I’ve used Apple computers for the last twenty five years. That’s a long time. I remember the first time I started to using them was when I was in university. It was an Apple SE that the university computer labs had and I had access to them. State of the art baby.
And this was when dot matrix printers were cool. Don’t know what those are? Glad you asked. Take a look at the link below1. They’re slow, noisy, big and heavy but it’s what I had to use back in the day to print out term papers and the like. In fact, I’m so old, that the first computer I had was a Commodore 64. That’s 64 kilobytes of memory… hells yeah. And that was a ton! That was kilo bytes, not just bytes dude. And they had to travel uphill both ways in freezing temperatures along the bus 😉
The Apple SE was quite revolutionary at the time, it features dual floppy disk bays. And floppy disks were how you stored data before CDs, DVDs and especially USB flash drives. The floppy disk started out as an 8 inch platter that looked sorta like a floppy record still in it’s inside cover, then they got smaller down to 5 and 1/4 inch which were still floppy, but by the time the Apple SE came out you had the ubiquitous 3 and 1/2 inch floppy disk which was no longer all that floppy. Sure they could bend but were quite a bit more rigid than the other sizes2.
And these 3.5 inch disks could hold a whopping 1.44 megabyte. That’s megabytes baby with an ‘m’ 😉 This was thrilling to me, as it meant I could store my whole first novel “Dust on His Soul” if you’re wondering, on this one disk.
At home we had a Compaq PC. I don’t think Compaq is around or even makes computers anymore. I mention this, because I’m not an Apple fan boy, in fact I try to remain technologically agnostic as much as possible. I currently have an Apple MacBook Pro, but I also have an older Dell Windows PC and I’ve dabbled with Linux too, mostly Fedora, Mint and Ubuntu distros.
So let’s get to the meat of this post. Why I prefer Apple computers.
1. They’re not necessarily more expnesive
They used to be, I won’t deny that, and this is not necessarily the primary reason I like them, but it is worth mentioning. If you check out Microsofts’s current Surface Pro 3 which they themselves on their website compare to the MacBook Air is roughly around the same price, and more, depending on what you go for.
This is for similar specs. Now if you have a preference on OS then you’ll choose whichever one you prefer. But Apple computers are no longer way more expensive than PCs. Their phones are a different story, and this is why this post is not about phones.
Of course, you can get cheap PCs, but that’s because Microsoft sells the license to PC manufacturers to install on their systems. Apple doesn’t do this, they keep a walled garden by preserving the integrity of software and hardware.
2. The walled garden keeps the weeds out
Many people bitch about this. They say that Apple is keeping people tethered to their products by firmly mating software to hardware. And I’d disagree. It is relatively simple to move from Apple to PC if you want.
There is iTunes for PC, so you can take your music with you. If you want a more comprehensive solution you can use Google Music Player to upload all your iTunes content to the cloud for free. I’ve done this. You can easily enough move your phone from Apple to PC or Android too.
What the walled garden does do, is limit your exposure to a crap experience and bloatware that other manufacturers like to add to Windows.
I don’t even use handoff, but I still way prefer the OS X experience, and I don’t feel like I’m chained to Apple. I like Chrome and Firefox browsers, and I use Gmail in the browser and not Mac Mail. but software integration I feel is more seamless in Apple’s walled garden, and it helps keep out the riff raff to some degree. I’m talking about viruses, malware, and other odds and sods.
3. The user interface is more yummy
This is a personal post about my personal preferences. I prefer the Apple look. I like the way the computer starts up and I like the way things are laid out. The style is better. I think they do this right, generally.
Their design on both the software side and hardware side are amongst the best out there. I mean, why else is everyone copying the Mac Air computer’s wedged style. And why are other high end computers and phone deemed higher end when they’re made from brushed aluminum?
4. It makes computers more accessible to our grandparents
There is a certain amount of savyness that is required in using computers, but Apple in my experience has made that easier. The software is more intuitive and their homegrown software programs are simpler for beginners to get a handle on.
I’ve seen this with my folks and my friends. People just find the Apple experience perhaps more forgiving or friendly to those who are not hackers and coders and other assorted geekdroids.
5. Variety is the spice of life and choice matters
A lot of people hate on Apple and in some ways I can see why. Some people just hate winners. Others dislike fanboyism and I can get that. But that’s not Apple’s fault, well maybe it is. If you made awesome tech products that looked good, generally worked well out of the box and gave you a certain cache I guess you would be hated too.
Nevertheless, competition is good, and that is why I’m not a fan boy. I prefer Apple’s products. My experience with them has been great, but I’m ready and willing to move over to something better if they drop the ball.
We should celebrate Apple’s success, so long as there is also room for Linux, Microsoft and others. We need a vibrant and colorful technology industry because if we don’t have that, we’ll all end up the losers at the end.
So give Apples a chance
1 – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dot_matrix_printing
2 – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Floppy_disk