We've put together a list of every Mac you can buy from Apple so you can find the perfect laptop or desktop computer for your lifestyle. With so many Macs to choose from, each one with a variety of customization options, it can be tricky to pick out the model that's just right. From the fast, reliable, and versatile feel of the MacBook Pro, to the efficient and compact powerhouse that is the Mac mini and the extreme high-end Mac Pro, there's a lot for you to consider before picking out the ideal Mac for your workload and needs.
The MacBook Pro 13-inch has the powerful and efficient Apple silicon M1 chip with 8-core CPU, 8-core GPU, and 16-core Neural Engine. It has the Touch Bar, Touch ID, Force Touch trackpad, and the Magic Keyboard. The Retina display also uses True Tone technology for a better viewing experience in any lighting. It has two Thunderbolt / USB 4 ports and starts at 256GB SSD storage. The previous model with the Intel chip is still available, but it's more expensive than the new one.
Best laptop for Pros
With up to eight cores, the biggest MacBook in Apple's current lineup packs a lot of power. It has the 9th-generation Intel Core i7 or i9 processor with Turbo Boost up to 5GHz and the advanced Radeon Pro graphics card (5300M or 5500M) with up to 8GB of graphics memory. The base models start with 512GB of SSD storage but can be upgraded to 8TB.
Slim but powerful
The MacBook Air get the Apple silicon M1 chip treatment with an 8‑core CPU, 7‑core GPU, and 16‑core Neural Engine. It comes in Gold, Space Grey, and Silver and has a super sharp, clear retina display with True Tone. This Mac starts with 8GB unified memory and 256GB SSD storage The trackpad on the MacBook Air is a Force Touch trackpad, and this particular Mac also comes with a Magic Keyboard and Touch ID. It has two Thunderbolt / USB 4 ports.
This budget-model iMac is designed with a 2.3GHz dual-core 7th-generation Intel Core i5 processor, Turbo Boost up to 3.6GHz, 8GB 2133MHz memory, configurable to 16GB, 1TB Storage. It has Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640 and two Thunderbolt 3 ports and a 1920-by-1080 sRGB display. It's not Retina, but it's the cheapest Mac desktop you can buy.
Best for most
The 21.5-inch iMac has a 4K retina display. Depending on the model you choose, you can turbo Boost up to 4.1GHz, but you always get 1TB of storage. This iMac has a 3.6GHz quad-core 8th-generation Intel Core i3 processor or 3.0GHz 6-core 8th-generation Intel Core i5 processor and Radeon Pro 555X with 2GB of GDDR5 memory or Radeon Pro 560X with 4GB of GDDR5 memory. While both options have up to 32GB of configurable memory, you can choose between 8GB 2400MHz DDR4 memory and 8GB 2666MHz DDR4 memory sizes.
The 27-inch Retina 5K 5120-by-2880 P3 Display iMac comes in 256GB and 512GB SSD storage options, has up to 8GB of GDDR5 memory, has 3.1GHz, 3.3GHz, 6-core 10th-generation Intel Core i5 or 3.8GHz 8-core 10th-generation Intel Core i7 processor choices, and comes with two Thunderbolt 3 ports. You can choose a model that Turbo Boosts 4.5GHz, 4.8GHz, or 5.0GHz sizes, and is the only iMac with after-market upgradeable memory.
Pro level iMac
The iMac Pro comes in one size: 27-inches. It has 1TB of storage space and 32GB 2666MHz ECC memory that's configurable up to 256GB along with Radeon Pro Vega 56 with 8GB HBM2 memory. It's designed with a 3.2GHz 8-core Intel Xeon W processor and 10Gb Ethernet. It sports four Thunderbolt 3 ports and a 5K retina 5120-by-2880 P3 display.
Best for servers
The Mac mini has gone silicon. It's got the Apple M1 chip with 8-core CPU, 8-core GPU, and 16-core Neural Engine. The Mac mini has 8GB unified memory and 256GB or 512GB SSD storage. You can still purchase the older Intel version as of this writing, but it costs more than the newer model. With two Thunderbolt / USB 4 ports, two USB-A ports, HDMI 2.0, Wi-Fi 6, and Gigabit Ethernet, you can easily connecto peripherals.
Top of the line
The Mac Pro is the ultimate machine for professionals, created for maximum performance, expansion, and configurability. An Intel Xeon processor can be configured with up to 28 cores. A high-performance memory system boasts up to a 1.5TB capacity, eight PCIe expansion slots, and the world's most powerful graphics card. Then there's Apple Afterburner, an accelerator card that enables playback of three streams of 8K ProRes RAW video simultaneously. If you have the money, this has everything.
Find the perfect Mac for your lifestyle
Apple's line of Mac desktop and laptop computers is pretty significant when you lay it out every Mac you can buy from Apple. When you take into account the different processor speeds, core options, and upgradable specs, your options are practically unlimited, which means picking the perfect Mac can be tricky. Apple also updates its Mac laptop lineup yearly and desktop lineup every two years, if not more often.
The desktop lineup, which includes the iMac, the iMac Pro, the Mac Pro, and the Mac Mini, are ideal for stationary computing whether you're a hobbyist writer or a professional movie editor. For a more portable workflow that can work in a desktop situation, the Mac laptop line, combined with a compatible monitor brings versatility to your computing life.
If portability is your number-one priority, our personal pick will forever be the MacBook Pro (opens in new tab) because of how versatile, sleek, and powerful it is. Whether you're a writer, a photographer, a student, a parent of four, or anything in between, the MacBook Pro will make your life easier in one way or another. Get the best deals on a MacBook here.
Maybe you're looking for a desktop computer instead: the large and in charge iMac Pro (opens in new tab) packs quite a punch with its 1TB of storage space and a striking, stunning retina display.
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