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Why I love MacOS

You have to know that I do my computing alternating between MacOS and Windows. I use Windows mainly for gaming and C++ programming (C++ on Visual Studio is a Windows exclusive for now).
I use MacOS for everything else. And this post explains why.

Little things make a huge differrence

I started my computing back in the days on Windows, and I stayed on Windows for a lot of time. I started to think about trying out Apple products after watching some videos online and visiting an Apple store. Sure, watching videos helps you understand how the OS is and in which ways it differs from Windows but once you put your hands on the "real deal" it's a whole new experience (once you try it out you'll know what I'm talking about).

Look at those images I recorded: it's the little things like this animation that make the difference. It makes you feel you're using a complete, stable OS, that's thought down to the smallest detail.
I think that you'll never see something like this on a Windows system. Maybe in a Linux distribution, but that's another thing.

Consistency is king

Those two images show the behaviour of the right-click menu on two different spots.
Now let's compare this behaviour with Windows 10:

It's been now more than 4 years since this picture was made but not much was improved since then.

UI is not buggy

In all the years I've been using MacOS, I don't think I've ever seen the UI glitch once. Let's take the notification bar for example, a feature that MacOS had since it was called Mac OSX that Windows later copied in it's last version. In MacOS, no matter how fast you click the notification bar button, it will show up without any glitches or delay.

On Windows, I've experienced countless glitches, especially on Windows 10, when they added animations for the first time in over 20 years.
If you open and close the notification center fast, it doesn't open most of the times and even if you try to open it once, it takes about 1 second to open (in other words it's not immediate). There are days when you can't even open the calendar by clicking the date on the bottom right of the screen.
It just shows you an empty blurred rectangle.

There are times when Windows can't even get the time right even if it's set on "auto" and the location is correct!
It just resets it to GMT! I then have to flick the switch from "auto" back to "manual" and then back to "auto"... I could go on for days but I'm going to stop here for now.

System Settings

If memory serves correctly, Microsoft added the Settings app starting from Windows 8. That was their unsuccessful attempt of copying the System Preferences app on MacOS (the settings app on Ubuntu is quite similar as well). The problem was that the old "Control Panel" app was still available in the system, and so users (myself included) used that instead, forgetting about the new "Settings" app.

That was all fine until Windows 10, when they just started shoving the new Settings app down your throat, all while leaving the Control Panel app available in the OS.

Half the settings are in the Control Panel app, and the other half in the Settings app. For certain features there are even double settings (i.e. for the mouse cursor customization), so you have to find the setting in both the Control Panel and in the Settings app.

Microsoft recently released an update (their attempt to draw more users to the Settings app): it just made most of the old settings in the Control Panel unavailable, and it put links to the corresponding setting in the Settings app.

In MacOS, every setting you're looking for is located in the "System Preferences" app. If you don't know where a certain setting is, you can find it easily by typing it in the search box on the top right.

In my opinion, the "System Preferences" app is the best app for settings I've ever seen (comparing with both Windows and Linux distros), it's doing its job, all while maintaining UI style consistency.
Windows in the other end is still in a limbo of "Metro" and "Windows 98".


Here is the "double settings" mess I was talking about. (Pictures are from HowToGeek)


Those are only few of the reasons why I love MacOS. I didn't take in consideration stability or other "app-related" features, because I wanted to show what you'll notice the first times you try a Mac.
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