avatarby Robert TriggsOctober 21, 20160 comments

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Macs certainly aren’t the cheapest computers on the market, but they might end up being more cost effective than PCs in the long run, at least if you’re running a business. According to IBM, switching to a Mac can save the company up to $543 per Mac, compared to running a PC.

IBM began adopting Macs back in mid-2015 and is now one of Apple’s largest customers. The company deployed approximately 30,000 Macs in the first year and is adding 1,300 more each week to the company. There are now some 90,000 Apple computers deployed across the company, and some quick math suggests that this could be saving IBM up to $49 million over the four year lifespan of its computers.

“IBM found that not only do PCs drive twice the amount of support calls, they’re also three times more expensive. That’s right, depending on the model, IBM is saving anywhere from $273 – $543 per Mac compared to a PC, over a four-year lifespan.”

Despite the higher up front costs, Macs are allowing IBM to make significant savings when it comes to support. The company says that PCs require twice as many support calls as Macs, they’re easier and less costly to get up and running, and the company is also is benefiting from increased self-sufficiency among its staff thanks to the Workstation Asset Management Tool and a re-designed intranet.

Not only are Macs helping IBM to save a decent sum, but they’re apparently proving popular amongst employees too. 73 percent of employees say they want a Mac as their next machine and the company is looking to roll-out over 100,000 of the computers in total.

“Employees receive a consumer experience from the moment they receive their Mac, which continues with a Workstation Asset Management Tool and a re-designed intranet, providing employees with an Apple-like, self-help experience.”

IBM isn’t the only company making use of Apple computer hardware. The Jacobs Medical Center at the University of California is deploying 245 iPads and Apple TVs to give patients access to medical records, and 11 elementary schools, six middle schools, and four high schools in La Crosse, Wisconsin are using iPads and MacBooks in the classroom to meet unique learning needs.

Of course, there’s increasing competition from Microsoft’s Surface lineup in the enterprise space, and Chromebooks are still the most popular choice in the education sector, so Apple can’t be complacent. It’s just unfortunate that us regular consumers aren’t going to see saving like this by opting for Apple hardware.