For many years there have been a small group of Mac users who continue to claim that the hardware and software platforms they have been using is superior to the PC Intel based platforms.
America was not buying into that claim and 90% of computers used are Intel based. (Lai, E. (2007) Vista, Mac Use Both Increase. Retrieved January 9, 2008, from PCWorld Web site http://www.pcworld.com/article/id,140422-page,1/article.html).
Recently, Mac switched its central processing unit (CPU) to Intel creating a new competitive platform between the Macs and the PCs. Since the processors are now the same, the argument is: Macs are better than PCs as they can run their own operating system OS X as well as Microsoft’s operating systems XP & Vista therefore everyone should buy Macs.
The first Mac called Apple I was released in 1976. Following the Apple I came the Apple II in 1977 and then additional models. The Apple computers delivered Character User Interface (CUI) but began to introduce innovations from the Apple II+ (1979). The Apple II+ was the first personal computer with a portion of its operating system loaded into its Read only Memory (ROM) speeding the startup process. In 1984 the Macintosh was introduced. It was the first all-in-one computer and the first to offer a built-in 3.5” floppy drive and offered a Graphical User Interface (GUI). Apple continued to enhance its line of hardware and software solutions by releasing new computers with innovation after innovation. Their computers were fast, they offered smart hardware, they did not crash and they developed a reputation for being very easy to use regardless of your computer expertise. They were the choice for the public school system in the United States.
Apple started as and continued its evolution as a unique provider of computers. They did not mass license their hardware and software manufacturing and they continued to maintain control over the design and manufacturing specifications of their computers. By doing so, they were able to deliver quality and performance in hardware failure rates and performance as well as operating system stability and processing speed.
The first desktop all-in-one personal computer was the HP 9830 (1972) the first known PC was IBM’s 5150 introduced in 1981. The PC was known for its CUI , it required the Disk Operating System (DOS) to operate it and it offered a broad list of business software solution such as word processors, spreadsheets, calendars etc.
With time, the PC continued to evolve and newer models offered better speed, color screens, more memory and larger hard drives. Further technical evolution continued to deliver higher speeds, larger storage capacity both internal and external. In addition to the hardware progression, the PC world continued to see progress with operating system solutions and advanced software catering to both large and small businesses as well as the home owner.
The PCs became a...