The debate is over: IBM confirms that Apple Macs are $535 less expensive than Windows PCs

“Attendees arrived early to the Guthrie [Wednesday] morning to claim seats for the most anticipated session at the Jamf Nation User Conference (JNUC),” Jeni Asaba reports for Jamf. “And they weren’t disappointed. In a passionate presentation from industry leaders in enterprise, education and healthcare, attendees learned how they too can achieve unprecedented success in their own environments.”

“Fletcher Previn, VP of Workplace as a Service at IBM, started the discussion by sharing what they’ve done to transform company culture for the 400,000+ employees who span across IBM’s 2,800 locations. It started with user choice,” Asaba reports. “In 2015, IBM let their employees decide – Windows or Mac. ‘The goal was to deliver a great employee choice program and strive to achieve the best Mac program,’ Previn said. An emerging favorite meant the deployment of 30,000 Macs over the course of the year. But that number has grown. With more employees choosing Mac than ever before, the company now has 90,000 deployed (with only five admins supporting them), making it the largest Mac deployment on earth.”

“IBM found that not only do PCs drive twice the amount of support calls, they’re also three times more expensive,” Asaba reports. “That’s right, depending on the model, IBM is saving anywhere from $273 – $543 per Mac compared to a PC, over a four-year lifespan. “And this reflects the best pricing we’ve ever gotten from Microsoft,” Previn said. Multiply that number by the 100,000+ Macs IBM expects to have deployed by the end of the year, and we’re talking some serious savings. Needless to say, the employees at IBM got it right. And with 73% of them saying they want their next computer to be a Mac, the success will only increase with time.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Told ya so.

Total Cost of Ownership should be of more concern to the world’s personal computer buyers than initial sticker price. You get what you pay for, so get a Mac. MacDailyNews, June 25, 2004

Why are so many people so afraid to imagine an end to the dark ages of personal computing? Too many MSFT shares in the mutual fund? We have no such problem. Apple Mac will embrace, then extinguish – whether analysts grasp what’s happening or not. — MacDailyNews, March 23, 2007

Apple Inc., the enterprise IT company – December 15, 2015
IBM: Every Mac we buy is making and saving us money – October 28, 2015
Now we know why IT support hates Macs (hint: Windows PCs = job security) – October 19, 2015
IBM: Corporate Mac users need less IT support than those stuck on Windows – October 18, 2015
Just 5% of Mac users at IBM need help desk support vs. 40% of Windows PC sufferers – October 15, 2015


  1. I have never understood why people will spend more than $50,000 to drive 30 minutes each way to work only to plug away on a $350 computer that is a piece of crap.

    The megahertz wars are long over, but that consumer logic is still firmly embedded in the brain.

  2. I worked IT support in a major Federal agency until 2008. Shortly before my departure, Procurement was blocking the purchase of Apple computers. A few months later I procured my own iMac. I’m still using it (though I use my iPad more). Expenses to date:

    – a RAM upgrade from 1GB to 2GB
    – a few inexpensive OS upgrades before they were made free
    – a RAM upgrade from 2GB to 4GB

    That’s it.

    1. I guess that’s comparable to my HP notebook that I bought in 2006 with a free upgrade to Vista (which I never installed). Still works great. Expenses to date:

      – a replacement laptop battery
      – replacement of a failed internal drive with a Hybrid SSD

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