What Are the Advantages and Disadvantages of Apple OS X?

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.

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.