Yes, it is true, aside from the hype of what’s a better computer; both a MAC and PC actually share some of the same features. Who knew? However, the world will still be divided as to who’s a PC person and who’s a MAC person. Here are some of the likenesses of each computer according to the For Dummies website:
- Both computers can actually share the same printers, scanners, cameras, mice, keyboards, and more.
- Both systems can actually be compatible with files such as PDF, JPEG, and text.
- Both versions use Microsoft Office, although Apple’s version is a tad different. However, Apple has been using it since the version of Office came out in Office 97.
- Although it is not exactly a likeness, Apple’s MACs can read a majority of Windows PC-formatted CDs and DVDs. Give or take; most people know that Apple’s software and systems are a bit different.
- Both sides can communicate with each other easily by email or instant messaging.
- The app MobileMe can be used and accessed from the Windows account.
- Windows versions of Media Player, QuickTime Player, and RealPlayer all work on a MAC
- Both PC and MAC can be used on the same wireless network and can share files.
- Intel is now in both computers.
If those were helpful, here’s a more in-depth description of likenesses by a writer on eHow:
The Operating Systems: For the longest time there were major differences between a PC and a Mac, but today both manufacturers have worked on how to make each piece somewhat compatible with each other. Both systems can either operate on Windows or Linux, however, both of these are more common on a PC. This makes it difficult for Apple systems to become more compatible with both systems. Companies that produce both MACs and PCs have borrowed ideas from each other in order to be more compatible.
TheHardware: eHowdescribes a MAC that is basically a PC that is made by Apple. This means that both hardware in each piece is very similar. This is because Apple switched to Intel processors which changed everything. This made it so that Apple can now be capable of running on a Windows system. Each system uses the same or similar hard drives and other components that can actually be swapped between the two systems. Both systems actually connect to similar ports and USBs that can be used in either computer system.
The Software: There are many apps that are made for MACs and PCs. There are many editions of Adobe and Microsoft Office that can be used by either system as well. The most common Adobe apps are Photoshop and Illustrator. Each of these also come with professional software apps. Some people may even be prone to use both types of computers depending on their profession or hobbies. While MACs are better known for graphics and designs, PCs are better known for everyday use.
According to the website Bucknell University, troubleshooting and assistance for the hardware and software are similar between PCs and MACs. As well as Tech Desk staff who help with any issues with either computer. They are well taught with both types of computers and can help with any issues.
The people working at the university even gave a brief comparison and chart that shows the similarities and differences of the assistance and programs each type of system has. The chart explains the differences between a Lenovo PC to an Apple MacBook Pro for examples. Here is the breakdown of each:
Special Pricing: Lenovo has it, Apple does not.
Warranty Length: Lenovo gives the options of three-year standard or four-year optional. Apple gives one-year standard or three-year optional.
Warranty Service Performed On-Site: Both Lenovo and Apple have it.
Warranty Covers Accidental Damage: Lenovo allows it and Apple does not.
Warranty Covers Theft: Neither Lenovo nor Apple covers it.
Spare Parts on Site: Lenovo has it, Apple does not.
Loaners: Both Apple and Lenovo offer it.
Hardware Troubleshooting: Both Apple and Lenovo offer it.
Software Troubleshooting: Both Apple and Lenovo offer it.
As anyone can see, PCs offer a lot more services than Apple does. One should take into consideration of these services before purchasing either a MAC or a PC.