8 Mac Computer Myths Debunked
Everything has its drawbacks; sometimes you’ll have to discover them yourself, but, most of the time, that drawback has roots in word of mouth, rumors, opinions, etcetera. For instance, consumers who are scouting the market for a new gadget usually gain more insight from articles and product reviews on the Web.
Apple’s Mac computers can sometimes be the subject of misinformation among consumers, especially since Apple has a wide range of competitors to contend with. After all, Mac users comprise only 30 percent of computer users internationally; it’s likely that some detractors or hecklers here and there are just trying to discredit the Mac. (As for me, I have been going back and forth using both operating systems from time to time, giving me enough knowledge to fairly disagree with some negative connotations that some users have with the Mac.)
I’ve compiled some of the most popular myths about Mac computers and considered both sides of the coin to give a fair and unbiased review on the matter.
1. Macs cost more than PCs.
I won’t even deny this. Comparatively, Windows-based computers are generally more budget-friendly for consumers who need the cost-effective performance to help them with business or school work. To put matters into figures: The prices of PCs average from $400 to $700 while Mac computers usually costs a bit more at $900, specifically for the MacBook Air. So why is there such a big difference in the price range if you can have the same specs and performance from both Mac and PC systems?
Although there are some instances that some Mac models to be on the same price range as PC alternatives, let’s take note of Apple’s premium branding. While Windows users tend to benefit from a wide range of brands, the Mac tends to out-spec its competition due to its full package features. Integrated software like iWork is already available at your command for users to instantly start working on their tasks. Plus, the ergonomic design of each model is highly commendable due to its minimalist approach.
Conclusion: Technically I didn’t debunk this myth, but a Mac costs more because it gives you the whole package. You may have to take more from your piggy bank, but Mac computers assure that every penny is well spent and would equal to premium benefits. But please always check for model or brand features that will give you more advantages rather than patronizing a brand just because you’re already accustomed to using it. Some brand alternatives are underrated but seem to give better results compared to a Mac computer.
2. Macs are confusing.
As mentioned before, the majority of computer users out there are accustomed to using a Windows interface. That means those who might be transitioning to Macs from PC systems are most probably going to have a hard time adjusting to an unfamiliar system. Ironically, the Mac OS is designed to be minimal and easy to manage, as the dock can hold every necessary application or program for easy access. When I first used a MacBook Pro, it was like I was impaired. But, five hours later, I managed to do my tasks as easily as I would have with my desktop computer.
Conclusion: It’s a different experience for everyone. But, once you get used to the interface, the Mac is as smooth and navigable as a PC. Configurations might be a little harder though.
3. Students and artists can do more with a Mac.
One of the reasons why I preferred using the MacBook when I was in college was because of its fast interface and color accuracy, giving me more time to work on more tasks and get the colors I want from screen to print. Since I also studied graphic design, I tend to be very meticulous with using the right colors and production techniques to get my work from a thought to something I can see and appreciate (though most of the time I loathe the process, LOL).
With the Mac OS, however, there are default programs like iWork and Final Cut that are ready to use to get general to multimedia tasks done. Students can definitely get the same features from PC systems, as they mostly work with research requirements and writing for school papers. You don’t really need the Mac’s power to do that, but it helps that the fast interface is less likely to freeze up when you have multiple tabs open or when you’re working with minor media edits.
Conclusion: Students can do with or without the Mac. Creative professionals can definitely do more with it.
4. Macs have a more stable system than Windows.
First thing’s first: which version of Windows are you using? If you’re referring to the infamous Vista, then you’re definitely going somewhere with your argument. But, in all fairness to Windows, XP definitely has the right features to keep your apps and data in check. Five years ago, Windows 7 seemed to catch up to the Mac OS’s efficiency and leveled the playing field with significant improvements. When Windows 8 was released, I personally had a hard time mastering the right moves to navigate the new interface, but, with just some tinkering, I was finally able to get it.
In contrast, Mac OS X updates apply minimal changes to the interface and Apple seems to prioritize producing cleaner codes for the OS, giving users the benefit of a faster system.
Conclusion: Windows gets an A for stepping up their game, but the Mac OS gets plus points for being consistent with OS updates. If that isn’t stable enough, I don’t know what is.
5. OS X is Malware-free.
I have used two Mac computers for school and work, and neither succumbed to Malware infections at first. From that experience, and from what other people said, I believed that the Apple took its time to create a computer that’s resistant to system corruption. That’s until during a 2012 crash-and-burn incident that changed my opinion.
Mac computers are not totally immune to viruses, it’s just that malwares don’t target them because they’re designed to attack the greater population of PCs. To put that into perspective, there are only less than a hundred documented active malware specifically designed for Mac systems, while there are almost twenty million counts for PC computers. Also, since viruses are created specifically for a system, they have fewer chances of infecting a computer running a different operating system.
Conclusion: Macs can still be infected by malware, but users can breathe easily as your unit has a lower chance of being corrupted compared to a PC. Read how you can protect your Mac here.
6. Macs are not suitable for gaming.
Ever noticed how the Mac OS isn’t usually mentioned in game trailers or announcements? As an occasional gamer, I have played different games on a variety of console sand I have never, not even once, played an MMORPG or even a first-person shooting game from a Mac computer – Plants VS Zombies might be the only game I played using a MacBook.
Despite offering high-grade specs and top components like NVIDIA or Intel processors that are suitable for gaming, Mac computers are not getting the spotlight in the gaming industry. This is mostly because game developers tend to produce games directed at a Windows-oriented market base. Now you know why you use the PC for both gaming and business, while you’re most likely to use the Mac solely for work or maybe entertainment purposes.
Conclusion: Mac computers have the right specs that gamers will love. It’s just that the people who develop games are not that into creating games for Mac OS. *sigh*
7. Windows OS or apps cannot function on a Mac.
The first thing that pops into the head of a new Mac user is usually, “So what app do you use to create documents?” I mean, Windows is equipped with the full Office suite dedicated for creating documents, spreadsheets, presentations, and other miscellaneous materials. Worry not as developers have managed to create cross-platform applications that you can use to do the same tasks from a PC. You can also use third-party applications to integrate various programs and launch apps that were previously exclusive to PC computers. Another option is creating a dual-boot computer so you can operate on both Windows and Mac OS.
Conclusion: The Windows OS and Windows apps can work on a Mac computer – maybe even better compared to a PC unit. You only need to know which resources let you utilize this feature.
8. You can’t customize your Mac desktop.
What I like about the Windows is I can fully change every display setting according to my preferences. I’m not saying you cannot do it with the Mac; it’s just that its way easier to manage and figure out on a PC, honestly. But, you can customize your Mac’s desktop as easy you can with a PC through the Settings App.
More advanced users can even change your desktop’s look through Terminal, which is the alternate version of the Windows Command Prompt. Input code lines into the window and you can fully manage your desktop – from the size and position of your dock, to window colors.
Conclusion: It’s definitely possible to customize your Mac desktop. (I doubt there is a computer out there that does not have a feature for users to customize their device. I cannot believe someone believes this myth.)
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