Bit off topic, but some thoughts:
Whereas the days are mostly(?) gone now, one of my the biggest annoyances with those click-bait(?) articles on 'why would you buy [insert Apple desktop/laptop here] when you can get so much more specs for your buck if you rather buy [insert Windows/PC desktop/laptop here] – was that they all conveniently disregard the OS, and the applications that can run on them…
macOS is not perfect, by any stretch. And there certainly is merit to the arguments that it is less refined and stable than what it was 5(?) or more years ago – in other words, that the ‘it just works’ mantra is maybe a bit under pressure with all the annual updates, that some would argue were a bit underdone.
And yes, there are notable application/software packages available for Windows/PC, that simply do not exist on the Mac, unless you run them via Bootcamp/Wine/VM.
But whereas I was always warned that ‘when you go over to Mac, you will need to buy all these extra apps just to be able to do what is standard on the PC’, what I quickly realised is that built-in applications like Preview, saw me never need to worry about bloatware applications I had always needed on the PC…
And that’s not to mention how – in my experience – Mac applications are generally significantly cheaper than PC applications, and 9 times out of 10, work better AND look amazing!
That said, I moved over to Mac, very late, having spent easily most of my ‘computing’ life, on all forms of PCs.
One thing I noticed instantly when I started delving into the Apple Mac side, was the use of the term ‘workflow’.
It wasn’t in your face, but the moment you started digging a bit, in trying to become more efficient in using your Mac, one would inevitably bump into it.
I’m not suggesting this is purely a ‘Mac thing’, but just that it was far more noticeable to me, after jumping over, than it had ever been in the context of PC’s.
Over on the PC, it’s fairly easy to become more efficient inside a specific app (or maybe 1/2/3 closely related apps >> i.e. MS Office) – but it’s far more unusual constructing an efficient system that runs across a variety of different applications and the operating system.
The irony is that iOS is often knocked for being ‘sandboxed’ and straight-jacketed, and some even point a finger at the Mac – and hold this up in contrast to the PC/Android world, and how ‘open’ it is – but my experience of the extent to which Hazel/ Automator/ TE/ Alfred/ KM/ DFX etc. can ‘hook into’ the macOS, is simply unparalleled over on the PC.
Therefore, and my love for the Apple trackpad (both external and laptop version) aside, it doesn’t matter that I can get so much more value for less from ‘other’ laptops and desktops – because it’s less a case of hardware, in my mind, than software!
By this I mean that the Mac in ‘Power Users’ is there because the software allows it, makes it possible, to be a ‘Power-User’.
At least, that was my experience of it.
Whereas on the Mac, using all those tools that are littered across this forum, and spoken about on MPU, someone – with relatively very little or no programming knowledge – can build something that starts off with I do this and this and then this, all the time, each day – can I automate it? And chances are, one can.
In contrast to the Windows/PC world, macOS allows one to think about what the user does, and then think about the ways it can be automated.
Over on the PC, I always approached that from the perspective of ‘this is what the PC/Software offers me, how can I shape the things I do to fit in with this, to be utilise what is on offer’… And I did this, purely because I felt I had to.
It was completely normal to me, as a long-time PC user, that I had to ‘fit-in’ with what was possible – rather than taking things from the perspective of ‘the PC must fit in with what I want to do’.
Silly example - the first time I realised I could rename a file by clicking into the top-menubar of Preview, whilst scrolling up and down and seeing the contents of the PDF – my head exploded… I realised there-and-then, after 25-odd years of simply assuming that a filename could not be changed/edited, while an instance of that file was open – that everything I had assumed to be absolutes, was potentially wrong… This had a profound impact on how I started approaching my new habits on the Mac…
So, when I think of myself now, compared to my time on the PC - before, I was potentially more ‘efficient’ than most(?) other PC users. But on the Mac, I am far more focused on trying things, on getting the Mac to do things that makes my interaction with it, easier, and more automated.
To me, that’s the distinction.
A MPU tries to wrangle the Mac to suit their needs, rather than trying to adjust their approach, to match the ‘needs’ of the machine…
So the 'tipping point’ comes when its less a case of ‘I have to do things that way’, and more a case of ‘lets try and make things work this way, my way’…
PC = fit in with what the PC offers = more efficiency VS Mac = make the machine fit in with what you want = more MPU.