Why Do Some Designers & Developers Insist On Using A Mac
I’ve been working in the web development industry for a little while now (worked for a couple of major news conglomerates) and have noticed that a lot of designers and some developers prefer using a Mac over a Windows PC and I began to wonder why that is. What advantage does a Mac give you over a PC other than a different operating system and messed up mouse and keyboard configurations?
This argument has been going on for years now and the only way of it ever ending would be for Apple to go bankrupt, like that is ever going to happen though.
Using a Mac does not make you a better designer or developer
Adobe’s Creative Suite software is the industry standard when it comes to design (in most industries) and it is available on both Windows and Mac. They are both the same and neither one has any Mac or Windows specific features. Except if you count the automatic backup feature Fireworks CS5 has for Mac.
I’ve used a Mac a few times before and while they might have a pretty interface, I wouldn’t exactly call it a user-friendly interface for someone who primarily uses a PC. No control key, no right mouse button and no alt+tab. To me using a Mac is like learning to ride a bike all over again.
The insides aren’t really that different
Mac’s use Intel processors now, so is there any reason that a Mac running an Intel processor should be faster than a Core i7 PC with 6 gigs of ram and running Windows 7? Of course not. A Mac is no different to a PC and merely a difference in looks and operating system.
I could run Mac OS on my PC right now if I wanted to, but I like being able to play computer games and download lots of open source applications that are free.
Here’s the difference
People who use Mac’s are mostly elitists and fanboys who are perfectly happy paying a premium price for basic hardware and Mac OS, with a little bit of brushed rounded aluminium thrown in.
PC users are people who just want a machine that gets the job done and couldn’t care less about impressing a small minority of elitists who think they’re better because they use a Mac or having brushed aluminium that scratches real easy over their computer towers.