Are you like many other considering switching from PC to Mac? According to a survey of “USA computer owners” reveals that 21% of PC users are considering switching from Windows PC to Mac against only 2% from Mac to Windows. While according to Forbes the market share of Mac PC market has slowly increased from 5.8% to 7.9% in last few years. You may already be familiar with few apple devices like iPhone, iPod, or iPad, etc. however using a Mac is a whole new experience that may require significant effort.
Here are few things that you should know if you are going to switch operating system.
The Keyboard is different
One of the biggest differences that you will notice immediately after starting to use Mac is that its keyboard is different. Long-term PC users that are pretty much used to pressing buttons on the keyboard in a certain way. Many Mac keyboard comes without special keys that include forward, delete, page up, page down however you can accomplish same tasks with keyboard commands. Therefore, you will need to relearn these tasks to perform these tasks.
When you have a new computer then in most cases you will have to install new applications and software in it. Mac comes with the iLife Suite that means many of applications that you may need will be installed on the base system. However, you may need to install new applications according to your needs. However, installation is different on Mac as compared to PC, when you need to install the new application, you will need to do is download the software then drag the icon on the desktop to the application folder to make it work.
Where to find Mac Applications?
In case you want to figure out where the applications are, then you must look at the bottom of your screen. At the bottom of the screen, there is a dock that displays the icons of applications installed on your Mac. You can also add applications to this doc by simply dragging the icon on to it.
Moving your data from PC to Mac
There are several tools and built in utilities for this, but in our real world testing it’s not as easy as they make it seem! Some of your files can be moved over with the utilities but the real trick is moving EVERYTHING over and having it all work! DIY’ers can do this if they don’t mind spending a day or two tweaking everything. Honestly, its best to leave this part to the professionals (like Tech Help Boston!).
Updating your Mac
You may be aware of windows operating system where it may automatically update your system once a week or month. Apple does not have any such regular schedule for a system update. If you want to update your Mac, then you will need to look for Apple menu and set up the software update preferences under system preferences. It will allow you to specifically choose what frequency you want to update your Mac system.