The most basic Mac system can cost many times more than the most advanced Microsoft PC. Having said this, thay are much more reliable (their UNIX-like infrastructure being far less suceptible to the 114000 odd viruses that attack PCs). The Mac is generally prefered for multimedia manipulation and is used by many people in the film industry, artists, music composers, architects and generally creative people. One noted Mac enthusiast is Mr Stephen Fry.
Only recently has Apple started incorporating Intel processors into the iMac product line. You cannot, however, remove an Intel processor from a Mac and expect it to work in a PC (It just does not work - different processor structure and all...).
When the Mac was first launched, Apple put all of its funding into copyrighting its processor design and as a result of which, ran out of money to pay its design team and programmers. So they paid their team with shares of the company instead... During this time, the PC processor design was not copyrighted - which of course meant that anyone could manufacture them (note AMD, Intel, IBM & Cyrix) which of course would keep the price down.
But on the whole, PCs are cheaper and Macs are more reliable. Macs cannot be upgraded for a simple reason: you don't need to - they're powerful enough (some have 8-core processors and 32 GB RAM, 5 TerraByte storage etc).
Steve J: "I've got a new computer with 32 Gigs RAM and an octi-core cpu..."
Bill G: "I've got a new computer. I've got 2 gigs of RAM and a dual core cpu with support for all the games in the world and tons of software is fully... oh crap... its crashed again."
Introduced at the right moment, at the right place, with the right style and the right idea of an all-in-one design.
-Fastest selling computer ever, at a certain point they sold one imac every 15 seconds.
- First computer with a real 'colour'.
- Computer with a handle, so you can lift it up.
- No floppydrive, which was a great move forward.
- Had a round mouse, the original idea included a little light in it.
- Very cheap, compared to other macs and pc's.
In meanwhile, they made new generations of iMac's.
upgrades, new colours, new design, new style.
And in 2002, the all new imac was introduced.
It became THE must-have computer, with a floating display and a very compact system.
The iMac is now a icon of the 21century, which you probably know. Suddenly there appeared imac colour clothes, watches, diskmans.
Even the Xbox of Microsoft had their own imac colours.
- Your phone has iMac colours
- My iMac is sleeping now.
Their simplicity made them popular among schools, colleges, females, new computer users, and other people who did not realize the benefits of buying a different computer that can be easily upgraded.
-No floppy drive. Intended as "moving forward" but the first models didnt even have a CD-RW drive, making the simple task of transporting(not transfering) data very inconvenient.
-One button mouse, again, good for 8th-grade students and for old people who may have trouble understanding two-button mice.
- Considered to be very cheap, but you are still getting what you pay for(300Mhz, 64mb RAM, 6-gig HD, built-in 15-inch display(not flat) would be costing you $800+) Not a real bargain.
-A lot of schools have bought new G5 computers since their original iMacs are almost impossible to expand/upgrade, making them obsolete.
If your buying a computer, keep your future in mind; If it's an O.K. computer now, what will it be in three years? Will you be able to add to it and keep it up to date, saving you money in the long run?
- Looks nice
- Performs well
- Great for work related tasks
- Less customizable than a PC
- Expensive to repair (ex. you can't just pop it open and toss a stock hard drive in there if it dies!)
PC = good home computer