Why I Use Apple Products

Why I Use Apple Products

I know it's de rigueur to believe that folks that use Apple products are incapable of making their own informed decisions. However, there are reasons that I continue to use Macs and iOS devices:

  • Apple kit is reliable, and tends to work for years,
  • It'll also get software updates for years,
  • When it fails to be reliable Apple will make it right (I've had replacements and repairs in and out of warranty with minimal fuss and often at no cost),
  • The attention to detail in product design is excellent
  • The industrial/aesthetic design is second to none,
  • The interface design of their operating systems is, even with it's flaws, superior to the other major operating systems,
  • The integration between hardware, software, and cloud services allows for great performance and ease of use,
  • The Apple ecosystem provides all the software and services I need (though not always as promptly as I would like),
  • Apple is the only major tech company focusing on customer privacy and data security,
  • Apple is the only major tech company aggressively pursuing an environmental responsibility agenda (even when it isn't necessarily cost efficient),
  • Apple is improving it's equal pay, equal rights, and equal representation performance,
  • Apple vocally supports LGBT+ rights; which is important to me,
  • I'm a huge fan of the minimalist design philosophy,
  • Almost all the software tools I need come as standard,

I'm confident enough to be an early adopter of newly released products, even though they're never perfect first time out. The Apple Watch took a few years to really figure itself out, and the HomePod still doesn't have some of it's promised features, but both were still excellent products right out of the door. When devices have had defects (and they do) I've been able to get them replaced with minimal fuss. I've even had expensive repairs done out of warranty because Apple linked the component failure to a manufacturing defect — and had replacements out of warranty because Apple have honoured my rights under UK consumer law without my even having to ask them or fight my case.

I was a little nervous getting my first Mac that I wouldn't get on with macOS (or OS X Leopard at the time) and now, some years later, it is frustrating and disappointing when I have to use Microsoft Windows. The difference in ease of use is that great. I've built my own high end gaming PCs, built and maintained Windows based test networks/environments for enterprise software, and currently work in software development in a Windows-centric product set. I know how to make Windows work for me, but I do have to make it work for me where macOS just gets out of my way and lets me get on with whatever I want to do.

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