In the early days at Apple.inc when there was only Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniack and a few others Apple was created so that people did not have to build the circuit boards for their computers, to make it so not only “geeks” or “nerds” could use it productively and also that “normal” 9-5 working class people could pay for it. As we know Apple products are now expensive! The new Macbook Pro with Retina Display is over $1000 but how long are you going to use your Macbook is one question you should ask. Are you going to be using it for the next 5 years? You NEED to know!!
Apple at their conference, WWDC, officially announced their new software update for their Mac range, OS X Mountain Lion. They also told us that it would cost Mac Users $20 which is very inexpensive for a whole software update. The developer preview for OS X Mountain Lion is apparently very close to the final product.
With hardware and Apple we see that is expensive but the software updates are inexpensive. On the other hand we see that the Microsoft hardware, made by many different companies such as Dell, is not expensive. What about their software updates? Are they cheap enough to call the whole Windows package cheap ?
Microsoft has told us that they are going to release Windows 8 (There is already a free preview out there). We have not been given a price yet but when we see that Windows OEM’S (Original Equipment Manufacturer) buy Windows 7 Home premium for $50 each we see that it is not as inexpensive as we see. If you need to upgrade your PC from XP or Vista etc (which you probably should) you will have to buy it yourself obviously.
Most PC users will have to do this. They will have to pay, for exactly the same software, $109 for it (the RRP is $119). If you are not upgrading to the Home Premium version you will have to upgrade to the Professional or Ultimate versions.
Windows XP went off the market in 2008 but if you had bought your computer for around £250 you will have to spend at least £75 to upgrade to the to-be old software, Windows 7. We do not know how much it will be to upgrade again to Windows 8 after your Windows 7 upgrade.
So, if you are going to use your PC for the next at least 4 years you will upgrade again and again and if trends continue the price of Windows software will rise and rise and rise again but Mac software is predicted to become free very soon. This means you will soon be spending the same amount of money on Windows software updates than a whole Mac and all its £15 and possibly soon-to-be free software updates!
Is the Windows 8 software able to match the OS X Mountain Lion software ? Well, we don’t know yet but we do know that Apple’s software is the most advanced software out there so far and at the minute in both the desktop and mobile platforms they are playing catch-up with everyone else.