Are Apple Macs Slower? It May Be Time to Switch to Windows

The Apple versus Windows discussion tends to get some strong opinions from both sides. Many creatives swear by Apple and consider them to be the only option, and this is mostly due to the operating system. Preferences aside, it would seem that Macs are sometimes the slower and worse option for creatives. 

If I'm not mistaken, most photographers and videographers tend to use the Adobe suite software for editing and post-production. As much as I like Photoshop, Lightroom, and Premiere Pro, I wish they were better optimized; unfortunately, they remain relatively slow. I can appreciate how it's probably difficult to do that for Windows due to the vast number of configurations on the market. Even so, it seems Apple Macs are still the slower option in comparison. In a recent video by Linus Tech Tips, they demonstrate why and how Macs continue to remain the slower option. It would seem that this is actually intentionally implemented by Apple. Sebastian discusses how most people that buy Apple products are interested in the look and feel as opposed to the raw performance. For creatives in our industry, this is a problem, because the "Pro" models from Apple are not in fact for professional users. 

Personally, I'm not surprised by this because, in my experience, Apple has sometimes neglected the professional market. I can appreciate how they have other priority markets that are more profitable, but this doesn't help me, and for that reason, I now continue with Windows. 

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Andrew Eaton's picture

Oh god... this argument... firstly its not a F***k*ng religion. whatever works for you. Also can you get good support for it, at reasonable price, when you need it... :-)

Usman Dawood's picture

Oh man you need to chill man. Also I didn’t call it a religion. When I said strong opinions you went straight to 11 lol.

Andrew Eaton's picture

Hahahaha wasn't aiming at anyone in particular, just too many people see mac vs pc as nearly a religious thing and bang on and on about it :-) as below :-) The thermal throttling is a problem for all vendors, good video, I have a laptop that has good cooling and does it less. its just loud and eats though the battery... two things mac users couldn't cope with :-)

G R's picture

I use an apple computer. I'm not a pro, I'm a hobbyist, so I might feel differently if I were an actual pro editing sessions all the time. I've always had Mac computers, my high school used mac computers, so that's what I learned on. At this point, I don't want to switch and learn a new operating system, but I completely agree that the Mac computers seem to not be geared toward pros (at least the current lineup). I'm satisfied with my 2015 MacBook Pro, but again, I'm not a full time professional photographer and if I was I would probably be disappointed.

Deleted Account's picture

Used a Mac Pro in the studio for many years. I ended up replacing it with a Windows PC system at about 1/4 the cost with twice the performance.

The Mac sure looked more pretty.

Fools and their money are soon parted.

Can U's picture

Reminds me of when I went to sell my "Windows PC system" and I couldn't even get 1/4 what I paid. My sister wouldn't even take it for free. No problem selling my mac (Which was the same age) for about 65% of what I paid for it. Pro's and Con's in everything.

Dominic Deacon's picture

This is true. Macs are massively more resellable. But this is not because of any particular quality of the Mac. Stats show they are only averagely reliable so no safer buying one of those used than a used PC. The actual reason is that Macs are so expensive, and some people just have to have one, so used is the only way they can do it.

Robert Escue's picture

That is because you found someone willing to pay a premium for an older Mac. The only one I would consider spending money on is the 2009 MacPro with the four drive bays and the PCIe slots. Anything else in my mind is a waste of time and money.

Motti Bembaron's picture

And #Gary Fray's conclusion is true again:"Fools and their money are soon parted". Apple is NOT more reliable or better than Windows machine when old. it is a perception and for some, perception is reality.

Sean Scarmack's picture

*Insert beating a dead horse meme* (Glad to see you guys trying to come up with new material)

Usman Dawood's picture

Thank you, we're doing pretty well too.

Bjarne Solvik's picture

I changed to Mac when Windows 7 update stoped working on my PC. I am quite good with Mac, I have no problems with speed, 16 GB ram and a i7 or whatever, works fine.
The upside compared with Windows 10 is that Mac OS is more mature. Working with two screens work better on Mac, resizing of windows on Windows is bad. I do have a Surface book with pen I don't use for editing. I would like to test HP Zbook X2, it's powerfully and 100 percent Adobe RGB monitor. But my Mac is fine. I first had the keyboard replaced, then the screen, so I would say the crap quality is the biggest issue. Luckily I have 5 years warranty where I live.

Alexander Petrenko's picture

What is keyboard shortcut to send a window to other monitor on Mac?

Bjarne Solvik's picture

I don't know? What is it on Windows?

Dave Dundas's picture

Windows key + left (or right) arrow. Moves app to next window in either direction. Built into the OS (Windows 10, and I think, back to 7).

Deleted Account's picture

ctrl 1, ctrl 2, ctrl 3…… it depends how many monitors you have

Bjarne Solvik's picture

Actually I was referring to the way windows handles two monitors with different resolution and color calibration. Not so good. If you open on one screen and move to the other, windows don’t change size of menus . Getting the calibrated colors also is problem, from screen to screen. So that works better with Mac.

Patrick Hall's picture

Even better is what is the shortcut to maximize a window on a Mac? It’s funny, I saw a Mac user working on our PC computer and they kept a dragging the corners to get the window fill screen. I just watched in horror

Deleted Account's picture

On Mac the window goes full screen with only one click, or ctrl+cmd+F

Mihnea Stoian's picture

the + button on the top right. for a mac user not to know that, it's sad.

Usman Dawood's picture

That's full screen, not maximize. The full-screen feature annoys me.

Brandon Hopkins's picture

"That's full screen, not maximize"

Depends on the app you're in. If a + appears when you hover over the green dot, then it'll Maximize. If it's two little arrows then it'll go fullscreen, in which case just press option and the + will appear. Adobe products seem to have maximize as default, while most others are fullscreen.

You can also just double-click the top bar of whatever window you're in and it'll maximize. Double-click again to go back to where it was.

Usman Dawood's picture

Ah I see. Thanks, man appreciate the info.

Robert Escue's picture

How to move a window to another monitor in Windows:

Lee Christiansen's picture

Like most things, the choices we make are often dictated by more than one aspect or feature.

I've no idea if a PC would outstrip my current Mac Pro. What I do know is that my old Mac Pro of 11 years is still running perfectly and with some gusto. I only upgraded because it made sense to get a new (refurb'd) MacPro when I required a chunk more graphics card and processors.

The Mac system is easy to maintain, (If my Mac starts to run a little "off" I can get it back to full speed in about 5 minutes).. The older style MacPros allow us to have multi hard drives inside the tower. The OS system is very very friendly - and stable.

Not forgetting, many of us pros have an insane amount of software tied up in our systems. Not going to be jumping ship just because a test shows a bit more speed the in reality I don't find it a big deal in the real world.

Putting a clock on a computer and suggesting that's the reason to change, is like counting the pixels on a new camera and suggesting we change brands because it has an extra there or four MP. I'm no Apple fan boy, but PC's gave me issues. I switched to Mac and the things just worked. A 2008 MBP laptop, a 2008 Mac Pro, a 2012 MBP laptop and a 2015 Retina MBP as well as a 2012 Mac Pro... all running without a hitch, every day all day and I'm not tearing my hair out wishing it was all faster. (With me running multiple screens, 4K and others for Capture One, Photoshop, DaVinci Resolve...)

And if a PC does the same job for someone else, I'd not be measuring their performance with an egg timer to persuade them to change either.

We pick the tool that delivers and work with it. But these sort of daft posts are as archaic as the Sony vs Canon vs Nikon vs everything else posts.

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Casey McCallister's picture

I switched from a Mac last year. The speed difference is night and day. My Windows build is incredibly faster. However, having to use the Windows operating system is such a frustrating experience that logging into the computer is so annoying I yearn for the slower speeds of OSX. Usability and design were not considered in the slightest in the latest version of Windows.

JetCity Ninja's picture

poor hardware support is why i left wintel and UI elegance is why i'm stuck on macos.

Deleted Account's picture

Speed speed speed. Why would I want anything faster than it takes to make a cuppa tea when importing or exporting from LR. Chill,

David Penner's picture

How do you know if Apple is the best if you've never used a Windows machine? Lol

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