Why do people like the Mac operating system

24 reasons Macs are better computers

Again and again, the question arises for newcomers to computers and those who switch: Windows PC or Mac? Our guest author Michael Hülskötter wrote down his list of reasons. Read his ultimate and sometimes subjective list of reasons Macs are better here:

1. Productivity

It might sound simple-minded, but it's my experience: You are more productive on a Mac. At least I do. It was a gradual process. In the late 1990s, I had several PCs and a Mac on my desk. Without first being aware of it, I began to work more and more with the Mac. At the beginning of 2001 I blew all PCs to hell and have only owned Macs since then. The system itself, but also most programs, are simply better, more solution-oriented. Fewer features, more results.

2. Design

The argument is trite as it mostly only relates to looks. Yes, Apple products are more beautiful. Point. PCs from other manufacturers are offensive to my eyes and are often downright ugly. But it's not just about that. Good design also means good function. And that's true with the Mac. Starting with the many clever details such as the MagSafe connector, through the charge status indicator on notebooks, to the simple but practical storage box for the Apple internal headphones for the iPod.

Almost more important is the design of the user interfaces of Mac, iPad, iPhone, iPod and Apple TV. There is currently nothing that works better and is more beautiful. Windows 7, Windows 8 or even Windows 10? Paah! Tasteless, colorful and overloaded. Mac OS X, on the other hand, is not only more beautiful and visually quieter but above all better. Do not you believe? Try out!

3. Software included in delivery

Unpack, switch on and get started. This works with every Mac, because you get almost everything you need included. From ingenious photos and iMovie to iDVD and Garageband for hobby musicians to address books, mail clients and calendars. Just to name a few. I believe that 90 percent of users do not need more software than what is included in the scope of delivery. Except for special programs for the job.

4. MS Office

MS Office is a must for many users. Checked because there is also a Mac version. Ok, there are, and there will be, a few minor compatibility issues in the future. For example VBA or the connection to older Exchange servers. But this is only relevant for users who work in decidedly Microsoft-centric companies and are also defeated by a Mac-hostile and stubborn IT department.

5. OpenOffice

If you can't avoid an Office package, you can also use OpenOffice on the Mac. With NeoOffice there is even a decidedly Mac-friendly version of it. This also has the advantage that, in contrast to the current MS Office for the Mac, it understands the new XML-based Office file format.

6. Keynote

Because we're already with the office applications: Keynote is the best presentation program on the market. You can't get more beautiful and convincing presentations than with Keynote with any other program. I speak from experience because I use both Powerpoint and Apple Keynote. The design templates are better for the latter, as is the operation. I am faster with it and get better results.

7. Viruses and Trojans

Even if Microsoft boss Bill Gates kept saying the opposite: Macs are safe. Yes, the theoretical danger is there. After all, a Mac is just a computer and thus a potential target for viruses and Trojans. The fact is, however, that I am not yet aware of any Mac viruses or Trojans that have ever caused any damage. Experts see it similarly and, unlike Windows, do not classify Mac OS X as a high-risk operating system.

8. Close the flap, open the flap

Suspend and resume should supposedly also work on Windows notebooks. Admittedly, resume works better with current PC notebooks than it used to. But it is still not as good and fast as with Apple notebooks. When I no longer need my Powerbook, I close the display and the computer switches to sleep mode. If I need it again, I open it and it is back immediately. Hey, Mac OS X is based on UNIX, FreeBSD to be precise! The high uptime is a good thing. If it weren't for the necessary reboots after important system updates, my Mac would never have to boot.

9. Parallels, Bootcamp and Virtual PC

At least since the switch to Intel processors, Macs are also great Windows PCs. There are several options for those who absolutely need Windows. Virtual PCs are available for PowerPC Macs. Windows up to XP run parallel to Mac OS X. However, this is more of a stopgap measure. Since Virtual PC has to emulate a PC, Windows is very slow. Not so with Parallels and Bootcamp on Intel Macs. While either Windows or Mac OS X is booted with the latter, Windows runs together with OS X with the Parallels virtualization solution. In the so-called Coherence mode, you can even pack Windows programs in separate windows. The new Vista now poses neither problems for Bootcamp nor Parallels.

10. Windows files

The Mac has no problems reading Windows files and mounting and using NTFS and FAT formatted data carriers. This means that Macs can be easily integrated into Windows environments. Macs are inherently compatible with the Windows data world.

11. No registry

If there's one thing I hate about Windows, it's the registry. Something of vulnerable (see point 13) and opaque ... Pure madness.

12. Program installation and uninstallation

With a few exceptions, the Mac is a prime example of how easy it is to install and uninstall programs. Unzip the program and possibly mount the image (the installer does both automatically) then drag the program into the program folder, done! Need to uninstall? Simply drag the program into the trash. It is gone! If you really want it to be particularly clean, you can possibly move the associated configuration file into the trash. It is not necessary.

13. Just do it!

I already mentioned it above: With the Mac you are more productive, everything is much easier and often more is possible than with the PC. What I mean by that is, for example, the integration of the individual programs and their functions into one another. Whenever I have to work on a Windows PC by necessity, I become painfully aware of it. I wonder if I can't drag certain objects from one program to another, or what kind of effort it is to register and de-register a memory stick. Tip: Try out how easy it is to create a DVD with a menu, a great slide show, background music and video clips. Do that on a PC!

14. iCloud

Ok, many Mac users are not really enthusiastic about the Apple online service iCloud either. But I love it and use it. Again, the seamless integration with the many Mac programs. E-mail, address book and calendar synchronization, backup, websites, documents synchronize with multiple Macs and iDevices, etc. pp. So easy, so ingenious. I couldn't do without it.

15. Photos and iTunes

Both great programs, of course. But why I mention them here is not because of the great functions and the simple, i.e. productive, operation. It's the way they manage my files. Lots of files. More than 10,000 photos and the number is increasing almost every day. iTunes manages almost 14,000 songs for me (as of today) and half of my CD collection is still waiting to be digitized. “So what?” You will say, PC programs can do that too. No, they can't, at least not like that.

Let's take photos: I connect the camera and the application immediately logs in and asks me if it should import the new photos. I say yes, but please only those who are not yet in the system. Zack, done. Now I can tag, sort, edit, add effects or crop them if I want. No matter what I change, the original is retained. You can use it to make incredibly great slide shows with just a few clicks of the mouse. Browsing through the photo inventory is child's play and works smoothly even on my ancient MacBook. There is no such thing as a comparable program on the PC. I know because I've tried pretty much all of them.

ITunes is even more important to me. Listening to music is my hobby. As a teenager I had a huge collection of LPs; CDs came later. But together with the iPod, iTunes has completely changed the way I consume music, for the better. I now have more fun with my music collection than ever before. The reason for this is, among other things, the database structure and filing. Thanks to XML. With iTunes it is really fun to browse through huge music collections, compile playlists (including automated ones) or simply play a DJ. There is no Winamp and media player. Not in the beginning. And now Apple Music is also coming.

16. Mac OS X is not talkative

Oh, how I hate Windows for its cheeky requests to speak (“this computer is at risk”, “you really want to delete this file”, “you can remove the medium now” ...). The Mac doesn't say anything like that. And then this cluttered Windows dialogs and menus ... I don't need it, I don't want it! Keep it simple, less is more!

17. Plug and Play

If you can connect something to the Mac, regardless of whether it is via USB, Firewire, Bluetooth or WLAN, then it usually works immediately. So far I have not come across a digital camera that was not immediately recognized by photos. Synchronize cell phones with calendar and address book? No problem. Camcorder? All you need is the appropriate cable.

18. Two button mouse

There is still the prejudice that the Mac is operated with a one-button mouse. Yes, if you want to. But since Mac OS / 9 both the left and the right mouse button are at home on the Mac. Simply connect an appropriate mouse and you can right-click as you are funny.

19. WLAN

Apple is always the first manufacturer to introduce a faster WLAN standard (802.11g, 802.11n and that before the official adoption). But more important is that it works: open the Apple notebook, Mac OS X notices a WLAN and asks whether it should log in. Confirm, enter password, online! When I think about the problems I already had with various Windows notebooks and WLAN and how complicated it was often ...

20. PDF

How much easier can creating a PDF be? In Mac OS X, the PDF writer is part of the system. This means that any application that can print can also create a PDF. Clean, fast, problem-free.

21. Hit me baby

Hard-core PC nerds often fool Mac users as picture pushers. They would need the mouse for every step, no matter how tiny. Not correct! I don't know of any operating system in which you can do so much so comfortably without even taking your fingers off the keyboard. I can't even remember the last time I closed an application ([command] + [q], minimized a window [command] + [h] or printed [command] + [p]) using the menu and / or mouse. And these are really just the trivial commands.

22. Spotlight, Dashboard, Automator

Ok, the system-wide search is now also available in Windows 10. Something similar to the dashboard, although I find the Apple solution with the transparent display ([F12]) much more practical. But the very easy script programming via Automator shoots the bird off for me. Not necessarily because you can program your own scripts or macros. Very few do that. But because this is a wonderfully simple solution with which program developers can implement new, system-wide functions and are happy to do so.

23. The price is hot

Yes, Macs aren't cheap. But cheap in the real sense. Compare any Mac with a PC with exactly the same equipment and of similar quality. The price difference is quickly put into perspective. In addition, do not forget the scope of delivery, especially the enclosed software!

What Apple does not offer are bargain PCs and notebooks of dubious quality (poorly coordinated components, cheap displays, poor power management and correspondingly loud fans).

In other words: a carpenter knows exactly why he takes the expensive plane, a hairdresser would never think of using cheap household scissors and a cook is never satisfied with a 2.95 euro knife. On the construction site, it is not a hardware store hammer drill that is used, but a very acidic Hilti. I have no money to give away. That is precisely why I cannot afford a cheap PC at work.

24. Bonus point: "Think different"

Read, be amazed and feel good: The Think-Different-Anthem. There was also a commercial once in a while.


The article is based on a publication by Michael Hülskötter. You can find the full, original article on his website www.it-techblog.de.