In my never-ending quest to learn as much about the Mac as I can before I get my hands on one within the next month or two, I've been trying to do as much research as I can so that the switch can go as seamlessly as possible. I personally don't have an aversion to learning curves, as I transitioned from a Braille Note to a Braille Sense without any formal tutoring--mostly, I just searched through the onboard manual when I needed help.
Anyway, I've been trying to find more information on the comparison between Windows and Mac OS X. Most of the discussions, however, are nearly two years old, and I know Apple has updated VO's functionality with the introduction of arrow-key navigation in Safari for Yosemite.
Even though I do plan on installing Windows on my MacBook for future use, I'd like to know if there are things that, as a student, VO would still have trouble with in comparison to Windows and JAWS.
When I switch, one of the things I'm most looking forward to is the fact that VO doesn't crash and freeze my entire system like JAWS does. lol
Also, I've been looking at specs for the MacBook Pro I want, and I was thinking of maxing out everything--that is, going with 16GB of Ram, the 1TB drive, and an i7 processor, since I will be running Windows, and I will major in technology. I also want to make sure that it will be in good shape for several years, as opposed to just one or two.
I know this post already has several questions, but because I plan to run Windows as well, I was thinking of just using it with Boot Camp, since it's not as taxing on the Mac's hardware. What do you guys, as visually impaired users, think? Is it easiest to run a virtual machine with VO and JAWS, or should I just go with my original plan and use Boot Camp instead? I do know that with Boot Camp, you have to partition your hard drive and give Windows space, and if you don't use it all, you'd have to re-partition to give it back to Mac OS X. Also, with Boot Camp and VO, can you still use the option key to select which OS boots up? I wanted to set my default to Mac OS X, because Windows would probably be used sparingly, but I just wanted to be sure I could just set OS X as the default, but use 'Option' when I needed Windows.
Thanks in advance, guys! <3 I really do appreciate the help!!