Advantages & Disadvantages: iMac Vs. PC

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Advantages & Disadvantages: iMac Vs. PC
PC and Apple computers both have their admirers. (Comstock Images/Comstock/Getty Images)

The war of opinion about Apple computers and the various PC models on the market has raged for decades. Apple lovers trumpet the appearance of each new Apple product, such as the iMac. They allege that the Mac's operating system displays superior performance and remind us all that Apple products are practically immune to viruses. But many PC-users are less than thrilled about Apple computers and suggest that the newest Windows-using PCs have closed the performance gap. negligible

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Advantages of an iMac

The iMac computer inherits Apple's long-standing lead in innovation. Like its predecessors, the iMac is an all-in-one computer with superior capabilities in desktop publishing and graphic design. Adobe Photoshop, as well as some other software, actually runs better on Mac's operating system than on Windows. Also, since most cybercriminals design their viruses and spyware to attack the more ubiquitous PCs, the iMac is unlikely to ever suffer from malware.

Disadvantages of an iMac

Conversely, since most computers are PCs and use a Windows operating system, most games and many other software products are designed to work with Windows. If an iMac-user wants to use these programs, he can buy and install Windows on his iMac and alternate between operating systems, but this obviously adds to the expense. And iMacs, like most Apple computers, are already more expensive than their PC counterparts. The iMac costs more to use, as well, because parts are not user-replaceable and Apple's extended warranty is more expensive than any other.

Advantages of a PC

PC computers, using a Windows operating system, are the most common computer by far. They make up over 90 per cent of the market and are made by many different companies. You can easily seek out a computer that is tailored to meet your needs. Whether you are a gamer, a designer, a writer or a musician, there are PC computers focused on these interests. A PC computer, with similar capabilities in most areas, is also less expensive than the iMac.

Disadvantages of a PC

As previously mentioned, a PC is far more vulnerable to viruses and other malware. And a PC has yet to reach the heights of technical superiority achieved by the iMac in professional areas such as graphic design and music production. If you settle for a PC, then you are limiting your achievements in these areas.

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