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Drinking the Kool Aid: 8 Reasons People Love Their Macs

Dann Albright 19-08-2016

When it comes to companies that have dedicated (some might say “rabid”) fans, Apple has to be near the top of the list. You can argue for Mac, Windows, or Linux machines until you’re blue in the face, but there’s no denying that people who love Macs really love Macs. It’s polarizing, but why is it the case?


What is it that keeps people buying Apple computers when they’re so much more expensive than equivalent machines? When you can easily buy a laptop for under $500 The 5 Best Laptops Under $500 in 2016 It's surprising how little you have to spend to get a good laptop these days. Whether you're getting ready to go back to school or just need a new notebook PC for work, you can... Read More , and even a Chromebook will satisfy most people’s computing needs, why do people insist on spending well over $1000 a Mac?

I spent some time looking around the internet and talking to people about why they love their Macs. Most of the answers are ones you’d probably expect, but a couple of them might catch you by surprise!


This is one that comes up a lot. Computers all wear out, but Macs tend to run for a very long time. One Facebook commenter put it this way:

“Was sick of replacing PC after every 3 years for bs slowness and not user friendly. Have had my Macbook for 4 years now.”

And a commenter on a recent article reported that he’s still using a Mac from 2009 — getting seven years of use out of a computer is nothing to scoff at, especially when many cease to function after four. While doing occasional maintenance like calibrating your battery Calibrate & Maintain Your MacBook Battery For Best Performance If you correctly calibrate and maintain your MacBook battery, it's possible to improve performance and put off replacing it for as long as possible. Read More is a good idea, it’s rarely necessary.

Low Maintenance

Speaking of maintenance, that’s another point that people brought up a lot: Macs don’t need much. A number of people mentioned the fact that they rarely have to go through long update processes: many updates simply install by themselves, often not even requiring a restart. And many of the maintenance tasks that need to be done are completed automatically.



When it actually comes to performing maintenance, there are some really great apps that you can use to get it all done with minimal effort (all-in-one app OnyX OnyX Gives Access To All Kinds Of Hidden Mac Options [Mac] Keeping your Mac running in tip-top shape is important. If you use your computer for work, you are going to want it running as fast as possible. Apple actually has all kinds of options available... Read More , above, is a favorite of mine). You’ll never need to worry about things like defragmentation if you’re using an SSD, and your Mac doesn’t have a registry so there’s no registry cleaning Using Registry Cleaner: Does Is It Really Make a Difference? Advertisements for registry cleaners are all over the Web. There’s an entire industry out there bent on convincing inexperienced computer users that their registry needs fixing, and that, for ten easy payments of $29.95, their... Read More  either. A number of people emphasized the reliability of Macs, with one commenter pointing out:

“Reliability. The fact I don’t I don’t need to fiddle with it every week in order to disable some annoying pop up. . . . Not having to reinstall every year because something has slowed the entire system down.”

While there are things you can do to automate maintenance on Windows machines, the fact that Macs need little attention compared to other systems is what leads to the oft-maligned sentiment that “Macs just work.” You may disagree, but you’ll find few Mac users who don’t love how easy is it to keep a Mac running smoothly.

Ease of Use

One of the most common refrains you’ll hear when people talk about why they think Macs are better than Windows machines is that Macs are “easier to use,” though few people are able to identify exactly what that means. Taylor Wilson at KSL.com puts it very well:


“Apple’s operating system, OS X, hides a lot of things that you don’t usually need to see. Finding the app you want is usually as simple as clicking its icon on the dock, and doesn’t involve digging through any menus or folders. Connecting to Wi-Fi is the same thing — click the Wi-Fi icon; click the network you want; and type in the password. In general, the things you use the most are easier to get to than on Windows.”

He also points out that OS X contains really useful things for finding your way, like Spaces and Mission Control. And it’s tough to beat the power of Spotlight Search More Efficiently In Mac OS X With Our Top Spotlight Tips Spotlight has been a killer Mac feature for years, with Cupertino regularly schooling Redmond in the art of desktop search. Here are a few tips to help you find more on your Mac. Read More . The tradeoff for hiding the things you don’t need is usually that there’s less customizability, which is usually granted with Macs, but the vast majority of dedicated users seem to find this an easy trade to make.


OS X is a very stable operating system: it almost always does what you want it to do when you want it to do it. This is, of course, something you could say about a lot of operating systems, but one thing that stands out is that it’s really hard to crash a Mac. When I was still using Windows computers, I had crashes on a fairly regular basis Why Does Windows Crash? The 9 Most Common Reasons Why does Windows keep crashing? Here are the most common reasons for Windows crashes and severals tips for fixing them. Read More ; but I’ve only irretrievably crashed a Mac a handful of times in the decade or so I’ve been using one.


One of the biggest reasons why Apple’s operating system is so stable is that it’s highly tailored for the hardware that it’s run on. While you can cobble together a Hackintosh, the vast majority of people using OS X will be using it on an Apple-made computer. Windows, on the other hand, is run on an entire spectrum of machines, from the cheapest knockoffs to the most expensive gaming rigs — and trying to craft an operating system that works well across that range isn’t easy.


Apple simply has the natural advantage by way of controlling the hardware and software ecosystem. If you want to upgrade your Mac when you buy it, you can do so but you’ll only be able to choose from a few Apple-approved options like more RAM, and a spacier SSD.


There’s little point in arguing against the fact that Apple products are extremely well-designed. Apple’s Chief Design Officer, Sir Jony Ive, has won a number of awards for his designs, including being knighted and recognized for “services to design and enterprise.” You might not agree with all of Apple’s design decisions, but there’s no denying that they appeal to a huge portion of the public.


Or, as a friend of mine put it,


“My hipster points went up by 34 so sitting pretty cool in the coffee shops.”

There’s certainly something to be said for trendiness.

It’s not just the hardware design, though; Apple’s software design team has created phenomenally well-designed user interfaces for its products, combining pleasing aesthetics with ease of use. You can talk trash about their fling with skeuomorphic design Digital Leather Binding: The Rise And Fall of Skeuomorphic Design "Skeuomorphic" design – software that resembles the physical objects it replaces – went from being the hot design principle to an insult in an amazingly short period of time. Read More , but in general, people find Apple software pretty easy to use.


This could be construed as either an advantage or a drawback of using a Mac, but a number of the people I talked to pointed out the fact that having an Apple computer is a notable convenience when using an iPhone and an iPad. If you’re an Android fan, this isn’t going to appeal to you very much, but Apple’s phone and tablet are hugely popular, so it’s a big deal to a lot of people.


While some people might feel trapped by Apple’s ecosystem Apple vs. Android: Buy the Ecosystem, Not the Gadget You love your Android phone and want to buy a tablet. Everyone tells you the iPad is the best tablet, and it really is the best; but you should still buy an Android tablet. Read More , the fact that many of their devices and a great deal of their software is created to work together perfectly is great for people who don’t have a problem with it. By making desktops, laptops, phones, tablets, MP3 players, and a variety of software that are meant to mesh perfectly, Apple has created an experience that is appealing to a lot of users. “[T]he ecosystem is incomparable,” said a Facebook commenter.

He’s definitely right, but whether you think that’s a good thing is largely subjective.

Customer Service

Being able to talk to the same customer service people for problems with any device in the ecosystem is another big benefit that people appreciate. There’s no doubt that the men and women staffing the Genius Bar at any Apple store really know what they’re doing, and anecdotal reviews of experiences with Apple customer service are generally positive. Apple techs undergo a lot of training What Training Do Apple Technicians Need to Fix iOS & Mac Devices? What if you could fix your iPhone yourself? What does it take to become a certified Apple repairman? And is it worth pursuing as a career? Read More to be able to fix your devices effectively and quickly, and it’s a fiercely competitive field so standards are high.

Whether you think buying an extended AppleCare warranty AppleCare Warranty: What Are Your Options and Is It Worth It? AppleCare+ protects your Apple device, but is it worth the cost? Here's what AppleCare+ offers and whether you should get it. Read More is a good idea or not, or if you think paying extra for a computer so you can get great customer service is a great deal or a rip-off, it’s definitely one of the reasons many people choose Apple hardware. They don’t usually tend to have a lot of problems, but when they do, there’s always someone that’s available to help you fix it.


While it doesn’t come up as often as the other items in this list, a lot of people really appreciate the fact that a Unix command line is only a click or two away, and it can be a really great way to interact with your Mac Mac CLI Simplifies Your Command Line So You Can Work Faster The Terminal is a powerful and fast way to work but it can be intimidating for many users. Mac CLI makes it much easier to find and use the commands line using simplified syntax. Read More . Even understanding a few basic commands 5 Fun & Useful Terminal Commands You Can Use More Than Once [Mac & Linux] There is a ton of information on the Internet about various Terminal commands and ways to customise your Mac or Linux machine with the Terminal. Here are some commands which are really useful and can... Read More can make some processes a lot easier, and taking the time to become a command line master can help you go from a Mac newbie to a power user in no time.

One Facebook commenter put it this way:

“Access to an actual *nix command line, so any Linux tricks you find will work, and working the latest Node / Ruby / Python is trivial. I pity any web developer trying to make a living on Windows. Actually I don’t, because they don’t exist. :-)”

The command line is great for Linux users, web developers, programmers, and anyone else who needs a bit more power than is offered by the GUI. Another commenter who has experience with both Windows and Linux put it this way:

“Put simply, Apple’s desktop operating system it’s roughly as powerful as open source operating systems 3 UNIX-Like Operating Systems That Aren't Linux Recently, people started to confuse "UNIX" with "Linux." Linux was influenced by UNIX, but UNIX systems have no relation to Linux. Here are some important UNIX-based systems worth knowing about. Read More without the mess of configuration and incomptability. It’s a best of both world[s] scenario.”

And really, what more could you ask for?

Why Do You Love Your Mac?

These eight reasons explain why a lot of people love their Macs, but everyone has their own reasons. Every user has unique needs, mission-critical apps, and separate reasons for sticking with Apple when there are more powerful, flexible, and affordable options out there. We want to hear what you love — or even what you don’t love — about your Mac.

Why do you stick with your Mac? If you don’t use a Mac, what would get you to try one? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

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  1. Don McMahan
    December 11, 2016 at 1:10 pm

    I am a "mac person" not so much out of loving my mac, but more out of disliking windows. I think I could love Linux but there are some specific programs that I use that there is not a suitable version or substitute available for Linux.......one thing I don't love about mac is the ecosystem I don't like the way music, podcasts and photographs only make their way to and from my iphone via itunes and iphoto.......

    • Dann Albright
      December 14, 2016 at 8:17 pm

      Yeah, being tied to iTunes can be kind of a pain. There are plenty of other apps out there that will let you transfer things to your phone, though.

    • Kelsey Tidwell
      January 8, 2017 at 1:51 am

      "I am a "mac person" not so much out of loving my mac, but more out of disliking windows."

      That's how I voted for the President, but we'll stop that dissertation right there won't we, Dann? :D

      I'd like to try a Mac for a while because I seem to be getting the impression that OS X is like a more well-developed Linux Mint...and that has been a nice experience indeed for me on an old Windows laptop I have, though it does have many rough edges.

      Can someone send me a demo unit?

  2. Anonymous
    August 24, 2016 at 9:20 pm

    I work as a web developer. The office strictly uses Windows. My machine at work is an i5 Dell Windows 10 machine. At home I have a MacPro 15" retina I purchased in 2013. My wife has a 13" Macbook Pro. At home I have been using Macs and iPhones for about 8 years now. I enjoy how everything works together, but I am not going to knock MS. They have come a long way. Windows 10 is a beautiful operating system that loads faster and runs more solidly than previous versions. I enjoy working with it everyday. I prefer Mac, but I would gladly run Windows 10. To each his own, but they both have their perks and faults!

    • Dann Albright
      August 31, 2016 at 6:35 pm

      They both certainly do have perks and faults; there's no denying that! I haven't had the chance to use Windows 10 yet, but I heard good things. Do you find it difficult to switch between the two so regularly, or has it just become second nature?

  3. Robyn
    August 24, 2016 at 11:22 am

    The best thing I'm liking about working on my 2011 MacBook Pro (and a MacBook White - Core 2 Duo, which I'm slowly refurbishing) is that in a LOT of ways, they behave JUST LIKE LINUX MINT! Rock-solid, stable, predictable, no-dramas computing, which I can't say for my high-maintenance Windows machine, which I wouldn't even keep around except for certain software the developers don't have the insight to develop a Linux version for.

    • Dann Albright
      August 31, 2016 at 6:34 pm

      "high-maintenance" is something I've been hearing people use to describe Windows machines more often now. People talk trash about the "Macs just work" thing, but it really seems to hold true. The licensing stuff is a huge pain; it would be much easier if everyone could just develop for the systems they want!

  4. Blip
    August 24, 2016 at 3:26 am

    The whole "hipster in a coffee shop" reminded me of a funny story where my brother and I were sitting in an airport bar. We had our laptops out connected by a crossover cable playing Starcraft having a good old time, when a couple of hipsters sat down next to us and pulled their MacBooks out. Eventually we started getting a crowd around us watching us play and this really annoyed the hipsters because no one was paying attention to them or their lame computers. Macs are not an option if you are a gamer.

    I'm a web developer as well for a huge company and we have about 10 times as many people using PCs than Macs. Graphic designers are a different story, but they're technically challenged anyway. So maybe look somewhere other than Facebook for real world data.

    • Dann Albright
      August 31, 2016 at 6:33 pm

      Were the "hipsters" audibly talking about how they wanted people to pay attention to them, or are you just assuming that they wanted that attention?

      The gaming argument is one that's solid; gaming on a Mac isn't easy. It can be done, but you have to make sacrifices, cobble together a Hackintosh, or stick with pretty small-scale games (with the quality of indie games coming out now, though, that's not just a sacrifice). And yes, there are a lot of graphic designers that use Macs; creative of all types, really. Photography, design, visual arts, music . . . Macs are set up really well for that stuff.

  5. Bryan Wolfe
    August 23, 2016 at 5:36 pm

    Continue to love Mac and sometimes use Windows 10. Both operation systems are mostly stable and short on new features each year. Very mature market, obviously.

    • Dann Albright
      August 31, 2016 at 6:31 pm

      "Short on new features each year" is a funny way to say that . . . but totally true. It often seems like OSes are a step behind where they should be. I haven't tried Windows 10 yet, but I hear good things!

  6. Tom J. Maggio
    August 22, 2016 at 2:59 am

    I'm a MS-SQL guy...well, really a database guy but most experience goes back to MS-SQL 6.5...but I digress.

    About a year and a half ago, my younger son gave me his 2005 PPC based Mac mini. I fell in love with it even though it has minimal hardware... but that started my Mac addiction.

    So now I have 5 Mac minis that I play on every day 2005, early 2006 Core Solo, Mid 2007 Core 2 Duo, Late 2009 forgot the processor on that one, and a Late 2012 i5. I love them all, I've had a blast accessorizing them and I'm gradually learning each of the OS X's starting with Tiger. I bought my wife a 2013 MacBook Pro about a month ago.

    I love both the skeuomorphic and minimalist designs. The bottom line is that they are elegant, crisp and fun to work with. I love to tinker upgrade and improve them.

    In the past, I thought Apple was meh, but when my son gave me his machine it opened a whole new world to play in and made me enjoy technology again.

    Plus my birthday is the same as Steve Jobs, February 24.

    The other devices are fun too..I have an iPod Classic which is totally fun but I want to get a Pink iPod Touch...I don't know why...just for the heck of it.

    And I've had the opportunity to help others get more milage out their older machine through SSD and more RAM.

    Enough about me...but I just love em.

    • Dann Albright
      August 31, 2016 at 6:30 pm

      Glad to hear you're enjoying your various Macs! That's a lot of Apple machines in one household. :-) Do you do work on either your Windows or Apple computers? I'm curious as to which people use to work and which they use for personal stuff.

    • Tom J. Maggio
      September 11, 2016 at 7:31 pm

      Hi Dan:

      Replying to your comment below. At work, I am on Windows all day. So when I get home I get to "play" in Mac world till I go to sleep.

      I've brought my Mini to work before and it was a lot of phone doing work on it. There is something about the environment that just makes it enjoyable, whether for work or play.

      I did my tax return on the Mac this year...a good work use at home.

      Very happy with my experience with Apple so far.


  7. AgentX
    August 20, 2016 at 6:30 pm

    "I pity any web developer trying to make a living on Windows. Actually I don’t, because they don’t exist."
    that's just ridiculous.
    i'm a CS student and i know a lot of web developers, and lived with two for a year. with the exception of few all of them use windows as their primary operating system.
    my brother is a senior web developer he has a macbook pro even he does most of his work on Windows PC

    • Dann Albright
      August 31, 2016 at 6:29 pm

      It's possible that it depends on what you're developing for. Not being a developer myself, and not having any experience in the field, that's just a guess. I could certainly be wrong.

  8. Oldcoot
    August 19, 2016 at 6:12 pm

    Sounds like a love affair rather then actual performance, usability, etc.
    I have a Win XP since 2001, it still works very well and still use it mostly now as a backup computer, and a Win Vista since 2006, which I converted to Win 7 (Vista was a real pain), this same computer is still awesome updated automatically to Win 10. I strongly believe Microsoft dropped the ball, XP was by far the best OS but needed changes to be made to accommodate today's requirements, the old saying don't fix it if it's not broke couldn't be truer today - take head Microsoft.
    Any Win Computer is darn good unless an idiot uses it.
    My reason for the Windows is the price, believe it or not, the XP I paid $300.00 for and now it's'2016 and still in great working condition, so why on gods green earth would anyone fork over at least 1200.00 + now. Also the choice of software for Windows was greater, not sure about now since I haven't looked, found no need to.
    It's not the machine, it's the one using it that makes a bad computer.

    • Dann Albright
      August 31, 2016 at 6:28 pm

      It's not that Windows machines are BAD, it's just that Mac users really love their Macs, and a lot of them cite the same reasons; build quality, display, OS layout, and so on. Usability is definitely something that's brought up over and over, and has been for a long time, so there's definitely a good argument there. As for performance, you can get a high-end machine from any company, so that's pretty much a moot point. Interesting that you say XP was the best OS; that's not something I've heard before. What do you think made it so good?

  9. Rann Xeroxx
    August 19, 2016 at 5:04 pm

    I support both Macs and PCs (and some Linux desktops) at my enterprise. We buy premium PCs, spending over $1k for good laptops, which are still cheaper then comparable Macs. We find about the same failure rate in both hardware and OS on both platforms. Our PCs are locked down as Standard Users, much like a Mac setup, so little ability to screw up the OS.

    Vendor relations with Mac re-sellers or Apple directly is, not bad, but vendors like Dell are just so easy to work with that they put any other vendor, including other PC vendors, to shame.

    One thing I can say about the Macs is that although their processors and mem are on par with PCs, they do make great screens and having a great screen really keeps an older computer a much longer life span as display is typically one of the best upgrades now that PCs are about as fast as they all need to be.

    • Dann Albright
      August 31, 2016 at 6:26 pm

      That's a good point; the screens on Macs are pretty amazing. I don't know anything about working with vendors, but that's definitely something it makes sense to consider if you're deciding between the two for a business. Thanks for your comment!