Mac myths are here to stay for longer (if not forever) as you can hear never-ending debates on this topic which continues to grow at a faster pace. Well, those who use Apple’s prestigious devices can be able to crack these folktales.
Let’s read this article to explore these myths and the reality behind them.
Myth #1 – Macs don’t get any viruses or malware
But why? What’s the logic behind this? Apple computers are computers; similar to any other digital device, they work on a defined architecture. So, why aren’t they prone to viruses or malware attacks? Well, it can be said that Apple devices are comparatively less prone to virus attacks than Windows, but it would be wrong to say that they are free from attacks.
So, note it down, Macs are prone to viruses and not immune to virus attacks. After all, they are computers, so nothing can stop security threats other than installing an antivirus application.
Verdict: It’s sadly FALSE as Macs are safe but are not free from viruses.
Myth #2 – Arts and Media professionals should use a Mac
Though Macs are labeled as a design device, it doesn’t mean that it’s become proprietary to art and media people. However, there’s nothing wrong in saying that art and media people can use Mac, but Windows PC and laptops also offer some exceptional features that make these devices highly proficient for designers.
Mac’s exclusive features and high-end graphics can make them an ideal option for people working in the art and media industry. But the availability of a wide range of software and apps makes Windows a forever option for design professionals. So, it can be concluded that it’s a matter of individual choice and preference as to what platform is best for art and media people.
Verdict: Some industry-specific users might prefer Mac over Windows and vice-versa.
Myth #3 – Macs have a good battery life
That’s true, but only when your device is brand new because after a couple of years, the battery starts to diminish. Battery drainage is common, particularly if you run too many background applications. For the sake of comparison, you can spend 8 to 9 hours on your 13-inch MacBook if it’s running Mavericks; however, this duration collapses to around 5 to 6 hours on El Capitan, meaning that the operating system version also influences the battery lifespan.
With most of the MacBook lineup, Apple has eliminated the ability to replace the battery. If you are an avid Mac user, you can, however, replace the battery using tweezers and screwdrivers, but it’s quite not possible for beginners to do that. New users can end up damaging the device, so better contact Apple Support for assistance.
Verdict: Even though Macs come with huge battery life, it starts to drain faster over time.
Myth #4 – Macs are good for gaming
Let’s face it. Macs are good for most things but not for gaming. If we talk about the current market scenario, finding high-end games compatible with macOS are hard to find, whereas you can easily find a plethora of options for Windows. Hardcore gamers prefer Windows over macOS because there’s a variety of games developed only for PC.
Moreover, high-end games consume a lot of storage, and the latest Apple computers are non-upgradable, which means you have to take a look at storage periodically to ensure it’s all optimized for downloading new games.
Avid gamers always look for variety, but there are very limited options available for Mac computers. Developers must pay attention to the gaming part so that gamers can prefer Mac over other platforms. Despite spending a lot of money buying a Mac computer, it can be a little disappointing if you are not able to play your favorite game, which you can easily play on a Windows laptop at a comparatively lower investment.
Verdict: Windows offer more flexibility in gaming than macOS.
Myth #5 – Macs do not crash (They only suffer Kernel Panic)
That’s probably the elegant way to say Macs do crash as it does not appear harsh, particularly when you have spent a huge amount on buying the most sophisticated digital device on the planet. Kernel Panic attacks mean that your computer has crashed due to some fatal error, which the system cannot repair.
Hardware failure, which may include Mac itself, a third-party application, or a hardware component, can be the common cause behind abrupt attacks. This can be a temporary condition that can disappear after you reboot your system. However, in some cases, it demands professional repair, and you might need to contact Apple Support.
Verdict: Macs are as prone to failures and crashes as any other computer.