With various options available, it gets difficult and sometimes tricky to find out what is the best option for you. Switching is a task that requires patience and complete information about how to do it without any problems. However, it is easy to switch from a Windows-based Pc to Mac. Both of the platforms aren’t as different as you have been told they are. Here is a complete guide to help you shift from Windows to Mac. Let us have a look at these steps. This handy and easy guide will speed you up.
Choose a Mac
If you have not chosen your Mac yet and you are worried about it, you should try and decide which is right for you. Apple has three lineup classes: laptops, consumer home computers and powerful high-end behemoths. According to your needs, you have to decide what will suit you best.
When it comes to laptops, Apple offers two types: the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro. The first one being the 13-inch MacBook Air starts at $1,099. It is a great all-rounder and comes with a new Retina (high-DPi) display. It has an energy-efficient performance and the classic “wedge” shape. The MacBook Air is ideal for web browsing, typing essays, watching Netflix, and can even handle some light sub-4K video editing.
Coming to the second option, if you need more power on the go, particularly in the graphics department, the MacBook Pro is a great option. It is the next logical choice. This is a mobile powerhouse that is available in both 13- and 15-inch models. These models start at $1,299 and $2,399, respectively. MacBook Pro is fatter, heavier, and obviously has greater specs than MacBook Air. As compared to the previous model, it is considerably more expensive. The buyer has the option to get both models customized, but he will obviously get more options if he opts for the Pro model.
Consumer Home Computers
The iMac is a great choice for home and office users. This is available with a built-in 21.5-inch display up to 4K or 27-inch 5K display. The price of these models starts from $1,099 or $1,799, respectively. iMac is of great value for the money, even when you compare it to building your own computer. You will get a lot more performance if you will opt for the larger desktop. One also gets expansion ports to add to the RAM, Apple’s keyboard and a mouse. You have another option if you already own a monitor. What you will have to do is, buy a Mac mini. It starts at $799 and one of the most affordable computers by Apple. The reason why it is so affordable is, because it has limited hardware. It is obvious that you won’t get the iMac-like performance and the machine is certainly not armed with powerful GPUs. However you can always beef up the RAM and processor selection if you want.
High-End Professional Systems
iMac Pro and the Mac Pro are left for professionals. Generally speaking, a regular user doesn’t really need either of these machines. They come with high-end components, like Intel Xeon server-grade processors, Radeon Pro Vega GPUs, and more RAM than you know what to do with. They are also really expensive so a regular user mustn’t go for it.
In order to get familiar with how to use a Mac when you shift from Windows, one should know the basics.
How to Use the Trackpad or Mouse
These are the basic steps that are required to understand/ use the trackpad of a Mac.
- Scrolling: You scroll with two fingers on a trackpad just like on the mobile phone.
- Clicking: You can click anywhere because the trackpad is one big button.
- Right- or two-finger click: To open the “right-click” context menu, place two fingers on the trackpad and “click” with one. You can also right-click with a regular mouse or hold the Control key and click.
MacOS Dock is at the bottom of the screen. It can be called the Mac equivalent of the Windows taskbar. Just like the Windows taskbar it is one of the easiest ways to launch and access any applications. If one gets familiarized with it properly, things get really easy for the user to get adapted to the Mac and its features.
These are some of the basic things one must get familiar with and know about, before switching from Windows to Mac.