Apple Mac or Windows PC?

It’s a battle that has raged since the first personal computers were introduced. Two loyal bands of followers with unwavering views and beliefs. We’ve seen it played out so many times: Holden vs Ford, Xbox vs PlayStation, Crunchie vs Violet Crumble, AFL vs NRL, and so on.

Which is the better platform? Is there even a true winner? Some of these questions cannot be answered, but we will do our best to help you decide which one is the best for you.

DESIGN

This was one of Apple’s big drawcards when comparing machines – not so much anymore. PC designs have come a long way since the dull beige boxes, and at the premium end they often outshine Apple’s sleek metallic style. Nowadays, PC’s offer so much variety with options such as touchscreens and laptops that transform into tablets.

The best thing is as consumers, we now have so many choices when it comes to style and design. And just like our wardrobe, it really comes down to your taste.

SOFTWARE

There’s little to argue when you first take your new computer out of the box!

Apple has far more useful software pre-installed than on even the most premium Windows laptop.

No trial software is to be found, instead Apple includes apps for basic photo editing, video production, audio production, plus Apple’s version of Microsoft Office. All are full versions that offer an impressive amount of capability for any new user.

With PC’s running Windows things aren’t quite as rosy. There are a few handy programs pre-installed, and depending on where you bought your PC you might get a limited subscription to Office 365, but beyond that it’s pretty bare!

Of course, when you want a specific program, Windows has an enormous amount of apps to buy or download for free, far exceeding that of Apple’s selection. But the truth is that Apple computers come equipped with nearly everything you need for normal, consumer-level computing.

USER INTERFACE – WINDOWS VS iOS

Here’s where it gets interesting. For years Apple and Windows shared much the same vision with their desktop software. But since the release of Windows 8, Microsoft has been taking its platform into new realms, incorporating touch and voice as significant factors.

Apple isn’t that far behind, as Apple now has its virtual assistant Siri, and offers similar features to that of Windows.

The biggest difference between the two is the fact that Windows has embraced the idea of touch, not relying on a mouse or trackpad, whereas Apple continue to resist the full touchscreen experience on their range of PC’s and laptops.

Both platforms are continuing to explore new ways to create, interact and manipulate data. Although there is no clear winner here, Windows PC’s have a slight edge purely based on touchscreen availability.

SECURITY

This is usually the biggest advantage that Apple has over their Windows counterparts, and it’s a fair and valid point.

Statistically there is far more chance of contracting a virus or malware when you use a PC. This is mainly due to the fact that Macs make up such a small percentage of computers worldwide, so it’s not worth hackers targeting them. But this could be changing.

Over the last few years we’ve seen specific hacks and viruses targeting Apple products. This pales in comparison to the number of viruses and other cybersecurity issues that usually plague Windows machines, but it’s an indication that Macs are beginning to appear on the hacking radar.

Based purely on statistics, Apple is more secure than Windows, but it can also come down to our own personal awareness and complacency.

GAMING

This is definitely one of Windows strengths! Aside from a huge advantage over Macs in terms of available titles, PCs now have the ability to stream games from both the Xbox One and PlayStation 4. This category isn’t even close. If you like gaming then a Windows PC is hands-down the only choice for you.

VALUE FOR MONEY

When it comes to any buying decision, one of the most important factors is value for money. On the Windows side there are a wealth of devices that start from as little as $250, and move up through various price points until you reach the premium strata of Microsoft’s SurfaceBook which can fetch over $3,000. This means that there is a Windows machine for everybody, no matter the budget.

Apple Macs on the other hand start within the premium price range, with the bottom of the range Apple Macbook going for around $1,000.

SO, WHICH ONE SHOULD YOU BUY?

As you may have worked out, we can’t really find a clear winner. After all, computers occupy such central parts of our lives these days, and our needs all differ wildly, so there will never be a one size fits all solution.

What is clear is the amount of choice we now have, in both features available and budgets.

In the end it’s down to how much money you want to spend, what you want to do, and your preferred software platform. The good thing is that the market has matured to a point where it’s actually hard to buy a bad device now.