There was good reason to purchase a Mac desktop for photo editing when they were still being produced with multi-processor G5's. Now that they're using Intel chipsets, there's no significant distinction in hardware platform. As such, it comes down simply to a question of operating system. Most essentially, if there are programs that you absolutely need that are only made for OS X, then by all means it's an obvious choice. I have yet to see any such programs in the image editing world. Then of course there's the issue of OS stability. It's an age-old question. My personal opinion is that OS X is currently an intrinsically more stable platform since it's based on UNIX. However, any real functional distinctions in terms of stability are pretty minimal to the advanced computer user. I'm of the opinion that a well-maintained and well-protected Windows system (good AV protection, regular spyware checking, defragging, and an understanding of how to customize the OS in order to pare down many of its useless background processes) is nearly equally stable. If you take my word on this, then I believe it simply comes down to a matter of personal preference. If you disagree with me, then I think you know which one to go with.
Hope that helps.
Lets see here OS X is based on Unix? or does it having Unix porting I used to have Linux/ windows XP system but I am getting tired of all the crap ware within windows. I have been thinking about making a switch but hate to buy photoshop again. Maybe I could find an older CS version for less.
The bonus is if I get a Mac the kids will stay off it since their games are not loaded on it.
If I change to Mac then I don't loose much...since I don't play games and I can put CS3 on Mac.
I don't have to worry about viruses and I can still use the internet?
And the disadvantages are?
Price. My macbook pro cost 2400. I could get a similar dell for 1800. Similar in specs not quality. Dell uses a lot of cheap components. The ram they use is like the cheapest ram made. I've got some friends who own a repair shop. It's full of Dells. I know more Dells are sold than anything else but the break like crazy. Also dell customer support is brutally bad. I've dealt with apple support twice. Each time they were fast and efficient. The even refunded me some money when they had reason to at all. It was my fault and I didn't do some research.
The apple website is a fantastic resource for learning about you computer. Tons of video tutorials, excellent downloads, great support. Buying a mac is buying into something much larger than just an OS and some hardware.