Why I will never use a Mac

So many times I've gotten suggestions from my friends to 'just try' using a Mac, promising that I will have a superb user experience. Nor am I blind to the benefits of MacBooks - stable and mostly trouble free performance, long life, good service, no need to use Anti-Virus - the list goes on and on. And if this were not enough, the compatability between Mac and Microsoft has improved steadily over time. As a friend pointed out on Twitter, I can boot a Mac into Windows, run Office programs and generally use it just like I use my PC.

There was a time when I would have not been able to afford a Mac - but that is not the case now, when Apple is discounting aggressively and giving great promo offers. And yes, I can afford to splurge now, which I would not have earlier.

Also there is a part of me that feels, if I love tech, I should be able to use and learn all platforms. I believe that a blind bias or refusal to learn something new, limits me and my knowledge.

In short, I have every reason to use a Mac. Yet, I probably never will.

I understood the real reason for this last month, when I was working with my business partner on a presentation that we were making jointly. She was creating a PowerPoint deck on her (brand new) MacBook and I was creating one on my Dell XPS. Sometimes she would ask me to help her out "How do I edit this video clip?". Or "How do I increase the size of this object?" To my irritation and frustration, I could not help her at all. I couldn't figure the mouse. I could not figure the video editing program + the way the mouse works. Once I was trying to tell her how to format a thumb drive. "Just right click and select format" I told her. Only to realise that the menu of options she was seeing was different from mine.

I have spent 14 years mastering Windows and PowerPoint on a PC. To re-learn how to use stuff on a Mac/ Mac OS, I would be increasing my learning curve. I have learnt to do things mechanically, even blindly on a PC. And I am not prepared to suddenly go back to school. I cannot afford to 'waste time'. This is not about a hobby or a passion, it is about business productivity and it's where the shoe pinches. I will not give up my mastery of a PC - it's a business asset.

The same logic does not apply for a cellphone. I would be more than willing to learn an iOS or even a Blackberry OS. That's because the phone is still a toy, a gadget for me. But my PC  is a holy cow. It earns me my bread.

That's the real reason why I will never use a Mac. At least, not until I can afford to have one purely as a fun machine to learn on in spare time. It can never be my mainstay.

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