When we talk about PCs, we mean “personal computer”, which is quite a broad term. After all, your smartphone or laptop or even your calculator are all kinds of personal computers. But the term we use now originally meant “IBM PC-compatible”, and this related to IBM’s computers that could run certain operating systems. Nowadays we tend to think of PCs as computers that run operating systems such as Windows or Linux, and those computers have been separated from Macintosh computers. But in terms of hardware these days, we are not talking chalk and cheese. The differences are more like Camembert and Cheddar...for the record, we think Macs are the former in this analogy) https://oncasinogames.com/blackjack/.
And of course some people prefer one over the other- but why? Today we will look at some of the reasons, as delve into some statistics, in this episode of the Infographics Show, Mac vs PC. So, the first statistic we will look at tells us that Windows OS is way out in front in terms of market share. It currently has a massive 88.53 percent share of the global market. Mac OS has 8.75 percent. Linux meanwhile is third at 2.27 percent.
Though Microsoft has been feverishly pushing people to use its latest operating system, Windows 10, more users around the world are still on Windows 7, but Windows 10 is catching up and should be in front by 2020. As for how many people in the world are currently using Mac compared to PC, it’s said that over one billion people in 2017 were actively using Windows, with about 400 million of those people using Windows 10. Apple on the other hand said that total Mac users was about 100 million.
If so many people are fond of Apple’s OS, why are so few people using it? Well, the cost for one thing. A couple of years ago, the average Mac cost around $1,300. That was compared to the $600 the average person spent on a PC. If we look at Apple’s new top of the line 15-inch MacBook Pro, the price is $2,799.00.
Meanwhile Microsoft’s Surface Book costs around the same and there are plenty of other high-end laptops out there, but Apple doesn’t exactly have a bargain basement the way PC does. If we are talking about desktops, the iMac Pro is currently on sale for $4,999. Again, there are PC desktops out there that cost around the same amount of money, such as Microsoft’s Surface Studio, but there are many, many budget desktops that the average person can afford, while the smallest, cheapest iMac is still around $1,300.
But maybe you’re a gamer. We looked at lists of best gaming desktop computers in 2018 and none of Apple’s machines were listed. Many of the best gaming machines were anywhere from $900 - $5,000, with some reviewers saying the best of the budget gaming PCs was the Dell XPS Tower SE at around $550.
The website TechAdvisor sums it up like this for gaming regarding Mac vs PC, “This category isn’t even close. If you like gaming, then a Windows PC is hands-down the better choice over a Mac.”, and the title of a 2017 article by Digital Trends should be answer enough, “Why gaming on MacOS is dead forever and never coming back.” If you look at the popular gaming service Steam’s gaming statistics for March 2018, the numbers show that around 99 percent of gamers were using Windows, indicating that the vast majority of gamers seem to prefer PC. What this all tells us is what you already probably know. Apple’s machines are sleek and look beautiful, but if you are a budget-minded person, there will likely always be a cheaper PC out there that is just as good in terms of what it can do. If you are a gamer, a designer, or just someone who streams TV and writes emails, you can find a Windows PC as good as any Mac that will cost you less money.