10 Differences Between Macs and PCs

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If you grew up in the 1980s, you remember that all computers, regardless of manufacturer, were uninspiring, more or less rectangular putty-colored boxes. But design has become a big differentiator between Macs and PCs. For the better part of three decades, the former Apple CEO, the late Steve Jobs, focused on the outward appearance of his company’s products with an enthusiasm unmatched by his competitors. The unique designs that resulted from this obsession have given Mac products the “hip” image that they enjoy today.

This unconventional focus on design began with the very first Macintosh, introduced in 1984. Like many of the computers in Apple’s current line, its CPU and monitor were housed in a single unit, reducing the number of cables necessary for operation and creating a sleeker profile. Jobs left the company in 1985 and Macintosh computers began to look like the Windows machines on the shelves. Apple’s already-small market share was already in decline, and many wrote the company off as finished.

When Apple brought Jobs back in 1997, he and Apple designer Jonathan Ive launched Apple’s arguably most significant success in the iMac, introduced in 1998. With its translucent, candy-colored shell, this model stood out in the market, reversing Apple’s flagging fortunes and represented the start of its rise to present-day popularity. Today, many PC manufacturers make sleeker and more attractive machines, but few have achieved the popular acclaim commanded by Mac products.

There are hundreds of different designs of PCs on the market, ranging from the utilitarian design of business computers to the space-age aesthetics of gaming PCs. Some notebooks can be flipped inside-out and used as touch-screen tablets. There’s no single vision guiding aesthetic choices when it comes to the design of the PC, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing if you don’t like one design, you can look to a different manufacturer to consider other options. If you don’t like Apple’s design, you’re out of luck if you absolutely have to own a Mac.


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