'Mac' computers/products are just as prone to viruses trojans and malware as other computer systems, just there are less of these programs being developed for OS X.
Specifically we need to recognize that a 'MAC' is actually two distinct elements (3 if you count design)
1. The electronic hardware of the platform is very similar in design to a standard P.C, so much so that it can run most software a standard PC can run, this includes loading windows or linux directly onto the underlying storage device.
2. OS X: a derivative of the Unix/Linux operating systems, as a result it is quite feasible to take OS X and load it onto any compatible Intel computer that is NOT manufactured by Apple, and the system will still operate, albeit slower or less reliable, but that is depending on the hardware.
It is possible to build a 3rd system out of available sub-components that out performs a top line 'MAC' computer, that includes RELIABILITY.
Returning to viri,Trojans & Malware
An Apple computer loaded with a non-Apple OS, has the same probability of acquiring a Virus/Trojan/Malware as any other intel based computer.
A 3rd party Intel computer loaded with OS X, has the SAME probability of acquiring Virus/Trojan/Malware as standard Apple built hardware running OS X
For the larger part it is the OS that imbues the defenses against Virus/Trojan/Malware to the hardware of the system. BUT that does not in any sense of the concept imbue total immunity against Virus/Trojan/Malware under OS X, just there is a decreased opportunity for such Virus/Trojan/Malware to gain a foothold inside the OS X system.
This is one of the major reasons that Apple will not allow a 3rd party to run the OS X operating system, specifically because they understand that they could never compete against these other 3rd parties as regards price and hardware functionality/ performance.
Asus (Taiwan motherboard manufacturer), generally turns a complete mother board design round in less than 3 months, this is from inception to final product shipment, there would be no way Apple could compete against such a market, such a scenario would make Apples complete stock redundant every 3-6 months.
To truly compare such systems, it has little to do with hardware, but rather the operating systems.
Apple's distinctive innovation in the world of technologies has often set the company apart from others as well as being ahead in sales of Computer, Smartphone and tablet computers.
Apple's software is very unique this has always complementing its brand of hardware rollouts - Mac PC, iPhone and iPad. Apple's shrewdness in artistry of software apps shall continue for a while. In actual fact, all the hardware designs today are being push upward by excellent software development. Meanwhile, Cisco and Microsoft, i believe all in the same class.
Well may be Microsoft recent partnership with Nokia will increase Microsoft market value. Who knows?
Hi Dave, about Nokia Ovi I can report feeling quite shared at large; Apple has had a strategy and step - by - step has made exactly that path. Nokia has made several changes: Symbian at the beninning, then tried to adopt a light platform, then the moving on Microsoft and in parellel they have launched 10M$ call for innovators developers on QT platform. Where is QT now? At the end, it not easy to map Nokia Ovi current position then associated market will suffer also in the near future.
I do wonder if Apple can keep up the revenue stream as well as the profit margin. Apple's results reflect products that are leading the market right now. The iPad is just starting to experience competition, although demand for it seems to be quite high. The demand of the iPad coupled with the iPhone announcement with Verizon is contributing a great deal to Apple's current numbers. Can Apple sustain that type of on-going growth?
Just wondering if APPLE has peaked ? With inflation on rise and people spending capability dwindling fast, not sure if people will still buy iPhone for $638 as against Nokia's $ 87 in future. Not to forget Android phones are catching up fast with iPhone features. Steve Jobs stepping down as CEO of APPLE is one more big concern for APPLE.
A) If you're actually comparing WIN PC specs to Apple Mac specs "apples to apples," the actual price difference might be $100 - and Apple will still wins on bootup, battery life, resolution and weight (comparing laptops as you did), things WIN PC makers gloss over ... or the fact you can run Mac OSX on 2 GB of RAm with no issues (unless you;re doing video editing) while 2 Gb of RAm on a WIN PC means it might just start up.
B) But it all depends on your audience. If you're a call center - of course, the bottom line is the bottom line since the PC is just really a terminal so a buck saved is a buck saved but if you are handing out a laptop to bring in sales - going bottom line is not the best answer if you believe in technology and time is money - do you hand your sales team bus ticket for out of town trips because it's cheaper? For a lot of companies, hardware coes out of a difference budget and IT is another budget so what does the hardware capital line buyer care if the system is riddled with security holes or every component is the cheapest possible one? It's not their budget a year later, it's maintance or IT.
C) Macs are build better with no software security issues. I know that sounds like a talking unicorn but it's simply the truth. ZERO viruses, ZERO trojans, ZERO malware, etc ... etc ... so spending $100 more upfront means less hardware downtime and a tiny fraction of software & resources needed to monitor for WIN PC intrusions. This is why gov't market share of Macs are up nearly 200% and why most security agencies have switched to Macs. But again, it depends on who you are buying a laptop for - employees who need one as a tool or are your employees just use it like a desk lamp? Macs also hold their value. Most used Macs sell for 50-75% of retail after 2-3 years. Why? Because they are built better. (and software upgrades don't bork machines).
D) Just because Macs also look better, don't confuse that as somehow diminisging the other factor that make Macs a better computer experience - OS, UI & components. IT might cost a few more bucks upfront but they cost less to run, have the highest satisfaction rating, the best reliability and no software security issues. In other words, lower TCO - Is fewer downtime worth more to you? To a CFO, of course but to IT or the maintance contract holder - why switch to something that requires fewer workers and a smaller budget? They have a vested interest in not switching because it affects the size of their budget ... but that is the difference between Apple (innovation) and MS (bureaucracy).
MS shareholders might wonder why MS still bothers throwing money down the consumer money pit when clearly consumers want nothing to do with Microsoft. Even XBox will NEVER climb out of the $15 BILLION dollar pit. MS has spent $50 billion to make $35 BILLION - nice math) Or the BILLIONS spent chasing Zune, Webtv, watches, MSN and now a billion dollars to buy Nokia's friendship - shreholders have watched MS throw $100 BILLION? into the toilet the past ten years - what's the shareholder value? zero gains in the past ten years?
If you compare technical spec side by side for those computers you will see superior technical performance and architecture used in the Apple computer. If you compare identically build computers to Apple you will find out that style and Apple name is less than 10% above the other computer price. I call it Apple sales tax, but I am willing to pay it to get the best industrial design there is. Yes, it feels to me like a sculpture where many artists expressed their talents, and they did. Just like people buy paintings, sculptures and other artistic items paying thousands of dollars only for the artistic expression. In this case it is only 10% of the useful value.
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