The advantages of OS X include its stable UNIX-based structure, a super-fast AirDrop file transfer system, multiple virtual desktops, fast app-to-app navigation and a reliable suspend and resume function. Disadvantages include OS X's incompatibility with older Mac systems, potentially costly upgrades and a smaller third-party developer community.Continue Reading
OS X is Apple's current operating system as of May 2014 for its iMac, MacBook and MacBook Air. Proponents of OS X cite the operating system's reliability and user-friendly nature as particularly solid advantages. Other OS X positives include the operating system's low installation price, advanced app store, convenient iCloud sync and paperless document signing. Users can also wipe their systems remotely in the event of theft, so sensitive information remains safe.
Disadvantages associated with OS X include Apple's smaller market share and consequently smaller user base. In addition, OS X is only available for Apple's own computer systems, so it is not officially compatible with regular PC hardware. Because Apple computers cost more than PCs, OS X is a more expensive operating system overall.
Despite the higher cost of ownership, Apple computers remain go-to machines for many creative professionals. The industry leading Retina displays installed in newer iMacs, MacBooks and other Apple devices contain considerably more pixels per square inch than other screens on the market, and are therefore beneficial for graphic design, animation and other visually intense projects.Learn more about Software
Some features of Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard are Time Machine, Boot Camp, Spaces and Quick Look. Apple released this version of the Mac OSX on Oct. 26, 2007, and it was the last version of the operating system to support the PowerPC architecture. Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard was available in desktop and server versions.Full Answer >
One of the features of Mac OS X 10.5 was the time machine that allowed the user to restore files deleted or replaced by another version of a file. Another feature was the multiple workspace utilities that allowed users to switch between several application windows to reduce clutter.Full Answer >
The Mac X11 allows programs that were made for the X11 windowing system to be run on the OS X instead of with Quartz. It gives Mac users the ability to run apps for the system both remotely and locally as long as the remote machine has allÂ the files the application needs to run.Full Answer >
Apple has made its operating system OS X Yosemite available free of charge for Mac users. Simply go to the App Store app and search Yosemite to download the upgrade.Full Answer >