What Are the Similarities in a PC and a Mac?

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There are various kinds of personal computers available today. There are various ways of categorizing these various types of computers. One way of doing so involves grouping all of them into two categories, one category being computers made by Apple. Such a computer is commonly described as a Mac. The second category basically includes any computer not made by Apple. Any personal computer from this second group of numerous manufacturers would be known as a PC.

Operating Systems

  • Prior to the release of Intel-based computers from Apple, there was a much broader difference between the operating system capabilities of PC and Mac computers. Today, both a Mac and some PC computers are capable of running either a Windows operating system, a Linux operating system or an Apple operating system. Windows and Linux are common on a PC, but Apple operating systems can be more challenging to install. Apple has a history of making it more challenging for PC users to run Apple operating systems on another manufacturer's PC, even though they are sometimes compatible. Additionally, even when running the primary operating systems that a Mac and PC ship with, there are many similarities between Windows and the modern Mac OS. Both Apple and Microsoft have borrowed and learned from one another in some way.

Hardware

  • The modern Mac is basically a PC made by Apple. As soon as Apple switched to Intel processors, the company began shipping computers easily capable of running a Windows operating system. There are both Mac computers and PC computers with an Intel CoreDuo or a Core2Duo processor. Both types of computers use hard drives, RAM and other components that can be swapped between a PC or a Mac. The only possible issue with installing some PC components in a Mac is if Apple or the manufacturer supports the hardware with a driver for the operating system. Both computers also feature similar modern port connections. These include USB and Firewire.

Software

  • There are many popular applications made for both Windows operating systems shipping on a PC and also Mac OS shipping on a Mac. There are numerous editions of the Microsoft Office productivity suite, including Word and Excel. There are also numerous editions of Adobe's line of products available for both of the operating systems. This includes such popular graphics software as Photoshop and Illustrator, in addition to many other professional software applications. Content creation and multimedia production is possible on both platforms. Some computer users may choose to use both a PC and a Mac computer or run both Windows and Mac OS on one computer.

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