What are the differences of a Mac vs. a PC?


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The differences between Mac and PC include design, technical specifications, price, user interface, operating system, software, customer satisfaction and security. Macs offer distinct designs created by Apple, whereas PC designs vary depending on the company manufacturing the computer. The price of Macs is typcially much higher than the price of a PC. In 2014, most Mac computers retail for more than $1,000, whereas some PCs cost a few hundred dollars.

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PCs use the Windows operating system, while Macs use the Mac operating system. Both Mac and PC computers use similar internal components, such as graphics cards, RAM, video cards and hard drives. However, the capacity and speed between the two computers vary. Macs normally use higher-end, more expensive components, which outperform PCs as a result of better hardware optimization. In regard to RAM, USB ports and hard disk space, PC offers a wider selection. PCs have a larger range of products and offer increased customization.

Mac has a limited selection of software developed for the OS. This is especially apparent in the business software category, in which most software is written for the Windows operating system. Most computers run the Windows operating system and, as a result, are more susceptible to attack, which is a major difference in security between Mac and PC.

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