Busting the myths for businesses seeking to switch to Mac
Business owners and decision makers wanting to improve efficiencies often consider switching from PC to Mac, but are sometimes deterred by the perceived schlep involved.
We list a few common myths that often deter business owners who consider switching to Mac – and explain why they shouldn’t be reluctant to take the plunge.
While an Apple device may be more expensive than your standard laptop, one has to take into account the lifetime cost of the device. You will generally spend far more money on maintaining your PC than you would a Mac, and maintenance costs will far exceed your initial outlay.
Apple uses Server Message Block (SMB) as its file sharing protocol – the standard networking protocol utilised by Windows. This means that Apple devices work seamlessly on a traditional business network. And because macOS is built on top of UNIX – a multi-user, multi-tasking computer operating system – it supports all the standard internet network stacks.
Fun fact – Microsoft developed Word, Excel and PowerPoint on the Mac first; establishing Mac as a leader in business software. Apple also reinstated its role in the business sector when it switched to the Intel processor in 2006, making it possible to install Windows natively on a Mac.
There are also security advantages, as macOS has FileVault (full disk encryption) to safeguard against malware attacks.
Learning to use a new device is not as challenging as some would believe, particularly with Apple’s much-lauded, intuitive user interface. And because the productivity apps have the same look and feel across both Mac and Windows, the transition is a relatively easy one.