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The reputation of the Apple Mac has changed over the years. Originally an ‘elite’ option for designers and affluent businesses, it’s now a highly popular choice not only for business of all sizes, but home users too.

As iPhones have become more powerful and more popular, so have Apple Macs. With business and home users demanding reliability, portability and power, the Mac is fast becoming the tech of choice for all industries. Originally favoured by creative industries – design, TV & film, fashion etc – by commuters (so light and small), and by those businesses in the computer software industry; all businesses are now considering them as an excellent alternatives to PCs and OS laptops.

So, Apple Mac or PC, which is best for your small business?

Firstly, cost

Apple’s MacBook Air, is around £1,000 a unit, MacBook Pro starts at almost £2,000 per unit, and the 27” iMac (desktop version) starts from £1,800.

PCs, start at a lower price, for example; Microsoft’s Surface Pro starts at £700, with the Laptop Go Notebook starting at £500.

If you’re looking for effective solutions on a smaller budget, PCs would be your best choice. But, if you do want to work with a hybrid-solution, to ensure your teams have the best solutions for their roles, a hybrid setup can be cost effective.

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Operating Systems

PCs can run on Windows or Linux and can be integrated with many different solutions. You can change and upgrade chips and other components, and both hardware and software can be sourced from many manufacturers.

Apple, however, have created an eco-system for all their products, and build everything from the hardware to the operating system, along with all pre-installed programmes and software. Updating hardware and firmware is not an easy task, but it’s not as necessary, as Macs are generally far more reliable.

Ease of use

There was a time when an Apple was an entirely different beast to a PC, but now, they’re very similar. Microsoft 365 runs beautifully on both systems and both offer laptop designs that are far more portable and lighter (great for commuters). Both solutions also offer exciting integrations with other tech, larger screens, infra-red mice, and both have touch pads.

Technical support

Whether you have a PC environment, a Mac environment or a hybrid solution, your business will benefit from professional IT support. That support could be an internal resource or a relationship with an external IT agency like Rubicon. Your chosen IT resource needs to provide the assistance you need to the parameters you expect, for all of the solutions you employ.

Should you maintain your own IT staff, you may still need occasional additional assistance for some IT issues. Implementing, maintaining, and managing company-wide remote working solutions for example, was conducted as a knee jerk reaction to Covid19, so it may now need a review. You’ll also need professional IT support should you undertake an office upgrade or refit, a relocation, regular cyber security training and testing, or a company restructure.

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From our experience, every business is different, and our professional IT teams are versed in the requirements of many verticals. We’re always on hand to ensure that our clients’ specific IT needs are exceeded. At Rubicon, we also understand that users within all PC, all Mac or hybrid environments need more fluidity with their infrastructure and regular, technical alignment strategies. We promise to continually review your solutions and to be proactively investigating technical solutions that could improve your business.

If you’d like to know more about the benefits your business could gain from an all Mac, all PC or a hybrid environment, do get in touch. At Rubicon IT our technical experts are always on standby, ready to help with your day-to-day IT requirements. We’re also fully equipped to assist your business with technical purchases, projects, user training, cyber security measures, cloud services, disaster recovery, Cyber Essentials certifications and much more.

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