There is no denying that Apple products are quite expensive. In terms of the Mac, critics will often argue that you can build an ordinary PC running Windows or Linux with much better hardware for just a fraction of the price you would pay for the latest iMac or MacBook Pro. At the same time, others argue that Apple products carry a premium price because the user experience that is provided is unrivalled. And I have to agree with that latter statement.
Asides from a few missteps, such as Maps in iOS 6, the Apple user experience is virtually flawless. The hardware and software work together in unison so well, to the point that Microsoft is trying to mimic this approach that Apple has been taking for decades. Despite not having top-of-the-line hardware specifications, Apple products like the iPhone and Mac perform very well. Dare I say that “they just work.”
It’s approaching five years since I became an avid Mac user, and I wish I had made the switch to OS X sooner. It’s not just marketing, it’s not just trends. A lot of people buy Apple products because they are easy to use, reliable and have a tremendous ecosystem. I purchased Windows 8 to dual-boot on my Retina MacBook Pro and it’s a confusing operating system that leaves me questioning Microsoft’s approach on so many different levels.
Before I knew it, I was shutting down my Mac and rebooting into the OS X side again. Call me an Apple fanboy, but I agree that OS X is the world’s most advanced desktop operating system. And iOS is the world’s most advanced mobile operating system for many of the same reasons. It’s the reason why Apple is the world’s most valuable company, and it’s the reason why they’re likely going to maintain that position for years to come. The competition just isn’t good enough.