surely a mac is a pc?

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  1. mad-jamie16 macrumors regular

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    Since i can remember people have distinguished two types of competition in the computer world. macs and pc's. But i was thinking, and surely a mac is a pc? Seeing as pc actually means personal computer, surely thats what a mac is? What do you guys think?
     
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    Yes, Macs are personal computers. In spoken language, PC just refers to a computer running Windows while Mac refers to a computer running OS X. It's simply faster to type PC than a Windows computer and Apple calls their computers Macs so that's what people do as well.
     
  3. mad-jamie16 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Oh right, cheers for clearing that up for me.
     
  4. MonkeySee.... macrumors 68040

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    When people have asked was PC i have, i now say Mac due to my recent purchase. Makes me sound arrogant like i don't want to call it a PC. haha

    Its a nice feeling though :cool:
     
  5. mrsir2009 macrumors 604

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    ...Then what are personal computers running Linux referred to?
     
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    Linux pcs?
     
  7. mrsir2009 macrumors 604

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    True, so the computer world would go like this:

    PC
    >Linux PC
    >Hakintosh
    Mac

    The Linux isn't popular enough yet to be its own breed - So its a type of PC. Just like the Hakintosh, which is a PC modded to run OSX :p
     
  8. i Smack macrumors member

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    Or Linux box? Not PC anyway, would be rude to associate a Linux machine with Windows :p
     
  9. plinden macrumors 68040

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    Boxen.
     
  10. mstrze macrumors 68000

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    It comes from the time when the most popular computer...the one which now runs Windows...was called the "IBM PC" and computers that were similar in operations/compatible were called "PC-Compatible"...as the shortened version.
    It helped to differentiate software that might run on an AppleII, Commodore 64, Atari, Mac...etc.

    That term has stuck to this very day.

    But you are correct, Macs certainly ARE Personal Computers.
     
  11. tunerX Suspended

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    How dare you. Macs are magical. They were bestowed upon us by the almighty Steve Jobs.
     
  12. steve2112 macrumors 68040

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    Fixed that for you.
     
  13. Hellhammer Moderator

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    That's what I would say too. Linux ain't commercial either so there is no "official" name from any company (like there is Mac from Apple) since only very few computers come with Linux.

    Maybe it's that Mac refers to a computer made by Apple while PC is basically any other home computer, no matter what OS it is running.
     
  14. biggd macrumors 6502

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    It makes me feel like I've just taken a hand full of Viagra
     
  15. xlii macrumors 68000

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    ...and all this time I thought PC meant "politically correct".
     
  16. harcosparky macrumors 68020

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    Windows/Linux Boxes are PC's ( Personal Computer )

    Apple Mac OSX Units are PPC's ( Perfect Personal Computers )
     
  17. mjsmke macrumors 6502a

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    It always makes me laugh when i'm talking to BT (whenever our broadband goes down) and the conversation has been:


    BT "Are you using windows 7?"
    ME "no"
    BT "windows vista?"
    ME "no im using snow leopard"
    BT "windows xp or xp professional?"
    ME "no i use a Mac"
    BT "what version of windows do you use?"
    ME "i dont use windows, i have an Apple Mac"
    BT "what is your operating system?
    ME "snow leopard"
    BT "is that an old version of windows?"



    It's annoying how people assume you have Windows.
     
  18. Bobbytoad macrumors member

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    CLASSIC!
    How cool does Snow Leopard sound in that conversation!! I can’t Wait for ‘GAZELLE’ to be released but will give ‘EMU’ or ‘DONKEY’ a miss though.
    A Mac is a Mac and not a PC because I paid a ridiculous amount of money not to have a grey Box under my desk and want everyone else to know that :eek:)
     
  19. Btrthnezr3 macrumors 6502a

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    LOL! Classic!
     
  20. notjustjay macrumors 603

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    Nah, they stopped using PPC when they switched to Intel, years ago.

    :)
     
  21. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Yes, it is. And don't call me Shirley! :D
     
  22. MacHamster68, Dec 9, 2010
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    i only have one pc and thats my iMac intel core duo , as i do not class Mac's with intel processor as true Mac's as you are able to run windows on them without emulation , so its more of a hackintosh made by apple

    for me a real Mac has a PowerPC processor and no the PC in PowerPC does not stand for personal computer its the abbreviation for
    Performance Optimization With Enhanced RISC – Performance Computing, , think different ..... think Mac


    little side note windows nt 3.51 did run native on ppc architecture without emulation but that had been in the 90's ..some might remember these days...and microsoft is building the ppc processors in their x-box 360 , so even microsoft doesnt trust intel , neither does the us government and lockheed as the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II is using PPC processors too :)
     
  23. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    And MacHamster is the acronym for Maybe apple can Help a macrumors subscriber to enjoy reading? :D
     
  24. notjustjay macrumors 603

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    :eek: I'm... speechless, really. I sat here for 5 minutes trying to come up with a retort, but... there's just nothing to say.

    Everyone is entitled to have an opinion, I guess.

    :rolleyes:
     
  25. mad-jamie16 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Haha brilliant, loved that guy, can't believe he's dead :/
     

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