Here’s why I will never switch to Windows as my primary operating system

It’s not just Apple’s ecosystem.

Brad LaPlante
5 min readFeb 13, 2024
Credit: Windows

I grew up to a father who did not feel the Apple “buzz.” My first media player was not an iPod, but a digital Sony Walkman. My first phone was an LG Chocolate and then was a smartphone by Motorola. My first laptop was built by Lenovo. I hadn’t used a product made by Apple — even as my friends were all using the iPod Touch in middle school — until my very first iPhone in 2016, an iPhone 6S.

My friends had finally convinced me to move beyond the green bubble sphere and buy an iPhone. Naturally, it was a girl I liked that broke the final straw. Several years later, I convinced my then-girlfriend and now-wife to switch from a Samsung Galaxy to an iPhone.

Since my first iPhone in 2016, I’ve added a 16-inch M2 MacBook Pro, M1 iPad Air and even the $1,500 Apple Studio Display (which, yes, is overpriced) to my list of devices. I’m all in. However, I do also own a custom-built PC with an Intel i5 CPU (12th generation), 16 gigabytes of memory, and an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050.

I use my PC to play video games such as Grand Theft Auto V (which somehow it handles), The Sims 4, and at some point the new college football game. My MacBook handles all of my work and school. I still use Windows 11 beyond just…