IBM Says Macs Are Much Cheaper Than PCs Over Time

According to IBM, Macs are far cheaper than PCs for businesses to use, as far as the total cost of ownership.


recent report from IBM says data has shown that it saves the company anywhere from $273 to $543 over a four-year period for every employee who opts for a Mac over a PC.

“But isn’t it expensive, and doesn’t it overload IT? No. 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,” said IBM VP of Workplace as a Service Fletcher Previn at the Jamf Nation User Conference yesterday.

It is important to note that IBM no longer makes Windows PCs, and the company is also Apple’s primary partner in selling devices to large businesses. As such, IBM is in a place where it can determine such facts regarding its employees’ use of computers.

In fact, IBM is Apple’s largest corporate customer in the world, as the New York-based computer hardware company has deployed to use of over 90,000 Mac computers. IBM is expected to top 100,000 devices by the end of the year.

IBM, which decided to allow its employees to choose either Macs or PCs as of last year, reported that PCs drive about double the amount of support calls when compared to Macs. IBM employees also have been “overwhelmingly” opting for Macs, as about 73 percent of employees say they want their next computer to be a Mac, not a PC.