens that feature anti-reflective coatings and no air gap, which makes them the best on the market right now.
In the end, a Mac is an electronic product, and it needs to justify its princely sum to the paying customer. This is, as they say, the bottom line. Thankfully the Mac has spent more than a decade at the top of customer satisfaction surveys, which is no mean feat when you consider that they are expensive items that promise much to the prospective buyer. The fact that Apple delivers the good, literally in many cases, is probably the most compelling argument of all, and shows that most people who purchase Macs have few, if any, regrets. I am a living testimony, I have no regrets. However, Nigeria buyers should beware of whom they buy their MacBook from. Please buy from a trusted dealer only this is because there is no official Apple store in Nigeria yet.
Apple optimises the Hardware and components
Mac computers have virtually the most solid hardware you can think of. Every component in every Mac is optimised for performance and to ensure that it requires less power. Where the argument that Macs feature better-quality components has been moot since the switch to Intel processors in 2006, with Apple using many of the same components in Macs as their PC counterparts, the fact that the company can design its operating system to use these components better is significant. It’s why Apple can issue firmware updates that improve the way certain components work in Macs, and why a new operating system update can actually result in an old Mac achieving better battery life.
PC fans often note the fact that Macs aren’t user-upgradable. These days the only way to add more RAM or a bigger hard drive to your Mac is if you purchase it as a build-to-order option when you first buy the Mac from Apple. For some, this will be a negative, but for many, the idea of upgrading their Mac a few years down the line isn’t something they’d even consider doing.
If you want to be able to customise your machine then a PC might be a better option, but many people just want a machine that works. Unfortunately, one of the negatives of upgrading a PC is the conflicts that arise and the issues faced when the required drivers are missing.
Speaking of drivers: on a Mac you can plug in a camera, printer or install software and it just works. Everything you connect to a mac computer simply works
ARGUMENTS AGAINST A MAC COMPUTER
We have three major arguments on this, only one is very reasonable. I will list the three arguments and counter them as follows:
- Mac computers are expensive and overpriced: Yes, macs are expensive and only those who think they can derive the required utility from them, go for them. Conversely, MACs are not overpriced, they give you values for every cent spent n them. I agree that they are for professionals, the rich or classy people in the society. I wouldn’t have gotten a Mac merely for the fun of it.
- Software ecosystem: Contrary to what some people believe, there is no good software for windows that you won’t find on mac AppStore(the slight exception is for games software). for every good windows software, there is a corresponding better Mac equivalent. All other things being equal. from my personal experience, I already got all my favourite windows apps on my mac. this includes some games.
- Macs are not user-upgradeable: Only recent macs can not be easily upgraded after purchase. old macs are upgradeable while you can pre-upgrade new macs at the point of ordering.
Apple devices are majorly misunderstood especially by the ignorant. the same thing happened to the iPhone a couple of years ago and now, every trendy youth in Africa wants to use the iPhone. Do not get discouraged to buy a MAC computer.