The battery in the laptops tend to die about the same time since they all use about the same technology. So that's the same.
And then we have to broach the subject of maintenance as many owners answer the canned air question with "What is canned air?" As such many machines die an early death (doesn't matter which make.)
A few apples had issues with the same old BAD CAPS plague or the Nvidia chip issue so again they are subject to the same plagues as other machines.
-> At the end of the day Apple is equal or just a little better but nothing I'd give it a strong lead on any other make given today's owners.
I've been in PCs for decades, and am now considering switching to a desktop MAC. I've read volumes of posts, discussions, debates on the subject, including here at CNET, many have been terrific and very informative.
As a result, I've taken on board all the usual pro and con perspectives with regard to OS, programs, price, aesthetics, user friendliness, stability, malware, updates, etc, etc. Again, all good gouge.
What I'm wondering about though is "durability". In my PC life at home, I've primarily had Dells. Because of the relatively simple tasks I require of my home PC, I traditionally have held on to my computers far longer than most folks -- like 6 to 8 years. Though the software (including the OS) would become more obsolete over time, by and large the machine itself would keep humming along.
So while I've seen so much written about the considerations on the things mentioned in the second para above, I would be grateful for thoughtful posts regarding expectations for the "longevity" or shelf life of a MAC from a hardware perspective, as compared to Dells or other PC machines.
Thanks in advance for taking the time!