Macs are very popular computer, so are Windows PCs. You may be wondering though, the first reason is that unlike PCs, Apple makes both the hardware and the software. Microsoft do make some software such as Microsoft Office, but Apple make all of their software instead of 3rd parties. This means you don’t have to struggle to find software and you don’t have to worry about software having viruses.

The second reason is that the Macs are actually plug and play. Microsoft claims their PCs are but normally you have to wait while it installs the drivers from the device which can take a while. Mac Drivers are all installed for most devices compatible which means there is no waiting – They work straight away.

The third reason is that the Mac has a very nice look – Both on the outside of the Mac and the GUI. PCs normally look quite ugly, whereas Apple put time into making their computers look very nice. The GUI of Macs is also a lot nicer with Windows Operating Systems lagging behind.

That brings me to my next point. The Mac OSX is a very clean operating system that runs very fast unlike Windows. Anyone who owns a PC knows that it can go painfully slow at times. Macs don’t normally do this; it is built a lot better. Also, Apple has taken into consideration about people needing Windows, so you can actually install Windows on Macs and have both Operating Systems!

Mac OS X Lion: What you need to know

The last time Apple updated the Mac operating system—2009’s Snow Leopard release—the most noteworthy changes happened under the hood. That’s not the case with Lion, the next major version of Mac OS X. Apple has been gradually pulling back the curtain on its latest and greatest cat, first at a preview event last October and then this week at the Worldwide Developers Conference. And what we’ve seen thus far is a pretty significant shift for the Mac OS, influenced in large part by Apple’s mobile operating system, iOS.

Big changes like the ones introduced by Mac OS X Lion produce big questions: What’s really new in Lion? How does it work? How can you get it? We’ve spent some time going over what Apple has disclosed about the Mac OS X update, and we’re ready to answer those questions—along with any others you might have about Lion.

The processor powering your Mac is the best indicator of whether you’ve got Lion-friendly hardware. you’ll need a Mac with an Intel Core 2 Duo, Core i3, Core i5, Core i7, or Xeon processor to run the new OS. According to Apple’s official procedure, you have two options: Buy a brand new Mac, or upgrade your Mac to Snow Leopard now. However, given that Snow Leopard was a paid upgrade and there are still people with Lion-compatible Macs running Leopard—not to mention the fact that a good number of people simply won’t be able to download the 4GB Lion upgrade due to bandwidth caps or slow Internet connections—we imagine it’s possible that Apple will quietly offer alternate upgrade paths while still heavily promoting the Mac App Store approach. But we can’t guarantee it.

Interface Changes

For desktop Mac users without a Magic Trackpad, will Lion be usable? I don’t see scrollbars.

While Lion has clearly been built to favor of MacBook Pro’s and trackpad input, that doesn’t mean other users will be left in the lurch. The scrollbars you know and love are still there, but hidden—they’ll only activate when you move your mouse over the scrolling portion window. (Developer builds of Lion have included a preference to keep scrollbars always visible, as well.) As for multitouch gestures relating to Mission Control and Exposé, you’ll still be able to map some of them to keyboard shortcuts.

Look closely on the righthand side of this iTunes window, and you can see Lion’s scrollbar implementation. Scrollbars only appear when you move your mouse over the scrolling portion window.

What are all these multitouch gestures, anyway?

There are many, and they’re configurable. (That is, you can turn specific gestures off, and you can often adjust the number of fingers a gesture requires.) You can double-tap on a word with three fingers to look it up in Lion’s built-in dictionary, scroll with two fingers, and zoom in and out by pinching or double-tapping with two fingers. You can swipe between pages (in Safari, iPhoto, and other apps) with left or right two-finger swipes, and you can swipe between apps with three or four fingers. Trigger Mission Control—Lion’s new take on Exposé—with a three-finger swipe up, and reveal the desktop by spreading your thumb and three fingers apart, as if you’re flicking all your windows away.

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  1. Thanks. I’ve always been a windows user but yesterday I bought the new MacBook Pro. Gonna inbox it when I get home today and start to familiarize with OS X.

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