While comparing between Apple products with that of the computers produced by other companies people usually debate on various misconceptions and exaggerations which make not much effect on their marketing. Usually buyers of computers get confused while choosing a company to buy their gadgets. Some of the technical differences between them are discussed in brief in this article make it easy to distinguish them.
Software: Different software is used for both, Macs and PCs. The applications used for Windows based PCs are not usable for OS X based Macs computers. These days most of the famous software including Firefox and Google Chrome browsers, Photoshop image editor, iTunes music player and various other software is developed to be used for both type of systems including OS X and Windows. But still there is certain Apple’s software like Final Cut, Garage Band etc. which cannot be used on Windows.
Hardware: Macs features and hardware quality are wrongly believed by some people to be higher than the components used in PCs. Being based on x8 platform, most of the components available for both the types of computers can be used interchangeably. Normally both types of computers are manufactured in the same region and the difference in their price tags cannot be the criteria of measuring the quality difference of the components used in Apple’s Macs and PCs.
Operating System: the basic difference between Apple’s Macs and PCs is the Operating systems used in them. Macs use OS X operating system whereas other PCs use Windows Operating system. The user interface used by OS X operating system is quiet different than the set of applications used by Windows operating system. Though OS X interface is considered easier for the nontechnical users of computing systems but the users of Windows Operating system find it difficult to use OS X. though some of the viruses, exploits and Trojans effect the operations of Apple computers due to their poorer user base but still it is considered safer than Windows. Though the latest versions of Mac computers are made compatible to OS X as well as Windows operating systems but the users of Windows based PCs will have to buy separate PCs if they want to use OS X operating system.
Design: Designs and aesthetics of Apple’s Macs are considered to be superior to other PCs as many innovations are done by the company to improve the quality of hardware and appearance of their computers. Apple had introduced several unique features like MagSafe power adapters, glass Macbook track pads, and Macbook Air line which have made Macs superior to other PCs. Though difficulties faced in the expansion of the hardware down grades the Macs computers as it is difficult to upgrade it even with new hardware of RAM and hard drives but it is not a big issue for the admirers of Apple’s Macs as compared to other superior features.
Price: Price of Apple’s Macs computers are somewhat higher than PCs of other computer manufacturers due to the exclusive hardware like high-end Macbook Airs or Macbook Pros used in them. But some of the latest versions of other PCs are costlier than Macs computers due to the advanced technologies used in them.
Thus there are very few differences between Apple’s Macs computers and PCs manufactured by other producers. So people should choose from them as per their needs and preferences.