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MAC Versus PC, which do you support?

MACVersusPCThere has been always a war between Mac and Windows PC devotees and the MAC Versus PC debate will never end. PC which stands for Personal Computers generally refers to those computers which run on the Windows Operating system whereas on the other hand, Macintosh which is commonly known as Mac is a brand name that covers several lines of computers designed, developed and marketed by Apple Company. In this blog, we are comparing between Mac and Windows PC to help you get a clear vision to both of these brands.

 

Hardware and cost

MAC: The cost of Apple’s hardware is much higher compared to windows, there is justification for this expensive price. The top-tier support, higher quality hardware and its attractively designed features justify the heftier price. But MACs have certain hardware limitations such as no HDMI ports in laptops, no removable batteries and no Blu-ray drives. The starting price for Mac laptops are £850 and for desktop is £500.
PC: With Windows PC, you are provided with plenty of options in specifications, design and prices. You can find vast array of ports and accessories in the market. There are multiple options on your Windows hardware ranging from topnotch to poor. The starting price for Windows laptops are £250 and for desktop is £200.
If you are in need of desktop or laptop to perform basic functions such as web surfing (browsing) or word processing, then it would be more cost effective to go for Windows rather than a Mac.

Software/Apps

MAC: When compared to PCs, MAC hasn’t captured larger share of computer market because it lacks software written for its operating system. Though it provides a better product, the shortage of specialized business software remains to be the main points of concern. The apps availability is not very flexible and huge as compared to PCs. Though for this point MAC users might make quality over quantity argument, but it’s a matter of personal opinion.
PC: There is no doubt that there are plenty (tons) of apps and software available for Windows PC. Diehard gamers are more gravitated towards PCs due to the wide selection of recreational software offered by Windows OS. Beside that it offers more options whenever it comes to bigger apps like music players, IM clients and many more.

 

Flexibility

MAC: MAC compared to PCs are not that flexible. You cannot upgrade whatever you like from a hardware point of view in MAC. From software point of view, you’ll find MAC drops compatibility with old applications far faster.
PC: Most Windows PC lets you upgrade to whatever you like because windows users have the benefit of everything being made specifically for them. It’s more flexible in regards that you can run everything from the latest games to the ancient DOS Payroll software. Pre-built PC with Windows can be bought from different vendors and you can even build your own from scratch as there are numbers of different parts available in the market.

 

Viruses and Maintenance

MAC: It’s not true that MACs are free of viruses; however, far fewer viruses exist for it. Most MAC users are safe even without the use of any antivirus.

PC: Windows suffer various viruses. An antivirus is must and you should always stay on top of driver updates and security patches. Windows PCs are easily cut down with bloatware, clutter and memory munchers.
Hope this MAC Versus PC article added some value on your decision making point between MAC and PC. They have their own Pros and cons. Depending upon your need and specification, make a smart decision and enjoy the OS of your choice.

 

 

 


Mac sales rise up by 28 percent

Mac sales rise up by 28 percentGartner has released its analysis of computer sales in the fourth quarter of 2013 that also included the holiday sales period. The analysis of Gartner determined that there was an overall decline of 6.9% in PC shipments, making one of the worst declines in Pc sales. This sounded true for most computer manufactures but for Apple, it was an opposite. In U.S. market, Apple had a solid holiday sales with increase in 28.5% followed by dell at second position with 7.4% increment and Lenovo t third with 3.5%. Rest of the manufacturer showed decreased sales for the quarter.

Industry analyst Horace Dediu says “2014 will be the year that the sales of Apple devices reach parity with windows.”

And Mikako Kitagawa, principal analyst at Gartner says, “Although PC shipments continued to decline in the worldwide market in the fourth quarter, we increasingly believe markets, such as the U.S., have bottomed out as the adjustment to the installed base slows.” Kitagawa further adds “Holiday sales of technology products were strong in the U.S. market, but consumer spending during the holidays did not come back to PCs as tablets were one of the hottest holiday items. We think that the U.S. PC market has bottomed out. A variety of new form factors, such as hybrid notebooks, drew holiday shoppers’ attention, but the market size was very small at the time. Lowering the price point of thin and light products started encouraging the PC replacement and potentially some PC growth in 2014.”

Getting back to history when it was 2004, Microsoft sold 56 times more PCs than Apple sold Macs. Apple had less than a 2 percent marketshare. Now, 10 years later, it’s a very different story. Dediu also expects that in 2014, Apple’s combined unit sales of iPhones, iPads and Macs will be the same.

In 2010 and 2011, total Mac sales were up 29% and 23%, respectively. Even in the depths of the Great Recession of 2008-2009, unit sales in the latter year were 13% higher than the one before.

But 2012’s total Mac sales were down 4% from 2011.

Whereas Apple has dominated in smartphone and tablet sales, Microsoft has struggled for relevance in the same field. But the surprising growth in Apple’s sales is somehow unexpected as in 10 years before.

In late October, Apple refreshed the MacBook Pro notebook line by incorporating Intel’s latest Core processor called “Haswell”, to sync the higher-priced laptops with the MacBook Air. While Apple lowered prices of the MacBook Pro by $200, it did not change the exterior design or follow Windows OEMs into touch-enabled notebooks.

Do you  expect to see additional Mac growth in 2014? Wouldn’t it be exciting to see how well the new Mac Pro will be performing in sales? Apart from that, it’ll be more interesting to come back to this at the end of the year and see if Dediu’s prediction proves to be true. Share your views with us.

 


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