I know you’ve got a Mac. I know you’ve always bought Macs. Yes we’ve all been brainwashed into thinking that we’re creative so we have to use a Mac. But it’s time to realise that this is just not true. I know you think they’re cool and shiny and beautifully tactile. But do they actually make your life easier? Do they do what they are supposed to do, and do it well, or are they living on past glories?
First let’s debunk the biggie. Yes, it’s true, Macs don’t have so many viruses as Windows PCs. That’s because they are relatively so few of them. There’s nothing innate in the Mac that makes it so virus-free. Moving on. Here are the ten reasons why Apple products are not the best choice for creatives.
1.Apple control everything. Everything. That might have been OK for bringing up warriors in Sparta, but these are computers not trained killers. If you want to, let’s say, access the photos on your camera…that’s easy isn’t it? Yes, if you don’t mind accessing everything through Apple programs. Want the freedom to easily copy a set of photos to a back up disc? Good luck to you.
2. You want to choose what you put on your iPhone. Fine. You want to choose what you put on your iPhone when you are away from home? On a different computer? You want to plug it in to another computer and just add a file? Good luck to you.
3. It’s Apple’s way or the highway. You want to write an app? Better hope that Apple approve of it or you’re going to get nowhere. Very slowly.
4. Apple products are over-priced. Full stop. That would be fine if they lasted longer, but they don’t because…
5. Apple products are under-spec’ed. Want to get an Apple with the same spec as a top-of-the-range PC? Good luck to you.
6. Apple products are virtually un-expandable. Want to add some extra memory? You should be OK. Anything else? Good luck to you.
7. They still crash and hang. The beach ball of doom is not a figment of the imagination.
8. Apple have done a great job of making you think that when you buy a Mac you haven’t just bought a computer, you have been inducted into some great cult of super-intelligence where even the shop assistants are called geniuses. You haven’t.
9. Whose data is it anyway? The way Apple hide your access to your own information is almost monomaniacal.
10. The choice of software is limited. Still.
So there you have it. Ten reasons why creatives should not buy Macs. I hope that it will make you think again before handing over your cash. I’m writing this on my trusty MacBook. I don’t know if that affects anything. It’s just so white and shiny and…