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Mike Talbot

I like MacOS, it makes me more productive I feel. I like my 5k Retina Screen (iMac) and my other 4k retina screen, and the USBC monitor running full HD off the side. I like I can pick the whole thing up with one arm and carry it about. I do also build iOS apps on occasion. If I were to guess, I'd bet the thing paid for itself in productivity gains in < 1 year. But that is me, might be very different for others.

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Carl Draper

But those are hardware related reasons. You can buy similar hardware and run Linux or Windows on it.

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Mike Talbot

"I like MacOS, it makes me more productive"

I am more productive on a Mac than on Linux or Windows. I've used them all. You might not be more productive on a Mac, but I am.

Why would I want to save money on the tool that I use to make my living? Why would I compromise any moment that I might be able to concentrate and do my job to the best of my ability. It's like telling a guitarist that there is one "best" guitar - of course there isn't the same best guitar for every musician. But there is quality, I've owned dozens of PCs and they always break or fail. I've only once had a Mac fail and it's because I broke it. A decade old machine is sitting next to me - still running smooth and quiet. Can't remember the last time I had a system crash. Literally years ago.

Someone will be fast at VIM, someone else prefers VS Code. For me a Mac is the ideal tool for my job, it works the way I want it to. It really does just work for me and it's super reliable.

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Carl Draper

I dunno, maybe you chose cheap nasty PCs? My main desktop is a HP Z400 workstation, bought secondhand for very little money, it's from 2009, that's 11 years old! - and it still works great as my main desktop machine, running Linux.

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Mike Talbot

No, as I pointed out, computers are my primary tool, I always try to get the best kit.

It would be fair to say that I spent only about a 6 months running Linux stuff as a desktop, and like many use Linux day in/day out on servers and VMs.

I'm happy Linux works for you, it doesn't work for me as well as a Mac. I ran a software company with a Windows based product for 15 years, that was a lot of PCs. Can't say how grateful I have been that the last 10 have been on a Mac.

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Carl Draper

I use old Macs for music production but i wouldn't touch any newer than around 2012, after that, they have become less upgradeable, throwaway items.

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Ben Sinclair

Why would I want to save money on the tool that I use to make my living?

Anyone who doesn't have a high income is going to have a good answer to that.

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Abhishek Kasireddy

Can you really pick up your iMac with one hand tho?

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Mike Talbot

Yes! :) Can't say I carry it that often, mostly GameJams or something like that. I have a MacBook as well, but it gets very little use. Since Covid -> no coffee shops for my MacBook!

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Robert • Edited

Count me in. I am so productive with my Mac.

And also I need it to build ios apps (don't tell me to hackintosh please)

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galoisWannaBe

As I understand it, you CAN build iOS apps in Linux with an iOS device... I haven't learned Swift to the point where I can, but I understand it's technically possible and NOT a hackintosh, lol!

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Robert • Edited

Hmmm. Not sure about that ✌️Can you link me to a source?

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galoisWannaBe

medium.com/flutter-community/devel...

That article covers how to do so in Flutter, it looks like you're probably WAAAY better off just using a Mac, however.

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