Posted: 13 Sep 2010 09:20 AM PDT
It’s no surprise that the war between Mac and PC users has been going on for ages. Some Mac users can't stand PC users and vise-versa. Windows users claim that Macs aren’t suitable computers because they’re not practical and Mac users claim that PCs are insufficient and slow. So can we credit these myths? Are Macs not worth their price? Are Windows PCs really that awful?
In this article, we will compare both companies in a very neutral manner! We will first understand which company started first, then the reason of the more successful entity. We also discuss which company is more relevant today and who are the majority users of both PC and Mac. We will also take a closer look to evaluate the important features and technical specifications in both; Macs and PCs.
After you’ve finished reading this article you should be able to determine which company suits you best. Because after all, we are not trying to convince you to change what you find suitable for you. All we want to do in this post is lay out all the facts for you, the consumer, so that you can decide all on your own!
GUI Computers, Who started it?
According to Wikipedia, the first successful personal computer to feature a mouse and a graphical user interface (GUI) was the Apple Macintosh, and it was introduced on the 24th of January 1984. About a year later, Microsoft introduced Microsoft Windows in November 1985 in response to the growing interest in the GUIs.
The Apple Macintosh continued to sell successfully through the second half of the 1980s until its sales began to decline in the 1990s when the market shifted towards the IBM PC that was running a Microsoft Windows operating system.
Microsoft quickly took over the world’s PC market leaving the Mac OS behind it. In 2009, Microsoft was reported to have approximately 91% of the operating systems market share.
The first Mac.
The first Windows.
Who was more Successful & Why?
It’s no secret; Microsoft dominates the world’s operating systems market. The reason for this domination is simply because; Microsoft designed its operating systems to be compatible with various hardware created by a wide range of computer companies such as Dell, IBM, hp, and Sony, etc.
In the other hand, Apple designed its software for close integration of computer hardware and software, which means it’s not compatible with other computer hardware.
To put it in easier terms; Microsoft sold it’s operating systems to various computer companies, allowing a broad distribution for its operating systems. As a result, Microsoft is more popular than other operating systems in the market. In the mean while, Apple has strictly designed their operating system to fit perfectly in their own hardware.
Which is more popular, Statistically.
Statistics show that Microsoft Windows has approximately 91% of the market share, while the Apple Mac OS has around 5% of the market share. The other 4% is owned by other operating systems such as Linux.
To be a little more specific, here’s a graph that illustrates which operating system versions are most popular in the market share.
The graph below gives you an idea about how the market was moving between the different operating systems, starting from September 2009 to July 2010.
Who Uses What?
Mac users consist of:
When I tried to do the same search for Windows users, my efforts were to no avail. So I went to the Microsoft website, hoping to find something about their users and where they work, but I couldn’t find that much either.
From the various articles I’ve read online, Windows users basically consist of the following:
Kelly Ford, the marketing and content head for Hunch, conducted an extremely helpful report that talks about “Mac people & PC people”. The report focused on their personalities from 3 perspectives: aesthetic preferences, media choices, and personality traits.
The key findings in the report were as follows:
To read the full report, check out the full report: “Mac vs PC People: Personality Traits & Aesthetic/Media Choices“
Comparing Tech Specs & Features
Some Apple users claimed that there aren’t any PC laptops that can compare to a Macbook or a Macbook Pro! After further research, I came across many PCs that are, in fact, very similar to Apple’s products.
Here’s a closer look of the comparison between the typical Apple Macbook and other similar Windows-operating PCs. Keeping in mind that all the data was collected from the official product’s websites. Choices are yours!
Apple’s Macbook ($999)
Toshiba Satellite Pro L630 ($749)
Dell Latitude E6410 ($1,219)
Sony VAIO Y Series ($769.99)
hp ENVY 13 Series ($1,199.99)
So which is Best for You?
Well, the sole purpose of this post is to show you all the facts about both companies, and let you decide. After all, the only person who knows you best is YOU!
I have given you a little overview on Apple and Microsoft’s histories, a glimpse on who was more successful and why, statistics on which is more popular and who is using what, and a detailed comparison on the features of similar products. Now, it is up to you to determine which company can cope with your needs and style.
Facts for Switching
If you are considering a switch, check out these two official articles from both Apple and Macintosh to help you decide. I advise that you read BOTH articles as they are both trying to persuade you to switch to their company!
Sources & Further Readings
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