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|User Info||Proven Stupidity = Higher Prices; entered at 2012-06-27 12:40:11|
Registered: 2008-12-08 Orange County, CA
I don't understand the constant vitriol and FUD whenever Apple products are mentioned here. It drags an otherwise intelligent and rational discussion off-topic every time.|
Apple routinely turns laptops around in three or four days, and that's only if they have to be shipped to the repair facility in Texas. Most Mac repairs are done at the Apple Stores these days.
About 90% of our business is troubleshooting software issues, not hardware issues, on Apple products.
Macs are user serviceable, but they are less user serviceable than PCs. In most cases, you can upgrade your memory, and your hard drive, with some work, and without having to take it to Apple.
The key difference between Macs and PCs: with a Mac, you don't have to be an IT guy, and there is less likelihood of software issues. You're not dealing with tens of thousands of hardware configurations that Microsoft has to develop for, but only with the configurations Apple has chosen, as they make both the hardware and the software. With Windows, you'll need to be better at troubleshooting than if you own a Mac.
There are no viruses for the Mac. Not one. Anyone who says otherwise is mistaken or is lying. Now, there are a few trojan horses and a few worms, but not the tens of thousands of viruses, trojans, and worms for Windows.
Windows 7 is pretty stable. Windows 8's interface is likely to confuse many users. Personally, I think it's the next Vista, and I'll stick with Windows 7 for now, unless I'm using a Windows tablet (e.g. Surface).
I'd be interested in which certifications and memberships are held by someone who thinks most Mac issues can't be fixed in hours, rather than weeks. That has not been our experience, and we only consult on Apple equipment.
I don't work for Apple. I was trained at Apple, but consult for an independent company which partners with both Apple and Microsoft.