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Someone please elaborate me why Macs are not considered as PC's.

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2 years ago#1
Is it because the majority of PC's have Windows OS in them? And both Mac and PC wanted to be distinct from each other?
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2 years ago#2
Macs aren't considered PC's because that's the way their own commercials brand them.
http://i.imgur.com/FLUZNp3.jpg

they're both "personal computers" but Mac wants to be different.
http://i.imgur.com/Ej3U9LM.jpg

Because apparently being "a pc" means you're boring and do nothing but number crunching office work...
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2 years ago#3
Whoops, I mean elaborate to me*
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2 years ago#4
Short version is back in the old days PC referred rather specifically to IBM PCs and compatible clones. Apple computers never fit that category.
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2 years ago#5
because steve jobs didnt invent the pc so apple doesnt call their pc pcs just like how steve jobs didnt invent flac so all ipods dont play flacs
2 years ago#6
Like the other guy said, brand appearance, Apple themselves pushed it.

It also has to do with the way Windows PC's are far more open then iOS systems, theres far more user control in the ins and outs of what your system is doing and what you can do with it, albeit maybe at the cost of being more complex and needed user know-how to really take advantage of, which is what PC is generally recognized as being all about. Apple intentionally promote the idea that Apple "just simply works." Its not complicated, it doesn't really want you to dig very deep into it like windows, it just wants to give you a nice aesthetically pleasing surface and don't you worry your little head at whats going on beneath it.

Really, the simplest comparison is just looking at WMP vs iTunes. One gives you complete manual control over your music files, the other locks them up in an invisible DRM prison and manages it for you. Basically, Apple software assumes a level of ignorance if not down right stupidity on the user. Can't say I blame them, just glad Windows exists for people like me who actually do know a thing or two. For now... Microsoft seems intent right now on following Apples direction. Linux is looking more appealing by the day.
2 years ago#7
doctoglethorpe posted...
Like the other guy said, brand appearance, Apple themselves pushed it.

It also has to do with the way Windows PC's are far more open then iOS systems, theres far more user control in the ins and outs of what your system is doing and what you can do with it, albeit maybe at the cost of being more complex and needed user know-how to really take advantage of, which is what PC is generally recognized as being all about. Apple intentionally promote the idea that Apple "just simply works." Its not complicated, it doesn't really want you to dig very deep into it like windows, it just wants to give you a nice aesthetically pleasing surface and don't you worry your little head at whats going on beneath it.

Really, the simplest comparison is just looking at WMP vs iTunes. One gives you complete manual control over your music files, the other locks them up in an invisible DRM prison and manages it for you. Basically, Apple software assumes a level of ignorance if not down right stupidity on the user. Can't say I blame them, just glad Windows exists for people like me who actually do know a thing or two. For now... Microsoft seems intent right now on following Apples direction. Linux is looking more appealing by the day.


Yeah, Windows 8.
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2 years ago#8
A Macintosh is a type of PC.
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2 years ago#9
The reason is because "PC" was a term for IBM compatible. Apple's computers used PowerPC chips.
After Apple went with Intel, they aggressively marketed themselves as not a PC, in an attempt to make the PC look like a boring old fuddyduddy.

Nowadays, I think a good reason not to consider a Mac a PC is because there's very little "personal" involved in it. You can't build one, and the OS is the least configurable on the market (Unix/Linux > Windows > OS X - yes I know OS X is really just BSD, but Apple restricted it all they could).
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2 years ago#10
Technically it is a personal computer.
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