We see this from different viewpoints, HotButton.
I have always preferred Macs and not because I like Apple or like their hardware (although I do like their hardware). I use Macs because of the Mac OS. I personally find Windows frustratingly awkward to use and bassackwardly conceived with, what is to me, an inferior user interface. This is just my personal opinion and mostly the result of me being more familiar with Macs since I started out with them at a time when Windows didn’t exists and wasn’t a viable platform for design once it was first released. Your personal experience is apparently different and so is your preference, which is fine.
I also use the Mac OS because several of my must-have applications, like BBEdit, Glyphs and Transmit are only made for the Mac OS. Yes, there are somewhat equivalent Windows products, but again, it’s a matter of familiarity and having built an entire work routine around those things I know.
I also require that most everyone in my workgroup use Macs since much of our work makes extensive use of AppleScript and AppleScript combined with RegEx for time-saving and efficiency purposes. This has nothing to do with an evangelism of Apple. Since our work tends to get passed around, we need compatibility.
As for Apple, the company, I have no emotional attachment to it and dislike some of their business practices and pricing structures. Neither do I like Apple’s iOS products and tend to prefer Android because of how Apple locks down certain aspects of how their iOS products can be used. I stopped using iOS when Apple bricked my iPad after one of their software updates and I couldn’t remember the email I used to register it. I liked the Samsung replacement even better, so I’ve stuck with them for mobile devices.
I don’t know anyone of the “Apple faith” but some likely still exist — even years after Windows became totally viable for graphic design. I’m puzzled how anyone can develop a loyalty to a multi-billion-dollar business. However, I get tired of some Windows users who insist that Mac users are deceived and gullible. It’s probably the same sort of annoyance that some Windows users feel when they hear some Mac fans praising the supposed inherent superiority of their favorite computer.
Honestly, if I were starting out with no previous baggage, I’d likely head in the Windows direction for the simple reason that the initial cost of the hardware is a bit cheaper. I occasionally get so annoyed with Apple that I consider switching, but after a few hours using Windows, I’m willing to swallow my dislike of Apple and head back to their OS that I personally like so much better.
I also prefer European motorcycles to American or Japanese motorcycles. I greatly prefer manual to automatic transmissions. I prefer raspberries to strawberries and dislike thin, greasy, limp New York-style pizza that others love. I also have no use for spectator sports. These are all just personal preferences, which are fine in the same way that most any other personal preferences that others might have are fine — even when they’re 180-degree opposites of my own preferences.
If someone wants to sing the praises of their new iMac, HP or Dell, that’s great. For that matter, if someone likes Windows better than the Mac OS or Linux or whatever, that’s fine too. I really do roll my eyes at anything resembling the Ford vs Chevy user wars or arguments of whether Coke or Pepsi is inherently better when it’s all just personal preference and a willingness to pay the price, whatever that price might be.
As for Adobe, yes, I do dislike the company as much as I dislike Apple the company (I probably dislike them more). Adobe’s software keeps getting more bloated and buggy and they keep dipping into my bank account and siphoning off money for “upgrades” and features that I don’t even want. Apple, despite its flaws, has never charged me a monthly fee for using their computer and threatened to take away my livelihood if I decide to stop.