Are Mac computers more reliable than PCs

Mac or Windows PC? A test over ten rounds

Macs have the reputation of hipster accessories. Those who want to be "in" carry their computer with the apple logo with them. The amazing thing is that the effect has been working reliably for years. Apparently Apple always manages to reinvent itself and keep it talking.

On the other hand, the prevalence of Mac computers is manageable overall. The share is in the low single-digit percentage range, in German companies they can only be found in graphics departments.

The market for desktop PCs, notebooks and laptops has been dominated by Microsoft's Windows operating system for a long time. In corporate networks, the Windows platform has been used on both the client and server side for many years.

Often cursed at first because of the instability and poor user guidance, the operating system has gained significantly in reliability and usability in the latest updates.

Reason enough to compare the two operating systems. In a competition over ten rounds, we test where the strengths and weaknesses of Mac and PC lie. We present the results on the following pages.

1st round: design

The strength of the Apple Macbooks and iMacs is the restrained and elegant design, for which the prominent chief designer Jon Ives stands. Of course, Apple has not leased a good design for itself. Lenovo's elegant Thinkpad X1 or Asus Zenbook can keep up well with Apple's Macbooks. In order to create a special look, Apple takes a more radical approach than any other computer manufacturer: To make a slim and elegant Macbook Air or Pro possible, Apple rigorously saves interfaces and optical drives, and the battery is firmly glued into the case.

The uncompromising design has its disadvantages, but the devices offer a consistent design across the entire product range - and the iPhone is a perfect match for the iMac. If one is concerned about the external effect, good design is not an end in itself. For example, some startup companies are consciously relying on innovative and cool-looking Macs.

PC manufacturers, on the other hand, often have the disadvantage of having to adhere to Microsoft and Intel specifications: For example, new ultrabooks must now have a touchscreen. This isn't exactly helpful for developing unique designs.

1-0 for the Mac. Overall, the Mac can take the lead here. If the look of a computer is important, a Macbook or iMac is simply a better choice.

  1. iMac (1998)
    As the first major redesigned Apple product, the iMac, with its garish colors, clear monitor and keyboard, represents the beginning of the timeline. Although the iMac could not overtake the Windows-based PC, the iMac has made a number of desirable changes within the computing world. Industry such as the abolition of the floppy disk drive as well as USB ports triggered. More importantly, the iMac marked the turning point for Apple, which began to focus on devoting all energies to innovation.
  2. iPod (2001)
    With the iPod, Apple has firmly anchored its reputation as the comeback company par excellence in this decade. The first version played around 1000 digital songs and even supported random playlists. However, the more mature the iPod became, the more money Apple took from its customers. The last variant of the iPod Classic plays 40,000 songs for its price, stored on a hard drive with a total memory of 160 GB.
  3. Xserve (2002)
    With this technology, Apple made the detour into the corporate segment for the first time. When Steve Jobs introduced the Xserve eight years ago, however, it was aimed more at small and medium-sized companies than at large companies. In addition, the Xserve shows that Apple is not just a consumer company, but a brand that is aggressively seeking to expand into the IT market.
  4. MacBook Pro, MacBook, MacPro (2006)
    The most important change in these devices was certainly the switch from IBM to Intel processors. The MacBook Pro is the first product to be converted to the Intel architecture, a 15-inch laptop that contains an Intel Core Duo processor and swallows up to 1 GB of RAM. A few months later, Apple introduced the first MacBook with specifications similar to the MacBook Pro. However, it was a bit smaller at 13 inches. Last but not least, Apple completed the trio with the MacPro, Apple's first desktop computer with Intel architecture.
  5. iPhone, iPod Touch (2007)
    Many users will remember the year 2007 for a long time, because it is considered the year in which Apple turned the cell phone market upside down with the iPhone. Apple's extremely popular iPhone has become the prototype for all modern touchscreen smartphones and has received high recognition from users for the ease of use of its operating system and everyday use. The iPod Touch, which looks much like the iPhone but has no telephone function, was released in the same year.
  6. MacBook Air (2008)
    The MacBook Air is not considered a revolutionary innovation like the iPhone or iPod, but it serves as a new and chic product that Apple was able to show off with during the development of the iPad. The big lead of the MacBook Air was the campaign as Apple's thinnest and lightest laptop. The MacBook Air is just under 2 centimeters thin and weighs 1.36 kilograms.
  7. iPad (2010)
    The highlight of last year was undoubtedly the tablet iPad, a touchscreen computer that measures almost 25 centimeters diagonally and thus falls into the device category between laptop and smartphone. If you opt for this additional high-speed Internet connection, however, you still have to expect provider fees; Of course, the device is also available with a WLAN antenna without a mobile high-speed Internet connection.