In the world of IT there is a war being waged, a war between two super powers – one is older and has reigned for many, many years. The other, is a powerful newcomer (relatively speaking) and has garnished a smaller, yet strong and loyal following.
Yes, I am talking about the war between Windows and Apple. ‘War’ might be a little strong, but the point still stands, each have their advantage and each have a rightful claim to the throne. So which do you choose?
For the fun of it, let us do a pro’s and con’s list to try and determine which one is superior. Full discretion, I am fairly biased, I am a PC user – but I will try my best to remove myself from my loyalty and be objective as possible, for the purposes of this article. I might even be able to convince myself to migrate over to Apple? No, you’re probably right – I doubt it.
Let us start with cost:
Apple computers are expensive, considering what you are getting for hardware, the price compared to Microsoft computers is significantly higher. Many people would no doubt argue that the Apple ecosystem is superior to Microsoft’s and therefore the extra price is warranted. But, Apple does have hardware limitations that make it difficult to upgrade cheaper models.
To Apples credit they do have a program that allows for the easy installation of Windows, Linux or any other operation system you want, in addition to Apple’s OS, and for someone who is less familiar with computers; it is significantly easier to setup a dual boot on an Apple computer.
Microsoft computers are built by many manufactures and therefore, you have a large variety of computers to choose from, in varying price ranges that can easily be upgraded compared to their Apple counterparts.
Upgradable and Configurable:
Microsoft computers are infinitely easier to upgrade than Apple computers. Apple limits what you can upgrade, usually ram and hard drive. With Microsoft computers virtually every part of the computer, from ram to motherboard can be upgraded – therefore, you could purchase a middle of the range computer and upgrade it as needed. I would also argue that the Windows OS itself is more configurable than the Apple OS – which for some people likely doesn’t matter but for other like myself, my OS is highly customized.
Viruses and Malware:
I will concede defeat on this one. Apple computers get targeted much less than their Microsoft cousins when it comes to viruses and malware. But let’s just get one thing straight, the belief by some that Apple computers (and other apple products for that matter) can’t get viruses or malware is simply not true. Microsoft has a much larger user base and therefore, it makes those uses a more worthwhile target.
Microsoft computers are known for their bloatware. When you first purchase a Microsoft computer the manufacture of that computer most likely added bloatware to the machine – Can it be annoying? Yes. Can you get rid of the bloatware easily? Yes.
Windows offers a far superior gaming experience. Plain and simple the hardware limitation with Apple computers make them far less desirable when it comes to gaming.
Microsoft has been around a lot longer than Apple; as a result, the number of software available for Microsoft is greater than Apple. Often times you can find a similar Apple program to your Microsoft program – but I would argue they are not as good.
A Microsoft computer that is a number of years old can easily support newer operating systems like Windows 10, without much trouble or effort. You might have to upgrade some of your hardware but that’s a small price to pay versus purchasing a new computer. Can you do that with an Apple computer? I think not.
There are no doubt other pro’s and con’s between Microsoft and Apple but these are the ones I would consider most important. At the end of the day it is all about what you want in a computer. Take myself as an example, I am currently running a Dell Laptop that I purchased for a middle of the road price but have upgraded and configured to my specification and it is a power house. If I was to purchase and Apple equivalent I would be looking at least a couple thousand dollars - easy. It might not be as sexy as an Apple, but I wouldn’t trade it in for an Apple if they paid me. On the other hand, I know many people who feel the same about Apple, and I can see how the Apple ecosystem would be very appealing.
So let us know which you prefer and why, Microsoft or Apple?