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Battle of Computers: Mac or PC?

James Chang

 The choice between a Mac (Macintosh) computer and Windows PC (personal computer) has been a running debate for many years. Many people are convinced that their preferred type of computer is superior. Ultimately, the choice between a Mac and PC comes down to personal preference and the individual needs of the user. Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of each platform.


   With over 100 million users worldwide, Mac computers are designed by Apple Inc. and have been used for over 40 years. Macs primarily run the macOS operating system, a counterpart of iOS, which runs on mobile devices. They are tightly integrated since they are both developed by Apple, which is one compelling reason why some users strongly prefer Mac computers over PCs. 

   “I like macOS because I’ve used it for such a long time,” junior Arjun Ari said. “It’s pretty straightforward and simple. For Windows, you get lost in a bunch of folders.” 

   Indeed, macOS is known for being easier to use with fewer complications. It also has the reputation of being more secure.

   “There’s more folks using Windows, so there are more apps that can be viruses,” Director of Technology Bill Bates said. 

   Bates explained that Pinewood primarily uses Macs because they are easier to administer with management tools such as Jamf, a software program used to configure school devices and enforce security on the network.

   “[When administering technology] across all three campuses in a Windows environment, there’s so much more that can go wrong,” Bates said. Both Ari and Bates said they prefer a Mac computer over a Windows PC because it is user-friendly and stable.

PC is Easy

​​  On the other hand, Windows PC has an even wider user base than Mac computers. As of 2023, estimated that 70% of computer users worldwide run Windows, while only 20% run Macs. Since Windows has significantly more users, there is a larger online community for support.

   “I think there’s a lot more YouTube tutorials for problems or anything,” Ari said. “Because there’s so many people who use Windows, there’s always a solution to the problem.”

   Additionally, there is a wider range of available software and hardware for PCs, allowing users to find options at lower prices.

   “Windows is popular because there are more titles out there, more games,” Bates said. Macs have always been high-priced. You can certainly have a good gaming machine for Mac, but you’re going to pay a lot more.” 

   Windows users also have the option to buy pre-built or custom-built gaming PCs, which are desktop computers with high-end components optimized for maximum performance. These options for customization allow users to swap out parts if they want to upgrade a component, such as a graphics card. I personally wanted to build a custom PC, and found that there are certain games I enjoy playing that only run on Windows, and not on macOs.


So, which one is right for you?

   If you are looking for a computer that is reliable and easy to use, or if you own other Apple products, then Mac is probably a good option for you. However, if you would like to play a wider range of video games and are interested in having the option to choose a custom computer, then consider buying a Windows PC. 


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