Round 2

APC Australia - - Technotes» Mac Vs Pc -

BE­ING CRE­ATIVE

Tricky one. Ap­ple has long styled it­self as ex­ist­ing at the in­ter­sec­tion be­tween lib­eral arts and tech­nol­ogy. Although that rings faintly lu­di­crous when you con­sider its pu­ri­tan­i­cal polic­ing of soft­ware in its app store, there’s no doubt­ing that gen­er­a­tions of con­tent cre­ators have favoured Macs.

Ex­actly how much bet­ter or worse Macs are for creat­ing con­tent is quite a sub­jec­tive sub­ject. But many peo­ple cer­tainly do pre­fer the soft­ware pack­ages and GUI of Mac in a cre­ative con­text. On the other hand, when­ever per­for­mance is a crit­i­cal part of the pack­age, Macs fall be­hind. Ap­ple’s Mac Pro work­sta­tion is stag­ger­ing on with an­cient hard­ware. In short, if you want to ren­der in a hurry, choose a PC.

Macs also look rather old hat with the ar­rival of Mi­crosoft’s Sur­face Stu­dio, and its in­trigu­ing form fac­tor and in­put so­lu­tions. It’s far more in­no­va­tive as a con­tent cre­ation de­vice than any­thing Ap­ple has done for years—the touch bar on the lat­est Mac­Book Pros doesn’t come close. For that alone, the PC de­serves a mar­ginal vic­tory. How­ever, when the new Mac Pro ar­rives next year, it could be a very dif­fer­ent story.

WIN­NER: PC by a hair

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