What’s the Difference Between a Mac and a PC?

In the strictest definition, a Mac is a PC because PC stands for personal computer. However, in common use, the term PC has typically meant a computer running the Windows operating system, not the operating system made by Apple, Inc. So, how did the quite generic term PC end up causing so much confusion? And how does a Mac differ from a Windows-based PC?

The Mac vs. PC showdown started when IBM — not Apple or Microsoft — was the king of the computer. The IBM PC was IBM’s answer to the flourishing personal computer market that started with the Altair 8800 and was being led by companies like Apple and Commodore.

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