Apple's computer lineup falls into two categories: laptop and desktop. However, within each of those categories, you'll discover there are a lot of choices that make it possible for you to find exactly what you need for your life. So many options, however, can also lead to some confusion. Is the iPad Pro a better computing device than the MacBook Air, for example? What's the difference between the iMac and the iMac Pro? And what about storage and memory upgrade options?
- iPad or MacBook Air?
- Which MacBook should you get?
- iMac, iMac Pro, Mac mini, or Mac Pro
- Which iMac should you get?
- Which Mac Pro options should you get?
- Which upgrades are worth it?
iPad Pro vs. MacBook: Which should you buy?
Apple offers an iPad that's close to a Mac... and a Mac that's close to an iPad: iPad Pro and the new MacBook Air. iPad Pro comes in two sizes, 11-inch and 12.9-inch. MacBook Air comes in one size, 13-inches. Both run powerful processors in their own right with the latest chipset and best GPU ever for their respective models. They are ideal for everything from planes to coffee shops, classrooms to boardrooms to living rooms. But which one is ideal for you?
MacBook Air vs. MacBook Pro: Which Apple laptop should you get?
Apple currently has two laptops in their product lineup — the ultralight MacBook Air and the powerful MacBook Pro, which is available in 13-inch or 16-inch. Together, they cover a wide range of portability, performance, and yes, price points. So, which Apple laptop is perfect for you?
Mac mini vs. iMac vs. iMac Pro vs. Mac Pro: Which Mac powerhouse should you get?
Apple now has four different Mac desktops in its lineup; the iMac, the iMac Pro, the Mac Pro, and the Mac mini.
Apple's Retina iMac is nothing short of stunning. The 5K resolution model sports 2.3GHz dual-core i5 processor, with 8GB (upgradeable to 16) of memory and a 1TB hard drive (upgradeable to a 1TB Fusion Drive or 256SSD). The 4K model is a powerhouse all it's own with an integrated Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640 card, up to 8GB video memory, and a Radeon Pro GPU. It's the "Swiss Army Knife" of Mac desktops.
The iMac Pro is higher-end than the iMac, but not overly juiced up like the Mac Pro. You can configure it with up to a 2.3Ghz (Turbo Boost up to 4.3Ghz) 18-core Intel Xeon W processor and Radeon Pro Vega 64X with 16GB of HBM2 memory.
The Mac Pro is the granddaddy of them all. Apple rebuilt it in 2019 to be completely customizable with up to a 2.5GHz 28‑core Intel Xeon W processor, Turbo Boost up to 4.4GHz processor, up to 1.5TB of memory, up to Two Radeon Pro Vega II Duo with 2x32GB of HBM2 memory each, and up to 8TB of SSD storage. You can also add your own aftermarket graphics and processor cards to fit your needs.
The Mac mini is not so much a powerhouse in itself, but when daisy-chained together with multiple Mac minis, this little DIY Mac is the best for the price. It doesn't come with any peripherals, no display, no keyboard, and no mouse, but it's built specifically for the home computer customizer. You can make it into whatever you want.
With this many choices, you may be wondering which Mac desktop suites your needs. We've got the answer for you.
21.5-inch iMac vs. 27-inch iMac: Which all-in-one desktop Mac should you get?
iMac is an incredibly elegant flat panel all-in-one design that has gotten progressively thinner over the years as Apple has done everything it can to get the computer itself out of the way of the computing experience. Within the iMac product line, however, there are a lot of options to consider, so let's take a look at what Apple is offering.
The New Mac Pro: What options to Apple's high-end Mac should you get?
The new Mac Pro is a game-changer. You can custom configure this behemoth from between 8 and 28 cores, memory up to 1.5TB, impressive graphics customizations, eight PCI Express expansion slots, up to 8 TB of SSD storage, and a whole lot more. Gone is the single-unit "trash can" Mac Pro that came before it. This Mac Pro has a wide swath of customizable configurations that can be added on when you buy or later down the road as you need it.
As impressive as a piece of industrial design as the Mac Pro is, it's what's running inside that's truly amazing, though, so let's take a look and figure out how you can best configure your new Mac Pro.
CPU vs. RAM vs. SSD: Which Mac upgrades should you get?
You've decided what Mac to get, but firing up the Apple online store web site presents you with myriad customization options. You can often have a faster or more capable CPU installed, have more RAM put in, or upgrade storage capacity. Which upgrades make the most sense?
Need more help?
There's a lot to consider, and if you still have questions, if there are still details you want to work out, we have fantastic information pages that are always kept up-to-the-minute, and amazing community forums filled with experts for you to talk with. Bookmark them and check back often! And once you've decided, let us know in the comments - which Mac did you get and why?
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