The Apple versus PC debate has been stagnant over the past few years, with both sides entrenched in their respective tablet and desktop computer marketplaces. Neither side has any really killer features that are prompting either userbase to shift.
Nevertheless, we’re PC fans here at Fix My PC Free. And we have consistently refused to switch to Mac over the years.
Why? Well, there are still plenty of PC-only exclusive features that cannot be found on any Apple computer or Mac OS device.
Nevertheless, Apple is preparing to announce a range of new MacBooks and other Mac hardware on Thursday, October 27, 2016. Apple could choose to reveal a number of new features on its flagship lineup of computers.
Which features will Apple copy? We can’t answer that. However, here are the best 5 PC exclusive features that Apple should consider copying on their new Macs and Mac OS desktops:
5) Top-Tier Graphics Options
For years, Apple has conceded the computer gaming market to PC. Yes, a growing number of games are eventually ported over to Mac. But top-tier gaming has always been a PC exclusive feature.
Even when top-tier games are available on Macs, gamers often can’t play them due to the low graphic processing capacity on the MacBook and other Mac desktops. Apple has never offered modern GPU performance on its computers, and you’ve never been able to buy a Mac with a top-tier GPU from Nvidia or AMD.
Compare that to PC, and you can purchase laptops with any graphics card your heart desires.
The latest rumor about the new MacBook Pro is that Apple is going to upgrade its graphics capacity with a new AMD Radeon. We’ll wait to see if that’s the case. Based on the last few years, however, Apple emphasizes thin form factor over modern graphics performance – so gamers shouldn’t get their hopes up.
4) Modern SSD Performance and Cheaper SSD Prices
In Apple’s defense, they were quick to adopt SSDs on their laptops. Unfortunately, there’s a big difference between modern SSDs and the SSDs used by Apple. That means Apple users can’t buy standard SSDs from standard electronics stores: they need to be unique SSDs at inflated prices from Apple’s own hardware department. Apple’s proprietary hardware forces users to buy SSDs from specialty shops.
That’s an unfortunate problem that causes the price of MacBooks to dramatically increase. Upgrading your MacBook Pro 15 to a 480GB SSD, for example, costs you $341 USD. PC users, on the other hand, can buy a 525GB M.2 SSD for $119 USD – and that’s not even on sale.
3) OLED Displays
MacBooks and Apple computers have always had beautiful displays. But Apple has refused to embrace the latest display technology: OLED. If you haven’t yet used an OLED screen, then you’re missing out. They’re drop-dead gorgeous.
One of the biggest differences with OLEDs is the display of “true black”. On OLED displays, the pixel actually gets turned off to display black. Instead of seeing that murky gray-black on a standard display, you get authentic, gorgeous black.
Apple could integrate OLED displays on its new MacBooks – but don’t get your hopes up.
2) Modern CPUs
For years, Apple has been misleading customers with its CPU marketing. Basically, Apple always claims that it has the latest Intel CPUs.
As a PC user, when you buy a computer with an i3, i5, or i7 chip, you assume you’re getting the latest generation chip – not some chip that’s 3 years old.
Unfortunately for Mac users, that’s the type of problem they’ve suffered through over the years. Apple advertises its MacBooks and Mac desktops as having i3, i5, and i7 chips, but it’s still using chips released back in 2013.
Astonishingly, the MacBook Pro 15 runs a 4th generation Intel CPU (released in 2013), while the MacBook Air runs a 5th generation version.
That’s a problem: Intel is now on its 7th generation Kaby Lake CPUs, which offer vast performance improvements over last year’s model – not to mention the models from 3 years ago.
Apple may move to 7th generation CPUs on its new Mac devices – but don’t get your hopes too high.
You could argue that Apple popularized touchscreens with the release of the iPhone and iPad. They were the first to grab the concept and run with it.
That’s why it’s weird to see that Apple has shied away from touchscreens on computers and laptops. There are hundreds of PC options that let you use touchscreens on laptops and desktop PCs. Why hasn’t Apple done the same?
Apple recently announced that it faced declining annual profits for the first time in 15 years – so clearly, the company is hoping that its new Mac OS and MacBook lineup will impress the tech community. On October 27, we’ll see if Apple decides to implement any of the changes listed above.