The debate of Mac versus PC will continue. You hear this conversation at the Thanksgiving dinner table, in the office and even on commercials. Yet regardless of which you consider to be better, it is important that your office equipment accommodate for both. The fact is that despite the prevalence of PC computers in business, there are a lot of Mac users and all of these Mac users face problems with AV connection.
In a land of PCs, all die-hard Mac users in most offices are easily identifiable. Part of why they are so easily identifiable is because they are always asking if anyone has a Lightening Cable, so they can connect to the projector. Because businesses primarily run on PCs, traditional office equipment does not cater to Macs. This is a problem for two major reasons. 1) There are many Mac users that are unable to present from their devices, and 2) It is undeniable that Apple programs are better for some things than others.
To connect an Apple to office equipment, such as a desktop or projector, you need a specific adapter that many offices simply do not have; they are expensive and seen as an unnecessary expense. But trust me, this gets frustrating for your die-hard Apple fans. Furthermore, you just never know when you will invite a guest to your office or event who is planning to present from his or her own laptop; which just may happen to be a Macbook.
It is actually becoming more and more likely that people will be Apple users, as the number of Mac users continues to steadily grow. Back in 2012, Apple announced that it had 66 million users. This is not a number that can be ignored.
There are also some things that can be created on a Mac, that cannot be done on a PC. Many of these actually have to do with visual creations, such as presentations. If you were to look up “better alternatives to PowerPoint” on Google, you will find many blogs talking about an array of new presentation options. You’ll consistently find that many of these are only compatible with Macs. Additionally, many find that using Keynote (Apple’s version of PowerPoint) is a more seamless experience, and the program has more capabilities. For example, you can create interactive, 3D charts, cinematic-like transitions and objects, and reflections on images. And creating these elaborate presentations on Keynote isn’t rocket science; they include over 30 design templates and the creation process, itself is very intuitive.
So you might think, “Ok, well then create a keynote presentation and then just send it to someone with a PC to present it.” But, this is not the case. Although it is very easy for Macs to send this to another Mac, it gets far more complicated (and actually is pretty much impossible) to “send” it to a PC. The PC programs are unable to open and run these documents, and often times if a presentation or document includes one of these elaborate features, it will not convert to a PC-friendly version.
So thus far, creations completed on a Mac have not been easily transferable and viewed by others from the organization. As time goes on, we must begin to update our IT, and allow for an array of programs to be used in the office. By updating your AV system to wireless presentation, you enable both Mac and PC users to display the best of their work to the entire organization, at any time.