They have slowly crept into libraries, offices and classrooms. Mac computers have arrived at BYU–Idaho.
A Mac is a model of computer made by Apple. It utilizes windows, icons and a mouse for increased productivity. This allows the user to select a function by clicking on it, rather than learning a complex set of demands.
Lee Barney, a computer information technology professor, attributes the influx of Macs in his department to the popularity of iPhones. Many faculty members have iPhones and use Macs at home, which led to a number of requests for them at work.
Barney said that the influence of the new Macs was felt the greatest in the Technology Department. However, they have become more prominent in many communication classrooms and programs.
“Students and faculty members might worry about adapting to a new operating system but there isn’t anything that can be done on a PC that can’t be done on a Mac,” said Barney.
“Macs are a little difficult to get used to at first,” said Marisa Hansen, a sophomore from Marin, California. “After the first few days, you fall in love!”
Macs have several applications that PCs do not have. Graphic and media applications, like Adobe, offer advantages to those in the Art Department.
“Macs are a lot more simple to use,” said Amy Benkenstein, a bachelor of finr arts major. “They make multi-tasking a lot easier, which is helpful when I am editing photos.”
Apple makes both the software and the hardware. According to www.apple.com, this cuts down on compatibility problems.
“The applications and programs offered by Mac greatly benefit art students,” said Doug Thompson, the Director of Technology Sport. “However, we are seeing the Communication Department benefit from using similar applications such as Final Cut from Apple.”
“It’s really helpful having Macs in the library,” Hansen said. “Its multimedia capabilities are very helpful.”
In addition to the nine Macs in the David O. McKay Library, the University Bookstore sells Macs at a student discount. The Apple Web site offers a 15” MacBook Pro with 2.4GHz at $1,999, while the BYU Idaho student discount offers the same product at $1,926.
According to the university’s Technology Department, roughly 10 percent of the computers at BYU-Idaho are Macs. That ratio has remained fairly static for the past 10 years and will most likely continue to do so for the next several years.
The university has had Macs for 15 years. Due to the computer rotation every four years, students and faculty will see different Macs every year.
As long as the school says it is acceptable to use both, BYU–Idaho will continue to have both Macs and PCs.