10 Ways Mac OS is just BETTER


LINUS: We asked you our faithful community why you think Mac OS is the bomb. And we compiled this list of the 10 ways that Mac OS really is just plain better. A ridge wallet is a sleek way to keep wallet bulge down thanks to its compact frame and RFID blocking inner plates. Use the offer code in the video description to save 10% on your ridge wallet and get free world-wide shipping! [INTRO] Number one is a big one: The ecosystem that apple has created. I mean, the fact that you could have your phone, laptop, desktop, and even a watch and then have your data, documents, photos I mean even copy paste or open websites just move seamlessly from one to the other via handoff and iCloud is so cool that I can almost forgive apple for calling it “magical”. iMessage is closely realted, but came up specifically a lot in your comments. Being able to text and call from any of your devices was a standout feature for many of you and, yet another cool one that’s coming up in the upcoming build of Mac OS Catalina is approve with Apple Watch. Which lets you authenticate by clicking your watch, instead of typing in your password. Another part of the ecosystem that results in “it just works” or “its magic” Is the first party peripherals. They all just work. With little to no initial setup, and have the great feel and functionality that almost make them must-haves. Finally, we can’t forget about AirDrop. Apple’s wireless file beaming solution that kinda sorta makes up for the inability to get certain files off an iPhone over USB. Kind of. Number two: easy navigation and organization. Mission Control, Apple’s visual app manager lets you see what you have open, as well as create virtual desktops. Having multiple desktops is great when you have only a single screen looking at you Macbooks. But, you need to keep multiple applications or even multiple workspaces organized with only a single swipe needed to swich between them. Speaking of swiping apples trackpads are freaking amazing I’ve said it before a lot but Apple has nailed the trackpad in every way. Feel, functionality and especially the gestures the most amazing thing about Apple’s gestures isn’t that they exist or how much you can do with them. I mean, there’s lots of gestures on Windows, too. It’s just that they’re intuitive enough that people will actually use them. Number Three is Spotlight, a quick Command + Space bar allows you to find just about anything on your Mac or anywhere else Need directions to the nearest restaurant? Easy. Forgot where you put your master’s thesis due Monday? Bam. Spotlights’ found it. That recipe is in metric and all your baking supplies are Imperial. Poof. Convert it. It’s a great tool and it’s ultra fast! Number four is the ready to run experience. I mean, There are very few things that an average user would need to install to be able to deal with most work or casual situations Garage Band, iMovie, and Photos are already included to help your simple creative projects get started. And, Apple includes their basic but functional productivity suite for free while Windows can’t even open a PowerPoint until you install separate software. Another big inclusion is Apple’s Preview. It’s an PDF Viewer, it’s an image file converter, it slices it dices it, even lets you preview video files in Finder, and fill out forms and sign them too. Number five is BootCamp. Got a Windows laptop and one around a Mac app? You’re plumb out of luck. But on the flip side, every Mac can be a Windows or Linux machine. Now there are obvious uses for this like if you’re a developer and you want to check compatibility. Or if you want to fire up the odd game. But, ultimately, the way people use it boils down to the individual user, and there’s no doubt that it gives a lot of extra flexibility to Mac users. Number six is “it just works” but specifically for developers. We must have a lot of developers in our audience because there was a VERY vocal group that pointed out, to the point where, we just couldn’t ignore it that Mac OS is based on UNIX. Specifically a highly modified version of BSD now to be fair, this is much more of a technical feature so, not everyone would agree or even understand that it’s important. But, it does have implications that do benefit both expert level users, and more casual / average ones at a very high level. Developers and system administrators love UNIX because they can dig deep into the OS and have a clear understanding of what’s happening. For average users, the benefit is the stability that comes from such a solid foundation. Another thing our developer fans brought up is Xcode: Apple’s integrated development environment. It’s used to develop for Apple’s entire lineup of operating systems. So whether you’re working on software for a Mac computer or the Apple watch, Xcode allows developers to harness the power of each systems hardware and create compelling apps that fall in line without those stringent guidelines. Number Seven: Exclusives aren’t Exclusive to gaming consoles and Mac OS has a fair few of its own. Logic Pro has been one of the standards in the music industry for years. Alongside Pro Tools another digital audio workstation or DAW Logic Pro is preferred by many professionals because it doesn’t rely on third party vendors to provide core functionality or even music samples. This makes it easier for pros who might have to move around from workstation or studio to studio to slide into the chair and get going right away. Parallels is another exclusive that lets you have much of the functionality of bootcamp by enabling you to run Windows or Linux without even shutting down your Mac OS operating system Now, that other operating system will be virtualized. So there is a performance penalty. But, if all you care about is let’s say running the Windows version of Microsoft Office It’ll do you just fine. The big one though, of course is Final Cut Pro. As a video editing suite it is loved by professionals and amateurs alike for its fast rendering, and it’s smooth workflow, and it remains to this day, a key purchase consideration for creative types. Number Eight: Accessories. Want to personalize all the stuff you own so you can be your own unique unicorn? Well, you can do that. And, if you’re more of a pragmatic type, you’re covered there, too. Stands, dongles, docks, cases, you name it! You can probably find it for your Mac because Apple has a smaller, more focused product line It’s easier, and in many cases, more cost-effective for third parties to support which leads to a ton of options for consumers. Number nine is that Apple products cost more, and believe it or not? I’m actually not joking with you guys Apple has made a lot of noise in recent years about how the product is the product instead of the customer being the product. But they really do walk the walk for the most part. When’s the last time Apple tried to cram their crappy web browser down your throat so they can collect more of your data to sell? When have they served you an ad when you went to launch a program? They haven’t. So, for many users, the idea of paying the Apple tax up front in exchange for the peace of mind of knowing that they can actually turn off all of the OS-level telemetry and data collection is a sound investment. Finally, Number 10: Reliability. Now this one is sure to spark some debate in the comments, but guys hear me out for a moment. If your Mac fails, Time machine, it’s flippin’ awesome! You set it up once and you can basically forget about it, until you need it and it’s there to get you back up and running, lickety-split! Furthermore, Apple’s versions feature, which allows access to previous versions of documents and files makes it an even greater asset to both professionals, and average users. Speaking of god-sent, updates! Back when I was daily driving an iMac, sometimes I didn’t even notice that my computer got an update. I’d come in in the morning and everything my apps my desktop it was just untouched. Exactly where I left it. And in true Apple magic fashion, when an update happens Time Machine, if you haven’t set up even makes a back up ahead of time, you know, just in case. Amazing! Now, we’re not blossom over Apple’s reliability scandals, there have been quite a few, but this video is about the ten reasons that you guys love your Macs and with the kind of response that we got from our community, Apple clearly has been doing something right for so many of you to want to purchase their products. Speaking of doing something, right? You know, what’s a good thing to do? That’s right if you’re a small business owner get FreshBooks. FreshBooks is designed to be a simple and intuitive accounting and invoicing solution so you can spend less time on paperwork and more time working on your business. You can automate tasks like invoicing, organizing expenses, tracking time and following up and the best thing is that everything is stored in the cloud so you can switch from the PC, to your mobile device, to your Mac with ease. Start your 30-day free trial right now at FreshBooks.com/techtips Pricing starts at just $15 a month with their $25 a month package handling up to 50 billable clients. So thanks for watching guys. If you just like this video you can do that. But if you liked it hit like, get subscribed or maybe consider checking out where to buy the stuff we featured at the link in the video description. Hey, dude, go buy a Mac. Also down there’s our merch store which has cool shirts like this one and our community forum which you should totally join our merch store also has underwear, but you know what? I’ll spare you that today I’ll prove it see Linus Tech Tips underwear, it’s cool stuff. Woah, I’m giving myself a wedgie here.

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100 thoughts on “10 Ways Mac OS is just BETTER

  1. The difference is same as android vs ios, if you know what you're doing get an android and everyone else just get an iPhone

  2. That part about the Autoupdate being something good… DEAD WRONG! Somewhere along the updates, I must've left AutoUpdate on, and it is now 4am, and I am stuck with my mac having programmes that don't work. I was on Mojave, then my FCPX updated and I couldn't use it anymore. I had to update the OS, to get FCPX working, so it went straight to Catalina. And then all hell broke loose. I could get FCPX to work but my libraries couldn't work after the libraries itself had to be updated. This is CRAZYYYYYY….

  3. if macs were friendly with third party accesories, had upgradable parts, and supported all the games that windows does, they'd have the monopoly on the entire market because I will admit they are very easy and convenient to use. Missed opportunity if you ask me.

  4. i don't like apple, but i like macos. it's good for dev work, sadly i can't make a hackintosh so i resorted to elementaryos themes

  5. I just love the easiness on everything and the visual tidiness. Overall is a faster system -in every way-, and in-built apps are super useful and free to use from the start. Heck, I see people installing Microsoft Word in their Macs… I can't live without pages, it's even more inspiring to write in. Enjoying OS Catalina right now btw! always better after a software update… always better. P.S. I am a video editor, and I still prefer MacBook 15" to work on with Adobe Premiere. I don't understand what's the thing with being more "underpowered" than a Windows, I haven't felt such a thing working even with 4K videos. Ever.

  6. I don't have iPhone – I think there are A LOT of cheaper options on phone technology… also, a watch? really?… I don't really sympathise with those concepts…. but computer-wise is just much better than anything out there.

  7. wtf is the point of using Mac for average users, they all use Microsoft Office ANYWAYS.
    iMessage copied Messenger, Kakao, Line, WhatsApp that connects all devices, and text message

  8. I own plenty of PCs and Macs. You totally nailed this one. Every point well thought out and presented as is. I never bother and I am too busy to antagonize users of either system. I leave this to the millennials and gen Z puppies.

  9. just updated — all files and folders are deleted from Notes App what is wrong Apple? I lost all important data… Why you people Linux Tech tips telling people all good things where are the bad things… Karma can hint you man … why i dont want Cloud thing so u can make money for us

  10. Linus u forgot to add that UNIX based systems have much thinner kernels than Windows and do much less abstraction when it comes to the drivers and hardware integration. Hence much lower UI I/O latencies and a way smoother UI / UX. This is one of the reasons why MAC is generally preferred by musicians and graphic designers !

  11. Did you know, that Macs can open files, even without their file extension attached to them? When I open a picture on my Mac, I can remove the ".jpg" part of the file name – and it will still open just fine. Because the macOS doesn't care much about file extension at all! Instead., it checks the information in the file itself (the metadata in the start of the file) to "understand" it's content – as long as the data in the file are correct.

  12. I use both operating systems/computers daily and prefer using my Mac. It works great, looks cool is well built and is fun to use. Parallels is amazing. When I want to run games on my MacBook Pro I boot up into an external SSD running Windows and it handles anything I throw at it.

  13. In Linux we dont think of it like which os is better mac or windows, we think of computer world like which distro of Linux is better for me.

  14. Windows:
    I’ll restart now
    Me: NOOOoooOo I’m working
    One hour later:
    Windows: Let me restart
    Me: NoooOoOooo
    One hour later:
    Windows: Let me restart.. oh nobody’s responding … restarts and installs updates
    Me: NOOOOoooOoOooOoooo

    That’s why I love my Mac

  15. Among other important features of recent versions of macOS, continuity and handoff are a big one too. Not to mention privacy, in areas where apps, of both 1st party and 3rd party titles, require the user-data collection to do remote based ML computations in order to serve up specific results. This they have done by using an on-device machine learning tool as a service (coreML framework) that comes baked into macOS, so that developers no longer need to suck up an individual's data to private servers in order to do ML based computations for generating specific results. Moreover, they can data-train their ML models on their own macs so as to make them ready to handle new data that the end-user will give local access to, for carrying out on-device computations on the developers' apps, with the data-trained ML model bundled in with the same. This is huge for privacy-minded users. The competition could follow suit, but it is quite unlikely, especially for platform owners like Google, whose business model wouldn't allow that. I can foresee a time where Siri, for instance, wouldn't need to be carrying your input data over to Apple servers, to serve up specific results. Most of the computations that Siri depends on, could be done offline, with your individual devices like your iPhone, iPad, or Mac being the playgrounds for performing all sorts of on-device ML computations.
    As more and more apps that rely on server-side ML computations start adopting coreML, this could radically change the way ML will be done in the future.

  16. Best laptop I’ve ever owned. Bought a MacBook Air in 2012 and now in 2019 the OS is still stable and everything still works. Battery life is still good after 1500 cycles. Had 2 windows laptops before this and within 2-3 years one had a overheating issue and both have a performance decrease.

  17. I agree with most of the points here, except for the one about Macs being more expensive.

    When people look at the price of a Windows based PC, they invariably look at hardware only. They ignore the cost of software, maintenance and devaluation, all of which play a vital role.  When you add these in, you get a very different picture to what is normally presented. 

    A Mac comes with fully developed and USEABLE software suite on it.  To replace this on Windows with equivalents that you would actually want to use, will cost around $300 to $500, and the licenses won't be perpetual – you will have to keep paying to stay current. Office 365 on its own costs $100 per year, add to that a decent music management app, email client, movie creation program, music creation program, etc.,  and it is not difficult to see how fast this can add up. Some of this may be possible to replace with open source software, but open source is usually far less polished, often bordering on unusable.  

    On the maintenance side, it is important to remember that the various versions of Windows have single handily created an entire industry of professionals to fix what goes wrong with them.  Just an average of one hour of downtime a week with a Windows machine will add up to 52 hours a year. If you only make $10 an hour, this adds up to least an additional $520 per year in costs due to lost income, and that is if you fix everything yourself. If you have no desire to become an IT professional in order to deal with the problems that WILL arise, there will be even more costs and downtime as you take your machine to someone else to fix, wait for it to be fixed, and then have to pay additional money to the IT guy.  There is also the constant time lost waiting for updates to install and configure.  Microsoft just don't seem to be able to get their heads around the fact that when people turn their computer on, they want to USE it, not wait for updates to configure.  When people turn their computers off, they don't want to have to wait around till updates finish, before they turn the power off at the wall.  

    Windows computers also suffer from rapid devaluation, and that Windows PC you bought for $500 will probably only be worth about $100 after 3 years. Add all this up and that $500 PC will cost somewhere between $2,360 and to $2,560 over the course of 3 years.  This works out as around $786 to $853 per year, and it can be a lot more than this, if you earn more than $10 an hour, or you hire a professional to fix your machine.  

    By contrast a Mac will have very little additional expense involved at all. The software that comes with it is very functional and fine for most people. If money is spent on software, it will tend to be specialised software, which would cost on either platform.  Maintenance is almost negligible, and on those rare occasions where there is an issue, it is almost always fixable with a reboot, or a quick recovery from Time Machine. This makes for close to zero downtime and maintenance costs.  Macs also devalue considerably slower than Windows PCs.  If you buy a Mac for $1,500, you will be able to sell it three years later for at least $1,200.  This means it will cost you a total of $300 to own for that 3 years, or $100 per year.    

    That's $100 per year to own a Mac per year, compared to between $786 and $853 per year for a Windows machine that cost one third of the money to buy.

    There is no doubt you pay more upfront to purchase a Mac, but purchase price is almost irrelevant. It doesn't matter what something costs to buy, what matters is how much it costs to own.  That cheap Windows machine bought for a third of the price of a Mac, turns out to be considerably more expensive.

  18. You don't have issues with Catalina and Powerbeats Pro or AirPods? 🤔 Many are experiencing audio cutout even though the bluetooth is saying it's connected.

  19. didn't know i could convert units and currencies with the search function. thanks! this one's actually something i have needed

  20. It's been my experience that MacOS is loved by people that know nothing about computers and people that know everything about computers. And occasionally people in between

  21. Nope, I will never do Mac. Will never use one or consider any of their overpriced, fragile, terribly trained "geniuses", underpowered and frustrating products again. Its a stupid cult product.

  22. Windows: I use the mouse if I can.
    Mac: What's a mouse?

    The accurate responsiveness of the trackpad, as well as the intuitive gestures actually makes the Macbook trackpad really fun to use.
    The bluetooth mouse that I specifically bought for my MacBook is now mostly deadweight.

  23. Filesystem encryption out of the box. Most people own the Win10 Home Edition so no BitLocker for them unless they pay the $200. Filevault is easy to enable (System Preferences->Security & Privacy->FileVault). So, if your Win 10 Laptop with Home Edition gets stolen, the robber owns you, your identity, your data and everything in between.

  24. I want to switch to Windows but I'm still on Mac. I don't want to be, but while Windows has gotten MUCH better, it's not near MacOS yet.

  25. Allot of these reasons are exactly why I can not bring myself of stepping away from a mac! I'm only a amateur but avid drummer, and Logic Pro X is just a joy and barely to any lag or delay. Whilst recording

  26. I spent a lot of money buying Windows OS 🙁 I had much problems with drivers, updates and so on. Now I use MacOS and I'm happy 🙂 No problems anymore.

  27. MacOS be like: Ok there's a new software update that I think you should install. i'll wait until you tell me what to do. or you can just turn off auto-update.

    Windows be like (this happened to me at school while trying to print off homework for the next lesson): Oi. there's a new security patch that needs to be installed. ill give you 10 seconds to make up your mind or ill just restart and install [my school computers are shit and the mouse lagged over to the cancel button and it restarted]

    I use a Mac btw

  28. Because of stuff like this I get bullied at school for having an android. What if your just to poor to buy a 1000 dollar phone

  29. Me as a computer engineer and app designer Windows is better to use with hardware and windows is more optimized to run different codes. Mac OS is for lazy people, MAC os is completely broken to install an unknown hardware drivers

  30. Ay…ay…ay! At 1:52 he says that you can create virtual desktops in Macbook, but you can also create virtual desktops in windows too!

  31. 1. It's not

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  32. The only part about iOS that sucks is that apple charges other companies to run a store. So, therefore, you can't buy a book through the Amazon Kindle app. Shame on Apple. Google doesn't do this with apps on Android.

  33. I just installed Mac os mojave on my dell. I haven't been using it for two days but I already love it. Everything is strait forward, no ads, easy to work with, and even let's me to see how things work behind the scene. Almost feels like open source

  34. Apple stores should be close to this list. Being able to have things serviced locally can be great as well as fairly competent support.

  35. While I was using Win I had to reinstall the system every two months or so. Now I still use my computer(iMac) like a maniac, but it never breaks, I don't even turn it off for months, works like a champ.

  36. Can definitely vouch for the reliability. My 2013 macbook pro still works like new, at least a few more years to go. The new update is a fresh lease of life too 👍🏼

  37. I have a question, I play Sims almost every day, I have all the extra pack and even some mods. I'm looking to buy a new laptop because my MacBook from 2012 is getting worse everyday. I have used macOS since 2012 and I really fancy it. I like PC and windows as well but so far it hasn't spoken to me. So I wonder if you play the Sims 4 with extra packs a lot, having some mods, watching YouTube and Netflix and writing texts and novels almost evert day, should you go for a MacBook Pro 13 inch 2019 with 16GB RAM 128 storage, same model but with 256 storage it is I believe or the Razer Blade 15. Please help me haha

  38. How is nobody talking about the fact that you can send full quality videos through imessage instead of the pixelated mess that android phones send. This is coming from an android owner…

  39. At least in Catalina, Apple actually does prompt you whether you want to try out Safari again, but it is still really Privacy focused with the features that block Trackers from tracking you.

  40. Mac is better, much better. Have been using Windows all my life. And it's a pain in the a$$ . 98, XP,7,10. They're all garbage. Shitty updates and unreliable OS. They start lagging after sometime. Using macOS since Snow Leopard. Have never felt the need to take a backup before update or worry about an update bricking my device. Like the infamous October 2018 Windows 10 update. And my advice to all you windows fanboys. It's about to get a lot worse with windows now since they're using insiders to test their shitty builds. They don't even know what implications their shitty OS updates might have on a variety of hardware configurations because instead of software engineers, they're using virtual machines to test out their builds. Its an ugly mess. And precisely i have more important things in life rather than worrying about a goddamn software update screwing my laptop. 21 years of owning computers, 9 of owning a mac. Never shifting back to Windows. Don't get me wrong, i love the look of windows 10 and was really excited to try it out when it came but I'm sorry to say the last stable version of windows 10 was 1803. Everything after that is complete garbage be it 1809 or 1903. They're all just plain unreliable. If i have to wait years to update to the latest version of the most popular OS in the world fearing something bad would happen to my laptop if i rush through and update, i guess its time to look elsewhere. I'm better off using a different OS altogether. Don't even get me started on the material design inconsistencies. And i have a windows 10 pro license. Can anyone explain why after every update i have games installed?? Am i a test subject to Microsoft? Why does Microsoft keep installing adware and junk after every update? Why is it called pro if Microsoft is forcefully installing games and junk on it?? That's the main reason i ditched Windows for macOS and don't ever intend to return to Windows. It's just plain unreliable.

  41. Another way MacOS is BETTER than Windows: Accessibility.

    I used a program called ZoomText to help me see the screen on my windows laptop.

    I’m in college and the Windows laptop was moderately powerful too, ZoomText is so glitchy on ZoomText 10.1, so I upgraded to ZoomText 2018, still lags and slows the laptop. Since I need a laptop, I bought a pre owned 2014 MacBook Air for $300, I’m never going back to Windows. The laptop and software was provided by the state of Texas, and I’ve reported the issues many times, zero help.

    ZoomText ran on the laptop (Dell Inspiron 15 inch 5568 model) fine for a while then started going bad. ZoomText is $600 give or take the version you buy, magnification only or magnification + Speech.

    ACCESSIBILITY is Apple’s superpower. I had an Android before, knew I should be on iPhone for accessibility, so when I could afford it, I bought an iPhone. I was gifted an iPad twice (iPad with Retina and IPad 5th gen).

    Apple is accessibility at its finest.

    NEVER going back to Windows for personal use, but if I have to for work, I’ll adapt.

    -a visually impaired user

  42. I use Windows for home but a mac for school
    LITERALLY everything is more intuitive, fluid, easier and productive on Mac OS
    and as dumb as Siri is she is at least 3 years ahead of Cortana and i sometimes actually use it
    AirDrop when doing a group project is just unarguably magical and saves literally 20 mins of my day and it is one of those features you always needed and wanted and now that you have it you cant live without it useful for quickly sharing notes and powerpoints
    BTW i really dislike IOS but MacOS is really where its at when it goes to productivity
    Only thing that windows in my opinion is at least 5 years ahed of mac (for school and productivity in mind) is autocorrect the Mac OS one is truly horrible i am pretty sure Linux does it better and microsoft actually concurred that field since windows XP
    But foe my underpowered macbook air 999$ was all worth it especially that is is so well optimised that it feels faster than most PCs at the same price when it goes to navigating the UI and the design and lightness is better than ANY PC i have ever seen
    and oh ya in our exams we can only use dictionary so the force click on a word to open up the definition IS GOING TO HELP ME A LOT in the coming year

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