Apple or Windows: Know the Differences Before you Decide


You’ve decided to upgrade your computer but you’re not quite sure whether to opt for an Apple or Windows operating system. The distinctions can be confusing, but they are important to know so that you can choose a computer that’s just right for your personal needs. Here’s a rundown on the main differences between Apple and Windows.

One of the main differences between the companies is their operating systems (OS). Apple’s Macintosh uses Mac OS X, based on BSD operating system and it is completely different that the Windows OS. Many techies agree that the OS X interface is easier to understand if you’re not a geek, but if you are used to the Windows OS, you may find its different user interface and standard apps a little tricky to negotiate at first. Another advantage of the OS X system is that it is less vulnerable than Windows to viruses, trojans and hackers. This mainly is because Apple has a lower user base. The latest Mac computers have the ability to run windows OS as well as OS X, though you will have to purchase the Windows software separately.

Another difference between the two is functionality. Windows tends to focus on office functions, with suites such as Excel, PowerPoint, Office and Publisher. Macintosh on the other hand focuses on multimedia and graphics functions. This is an important distinction to note. If you are choosing a computer system for your home of office business, then Windows may offer more features that you need. If you are looking for a computer with high-end graphics and multimedia for gaming, design, photo editing or watching movies, Mac might be the better option.

Whatever you may hear about the differences in hardware specs between the two companies, the same hardware is available in both Macs and PCs. Where you will find a significant difference is the price range. You will generally have to dig deeper into your pocket for an Apple computer. The price tag on a desktop or laptop Mac will usually be $200 – $400 higher than your average PC. The gap increases when you start to compare PCs to high-end Apple computers such as the Macbook Air or Macbook Pro. However, there are also several high-powered PCs produced by companies such as Hewlett Packard and Sony that are even more expensive than Macs.