For many years, the iMac has been an essential tool in the creative industries. It is highly unlikely you would see graphic designers or web developers working from a PC.
If you’re part of a non-creative business, the thought of switching the team from a PC to an iMac would be nothing more than a passing thought.
But that’s all changed!
While PCs have their place in the business world, we’re seeing increasing numbers of firms opt for the sleek elegance of the iMac. It’s not just because they look and feel much more luxurious, but they are in fact an incredibly functional and practical boost to many companies.
So when it comes to iMac for business, what are the pros and cons?
We’ve busted the most common myths and highlighted some of the most important benefits of using the iMac within your business.
“I’ll need to switch all staff to iMac or keep them all on PC as they won’t be able to share information between the two Operating Systems.”
When adopting iMac in your business, there are tonnes of incredible ways to integrate them into your existing systems, allowing you to access all of your same shares and storage systems. If you do have Windows-specific apps in your business, you can also use tools like Parallels, or Microsoft Remote Desktop to run your Windows apps on your Mac.
“I won’t be able to access the kind of business software I need if I switch to an iMac.”
Apple has developed a wide range of business software for the iMac meaning you can now access Windows-equivalent software for almost anything. You can also run Windows on an iMac by using a tool such as Parallels.
“Can my Apple devices be connected together?”
Whatever your array of Apple devices – an iPad, iPhone or iMac – Apple develops both the hardware and operating system.
Apple also has a number of Continuity features so you can connect your iPhone to your iMac and iPad. For example, you can make and receive phone calls and texts and use AirDrop to share files. There’s also the Handoff feature. This allows you to start working on something on one device and continue on another.
These features ensure the devices all work seamlessly together for a much more consistent experience.
“An iMac will hold its value longer than a PC.”
While the starting price points for PCs can be lower, the fact is, an iMac is likely to hold its value for much longer. This is thanks to a better build quality and enhanced reliability, amongst many other benefits.
“PCs are at greater risk from viruses.”
In short, this is because of fundamental differences between the two operating systems. Apple’s operating system, macOS, also comes with in-built security features such as ‘XProtect’. This software automatically monitors for malware infections. It will block the installation of known malware to help keep your iMac system protected.
“iMac devices are typically more expensive.”
Yes, Apple devices may be more expensive upfront. However, when you take into account the total cost of ownership of the basic services, software, management and support, they come out as more cost-effective than PCs. This is because the Mac operating system has everything already built-in. It is estimated that businesses can save between £200-£400 per Mac in comparison to PCs.
The other benefit of incorporating the iMac into your business is it retains residual value. For example, after around three years you can upgrade the old tech and recoup the money back. However, with PCs, it’s likely they wouldn’t be fit for purpose after a similar amount of time.
If we’re convinced you of the benefits of using the iMac within your business, and you’re thinking of changing your tech, you may have some worries about the financing side. Plenty of the Windows PC and Chrome Kit is unable to be put on finance due to it not being worth any money at the end of the loan period. However with Apple tech, you won’t have these limitations.
We offer a subscription service, called Syncfinity Business, which can help you access the latest suite of technology, as well as a cost-effective method for funding the technology.