Generally speaking I’m not much of an Apple-basher. I’ve had my share of iPods (normal HDD one, video, nano.. ), we have an iPad at home which we all use to look up things or even play small games; I don’t have much against Apple’s stuff (aside from them being increasingly more arrogant, but that’s another subject).
People really need to stop saying Apple is ‘better than everything else’. I just really hate the fanboyism that is usually connected to people that own Apple products.
So today, I’m gonna debunk some of the most common myths that Apple fanboys keep up high. Not because I particularly hate Apple, but the fanboyism around it.
1: “Apple makes the best hardware”
This is probably the most common and most annoying myth out there. Apple’s hardware isn’t only very average hardware, they don’t make hardware AT ALL. You may or may not have heard it before, but foxconn is the company that makes Apple’s hardware. Foxconn has a huge list of customers which you may know as many big brands out there, here’s a list from Wikipedia:
Major customers of Foxconn currently include:
That’s right; when you buy Apple’s stuff, you buy the exact same stuff as when you’d buy Acer, Sony, Toshiba, HP, Dell, etc.
So how can it be faster?
That’s a simple one: It simply isn’t. Have you considered the difference in price you’re paying for the cheapest Apple product and the cheapest Acer product? Really the main difference here is that Acer actually offers a cheap option. If you still think Apple is better, Let me ask you a question in return: Have you ever had a non-apple computer that was as expensive as a macbook/imac? Trust me, 99% of the time you’ll get better specs than Apple can get you. Apple has been getting arrogant. They set huge margins on their products because they can, resulting in one of those typical fashion-like hype products that don’t really have much extra quality, they just show off status by the fact they’re expensive.
2: Apple works better with Adobe/’graphics’ products.
This was true for a while, back when they used powerPC processors and Adobe and Apple were still big friends, photoshop would run much better on a mac. Nowadays things are different.
Macs no longer use the Motorola PowerPC processors, and instead use Intel processors. They aren’t worse or better, they’re just a different instruction set (x86 instead of powerpc) and more convential than Motorola’s stuff, which makes it a lot cheaper.
Also Apple has been bullying Adobe, if you’ve heard about the whole flash thing and how Apple treated Adobe lately you’d be surprised they ever were friends.
Those two combined result in the same product being ported from Windows to Mac OS. They’re the exact same codebase with the difference that one is compiled for Windows and one for Mac OS.
“But retina displays!”
Retina is just a term coined by Apple to mark their high resolution (high DPI) screens.
There are TONS of screens out there that squarely outperform Apple’s retina stuff. They’re good screens, just, not the best. So stop saying that they are.
3: Apple’s stuff “just works” and is much less error prone than other operating systems!
False. As ‘that IT dude’ I hate to tell you this but there simply isn’t ANY computer out there that runs flawlessly. That’s just how computers are. They’re whiny, bitchy, annoying pieces of sh*t that need tons of maintenance. That’s why there’s such a huge need for qualified IT personell. And no, that won’t change when you switch everything to Apple. In fact, in a company environment I think you’ll find there’s many functionality Windows has had for ages that makes it so ideal in enterprise situations, that Mac OS simply doesn’t have.
Little known fact: Mac OS X isn’t written by Apple from scratch. First line from the wiki page: “OS X ( /oʊ ˌɛs ˈtɛn/), originally Mac OS X, is a series of Unix-based graphical interface operating systems developed, marketed, and sold by Apple Inc.” ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mac_OS_X ) Note the “Unix-based”.
So, what does Apple do that attracts a lot of people?
They keep their stuff simple. They iterate their hardware yearly, they don’t give much choices, no cheap options, they name their stuff as simple and short as possible, and they take away as much freedom as possible. They also play a man in the middle role for everything you do.
- You want hardware? You buy from Apple. They have their own stores, you can’t buy Apple in mixed resellers; And everything is branded Apple, despite them not having built it.
- You want software? You buy from Apple. They have their own Appstore across all platforms.
- You need support? Apple care.
- You need to save your stuff in a cloud? iCloud.
Et cetera Et cetera.
This makes it a lot more clear for many people what to do when, and who to contact. People have busy lifes, they don’t care what’s the reason their PC is slow, they just want it to work. But the thing is, Apple only appears more simple. What they’re really doing is taking away control from you, making decisions for you and tell you what’s good for you.
If you’re okay with the lack of freedom, then I can imagine why Apple is a tempting choice, but keep in mind, with just a tiny bit more effort you can get a whole lot more for your money. Any PC for a thousand euros/dollars/pounds will be a monster. And if you ask someone to reinstall it after you got it to get rid of all the bloatware and preinstalled crap (seriously why do they even put that on there?), you’ll always end up with a well performing computer that you’ll be using for up to a decade after purchase.