I finally pried myself out of Windows’ clutches and ran into the arms of the Mac ecosystem.
14-inch MacBook Pro
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It’s Mac’s power efficiency that seduced me into its lair. As a laptop reviewer, I’m acutely aware of the battery runtime differences between Windows PCs and MacBooks — and they are embarrassingly wide.
MacBooks, specifically units with Apple’s in-house M-series chips, typically last between 16 and 20 hours on a single charge. (This is based on a battery test that continuously surfs WiFi until the laptop runs out of juice.) Windows laptops, on the other hand, pfft! You’re lucky if you find one that lasts more than 10 hours.
However, once in a blue moon, I find myself missing some elements of Windows. Take a look at my wishlist for Mac — features I wish Apple would implement.
1. Convenient scrolling through photos with arrow keys
Boy, do I miss this one. On Windows, I can open a folder filled with pictures, launch the first photo in the folder, and hit the right arrow key. This will allow me to “scroll” through a slideshow of pictures in the folder.
You can do something similar on Mac, but it requires inconvenient extra steps:
Open the folder
Highlight the photos you want or simply hit COMMAND + A to select all
CTRL + left click to pull up the menu
Click on “Open With”
Click on “Preview”
Scroll through photos with down-arrow key
As a reviewer who constantly works with photos for laptops, tablets, and other gadgets, I miss the simple, convenient Windows way of doing this.
2. Snap Layouts
Snap Layouts are arguably the best feature of Windows 11. I love that I can “snap” apps into two-window, three-window, or four-window configurations.
Snap Layouts in a triple-window configuration
As someone who often works with several different apps simultaneously, having the ability to snap Windows into certain quadrants of the screen is incredibly helpful. I’d love to have Slack snapped to one side of the screen, Gmail attached to the top right, and Google Docs positioned on the bottom right. Sadly, macOS doesn’t have this feature.
The battery life on Windows gaming laptops are abysmal, even worse than general-purpose consumer PCs, but if you keep your laptop stationed to a desk — and chained to an outlet — having a machine that doubles as a gaming rig is amazeballs.
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I can’t do the same with my MacBook. Sure, my M2 Pro MacBook Pro can run some games natively like Resident Evil Village and No Man’s Sky, but for the most part, access to games are more limited (compared to Windows) due to the small share of macOS-ported triple-A titles.
I’ve taken Paint for granted. It’s a low-brow app that is the McDonald’s of content-creation tools, but as someone who isn’t skilled enough to use the more sophisticated, complex photo-editing apps, I truly feel the pain of Paint’s absence. I once used it to easily remove objects in photos with a uniform background.
I often find myself looking for the Paint app to make rudimentary, basic photo edits, but then I realize, damnit — it doesn’t exist on macOS.
5. Face unlock
I find it a bit bizarre that my iPhone 15 Pro Max has FaceID support, but not my MacBook.
The conspicuous notch on my 14-inch MacBook Pro greedily takes up screen real estate, so Apple couldn’t squeeze in some FaceID tech inside? Meanwhile, as long as your Windows laptop has an IR camera, you can use facial-recognition tech to unlock your laptop quickly and seamlessly.
In the end, however, the list of things I don’t miss about Windows trumps the few things I’m wistful about.
For example, I don’t miss the frustrating battery life, the absence of AirDrop, the bloatware, and the traumatic Windows updates. However, I try to give Windows some mercy with the latter. Unlike Apple, Microsoft must deal with rolling out OS updates to systems with an incredibly wide range of internals, so ensuring that updated software is compatible across all Windows-supported PCs is a monumental task.