I have been working in the computer repair and IT support industry for almost 30 years. I have used virtually every platform out there, including Mac, at work and at home. I love all technology and I love that it continues to change. However, regarding Macs there are some “falsehoods” which continue to be perpetuated which I thought it would be fun to share some of the most common Mac computer maintenance myths. Stay tuned for Top 5 Myths on other platforms in the future!
5. Macs are easier
The user interface on a Mac was, at one time, easier to use as compared to Linux or early versions of Windows. However, in the last 10 years rapid improvements in the Windows interface have changed this. Some might “prefer” it but at this point it is similar to the “Coke vs Pepsi” comparison.
4. Macs do not need computer maintenance
There is a reason that Apple releases security updates almost on a weekly basis. Like any (and every) operating system there are flaws. Millions of lines of code can’t be perfect and ever since Mac switched to a LINUX based kernel, it opened itself up to a bevy of potential security fixes. They do a pretty good job of keeping it patched, so make sure you apply those security updates on a regular basis (weekly) and you should prevent most problems.
Physical computer maintenance should be done annually, this includes cleaning the keyboard, blowing the dust bunnies out of the case, and so on. This is true for any platform.
General system maintenance and a file cleanup and disk defrag is also good practice on a quarterly basis.
File Backups – you are doing those DAILY right? IT Support such as a cloud solution like PCS StoreIT is best. This way you don’t have to think about it, it is just done!
3. Macs are better at Graphics applications
Macs are certainly well suited for Graphics applications, but advancements in the PC world along with a far greater number of PCs have caused all the major software makers to have programs on both platforms. Many creative types love Macs over PCs, but from a technical perspective? There is no difference. You can buy a great PC, for cheaper, than an equivalent great Mac – but one thing continues to be true – the Macs look way cooler!
2. Macs last longer
Again, this one used to be true but hasn’t been for over a decade. When a LOW END Mac cost $3,000 they were still using superior hardware on all levels. But competition and consumer demand forced Apple to do what everyone else does… cut corners. A new low end Mac can be expected to last 3-5 years which is the same as most “medium end” PCs. Some will last longer, some shorter. With the introduction of SSD hard drives on some models, expect these to last longer (the #1 most common failure item on a computer is the hard drive)
1. Macs do not need Antivirus
This one is my personal favorite! This is never more incorrect than ever. Since 2010 there has been a huge spike in Mac related viruses but the Mac community, even some Apple store employees(!) continue to perpetuate. Macs are LESS likely to get a virus or related Malware but they are far from immune. Hackers are taking advantage of this culture of non-protection and finding ways to take over your Mac for nefarious means.
A Mac is a wonderful computing tool, but it is just that – a tool. What is most important is finding the tool that best fits your needs and lifestyle. At PCS International we can help you do just that, sort through the “myths” and “legends” and help you identify the best tools for your environment!