Apple Vs Microsoft Operating System

If you are looking for a new ultrabook or desktop or notebook computer, you will be faced with a difficult choice: Mac or PC? If you search the internet, you will find very opposing and contrasting opinions, many for PC, and many for Mac.

Who do you believe? What’s the truth about the eternal Mac vs PC debate? If you are already a die-hard PC or Mac fan, this guide may not change your mind, but it may influence what you think of the two computers.

You may agree, or you may disagree. Fortunately, I have learned enough about technology and the two systems over my decades of experience as a developer, computer builder, and technology connoisseur to give you true and unbiased opinions that probably both sides will agree with.

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Let’s first give a little background on Macs and PCs – so bear with me for a moment if you already know this. Mac is short for Macintosh, it is an operating system adapted by Apple.

It exclusively uses a single operating system: MacOS. Macs can run Windows though as a dual-boot type of solution called Boot Camp, but it isn’t native and it isn’t as fast, since the computer has to use resources for emulation.

Logging In and Getting Started

PCs on the other hand refer to computers that do not use MacOS and which also are not manufactured by Apple. Whereas Apple produces only a few types of of computers which exclusively run their own operating system MacOS, PCs on the other hand can run any operating system (including Mac with “Hackintosh”), and usually run on some version of Windows.

They also can use various forms of Linux and UNIX, such as Chromebooks which run the Google Chrome OS, or Ubuntu – by far the most popular and well-known of the Linux distributions.

We don’t need to get into specifics about Linux in this article, since any PC not containing Windows is quite rare, and those wondering the differences probably will not get a computer with a Linux or UNIX OS.


Unlike computers running Mac, such as Macbooks, which are produced by Apple, PCs are made by a wide array of completely different manufacturers.

MacOS is simply a UNIX-based operating system for which Apple adapted a UI overlaid on the free operating system. Nearly all UNIX and Linux operating systems (which are fundamentally the same) are free and open source, with only a few exceptions (RedHat, I’m looking at you).

Included Apps

Apple made an awesome and amazingly profitable business model by not only charging high prices, but by taking a free operating system, modifying it only slightly to make it marginally more user friendly, and then releasing it as their own software.

Apple did not write MacOS, although they have made a lot of changes to it over the years. The original developers were never compensated. In taking an open-source software, Apple was able to reduce their development expenses to near zero, while not owing any royalties to any third parties.

Apple does have something to be commended for for this clever and borderline-unethical business strategy. Most Linux and UNIX based operating systems have historically been limited when it comes to drivers (software which makes the operating system compatible with the hardware).

Interface Customization

This means that most regular users cannot use Linux because they do not know how to compile drivers or use the command line.

Apple solved this problem mostly but creating universal hardware and then writing these drivers specifically for their hardware, and then by creating a UI (User Interface) which is easy enough to use for regular people.

Before Bill Gates was a megalomanic bent on world domination, literally buying up half the farmland in the United States and boasting about “injecting genetically modified organisms right into little kid’s arms” and “shooting it right into the vein”, Bill Gates was another kind of megalomanic, breaking the law with by creating monopolies thorough putting all his competitors out of business using shady tactics – and was being investigated by the Department of Justice over antitrust lawsuits and allegations.

Hardware Choices

Early Microsoft had a dark history, and while Steve Jobs was innovating and creating new and awesome technologies, Microsoft was looking to develop their own GUI, which means, Graphical User Interface.

Both companies saw the value in creating visual interfaces that are easy for the layperson to use, and by 1985, Microsoft released their first version of Windows: Windows 1.0.

Windows was historically based on DOS, combined with their own flagship programming language, BASIC. Even today, Windows still uses Visual Basic as part of their operating systems. Through the years, Windows underwent several major iterations, namely, Windows 98, Windows 2000, Windows XP which was arguably Microsoft’s best operating system ever, and Windows 7, skipping over Vista which was a flop, as well as “Windows” 8.

Apple macOS or Windows 10?

Today, there is “Windows” 10, but Windows 10 is not really Windows at all, just like “Windows” 8 which is also not Windows, although it carries the same name.

In my opinion, Windows 7 was the best Windows operating system ever made, because while XP was the most solid Windows operating system, Windows 7 brought in the visuals that every PC user and enthusiast craves.

Windows 8 and 10, however, were rebuilt from the ground up. I had a friend who worked at Microsoft in Seattle who told me that Microsoft had gone back to the drawing board on Windows 8, and rebuilt an operating system with the intent to compete with the mobile market and apps.

Unfortunately, it failed, as did Windows 10.

Setup Experience

The only reason people use Windows 10 today is because Microsoft literally conspired with AMD and Intel, who make the processors used in nearly all PCs, not to create any more drivers that would allow Windows 7 to work on newer processors.

This shady tactic alone is enough to hate Microsoft, but both Microsoft and Apple are deserving of hate – albeit for different reasons. So, now that you know some history and some of the dirty schemes used to generate profit, it’s clear that Microsoft is the more evil of the two.

But which of the two, if either, is the better choice? Let’s discuss some of the major problems and issues, and go one by one and compare them.

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Lightweight - some PCs are even more lightweight than the Macbook Air, while boasting a bigger screen. Bigger screens - PCs often have bigger and richer screens. Macbook and their "retina" display is merely fancy marketing.

Speed - PCs can be extremely fast. Macs can be fast as well, but unless you are a sultan or oil tycoon, good luck affordingtheir top of the line computers.

Third-Party Software Compatibility

Keyboard - while Macs often have backlit keyoard, so do PCs. But some PCs boast RGB multicolor backlit and individually backlit keys that simply blow Macs out of the water. Do I really need to keep listing more? I think you get the point.

It is my opinion that PCs are better, but Mac can by just fine too, if you’re rich.

If money is no object and you really don’t care about cool features, cool looks (arguably, since Macs do look clean and sleek), gaming, or high performance (at a reasonable price), and all that matters to you is to be “cool” with the other plebs who also have macs, then go ahead and get a Mac.

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