Apple has been giving some love to the Mac again, so I thought I would too. It isn’t hard to name a lot of reasons why I have loved Macs for a long time. But since I get asked occasionally for specific reasons, here is a good top-ten list.
1. Clean Consistent Intuitive Interfaces
I like to learn by doing. Mac OS X and Apple’s applications let you do that. You can “click on the pretty buttons” to figure things out very quickly. By extension, most third-party developers have followed suit and their programs work the same way.
One of the main reasons switchers have trouble with mac software is that they are looking for a complex answer when there is a simple one: drag and drop, click once, or a logical menu choice.
2. Great Software Comes With It
Macs come with so much great software. Every new Mac comes with things like TextEdit, iCal, Address Book, iTunes, Safari, Preview, and so on. Maybe this is because I remember a time when computers came “empty” with no software on them at all. And then there was a time when such software to too simple: SimpleText/NotePad versus TextEdit.
But then you also get iLife with every new Mac. iMovie and GarageBand, for free? What a deal.
3. There Is So Much Other Great Software
There is a thriving Mac development community that continues to produce cutting-edge cool software. Just browse the software directory at Apple’s site or search. There is something for almost every need. And in many sectors, like productivity, there are so many competing programs that it is hard to figure out which one is the best.
4. Great Looking Hardware
I’d like to think that I am all about function over form. But when I look at the new iMacs or the MacBook Pros I know I like what I see. And why not? There is a reason people buy good-looking cars when an ugly box will do.
5. Genius Bar Support
It is also weird to list this, since I have never, not once, had to use the Genius Bar. But I sure am glad it is there. I would hate to think that if something broke on one of my Macs that I’d have to call someone or send my Mac into a “warranty center” of some sort. Knowing that if something goes wrong all I need to do is make an appointment and stop by my local Apple Store is a big deal to me.
6. Macs Work Together Nicely
I’ve got a desktop and a laptop Mac, and I’ve come to take it for granted how well they work together. The other one’s drive is always there in the Finder sidebar. Even when traveling, Back To My Mac keeps my desktop available like it was in the same room. And with Screen Sharing I can feel even more like the two machines are one.
7. Linux Under the Hood
Since I develop web sites, I’m always working with Linux boxes and Apache, not to mention PHP and MySQL. With my Mac I’ve always got a local server to use for rapid development and testing.
8. They Don’t Have Viruses
Like any tech expert, I’m often asked to help someone out when a problem arrises. And often that problem is a virus-filled Windows machine. I’ve dealt with enough of them to know how lucky I am not to have to deal with it on my computers. Whether this is because Macs are less of a target, or whether Mac OS X is just better at security, it doesn’t matter. The bottom line is I don’t have to deal with it. I can work and play instead.
9. Long Life
I’ve had dozens of Macs since the mid-eighties. Rarely have I ever used one and then retired it. Usually, all my Macs go through a second or third life doing something interesting: servers, media servers, test machines, complex web cams, guest computers, family computers, and so on. Only when the new Macs are so far ahead of my old ones in terms of speed and capabilities, do I retire them.
10. Great Community
And finally, I love the community of Mac users. You can find some here, at MacMost. Also at Apple’s site and other sites. Heck, walk up to someone in a coffee shop who is using a Mac and ask them a question about Macs. You will almost certainly get a friendly answer.
So what would you add to this list? Why do you love Macs? Leave your comments below.