This just in from your Hell Freezes Over Department: IBM has acknowledged that Macs are cheaper to own over a four year life cycle than a comparably-equipped PC. That’s right; the company that invented the PC has concluded that Macs are less expensive.
It seems that IBM beganquietly adopting Macs for its employees in mid-2015. IBM quickly became one of Apple’s largest corporate customers. In the first 12 mnths, IBM deployed approximately 30,000 Macs. Since then, IBM employees have continued to choose Macs over PCs. IBM now has 90,000 deployed Macs supported by five just system administrators. It’s to the point where IBM now reports 73% of its employee either use or want to get an Mac.
Macs still cost a little more up front, but by the time you purchase the Windows operating system and take into account that PCs drive twice the amount of support calls, post-hardware costs or PCs are three times higher. Reportedly, and depending on the model, IBM is saving anywhere from $273 – $543 per Mac compared to a PC, over a four-year lifespan. IBM reports the savings are because Macs required less management and setup efforts than PCs, despite costing more up front.
If you are old enough to remember the PC Wars, when Apple was the plucky David struggling against the PC Goliath, the irony is delicious. Even back then, some of us were arguing that Macs required less management and setup efforts than PCs, despite costing more up front.
But the personal computer industry has moved on. IBM no longer makes personal computers; it sold the line to Lenovo 12 years ago. For Apple, the Mac line is a distant third in its product line, trailing the iPhone and iPad.
But still. Remember when there was the saying, “No one ever got fired for buying IBM?” It predates the personal computer revolution. but was thrown at WC any number of times when fanboy WC advocated for the Mac. Well, at IBM, 25 years later, the majority of workstations are Macs.
Hell has officially frozen over.