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