Many people get confused in which one to buy a PC or a MAC. If you are looking for the same query then you might get solution today. Choosing best one depends on certain parameters like budget, specific requirements etc.

This Article includes :

  1. Switching costs
  2. Hardware option
  3. The whole product
  4. Future Platform

Switching costs

If you were starting from scratch, you’d have nothing to lose. As a PC user, however, switching involves giving up whatever Windows expertise you have and investing time in learning a new system. Whether this matters depends on how well you know Windows.

The switching costs include finding new programs to replace whatever you’re using on Windows, and importing your old data into your new system. This can prevent businesses from switching, and it can make life difficult for hobbyists with special interest software that Macs lack.

On the other hand, it may be a non-issue for most ordinary consumers, because of the trend towards web services. The more things you do online in a browser, the simpler it is to switch platforms.

There’s also a financial cost to switching, because the average Windows machine is much cheaper than the average Mac, especially if you factor in the cost of AppleCare. Of course, the extra cash does buy you a faster, better-made machine, as it should. But you may be paying for features you don’t need, or can’t really afford. A £150-£350 laptop might meet your needs, but Apple doesn’t sell laptops at those prices.

Of course, there are also benefits to switching. For example, Macs require less maintenance than PCs, and are generally easier to update. (Whether Windows 10’s continuous updates will remove this advantage remains to be seen.) Also, Mac OS X is not a major target for a large, criminal malware industry. These benefits are somewhat hard to quantify, but they are real.

Hardware options

Although Macs are a viable alternative, most people will still buy Windows machines most of the time. Partly this is because Windows machines are cheaper. Partly it’s because Windows offers a wider range of choices from a bigger range of companies for a broader range of uses. PC companies offer everything from PCs on USB sticks to vast server farms. Indeed, several PC manufacturers offer whole ranges of PCs for different users, including budget buyers, consumers, high-end consumers, gamers, SOHO users, enterprises, technical users and so on. Dell, for example, offers the Inspiron, XPS, Alienware, Vostro, Latitude, Optiplex and Precision ranges custom-designed for these different markets.

Finally, there are several popular PC formats with no Mac equivalents. These include 2-in-1s that double as laptops and tablets, touch-screen PCs with high-resolution stylus/pen input, and expandable tower systems. With Windows, you can also have a PC built to order, or build your own with the help of websites like PCPartPicker.

Think about your current PC use, and whether a different type of machine would suit you better. You may decide to stick with a traditional clamshell design, but it’s worth considering alternatives now, and what you might need in the future.

The whole product

The vast range of options is one of the most valuable things about the Windows ecosystem, even if you only buy one PC. It’s part of what marketing strategists call “the whole product”.

In marketing terms, “the whole product” consists of the core product (in this case, a PC) plus things like service and support (the expected product), add-ons such as software and peripherals (the augmented product), and expected future developments (the potential product).

For example, when you buy a Windows PC, you are also buying the ability to use thousands of peripherals, hundreds of thousands of applications, plus all the Windows magazines, books, YouTube videos, websites and allied services from educational courses to repair shops. You are buying the ability to switch to a different manufacturer if your current supplier stops innovating or goes bust, and the reliable expectation that you will be able to buy an improved product in the future.

Historically, the Windows PC has almost always been a better “whole product” than the Mac, regardless of the quality of individual devices. The interesting question is what kind of “whole product” Apple and Microsoft are building for the future.

Future platforms

We know what Microsoft is doing. First, it is converging its three platforms – Windows, Windows Phone and the Xbox One games console – on a single operating system with universal apps that run on all three screens: phone, PC and TV. (This is a programming platform: it doesn’t mean they should have the same user interface.) Users can store their data anywhere, but keeping it in the cloud makes it accessible to all the different devices.

Second, Microsoft is extending its reach across its rivals’ platforms, starting with Office 365. Microsoft now offers dozens of apps not just for Windows and Windows Phone, but also for Apple iPhones and iPads, and for Google Android smartphones and tablets. Microsoft is a software company, and wants its software on every popular device.

We don’t really know what Apple is doing, because it doesn’t tell us. However, it makes most of its money from selling devices – mostly from selling iPhones – and generally isn’t interested in software unless it increases its hardware sales. (For example, Apple only ported iTunes to Windows in order to sell iPods.)

Apple’s “whole product” is therefore focused on Apple hardware. It’s building a platform where Apple devices work together, rather than with other people’s. You can see the trend with Mac OS X becoming more like iOS, and with Continuity in Mac OS X Yosemite increasing the integration between Macs and iOS devices.

Continuity’s features must be very useful if you own a Mac and an iPhone, but it means giving a lot of power – and a lot of money – to one company. Many people are happy to have Apple operating as a gatekeeper controlling innovation, and they are perfectly entitled to make that choice. But I want to use products from all the big ecosystems – including Apple, Amazon, Google and Microsoft – so I’m not.

You don’t say why you got rid of your iPhone 5c, but according to the “halo effect” theory, owning an iPhone is supposed to inspire you to buy other Apple products. If that didn’t work, it might be the wrong ecosystem for you.

Source : The Guardian