Macintosh (Mac) or Mac (Mac)

is a family of personal computers designed, developed, manufactured and sold by Apple Inc. Operate under the operating system Mac OS (currently – Mac OS X). Its name was obtained from a variety of apples “McIntosh” (McIntosh).
The first Poppy was released on January 24, 1984. It was the first popular personal computer using a graphical user interface (invented in Xerox PARC) and a mouse, instead of the standard command line interface at that time.
The significant difference between Macintosh computers and competitors’ models is that Apple fully controls both hardware and OS; this phenomenon is unique in the industry.
Historically, Macintosh computers are widely used in the field of computer graphics and printing.

Apple computers are much more expensive than others.

If you compare the Mac with the technology of brand manufacturers (IBM, Sony or HP) with the corresponding computer configuration, the difference will not be so great. And on the external design of technology, Apple is almost beyond competition. In addition, it should be remembered that the Apple product belongs to the “premium” class, respectively, and costs a little more, and in the workstation segment – even cheaper.

Macs (Mac) buy only in order to stand out, to be “not like everyone else.”

In fact, for most users, the Apple computer is just the tool with which they perform their work. But, like any premium product, Macintosh computers attract people who want to “stand out” at any cost. However, such people in the society of Mac users are a minority.

Further development of the Mac is impossible, it is a dead end branch of computer evolution.

This characteristic of the Apple product appeared thanks to the writer Lukyanenko, in whose fantastic story the main character finds boxes with Macintosh computers in the warehouse, which have turned out to be a dead end for evolution. Indeed, this characteristic is true in relation to the “classical Mac OS”, which developed from 1984 to 2000 and really turned out to be a dead-end branch of development. Apple, abandoning it, began to develop a new generation of the operating system, Mac OS X, based on the OpenStep OS of NeXT (which Apple bought from Jobs).

There are no viruses for Apple computers.

This opinion was true several years ago, but times have changed, and if now the owners of the Macs turn a blind eye to the danger – they do it at their own peril and risk. Increasingly, PC owners install anti-virus software, Microsoft has joined the fight against viruses, and now hackers can pay attention to the Mac.

There are no Mac programs.

This is not quite true. Perhaps, while the programs for Macs are less than for Windows, but due to the growing popularity of the platform, the number of programs under the Mac is growing almost daily. In addition, fewer options for Apple programs are trying to compensate for the high quality of those that are available. Information about the products that exist under the Macintosh platform, you can get from the Macintosh Product Guclasse database. In addition, it is possible to work with Windows on the Mac.

There are no games on the Mac.

This statement is true only for an avid gamer, spending most of the time on games and not representing life without the latest versions of a game. In fact, the choice of games for the Mac is quite wide: Quake, Doom, Call of Duty, World of Warcraft, Age of Empires, Heroes of Might and Magic, Unreal Tournament, The Sims, etc. and the only drawback of the latest versions is that they appear only a few months after the release of versions under Windows. In addition, thanks to Intel processors in all new Macs, you can always boot into Windows and play an hour or two.

On a Mac, you can not use Windows.

No, Macs can now run on Windows.There are several ways for this. First: Windows can be installed by another operating system and loaded as needed, by selecting the “Restart” command. This method is ideal for games and applications demanding video subsystem, since all components of the computer, including the video card, work in full mode. Note that to organize this kind of computer operation you will need Apple’s Boot Camp package. The second is to start Windows (or another operating system, for example, Linux) as a virtual machine inside Mac OS X using Parallels Desktop or VMware Fusion applications. In this case, you stay in Mac OS X, and Windows works in a separate window as another program in Mac OS X.

Many files from Windows on the Mac do not open.

At the moment 99% of Windows files can be opened on the Mac or using the program in which these files were created (for example, Photoshop under Mac for files made in Photoshop on Windows) or using a program that can work with defined file format. Difficulties can arise only when working with audio-video files (this problem can easily be solved by installing a free set of codecs, ie files describing other formats or using a free VLC file player) or files created using PowerISO. But this situation is extremely rare.


Apple is a dying company.

A classic myth reflecting the state of things that took place in 1996-1997. But after the return of Steve Jobs, the company’s affairs went smoothly. Now Apple is growing in all directions – sales are increasing, stock prices are growing, the product line is expanding, new revolutionary products (iPod, iPhone) are appearing, the share of the Mac OS X market is growing.

The largest shareholder of Apple is Microsoft.

Indeed, in 1997, Microsoft invested $ 150 million in Apple shares, but Apple did not become the largest shareholder of Apple, which at that time had about $ 1.2 billion in the bank. In addition, the shares that Microsoft received were not entitled to vote, and could not be sold within three years. 10 million shares acquired by Microsoft, accounted for 2.27% of the total number of shares of Apple. For comparison: Prince of Saudi Arabia Alwaleed bin Talal, in 1997 acquired shares, the total value of which amounted to 314 million dollars (5%).

Mac has many difficulties with working on the Internet.

Websites, Flash-animation, Java-script work fine both in Safari browser, and in Firefox, Opera, OmniWeb, Camino, etc., only a small number of sites “Microsoft Internet Explorer only”. If the video is in Windows Media format, then for its support it is enough to install the free package Flip4Mac, the Windows Media module for QuickTime technology. For instant messaging protocols – ICQ, MSN, AIM, Jabber – there are several programs on the Mac (for example, Adium is an analog of Miranda for Windows, which can be downloaded for free from the site of its creators). Tip: If you experience “translation difficulties”, you should set the correct encoding (CP1251) in the Adium settings.

When working on a local network, the Macs will have problems.

Indeed, the Mac OS had such problems, but after the advent of Mac OS X, Macs not only “learned” to connect to folders on Windows computers on the local network, but also allow you to open access to their folders for the PC, so with the problem file exchange will be. In addition, in each new version of Mac OS X, support for various network technologies is improving.

Unusual interface is a source of problems and discomfort.

We will clarify: most often the problem is only in the habit, acquired over several years of work in Windows. It should be noted that it was Apple that first made the graphical user interface available to ordinary consumers. Since 1984, the company has been improving this interface, trying to make it as easy and convenient as possible.Perhaps, having shown patience, after a couple of weeks you will be surprised to find that working with a computer has become much more convenient. If you made a firm decision to change the interface of Mac OS X, you can use several utilities to replace the appearance of the interface, for example, Shapeshifter.

In the process of exploitation, Macs quickly lose value, they are difficult to sell.

Absolutely mistaken opinion. Mac – the technology is high-quality, and they do not lose value as fast as, for example, conventional PCs. Another plus: some dealers dealing with Apple technology, sometimes organize trade-in for the old technique. In this case, a person selling his Mac can get a good discount on the purchase of new equipment, while a regular PC will only be accepted for the price of scrap metal.

Mack can and do not buy – “Hackintosh” and better, and cheaper.

Indeed, instead of buying an Apple product, some users prefer “Hackintosh”, i.e. normal PC, which is installed Mac OS X with a “broken” security module. Perhaps this option is cheaper, but is it better? After all, this method of “unauthorized penetration” into the world of Apple has many shortcomings. First: Mac OS X can only be installed on a PC of a certain configuration. Second, you need a “broken” copy of Mac OS X (remember, this is a violation of the license agreement, which can lead to responsibility for this very violation), and not just an installation disk from the Mac. And one more thing: be prepared for the fact that sooner or later you will still face problems of incompatibility with some components on your computer and spend a lot of time eliminating annoying problems and misunderstandings. Do you want it?

Mac does not abound with settings.

So it may seem only at first glance. Indeed, the developers have spent a lot of time and effort improving and optimizing the interface and system properties, so when you get to Mac OS X, you do not need to spend time adjusting various system parameters, and immediately get to work. For fans of “dig as deep as possible” provided the appropriate tools. First, UNIX is a command line, with which you can change the parameters of hundreds of configuration files. Secondly, there is a site that tells about the possibilities of setting up the system from the command line, full of various tips for working with Mac OS X. Here you can find information about hidden “tricks” that appear in the system when the special buttons are pressed, about scripts that you can create in Mac OS X (by using the language to create AppleScript scripts) to automate various operations on the computer, etc.

A computer that has one button in the mouse? This is not serious.

Erroneous representation. If you carefully study the modern Apple Mighty Mouse, you can find that, it only looks like one-buttoned. Its internal structure is much more complicated than it might seem at first glance. The purpose of creating such a mouse is the desire of Apple to make its product most suitable for work of both experienced and novice users, often forgetting when to use the right button and in which – the left button. If you are accustomed to two buttons and do not want to retrain, you can purchase any USB mouse, attach it to the Mac – both its buttons and the scroll wheel will work without any problems.

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