Apple has long been known as the premium computer company separate and apart from all those operating on a Windows based system. Most people who use Apple products are extremely devoted to them, but they are fewer in number because the extra cost prevents a number of potential customers from taking the plunge. The reality, however, is that most people do not evaluate the cost savings their machine will bring them over time. If more people knew how to maximize the value of Apple products, there would be an exodus from the PC and a full scale embrace of Apple. Using the App Store just look at all the ways that you can add value to your machine, whether it is a laptop, desktop, tablet or smart phone product:

Productivity

There are three key components to the Microsoft Office Suite that most people in business and personal computer use value: word processing, spreadsheets, and power point presentations. The student cost for these items generally comes in around $150. Individuals are forced to pay a lot more. By comparison, one in need of programs that provide the same functions (and then some), can look into Apple’s own productivity program iWork. The iWork Suite includes Numbers (for spreadsheets), Pages (for word processing), and Keynote (for slideshows). Each costs a total of $19.99 each no matter if you are a student or not. For less than $60, you can get these easy downloads that will provide all the same functions as the Office Suite.

Gaming

The top dogs in the console gaming market are Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360. All of these are fine machines with a number of benefits to them, but Apple is a premium machine for gaming purposes, and most of the games that one can purchase on the MacBook Pro, for instance, range in cost from $4.99 to $19.99. Games on the iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch are even cheaper (anywhere from Free to $9.99 with hours of top notch games available at just 99 cents). Compare those numbers to the $60 that the console guys charge you for a first run game as well as the $300 for a machine and the $50 for one wireless controller, and you’re looking at additional savings with your Apple products.

Lifestyle

The Apple machines offer a variety of additional functions that would cost you hundreds or even thousands of dollars if you were to purchase them on your own: voice recorders (Free from Apple), calorie counters and diet logs (less than $10), video and photo cameras (Free on most machines), and your favorite books and magazines (most coming in at less than $10 with a wide number of Free products to start).

With Apple you pay more upfront, but you get an infinite amount more in benefits in return.