In the world of computers, there are really only two mainstream options. Three, if you consider Linux, the aforementioned operating system is often used by hardcore computer users that specialize in coding, software development, and the like. Apple and Windows are the two main operating systems when it comes to computers. They have their own pros and cons, and we will help you decide which one is the best option for you. You could use this article as a guide whenever you’re buying a new computer, so make sure to keep the things discussed in mind.
There are a lot of factors why you’d go with either operating system. Essentially, it depends on your needs and wants. They differ vastly, and things such as knowing how to wipe a PC or keeping your computer healthy also differ depending on your operating system. Because of that, let’s try to differentiate the two and see which one is the best fit for you.
What is Windows?
Let’s start with the operating system that dominates the user base, with almost 80% of the market share in terms of OS. Windows is one of the most popular operating systems available out there. It’s essentially a graphical operating system with a graphical user interface or GUI. This is an important distinction, as computers were originally made to only be used by typing out commands. Moving your mouse around and having a cursor dart through the screen is a result of a GUI.
Windows has existed since 1985, so it’s a very solid and reputable brand. You’ve probably come across a Windows PC in your lifetime, so you’d be familiar with this product.
What is Apple, particularly MacOS?
Since we’re comparing apples to apples (no pun intended), we should get more specific. Apple is the company, and MacOS is the operating system that is developed by Apple. As with Windows they are the operating system, while Microsoft Corporation is the company that created them. Going back, MacOS is also an operating system with a GUI. They are proprietary to Apple, and they are found in Mac devices.
Macs are essentially Apple’s take on computers. The Macs are also proprietary, which means that Apple’s software and hardware are very integrated with each other and that their inner workings are not available to the public.
Windows vs. Apple: which computer should you buy?
There is a multitude of factors when it comes to which computer you should buy. Let’s explore some of those factors and see which ones could benefit you when it comes to choosing your favored computer.
- Hardware. As was previously discussed, Apple’s lineup of computers has proprietary hardware and software. This means a lot of things: high optimization, smoother workflow, but also hard repairability. Windows, on the other hand, has been used by different companies that specialize in making computers. This means that there are way more diverse hardware options in Windows, whether that’s gaming-focused, productivity-focused, or aesthetics-focused. This also means, however, that there is very inconsistent quality control since different companies have different standards for building a computer.
- Security. Security features are not necessarily lacking one over the other, but there are differences that might tilt you more favorably towards one than the other. For example, Windows has been known to be more susceptible to malware and viruses, but such a conclusion was only reached because of many reasons. For one, Windows owns 80% of the computer user base, which means that they are more profitable to be compromised by hackers and malware developers. MacOS may be more secure in this sense, but they are still vulnerable to said malware.
- Software. The software experience on Apple is very simple yet streamlined. This means that there may be fewer options for programs, but the programs that do run are very optimized as compared to Windows. Windows, on the other hand, favors the accessibility of options but has lesser control over the optimization of said options to the hardware.