Ok... So you're considering buying your first Apple Mac... But you've heard a few things such as they're expensive, they don't run Microsoft Office, or you won't be able to run your programs.
Well... Let me dispel some of these myths for you...
- They don't run Microsoft Office - Wrong, they do, as well as running Microsoft Office* Macs also have Free Apple alternatives to Word, Excel and Powerpoint - Pages, Numbers and Keynote. Macs will even run Open Office.
- You won't be able to run your programs - Wrong, we've come a long way since the first Macs when, yes, there was a great divide between the two platforms. Today, as with Microsoft Office, most software providers build for both Windows as well as Mac.**
- You can't run windows programs on a Mac - Well... Kind of wrong... Macs have a handy little application built in call "Bootcamp". Bootcamp allows you to install a full version of Microsoft Windows 10 on your Mac using a bootable partition, so for the duration of that boot your Mac is effectively a fully functional Windows PC.***
- You can't easily upgrade a Mac - While it's true some Macs such as the latest iMac are a little tricky to upgrade compared to a PC tower, you can choose the exact spec of your Mac which is customisable during your order process on the Apple website.
- Macs are just the same as PCs under the hood - While PC components are indeed common in all computers Macs stand out because of the union of hardware and software design. By its nature Microsoft Windows must have bloated software to cover all the possible hardware configurations PC manufactures may build in.
- Macs don't get viruses or Malware - Ok... Brace your self... I've got some bad news on this one! Macs can get Viruses and Malware. BUT... You stick a better chance of avoiding an all out catastrophe than your Windows counterparts due to the Macs Unix based foundations.
- Macs are expensive - Time for a maths lesson... The entry level cost of a 13 inch MacBook Air at the time of writing this post is £949.00 with easy transfer of your own files, FREE Microsoft Office equivalent Pages, Numbers and Keynote, built in Mail, Contacts and Calendars (fully compatible with Microsoft Exchange), Free iCloud account. Let's talk about the spec... 1.8GHz dual-core Intel i5 processor (not the cheap rubbish), 8GB RAM as standard, not to mention 128GB SSD storage! The Dell Insprion 15 7000 starts at £799 + Microsoft Office Home & Business £229.99 = £1028.99 and for all this money you get a heavy, plastic laptop full of unnecessary software installed by the manufacturer. Buy once... Buy well!
- Macs are hard to learn to use - Absolutely not, Macs are really easy to get used to, with a super intuitive operating system (macOS) the Mac has evolved into an ultra user friendly computer.
- There's no Right Click on a Mac - And now for the history lesson... Back in the early days when Steve Jobs was the captain of the Apple ship his drive for simplicity meant the mouse should be made with just one button, "Click", simple right? But as time went on the need for a right click became more prevalent, eventually "Right Click" was introduced but whilst maintaining the look of a "Single Click" mouse. With the invent of the "Mighty Mouse" Apple went Click Crazy with many more configurations such as side buttons. The latest Magic Mouse even has touch gestures like on an iPhone so for instance you can swipe between web pages, to look at the mouse you'd be forgiven for assuming it's still just a single click mouse.
- My Printer Won't work with a Mac - In most cases you won't even need to run a setup disk, the download and install of drivers is fully automatic.
MacBook Air vs Dell Inspiron 15 7000
Apple Magic Mouse
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