In life, there are some battles that are iconic to pop culture to such a degree, that it can split people into two sides. Your preferences regarding these brands can shape what kind of person you are in the eyes of the public. Whether we’re talking about Pepsi vs. Coca-Cola, Nike vs. Adidas or Xbox vs. PlayStation, your choice will make you “that kind of person”. The same is the case for another iconic brawl, Apple vs. Microsoft, or on a software level, Windows vs. Mac. The time has come again for the two computer giants to send their latest innovations out for the public to critique, namely Mac OS Sierra and Windows 10, the newest operating systems from both sides. In this article we’re going to see what each of them has to offer and at the end you can decide for yourself which better meets your personal requirements.
Mac OS Sierra
The design of Apple’s latest comes with visual features borrowed from its predecessor, and users were not too happy about them just like they didn’t find them too appealing back then, in regards of course, to the user interface which had received a “flattened” look. But people got used to it eventually and it became less of a problem.
The Mac OS comes with an array of new features, but the first prize probably goes to the implementation of Siri, the AI assistant that has been around for quite a while on Apple tablets and phones. With the new OS, Apple users will be able to use Siri for various tasks and vocally assign duties to the assistant, which she will carry on and then report back to them in a dedicated window.
Apple users that have purchased the pretty expensive Apple Watch, can rejoice, as the new Mac OS Sierra will feature a device unlock system that pairs with the Apple Watch. If your watch is unlocked, getting in a certain range of your Mac computer will unlock it instantly, so you won’t be needing complicated passwords to protect your privacy while you’re away from the computer. All you have to do is literally flash your expensive watch.
Apple’s reputation for top tier security is well known, but the company wants to bolster it even more by adding a new feature in their newest computer and mobile device OS called differential privacy, which basically means that they use mathematical means to add random elements to sets of information in such ways that it becomes impossible to collect someone’s private data completely, not even by Apple itself. This concept is not new, and has been used along the years in many circles, but Apple is taking a more modern approach through the power of modern technology.
Sierra will be compatible with a large number of Apple devices both new and from older generations, more specifically the MacBook from 2009, the Air, Pro and Mini series, and of course the iMac. Devices from 2009 or newer should be able to run Mac OS Sierra just fine.
As was the cost with all Mac OS version since Mavericks released back in 2013, Sierra will be free of charge, and will come in the form of a free update to all Mac users. This might be considered a perk by some as it’s free, but others might think it’s a compensation for how expensive Mac devices can get.
Mac OS Sierra is available as of 20 September and can be downloaded through Apple’s App Store.
Microsoft Windows 10
With Windows 10, Microsoft has successfully managed to please both those who wanted the classic Start button back, and the Live Tile lovers that had no problem with the Start screen from Windows 8 and 8.1. Specifically, the Start button has made a return, but it was re-designed in such a way that it now hosts live tiles that you can organize and re-arrange as you please. The right side of the Start menu is where you’ll find your most recently used apps as well as buttons for the Apps page that holds all your apps and PC command buttons like shutdown, restart, sleep, etc.
Windows responds to Sierra’s Siri implementation with their own voice assistant first revealed in Windows 8, names Cortana. Cortana acts as a true assistant and provides information from a wide variety of topics or inquiries. You can use both speech and text to have Cortana take notes for you, give you details about the weather, traffic, sport events and so on. You can also ask her to make calls, set alarms or play music, just as easily.
In terms of unlocking PC’s from a distance, Windows does not offer the same perks as Mac OS, with no such capabilities right now, but there are rumors about such features being added in relation to the Microsoft Band and Windows Phone, so it maybe it shouldn’t be taken as a defining factor in choosing one over the other.
If Apple is recognized for it’s iron policy when it comes to protecting its user’s privacy, Microsoft has been in the middle of multiple controversies regarding privacy infringement and the word “spyware” has been thrown around as well. This is due to Windows 10’s nature, being the most connected OS to date,constantly accessing your private information. There are options to turn off a lot of features and reduce the access Microsoft has to your private data, but they are options, not something that comes by default.
If your PC could run Windows 8.1, it will be able to run Windows 10 as it comes with the same system requirements, specifically 1 GB of RAM, 1Ghz processing speed and 20 GB of free disk space. You will also need a DirectX 9 compatible graphics card that can handle a minimum resolution of 800 x 600.
Windows 10 has been made available as a free upgrade for those with Windows 7 or Windows 8 and will remain so until July 29th, but after that date, users will have to get their wallets out. If they want the Home version, it will cost them around $120, while the Pro version will have a price tag of $230.
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