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New Apple Macbook Pro – The Pros and Cons?

Lizzie asks…

New Macbook Pro?

so im 12 and i want a new macbook pro, i have the old macbook white and its like 3 years old i got it when i was nine so now i want to upgrade and my dad says i have to make up 10 reasons so he accepted 4 of them and i need six more. here they are and if some of them r not true, i didn’t care, he believes it.

ACCEPTED:

Cheaper in the Long Run
The mac comes with a iPod touch, which daddy can use for business AND a bunch of other stuff totaling up to $140 which we spent on the previous mac! We also get $150 off! All this BUT there is a deadline… sept. 7 2010 and threes more to offer rather than windows…. Which is generally cheaper than mac.

Powerful, Stable Operating System
This new mac will almost never crash! So I can keep it for more years.

Best software and stuff
Apple’s applications are useful, enjoyable, and innovative, I can even make my own app and make a lot of money! And I meet all the requirements, I have an iPad, an iPod, pretty soon an iPhone 4 in 2 days.. so threes another way to make extra money! ;).

Buy a new mac now and get help for free
You get free genius bar help! You have the choice to buy a windows, going all across town trying to find a cheap place to fix your PC, but if you buy a new mac around now, you get free genius bar services wherever you are.. Especially since the closest place they have an awesome genius bar is apple on Old Orchard, which mom knows like the back of her hand, since she goes there everyday to “return” stuff 🙂

DIDN’T ACCEPT:

Easy to use
Macs are generally so easy to use and kid friendly. It also has pages, which is so much easier to use.

Better Protects Laptops
When I’m using my new mac, it will be much better because most likely, ill be all over the internet trying to find the eating habits of a monarch butterfly. So if possibly one site has a virus, my mac will inform me of it or not let me visit this site at all.

Details Count
You can buy a perfectly pleasing Windows PC that matches a Mac’s CPU speed, RAM, hard-drive space, and other specs for a lot less money. But it won’t have an AC adapter with hooks that let you wrap up the cord for travel, or a MagSafe connector that won’t get damaged if it’s accidentally yanked out of the computer. It won’t have an oversized touchpad with multitouch gestures that help you navigate through documents and around the Web. And it will likely be heavier and bulkier than a comparable Mac.

You can use Windows on a mac but not mac on a windows
If I ever decided I wanted to learn how to work with windows in my free time, I can download windows application one by one

Its perfect for school
My school uses macs, so if I forget my typed up homework, I can just go on the servers and select it, print it out in the computer lab and not get a bad grade for forgetting it!. Why cant you use the mac you already have.

Macs update a lot
Macs update every week, but if I wanted to update my p.c., ill just have to get a new one! Imagine, spending $500 a week for new updates!
im NOT freakin spoiled, so plz stfu

Author answers:

“Powerful, stable operating system”? What a joke. I use a MacBook Pro at work, and the damn thing crashes on me constantly. And when it’s not crashing, it’s hanging/pinwheeling. Granted, I use it for a lot more just than surfing the internet and doing homework… But the myth that Mac OS is more stable than any other operating system is just that. A myth. Incidentally, I’m an IT professional (primarily PHP development), and if it *weren’t* for the fact that my company was Mac-dependent when I was hired, I wouldn’t even have one for work.

Best Software? Eh… It depends on what software you need, really. I can’t even count how many times I’ve needed a program that was Windows-only or Linux-only and had to hunt all over heaven and earth for a Mac equivalent (and half the time I didn’t find one). If you’re talking typical everyday software, sure… But if you ever need something for a specialized job, good luck.

I’d also debate the “Cheaper in the long run” idea. IF you can get them to last that long, sure. They’re cheaper. The problem is that if something goes wrong with one of them it WILL cost you a small fortune to have it fixed, especially if your AppleCare has run out (and depending on the problem, sometimes even if your AppleCare is still in effect). And the Genius Bar, as good as the idea is, is only as good as the staff they have working there at any given time. Some of them know what they’re doing, and some of them are complete idiots.

I should also point out that Mac OS is just as riddled with security holes as Windows is… The only difference is that Mac doesn’t have the market share to make those security holes worth exploiting to the people out there writing malicious code. However, Macs are insanely popular right now, and a lot of people in the IT industry think that the protection of obscurity Mac has enjoyed for so long might not be around for much longer. And when that happens, Mac users are going to be in for one heck of a reality check.

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