I made a difficult decision for myself. After 17 years on Windows, I buy a MacBook Pro 13. The decision is not entirely deliberate since the experience with MAC computers is very small and it was hard for me to part with my ASUS G53SX. But as soon as I remembered about Windows 8, then all sorts of fears about buying a new MAC dissipated. The fact is that I am a person who actively follows the latest IT technologies and it gives me pleasure to keep up with the times and learn new things. In addition, I’m used to choosing what I like, rather than blindly following the crowd. A conscious choice is the main thing that I try to be guided by and I was not attracted by the prospect of working on Windows 7, just because Windows 8 was not to my taste.
It’s like in a grocery store, you can pick up a basket of well-known fruits, or you can take exotic fruits and, yes, it will cost more because it is exotic, but once you try it, you may no longer want to buy any other fruits. And after some time you will be surprised how you even managed without this exotic. MAC has become for me this exotic fruit. But speaking of MAC as an exotic, first of all, I mean the operating system. It is quite seriously different from Windows, but again, if I have a choice to get used to Windows 8 or macOS, I will choose macOS. Of course, buying a MAC is, in a sense, a provocative step, but in the end, I did not regret it.
Steve Jobs was undoubtedly a very talented person and an amazing Apple CEO. This is evidenced by the current market position of the company. Apple has given us many truly revolutionary products. But I, like many of you, are annoyed by my attitude to Apple as a religion. Of course, brilliant Apple marketers tried to do everything so that every time releasing a new device, Apple managed to break all sales records. But it’s just computers, phones, tablets and more, and the so-called Apple fanboys go crazy with just the sight of a luminous apple. I admit, I also like it, but I clearly realize that this is a computer, and Steve Jobs is not a messiah, but a talented person in all respects.
The courier brought me a new MacBook Pro 13 and the first thing that catches your eye is the packaging, or rather, how the laptop is packaged. I have heard more than once that Apple is very sensitive to small details, right down to the choice of screws for its products, and now, finally, I was able to verify this myself. You know, people immediately feel the falsity, apparently at some subconscious level, and therefore, when something is done with the soul, this must be appreciated. When you turn on the MAC for the first time, the system offers you to go through a tricky setup wizard, where you need to choose a language, geographical location and more. After that, you can start working.
And this surprised me to the core because you don’t need to remove a huge amount of unnecessary software, as it was on Windows after buying a new PC, there is not a single program that starts in trial mode, and then asks to buy it. Antivirus is not needed, since the principles of the macOS operating system do not allow viruses to run, as happens on Windows, and most importantly, I did not feel any discomfort while working with the system, although I had not used macOS before. Everything is so intuitively clear that it took no more than 30 minutes to master the system. This is called “Works out of the box.” And you do not need outside assistance from a specialist to configure your computer, as is the case with the purchase of a new PC.
I would also like to note the design. The MacBook Pro case is made of a single sheet of aluminum and is called Unibody. Thus, instead of many details, one is used. When you pick up a new MAC, it gives the impression of a reliable and durable partner. Also, I never could have imagined that it can be convenient to work on a laptop without a mouse. The trackpad, an analog of the touchpad on the PC, turned out to be very convenient and the control of the system using gestures was implemented very well.
The first thing I started doing on the MAC was to look for analogs of my favorite programs that I had on Windows. For example, on Windows, I used Google Chrome, since the built-in Internet Explorer leaves much to be desired. But in the case of the MAC, installing Google Chrome, I realized that it does not work correctly with gestures compared to the built-in Safari, which in turn was also very convenient, so I decided to use Safari as the main Internet browser. Otherwise, I found all the necessary software analogs. The fact is that the specifics of my work as a system administrator obliges me to constantly be in touch and be able to remotely connect to servers. Therefore, I need a solid amount of specific software for servicing servers and other equipment. As it turned out, under the MAC a huge amount of software and talking about the fact that this is not so, is simply a myth.
I really liked the way the operating system works in conjunction with hardware. You can talk a lot about the stability and friendliness of macOS, but the way the system responds to user commands cannot but rejoice. For example, on Windows, when you want to turn off the computer, it may shut down for a long time or worse, you can instruct your PC to turn off and close the cover of the laptop, so when you close the cover your laptop will go to sleep, and after you open the cover again, you will see that your laptop has woken up and continues to turn off.
Thus, on a PC, you must either configure how the computer should behave when the lid is closed, or close the lid strictly after Windows is completely shut down. There are no such problems on the MAC, the computer turns off instantly, and if the lid is closed, it instantly goes to sleep and wakes up just as quickly when the lid is opened. Of course, these problems on the PC can be solved by installing Windows on an SSD (Solid State Drive), in which case the speed of Windows will increase at times, and most likely you just will not have time to close the laptop lid later than turning off the computer. Now imagine, if you put the SSD in the MAC, where on the base HDD (Hard Disk Drive) at 5200 rpm everything works very quickly. All this suggests that it’s not a matter of hardware, but of optimizing the system for that hardware, and Apple copes with it perfectly.