I just finished watching the film Jobs (2013). I have also read Walter Isaacson’s Steve Jobs Biography several times. Recently, I have changed from using a 2013 Mac Pro to using a Windows desktop. I was using both since grade school. Many have asked me why I made the switch so I wrote this post.
I used ‘customized’ apple computers for years. The 2013-14 retired tower version of the Mac Pro was an amazing and versatile computer, with plenty of room for additional internal drives and graphics cards. The new black Mac Pro only offers spots for smaller uncommon GPU’s which cost substantially more. One can use a standard GPU with a separate chassis. However, if one is already using an external chassis, it seems more practical to use a MacBook Pro with a lightning bolt connector.
Linux As an Alternative
Another option I’ve seen many hacker types using is Linux operating system. Ubuntu is an open source operating system, with many available open source applications. I have been using these applications for many of my creative endeavors and they work great. Linux is an attractive option for past mac users, as many used to dual boot with different operating systems. Ubuntu, while a bit harder to set up than the standards, is free!
Speaking of different operating systems, Bootcamp is severely limited in its current rendition. Before I finally made the switch to Windows / Linux, I tried to set up Windows with Bootcamp on my High Sierra Mac, and it was not possible with my 5-year-old computer. Macs used to hinge on their longevity. No longer.
Apple is Soldering
Most of the parts in new Mac PC’s are soldered to the board. Up until roughly 2013, RAM, hard drive, CPU, and more could be switched out for higher quality parts. If one opens up the black post-2014 Mac Pro, one will quickly notice that everything is soldered together. The ram and hard drive are welded to the main board. This is also the case for the laptops. From the early 80’s to 2013, Apple was a company that served both elites and casual users alike. While Apple has been able to hold on to their hacker roots for quite some time, I feel they have lost touch with advanced users like myself.
Apple Lacks Innovation Recently
Performance for Mac computers is not improving. The two areas they have focused on are batteries and displays. We have also seen Apple adopted a few new connection ports. They have generally just put newer parts in an existing computer. Said parts are developed and manufactured by other companies. The processor in most macs (i5, i7) was released nearly 10 years ago. Apple released it’s first 5k display in 2014 and has not released anything more impressive since. Comparatively, in the Windows 10 world, processors are seeing leaps and bounds. Many of my friends have 10k resolution displays. GPU cost are slowly declining again after the bitcoin cryptocurrency boom of 2017.
Apple is No Longer the Best Solution for Creatives
Adobe Suite is just as good on Windows. Within the last decade, we have seen a drastic change to Final Cut Pro and the retirement of Aperture. The Adobe Suite has now taken the role of monopolizing most creative software. Adobe even offers fonts and stock photography. With less reliance on Apple only applications, inevitably more power users will make the move over to Windows and Linux.
Let me know which side of the fence you fall on in the comments. Looking to discussing this further with you.