Mac and Windows, the two top contenders for operating systems, but are they really that different? Well, for starters, Apple is the sole manufacturer of Macintosh, whereas windows PCs have various different manufacturers like Dell, HP, Lenovo etc.
The hardware specifications are pretty much the same, but the fact that Macs usually have better quality parts tends to work in their favor when compared against lower variants of the PCs. Yet when set against high end windows variants, though faster processors, Macs tend to skimp a little when it comes to RAM, Hard disk space and USB ports. Though both have the standard connections and optical drives, PC gets the slight edge in terms of having Blu-ray players, TV tuners, and touch screens.
When it comes to installing the same Operating system on both hardware, that’s when mac can have windows but not the other way round. With the release of boot camp software installing windows on a mac is as easy as installing any other application. On that note it is unethical and borderline dangerous.
Another big difference would be the fact that mac has a stricter security and has an extremely lower chances of catching a virus. And the fact that windows is more widely used, it makes senses that most viruses and malwares are targeted for it. This doesn’t necessitates that Mac users must completely be ignorant of the security and take no preventive measures.
Then there are differences in the way the Operating systems are designed and operated. One of the major visual distinctions would be the “dock”, and the “start menu” for Mac and windows respectively. Certain processes like remove an application goes differently too. For example in a Mac, all you need to do is to drag the application icon into the trash. Whereas, it’s a trip to the control panel> uninstall programs for the windows.
The fact that Apple designs and manufactures both its hardware and software lends it an edge in terms of hardware software compatibility. That plays well especially when there is a technical snag in the machine, for one has to just call AppleTechnical Support. That serves as a one stop for all problems, though, at times issues like dragging out the repair period and claiming the issue is not covered under warranty.
That said, windows users have their share of advantages, like application availability and compatibility. So, it is more about personal preferences and area of use. Macs are widely associated with graphic designers and professionals that work with high end graphics.
In conclusion, anyone who’d switch from mac to windows or vice versa would need some getting used to as they both differ in user interface and various other nuances like keyboard shortcuts, file extensions and file systems.