This is my first post on these forums, as having used virtually every platform and always woriking on mac/linux/windows I thought I would share my thoughts on apple macs in the context of modern operating systems and UIs and a little rant on hardware. I really have no bias for or against apple these are just my experiences. mac, the good parts: Xcode (for the special price of free) and apple having the best developer support IMO. decent virus imunity. consistent UX. stable hardware and well constructed chassis and keyboard. The magic mouse gestures and scrolling are awesome. Your outdated hardware can be sold at a good price on ebay. The built in ebook reader is really nice. I only read ebooks on my mac. OS updates getting cheaper and recently free. Full screen mode on apps is a good feature that no one else is doing right. mac, the bad parts: Obj-C is apple only which can make it difficult to port apps. Somewhat expensive.(especially laptops, whose price like other vendors seems difficult to justify with wonderful AMD A-Series laptops for half the price, of course some prefer or need to use apple and wouldn't be swayed by this.) The UK keyboard is really frustrating, it uses a layout similar to a US one, the @ and " are the wrong way round and there is no # (replaced by a £). The magic mouse is tiny, also the battery enclosure is badly designed sometimes a slight tap will disconect a terminal(I use a piece of cardboard to keep it working and I expect a little more for £40) Hardware compatability (I have a really nice mechanical cherry keyboard that doesnt work right) Pointless dashboard. cmd/ctrl why do we need both, other platforms have been doing fine with ctrl. The worst file manager of any modern OS. comparison with other UIs Windows 7 - A really good interface, some people say its a copy of osX but honestly the UX on w7 is different from osX, it's like they distilled the best parts of vista added some neat tricks and made a UI that is still the best conventional desktop. Windows 8 - ... why bother. Ubuntu Unity- This is a copy of osX but the docker is on the left, because the app launcher is in a corner its easier to open an app. I originally didn't like it but I'm used to it now. Also it doesnt have some of the nice tricks that osX has but has a more useful file manager and the usual linuxy things. Gnome 3 - sort of like marmite, you either love it or hate it. I think its the best UI ever. When I use gnome I dont really have to look at what I'm doing. "dont think, feeeeel!". They did charms properly unlike m$. If you can let go of the conventional desktop paradigms and think about how you would like to do most things in constant time then you will see the wisdom of this interface. Although osX looks nice and everything I think its really falling behind with its UI, but rather than forcing these changes on people they should allow new features to be easily disabled or disabled by default. At the very least window snapping. Also apple should keep in mind that people sometimes work on other computers and most computers are not macs. A keyboard layout that matches up to the regional layout is really in the interest of users. At the very least they could offer it as their "alternate" layout. What do other mac users think?