Why are apple computers used so often with graphics intensive projects, such as photo editing and animation, but are never used for gaming?

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Why are apple computers used so often with graphics intensive projects, such as photo editing and animation, but are never used for gaming?

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Because of the history of apple computers and a series of very good advertising campaigns.

Historically, Apple computers were cutting edge as far as graphical applications, so they gained a good reputation for graphic design and that sort of stuff.

Recently, though, the designs of their consumer machines put style far beyond actual performance. Product listings are proud of the actually decent specs of the machines, but they ignore the fact that ventillation on the machines is severely underperforming. In order to manage the heat and noise, apple computers drop down the power of their components when put under any reasonably load for more than 10 seconds.

For photo-editing and animation uses, Apple is still used because of the reputation of the brand, and the specific colour characteristics of the display. For gamers, though, high performance under heavy load for long periods of time is the most important, and that is not something that the consumer Apple products can provide.

Apple chose to base their computers on the NetBSD operating system – not Windows or Linux or Solaris, and as a consequence of that choice and their lack of “keeping up” with the others, they lack a great many things, like:
1) popular games – less users means game companies would spend a lot of $$$ to port to OSX for little gain
2) Docker support – Solaris created the core of containers, now used by almost 100% of developers for server software. Without core OS support for containers, OSX is dead for developers

Because of (2), I recently switched my pro development to Linux directly, reversing a choice I made to use OSX in 2000, leading to thousands of fellow employees also using Apple for development. This is now over and Linux is the new choice. Instead of $3,000 Apple laptops with unusable keyboards and bad CPU cooling, I now buy $1,000 HP or Lenovo laptops with better specs (4K touch screen with stylus, 512GB SSD, 16GB RAM, i7). It is just no contest.

I think Apple is done on the desktop.