“I’m in the market for a new computer, but I’m biding my time,” Julio Ojeda-Zapata reports for The St. Paul Pioneer Press. “One reason I’m waiting: Both Microsoft and Apple Computer are releasing major new versions of their operating systems early next year. Though I could buy a Windows PC or a Macintosh now, and install updated system software later, it’s simpler to get a computer with its new OS preinstalled.”
MacDailyNews Take: Obviously, since Apple controls the whole widget, upgrading the OS on a Mac is a trivial task compared to trying to do an upgrade with Windows from Microsoft on a PC from some other outfit. Of course, nothing’s simpler than to get a computer with its new OS preinstalled, but to equate updating OSes for Mac and Windows is ludicrous.
Ojeda-Zapata continues, “Shopping for a PC is trickier than looking for a Mac. All new PCs will run Windows Vista, which is replacing the long-in-the-tooth Windows XP. But some PCs will run Vista (available for consumers Jan. 30) better than others. Microsoft has complicated matters by releasing five versions of Vista, so make sure you know exactly what you’re getting.”
“Shopping for a Mac is a lot less stressful. Buy a new machine, and it’s guaranteed to run the new Leopard version of Mac OS X when it’s released sometime in the spring,” Ojeda-Zapata writes, “I’m considering an all-in-one desktop Mac, but I won’t buy now because I suspect the existing design (which dates back to August 2004) is about to be revamped. Apple’s Macworld Expo in January is its traditional venue for big product announcements — including, possibly, new Macs — so wait at least until then.”
Zapata writes, “A Mac may be right for you regardless of whether you do OS X or Windows (or both). That’s the beauty of newer Macs with Intel chips: They double as fully functional Windows PCs. Apple offers Boot Camp software for installing both operating systems. And Boot Camp’s features will be rolled into Leopard next year.”
Full article here.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “GoldFishy” for the heads up.]
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