As any computer technician will tell you, hardware is just hardware and the main difference between a Microsoft Windows and an Apple Mac computer is the operating system (OS). Because of this both Windows and Mac machines break down due to the very same hardware failures.
There are more similarities than there are differences and an intelligent decision of which system to use should be based upon which OS you prefer. It’s very similar to whether you prefer driving a Mercedes or a Lexus.
I’ve noticed on countless occasions that many Mac users without any prompting, state things like: why don’t you get a Mac, you’re better off getting a Mac, Macs use superior technology, a Mac can do this or that better than Windows and Mac is just better etcetera. None of which are true per se.
I rarely hear Windows users running down Macs, even though Windows has approx. 90% share of the OS market compared to Mac’s 5-7%, so what’s up with Mac users?
I’ve had a couple of mild run-ins with friends over this, simply because I’m bored of hearing their spiel, especially as it’s not based on any real data, facts or truth.
So am wondering if anyone else has noticed this phenomenon?
The only thing I can come up with is that in general, Mac users have an inferiority complex due to their own insecurity and are maybe seeking attention. What do you say?
asked 16 Mar '11, 00:52
I see this as a case that Mac computers cost WAY more than PC or Laptop, so first the one that bought a Mac also bought into the hype then felt he/she had to justify that he/she paid way more by convincing his/her self how much better the Macs are. The only way to feel better about all that money spent and justify it is to tell everyone else how great Macs are in comparison to get others to buy them so he/she has support that all agrees.
To me this is far less about computers than it is about feeling and belief.
The only reason I could have to buy a Mac is that Macs don't get viruses and I am tired of dealing with the antivirus or being afraid of enter certain sites or opening some mails.
On the other hand, I am not a techie person but I have learnt to manage Windows quite well and I don't feel like learning all over again.
But I have also being annoyed at Mac users and their rants on how much better Macs are. They sound like Mac stock holders to me.
Maybe when you buy a Mac they give you some stocks! :) I wish they stopped ranting and let Windows users be!
answered 16 Mar '11, 12:58
I think the design is a big selling point . Mac has always had more interesting design. (looks not workings). and with the popularity of there smart phones. and the fact that they are getting their Macbooks into grade schools. they won't be getting any smaller or less annoying (windows/pc user opinion). It is similar to the rivalry between Ford and Chevy in the states.
answered 16 Mar '11, 22:57
Interesting question for his site, not sure why I have an answer but.... To make this a more spiritual answer, I say it has to do with the way it makes them feel or better yet - the way the advertising wants them to feel.
Mac tries hard to make their products align with young, hip, cool, trendy, evolved...
So at the core of it - it is the same as asking:
answered 16 Mar '11, 23:21
Eddie, I love this question. Its really interesting to think about. :)
I've been doing some eye shopping with computers recently, trying to figure what I want. I came across the expensive but neat looking Macbook Pro... and I just wanted it! One of my online friends has one and told me they love it.
Then I told another friend... and they said, "NO! You can't get that! Macs SUCK!"
I was confused.. lol. She said "Apple makes all of their products out of cheap material and overprice it! Its a rip off! I can show you a video on youtube that proves it!" And I thought... wait, then why do you have a $200 iPod? Lol.
I like both Mac and Windows... I think it really is just prefering a Lexus or Mercedes. I'm not sure where her hatred of Mac computers originated... I guess people feel like they have to pick a side and find reasons why the other is rotten?
I do think, for her, it does have to do with an inferiority complex. She does become very critical of others when they "have" what she wants, or are like the type of person she wants to be.
So I think you're observation makes sense, and can be true for some Windows users too. :D
answered 13 Feb '12, 15:02
Well I am not big on the issue of Computers, but everyone that I know that has a Mac, has often said that it is a waste of money to purchase any other Computer than a Mac. So naturally, I believed that the Mac Computer is the best product on the market. I would be interested to read other answers!
answered 16 Mar '11, 04:00
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You should ask that question on apple.stackexchange.com. :-P (that site runs on the same software as Inward Quest btw, albeit in a more recent version 2.0)
Well, Apple do invest a lot more in research of style, design, intuitivity and user-friendliness of both hard- and software than their competitors. It is a matter of particular concern for the "benevolent dictator" Steve Jobs himself, and he does seem to have the right touch with those things. He has a highly artistic, elaborated idea and vision of how user experience should be, in an almost metaphysical way. I'm sure he consciously or unconsciously lives out many ideas discussed on this website, which would explain the cult.
Now if that justifies the much higher prices of almost the same hardware as ordinary gadgets and computers is another question of course.
I like some of their user interface concepts, but not all of them. I don't like the low degree of control and adjustability I have over an iOS/MacOS (although it's based on Unix which itself is highly customizable -- but you would have to go long ways if you want to have little things differently).
As a software developer mostly for the Windows ecosystem, I often wonder why Microsoft acts quite in a clumsy way in that area despite all of the resources they have. They come up with things that often are unnecessarily counter-intuitive. I regularly watch especially beginners struggle a lot with their stuff, while little children can handle iPads with ease.
A big secret of success for Microsoft in the past was that they always remained backward compatible to a large degree, while Apple more followed a tabula rasa concept with each new version of their product lines, which is a thing that doesn't work in the business world where certain pieces of software have to run for decades. But the advantage for Microsoft in this regard is vanishing, as everything moves more and more into the web.
Problems with viruses stem both from the widespread use and the inherited burden of an inadequate user access rights concept on Windows, whereas Apple's operating systems are built upon Unix which got some things pretty right from early times on in the 70ies. If Apple sold even more devices, there'd surely pop up more security holes as well because they are quite proprietary after all, but it won't be as bad as with Windows. Linux systems inherit the good concepts in this regard from Unix, and are very secure because they are not so wide-spread, and because the source codes are open, which is why the very dedicated community finds possible problems early, and fixes eventual exploits really fast.
All in all, I'd go as far as recommending a Linux distribution like the free Ubuntu for people who want both non-expensive, regular hardware and user friendliness. Believe it or not, it's actually a lot easier than Windows by now, especially in these days where everything happens more and more in the web anyway.
answered 16 Mar '11, 21:26
MAC is an UNIX or BSD variant OS. Windows is not. If you fedup with viruses and don't want to buy an expensive tool try a Linux variant. For the web or an office work Linux makes a really great job.
Linux is a Free & Fast OS core and without any virus over the globe. Android for the phones is Linux too.
I suggest Ubuntu www.ubuntu.com Or a Windows like variant www.kubuntu.org
You can change the hardware anytime without reinstall it.
answered 16 Mar '11, 21:33
They probably bought it because they don't get viruses, but then they realized that most programs are for PC, so they want to convert everybody else to mac so they will have all the programs.
answered 17 Mar '11, 04:38
mac user have a false security because mac are not more secure then windows! mac are not just as interesting to hack because they have a very small market in the world! in fact they are more easy to hack because they do not have security update like windows! so the boosting of mac is not deserve! it is like buying a lada and saying it is secure because people steal camaro and they do not steal lada so lada is more secure! someone tried that with me boosting is mac and i have told him that false security and i have also told him the adventage of having a window pc that are more storage more speed more protection more application compatibility so you can do more stuff with pc then mac! and also when they started to put windows os in there mac they got hacked so are they more secure of course not!
answered 19 Jun '11, 06:48
Just readed a great article about OSX's security problems.
answered 19 Mar '11, 19:05
macs are just better.
answered 19 Mar '11, 21:14
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