Mac computers from Apple are one of the most popular type of home computer on the market. What with their intrinsic ability to link up with your other favorite products like your iPod, many people have decided that they will never go back to sing a Windows-based computer again. However, it is not all good news with Macs and there are a few distinct disadvantages to owning one that you may want to consider if you are thinking of buying one.
Many people thin that one of the best features of a Mac is that it’s safer than a PC because there are fewer viruses for it. However, this is really only because less consumers own Macs. If everyone had a Mac, virus programmers would be more likely to try and crack the Macs code and create bugs for it. Essentially the safety levels of the two computers are the same – it’s just that not enough people own Macs to make it worth the hackers’ while.
Another problem with Macs is that they are more difficult to upgrade. You can occasionally download upgrades directly from Apple but you are prevented from purchasing upgraded things like sound or graphics cards because Apple do not allow other firms to create hardware for their computers. This is also similar with software updates, where many times the version of a company’s program will stay the same on Macs for years while it is updated on PCs.
One other important thing to consider is that if Apple is the only firm making updates for the computer, you are totally at the mercy of one computer to improve your machine. Similarly, if there is a problem with your computer and you need to have it fixed you are forced to go through Apple’s channels to deal with the problem, where perhaps otherwise you might have wanted to shop around. Over-reliance on products from one firm causes a monopoly.