A grateful Macintosh community breathed a sigh of relief today as an ad for a PC-only application ironically featured smiling users huddling around what is clearly an Apple iBook. Experts agree that this incontrovertible evidence clearly proves that Macs are superior to PCs.
The ad, which appears in the December issue of a prominent PC magazine, was quickly hailed by Apple watchers as the final word in the PC/Mac wars.
Ars Technica’s John Siracusa said “You can look at usability, you can look at performance, you can look at price, but a picture of a Microsoft Visio screen superimposed on an iBook… you just can’t argue with that.”
According to Siracusa, if PCs were superior to Macs, they would appear consistently behind screens showing Windows-only software.
“The fact that an iBook appears in this stock photo that was used for an ad for Visio proves that Macs are the bestest platform ever,” Siracusa concluded.
“Um… did I say ‘bestest’? I meant ‘best’.”
For InfoWorld’s Tom Yager, it was the smiling guy standing and pointing at the iBook that cemented the Mac’s superiority.
“Check out this dude,” Yager said, pointing at the man pointing at the iBook. “See, the ad tries to imply that he’s having such a great time using Visio. But, see, he’s really having a good time using the iBook! Get it? Huh? Huh? Get it?
“Oh, man, that is such a face on Microsoft!” Yager said, laughing and pointing the fingers of his right hand at his face and wiggling them.
Meanwhile, a chastened John Dvorak dished himself an ample serving of humble pie.
“For years I’ve nay-sayed the Macintosh,” Dvorak wrote. “Even going so far as to ask if the original iBook was designed by a thirteen-year-old girl. But clearly this amusingly ironic insertion of a Mac into an ad for a PC-only application has given Mac users the last laugh.
“Kudos to you, Apple!” Dvorak said, tilting his head back and laughing heartily at his own expense.
With this issue finally put to rest, message boards across the world were suddenly struck with a massive drop-off in traffic as posters no longer felt compelled to discuss the PC vs. Mac controversy.