Which Mac do you want? Which Mac do you need? Wishes and needs are not the same. Which Mac can you afford? With more models, colors and BTO-build-to-order configurations, the choices aren't always easy, and Apple doesn't help buying anything, except spending more money.
Apple says Mac sales are 80 percent portable. That means that 20 percent of Mac owners these days are the iMac, Mac mini and Mac Pro, probably in that order, and very few of the latter since it has been declared omitted thanks to a modular Mac Pro due to next year or shortly after. How can you choose a Mac?
Apple's marketers are an experienced group of people who know the value of a dollar. Or rather, a few hundred dollars. So, every Mac is priced so you are only a few hundred dollars from the next upgrade that gets more features, faster CPU, better graphics, more storage.
Here is my perfect example. What do you want? Small and light? Or, not so small, but more power? It's the price difference between the entry-level MacBook at $ 1
They both have a Retina display and SSD storage so they are fast and furious. The MacBook comes with multiple colors, an anemic input level CPU-Intel Core m3, 256GB SSD storage, and a single USB-C port. It weighs about two pounds.
Meanwhile, the MacBook Pro input level weighs more than one pound, has twice as many USB-C ports, a retina display, and a faster Intel Core i5 CPU, but half of the 128GB SSD storage.
Other features are comparable, including Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 8 GB RAM, but the MacBook Pro FaceTime camera is 720p vs. 480p. This is how the price game begins to work with both models.
If you want a MacBook input level but with a faster CPU, say a Core i7, 16GB RAM and 512GB SSD storage, the price is now $ 1,949. A similarly equipped MacBook Pro is $ 1,899.
Uh huh. Cheaper.
But if you want the Touch Bar model, similarly equipped with a Core i7 CPU, 16 GB RAM, 512 GB SSD storage, the price is $ 2,299.
At the very low end of Apple's Mac product line, the minimal Mac mini, still with spinning hard drives, is a $ 499 price that gets you an older Core i5 CPU, 4 GB RAM and a 500 GB spin hard drive. Put the Mac mini in the same way as the models above, and a Core i7 (old) with 16GB RAM and 512GB SSD storage comes to $ 1,599. For a Mac mini.
Apple makes two basic iMac models; 21.5-inch display and 27-inch Retina display. Making an Apple apples comparison is easier than you think.
A 21.5-inch iMac with 4k Retina display, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD, a Core i7 CPU (new) gets up to $ 2,199; About the same as a MacBook or MacBook Pro similarly equipped. The $ 600 difference between the iMac and Mac mini can buy a 4k Retina display, keyboard and mouse.
Like or hardly any Mac configurations between models at about the same price.
Here's an example, but at the high end, the MacBook Pro pits against an iMac. Both have Retina displays, 16 GB of RAM, 512 GB of SSD storage and Core i7 CPU (new), and both are priced at $ 2,799.
It's not by accident.
With the exception of Mac mini and Mac Pro, Apple wants you to experience unprecedented migration up the price ladder. A few hundred dollars more – no matter what Mac you want – you get more desirable features. Even at a lower price, the Mac mini is no bargain because it is old technology, but comparable features can easily triple the price tag. Similarly, at the other end of the scale, Mac Pro delivers outstanding $ 3.19 power for 15 GB RAM, 512 GB SSD storage, new 6 Core Intel Xeon processors, and plenty of graphics power, but no screen, keyboard, or mouse.  A complete trick out of the iMac with quad-core i7 CPU, 64GB RAM, 2TB SSD storage, and the beautiful 27-inch 5k Retina display hit $ 5,099. What is the starting price of a Spay Gray iMac Pro? $ 4,999, for a 5k retina display, 8-Core Xeon CPU, 32GB RAM, 1TB SSD storage, 1080p FaceTime camera and a new Radeon Pro Vega 56 graphics card.
If price and configuration are important criteria for your Mac selection, just keep in mind that almost all comparable configurations between devices will cost about the same.