re: 3 reasons why web developers use Macs VIEW POST


I may have stirred that pot a little :-) Honestly: I don't believe there is a 'good reason' beyond "I want one" (and there is nothing wrong with that). I've been in I.T. forever, I've worked in a repair shop (and have serviced many Apple products), a help desk, and now I'm a developer and I just can't see it being beneficial in any way (again, beyond desire, which is nobodies business but yours).

I also understand your prospective on the prevalence of Macs on GitHub but I'll counter that with I hardly ever see then in a corporate context (and 1/2 of the ones I do see there are running some version of Windows or Linux)


I see your point. It's just that switching back and forth between Windows and Linux for my work is a bit tiresome. It's just my personal observation. However, it still doesn't justify much the quite high price and arguably low performance per dollar of Macs - even for me. Anyway, to each one their own and we shouldn't say which OS the other person should use other than giving "objective recommendations".


Right, and for $2500 I can buy a gaming laptop that can be combined with a docking station(1) and that setup can run Linux and OSX in a VM while I'm playing Cities Skylines (or whatever) on the host. That's, basically, my point. I have no (real) opinion on buying a Mac but it seems like people are making the choice without really understanding their choices (and old-timers like me will notice). The exception to this is old-school BSD guys. But I recognize those guys from a mile away and haven't encountered one 'in the wild' in the past few years (but boy were they excited about the changes to OSX!)

(1) it's got to allow video pass-thru from the host

and that setup can run Linux and OSX in a VM

Good luck with that OSX in VM :D


There is absolutely a good reason beyond I want one.

An iOS Swift developer needs a Mac. A web developer needs to be able to test both Desktop and Mobile Safari via Simulator.

I would argue that these are not wants for professionals in those respective fields.


The title says Web Dev, not iOS or Mac OS X dev, which at my point of view is the only reason for getting one.


I'd say you need OSX and that can run on a VM (or even something like this if you're really nerdy). In my mind the hardware has to be better than the competition, considering the price premium. Now that I think about it, I wonder if that touch bar thing had anything to do with this ... that wouldn't be out of character for Apple (no judgement intended)

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