Want to buy your Mac or MacBook and give up your Windows PC? Before this step you have to consider several aspects and to know what you are going to use it for. Between the two OSs (Operating Systems) there are some significant differences, which could represent advantages and disadvantages for the user.
Mac / MacBook Vs. Windows PC (macOS vs. Windows)
The characteristics of the two operating systems make the big differences.
MacOS, is operating system developed by Apple, exclusively for Mac devices. Including laptops here: MacBook, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro and Mac PCs: Mac Pro, iMac Pro, Mac Mini. The macOS operating system is constantly updated by Apple, and the user is exempt from all that means Bugs, drivers, BSoD and other system errors. In rare cases when there is a problem on the Mac, Apple comes with an update that will resolve it, within a few days at most. Offer like this stability and reliability in operations.
On the other side, Microsoft it needs to provide support for the basic drivers of Windows PC, while many come from hardware manufacturers. The risk of incompatibilities and errors is very high on Windows.
Do we find the applications on Windows and Mac?
First of all, an application designed for Windows, it will never run on Mac. And not vice versa. While Windows uses compressions .exe si . MSI for installing applications, macOS has pkg si .dmg. But there is no panic. Most applications written for Windows are present on the Mac. More than that, most professionals use Macs when it comes to productivity. Music production (DJ), graphic production, advanced video editing, 3D, web design, advertising production, application development and much more. Even Microsoft has developed the majority Windows applications and for Mac. From the suite Office and to OneDrive, Microsoft products are present on Mac systems.
Apple has developed for MacOS and iOS, the suite of Office applications: Numbers (Excel), Pages (Word), Keynote (Powerpoint), able to open, edit and export files in Microsoft Office compatible format.
In more than 7 years spent on Mac, I have not felt the lack of any application or utility. I even discovered many useful applications and tools, installed by default on macOS. A simple example is opening PDF files. If on Windows versions, installing Adobe Acrobat Reader was a "must-have" on a Mac, a .PDF file is instantly opened with "Preview". Apple application found on all macOS systems.
Primitive games for now, compared to what you find on Windows. Even though there are powerful systems that would successfully play any game, the graphics engine behind the games with advanced graphics is missing from the Mac.
Sync with iPhone and iPad
IPhone and / or iPad owners have an additional reason to switch from Windows PC to Mac.
Apple holds a lot to synchronization of devices in the ecosystem, being sufficient login with the same iCloud account for all important content to be available on all devices. Thus the pictures made with iPhone will automatically arrive on the Mac, without action from the user, users and passwords for access to applications and web sites (Keychain Access), SMS / iMessage messages will also be available on both devices. The same will happen with favorite websites in the browser, files stored on the Desktop and in Documents, plus many others. Many third-party applications use data synchronization in iCloud.
Windows 10 offers a synchronization solution between PC and smartphone, but only for Android. IPhone owners are limited to bookmarks synchronization.
Upgrade and change Mac components
In this chapter, Windows PC has a great advantage. Being devices with architecture specially designed for macOS, the hardware upgrade of a Mac can only be done with dedicated components. I think the only component that would fit on your Windows PC is the SSD. RAM must be dedicated to the Mac (but not necessarily produced by Apple), as are processors (CPUs). In addition, the prices of hardware components for the Mac are not negligible.
The most common hardware upgrade on the MacBook is hard disk / SSD and RAM. For the CPU or video card, the costs are quite high, and the uograde is recommended to be done by an authorized Apple service.
Another difference between Windows PC and Mac is the service. While for Windows PC you will find full service services, for Mac you need an Apple authorized service.
How much does a Mac cost and why is it more expensive than Windows PC?
While a decent Windows laptop costs somewhere to 300 - 450 Euro, the cheapest Mac (MacBook Air), starts from 1.100 Eur. The high costs come from the quality of the components and of the operating system. Apple launches a major version of macOS every year, which all Mac users use I receive it as a free update. MacOS version that includes both the basic operating system as well as o the suite of applications developed by Apple. Numbers, Pages, Keynote, Notes, FaceTime, iMovie and more.
The average lifespan of a MacBook Pro is 6-7 years. All this time the user is exempt from costs with Apple's operating system and Office applications. We have a MacBook Pro 13-inch (Mid. 2012) which works flawlessly with the newest macOS, after 7 years of daily use. Although it appears "Service Battery", It has an autonomy of up to 3 hours of normal use.
Although Mac is a much more stable PC from a point of view, we do not recommend buying it just for the sake of having an Apple device. Before you buy a laptop or PC, you need to know very well what to use at least in the next 2-3 years. For students, the best choice is the MacBook Air. These devices are no more than 13-inch and are sufficient for browsing the Internet, office, movies, music.What do you need to know before moving from Windows PC to Mac? [Windows PC Vs. Mac / MacBook]