Posted: 10/11/2014 at 21:40
I have to agree that Apple stuff is expensive & not with out a few glitches BUT - I know loads of people who have migrated from PC's & Windows to Macs (Apple) & would not switch back.
I do not know anybody who has opted to switch from Macs to PC.
After several frustrating years of running PC's & Windows & having to do all that stuff of defragmenting discs / running anti-virus / doing scans & not always being sure of what I was doing when putting on new software, I switched to Apple.
Everything just works - it's easy & usually very intuitive. There are occasional glitches but these are usually solved by simply rebooting the computer. There is usually a solution on-line to other more difficult problems (can't think of any just now) and the tech guys in any of the Apple stores are really good at helping you sort out problems with hardware and software as well as just showing you how to do things.
I think the after care is also pretty good. As far as I am aware Apple are still supporting old operating systems that people have chosen to stick with for whatever reason. The last 2 operating system upgrades (equivalent of going from XP to Windows 7 or 8) have been free. About 2 years ago there was a world wide recall of all iMacs of a certain age because a degradation problem was detected on the hard discs & there was a risk of failure. Consequently I got a brand new hard disc on my 4 year old machine. I know several people running really old macs with no problems at all.
Security & software updates come through regularly and are very, very easy to install. The computer works overnight (abt 3am I'm told) doing the equivalent of defragmenting every night so the hard disc doesn't get chugged up like a PC does.
My OH was very sceptical & quite derisory when I announced I wanted to switch to an iMac. He now has an iPhone, an iPad and a macbook - 'nuff said - he's converted.
Sorry if I sound like an Apple sales person (I'm not!) but I really love the products & find they make life much easier - yes, you are paying for style & the name but it is also a good product.