Windows is an operating system. A PC is a computer that can and does run various versions of Windows.
Apple is a brand that runs a proprietary operating system, not Windows.
Apple is a brand that only runs ios. Microsoft Windows is a brand and also an operating system. Both of which can be run on a PC. "A personal computer (PC) is a multi-purpose computer whose size, capabilities, and price make it feasible for individual use. Personal computers are intended to be operated directly by an end user, rather than by a computer expert or technician. ""Since the early 1990s, Microsoft operating systems and Intel hardware dominated much of the personal computer market, first with MS-DOS and then with Microsoft Windows. Alternatives to Microsoft's Windows operating systems occupy a minority share of the industry. These include Apple's macOS and free and open-source Unix-like operating systems, such as Linux."
Actually, there are two easy ways to install Windows on a Mac. You can use a virtualization program, which runs Windows 10 like an app right on top of OS X, or you can use Apple’s built-in Boot Camp program to partition your hard drive to dual-boot Windows 10 right next to OS X.
I also note that Windows runs really SLOWLY on a Mac and most people won't use it that way.
Sorry wasn't aware that I needed to specify that Apple products originally only come with iOS... Either way PC is not only windows.
RIght, you can run Linux on a PC.
In theory, you can, but in practice, it's a real nightmare.
Well yeah because iOS sucks but some people like it. Remember a PC is just a computer you use for yourself. As I quoted in the description of a PC :)
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Macs are really user-unfriendly.
Apple computers are very popular among computer scientists, electrical engineers and other scientists. In my experience, they're on par with, or maybe even a little more popular than PCs - even those running Linux. So yeah, a lot of Mac users do it for the look rather than the substance, but the fact still remains that some of the world's most intelligent people deliberately choose to use Apple products.
@HungLikeAHorsefly What advantages do the apple platform offer those scientists?
Well, one advantage is that they lighten your wallet very rapidly since they are so overpriced and so expensive to repair. Buying Apple equipment is like buying a car that only the manufacturer is allowed or able to repair.
It's mainly a stable GUI that doesn't require much maintenance, combined with a UNIXy command line that doesn't involve some sort of third party bolt-on. Integrated X Windows without much trouble (for free), OpenSSH, easy GnuPG, same dev toolchain as you'd find on a typical LEMP stack, easy support for MPI/OpenMPI/various programming languages, etc. Of course, you can do all of this in Windows, but you have extra steps and things are never *quite* the way you expect if you're used to working in a UNIX environment. Having to use things like Cygwin, PuTTY, various JTAG terminals, etc. gets cumbersome when you find yourself switching between a bunch of different addon software rather than just firing up a terminal window and going to town.Also, I don't think it's possible to get through a CS or EE/CE degree without being indoctrinated towards thinking UNIX and UNIX-like operating systems are superior to the Windows ecosystem. There are some exceptions, but by and large most of the things you work on in college and graduate school in STEM will be UNIX-based (or won't have an OS at all). It's great and all to run Linux or BSD or some such thing in school, but once you enter the real world and have work to do, you can't spend all of your time fucking around on your laptop. And the second you say "oh, I can't open that spreadsheet because I run OpenLibre", if you have a boss like me, he'll say "yeah I don't care - fix it. Now."
@HungLikeAHorsefly Better to just use Linux than have to deal with underpowered Apple hardware.
@msc545 ... until it breaks. Or you need to collaborate with someone who uses another platform. Then it quickly gets very much not better.
@HungLikeAHorsefly At least you can fix it when it breaks.
@msc545 Which is good, because it breaks a lot.
@HungLikeAHorsefly I use Linux and Unix most days. Most of the time I am connecting to other servers via Putty or MobaXterm which are just openSSH based clients. With MobaXterm I can emulate many things on my Windows machine or I can install various versions of Linux outside of it, but as I said I usually connect to the virtualized Linux and UNIX environments in the cloud and on premises, (not a local host running on my laptop).I rarely bother with the X-windows apps unless it is the only way to run an install or access a console. I prefer the bash cli to navigate and execute commands. MobaXterm Pro is really great if you have hundreds or thousands of remote servers to connect to.I don't care about the GUI or Apple's Graphics programs. I understand that they are superior for people who do need them, but I don't. For my work the laptop acts as little more than a dumb client to connect to everything else. Of course I use all of Office Applications on Windows as well as the browsers, Fiddler, Burp, WireShark, various IDEs, TOAD, SQL Developer...
That's cool. My point is that there are quite a few very intelligent and technically savvy people who use Macs, and it isn't due to virtual signaling or whatever. Although most of the ones I've known have been Liberals, now that I think about it.
@HungLikeAHorsefly Apple does have a sort of cache' among liberals but when we look at them objectively they are just a business that make A LOT of money. My wife has a Mac and a PC. She is definitely a liberal
I have a Mac and PC as well. When I responded earlier today, it was on a Mac. Now I'm on a PC. It's whatevs. Agreed, re: the money thing. At the end of the day, Apple is just a company that has a shitload of cash on hand. Whatever it is they're doing, they're doing it right. At least for their target demographic.