Apples and Oranges
December 14, 2010 5:38 AM Subscribe
No really, what is
the difference between a Mac and a PC?
posted by oohisay to computers & internet (33 answers total) 21 users marked this as a favorite
I'm not looking for consumer advice here, nor am I looking for superficial distinctions. I mean, both are "personal computers," and it's not like Macs run on ether or unicorn tears. A home computer is, regardless of branding, a computer.....
I have a Mac and although--for reasons I have never bothered to fully articulate--I resent Apple, I must admit that this computer works better than any Windows-based machine I've ever used and has lasted longer than all 3 non-Mac laptops I've had put together. Even though it kills me (and my bank account), I would never consider going back to a PC. But I want to know how and why the operating systems work differently. I'm not a techie (or I probably wouldn't be asking this question), but I am curious to know what the technical differences are (in terms of software, not hardware). So, please don't dumb it down too much--this is an intellectual exercise for me!
And no, I don't care whether you think one or the other is better, I just want to know how they differ.