If you read this article, there are chances that you are thinking of buying a new Mac and maybe need some guidance. Fortunately, we are quite familiar with Apple's Macs and we are happy to help you choose the right Mac for you.
This purchase guide provides an overview of all available Mac models, and what each model is best suited for. For more details, read the full review by clicking on the product name in the product boxes that have mouse ratings.
Models for sale were originally released in October 2018.
] What is it? MacBook Air is Apple's affordable line of laptops. Apple currently offers three 1
Who is it for? MacBook Air is ideal for budget conscious. It is also for anyone who is always on the go, will not be turned down by a regular laptop, and needs a computer that is more versatile than an iPad.
What are the specifications? Two of the MacBook Air models have the same 1.6 GHz dual-core Core i5 (eighth generation) processor and 8 GB of RAM. All MacBook Air models come with integrated Intel UHD Graphics 617 technology. Apple claims 12 hours of battery life for both wireless and 13 hours of iTunes movie playback.
The main difference between laptops is storage. The $ 1,199 model has 128 GB of flash storage, while the $ 1,399 model has 256 GB.
MacBook Air features a 1.8GHz dual-core Core i5 (fifth generation) processor, 8GB of RAM and integrated Intel HD Graphics 6000. Apple requires 12 hours of battery life for both wireless and iTunes movie playback.
How do I connect to things? MacBook Air has built-in Wi-Fi for connecting to a network. It also provides built-in Bluetooth for wireless connection of a mouse or other peripheral. To connect to an Ethernet network, you need an adapter.
$ 1,199 and $ 1,399 models have only a few Thunderbolt 3 / USB-C connectors. To connect to USB-A devices, you either need a USB-C to USB adapter, such as Apple's $ 19, or a USB-C hub that has USB-A ports.
On MacBook Air $ 999, Thunderbolt 2 is the MacBook Air's high-speed connector. This laptop also has a pair of USB 3.0 ports, which can work with devices that use USB 2.0. If you have a FireWire 800 drive, you need to purchase a Thunderbolt-to-FireWire adapter ($ 29 at the Apple Store).
How fast is that? MacBook Air is quite capable of handling everyday tasks such as sending and receiving emails, surfing the web, and using office applications. You can even use it to edit short videos, or to work with JPEG from your iPhone or point and shoot camera.
Macworld's buying advice: The MacBook Air is a good affordable laptop computer for anyone who does the general purpose of the work is to move around a lot, such as a student or self-employed person. You cannot easily upgrade the storage after purchase, so you should buy the model with the largest amount of storage you can afford.
Ready to buy a MacBook Air? Go to the Apple Store
MacBook  Models for sale were originally released in June 2017.
What is it? MacBook is Apple's entry into the ultraportable portable market. It is actually lighter and smaller than the 13-inch MacBook Air.
Who is it for? The MacBook is designed for users who prioritize mobility over everything else, including features and performance.
What are the specifications? The MacBook comes in only one size: a 12-inch model available in rose gold, spaces gray, gold or silver.
There are two models on the MacBook. The $ 1,299 model features a 1.2 GHz dual core Intel Core m3 (Kaby Lake) processor and 256 GB flash storage. The $ 1,599 model features a 1.3 GHz dual core Intel Core i5 (Kaby Lake) processor and 512 GB flash storage. Both models include 8 GB of memory and an integrated Intel HD Graphics 615 processor.
The MacBook has a retina display, which means it has an ultra-high resolution display that can display sharper images than on the MacBook Air, which has a standard display. The MacBook has a native resolution of 2304×1440 and offers scaled resolutions of 1024×640, 1280×800 and 1440×900.
How do I connect to things? The MacBook has Wi-Fi for connecting to a network and Bluetooth for your devices.
There is only one USB-C port for connecting storage devices, printers, external displays, power adapters, or anything else. If you have older USB devices, use a USB-C to USB adapter ($ 19 at the Apple Store) that lets you connect USB 3 and USB 2 devices to your MacBook. Want to connect to ethernet? You need the USB-C for the USB adapter and the USB ethernet adapter ($ 29 at the Apple Store). To connect to an HDMI display and USB devices, you need to get the USB-C Digital AV multiport adapter ($ 69 at the Apple Store). Or, if you want to connect to a VGA monitor, you'll need the USB-C VGA multi-card adapter ($ 49 at the Apple Store).
How fast is that? The processors in the MacBook are designed to be efficient and cool. They're not a top player, even though we've found that the MacBook exceeds the MacBook Air.
Compared to previous MacBook generations, the current version provides an enhanced performance enhancement. The MacBook is a better value than it has been, thanks to the Kaby Lake processor.
Having said that, it can handle all the typical user on a daily basis. It can even handle some advanced, professional production tasks.
Macworld's buying advice: The MacBook is for anyone who is always on the move and rarely needs to connect to devices. Be prepared to carry a bunch of adapters if you need to make connections.
Ready to buy a MacBook? Go to Apple Store
Models Without Touch Bar Were originally released in June 2017. The Touch Bar models were released in July 2018.
What is it? The MacBook Pro has a high density display with so many pixels that images and text look particularly smooth and clean.
Who is it for? MacBook Pro is for the demanding user who wants a laptop that also works well. The MacBook Pro models are at the top of the Mac notebook performance table.
What are the specifications? The MacBook Pro is available in screen sizes of 13 inches and 15 inches.
There are four 13 inch models:
- $ 1,299 model: 2,3 GHz dual core Intel Core i5 (Kaby Lake) processor, 8 GB memory, 128 GB SSD, Intel Iris Graphics 640 integrated graphics and no Touch Bar.
- $ 1,499 model: 2.3 GHz Intel Core i5 2-core processor (Kaby Lake) processor, 8 GB memory, 246 GB SSD, Intel Iris Graphics 640 integrated graphics and no touchbar.
- $ 1,799 model: 2.3 GHz quad-core Intel Core i5) processor, 8 GB memory, 256 GB SSD, Intel Iris Graphics 655 integrated graphics and Touch Bar.
- $ 1,999 model: 2.3 GHz Intel Core i5 (Coffee Lake) processor, 8 GB memory, 512 GB SSD, Intel Iris Graphics 655 integrated graphics, and touchline.
Apple has two 15-inch MacBook Pros:
- $ 2,399 model: 2,2 GHz six-core Intel Core i7 (Coffee Lake) processor, 16 GB memory, 256 GB SSD, Intel UHD Graphics 630 integrated graphics, 4 GB Radeon Pro 555X Discrete Graphics and Touch Bar.
- $ 2,799 model: 2.6GHz Intel Core i7 six-core processor, 16GB memory, 512GB SSD, Intel UHD Graphics 630 integrated graphics, 4GB Radeon Pro 560X discrete graphics and Touch Bar.
The 13-inch Retina display has a resolution of 2560×1600, and OS X offers a scaled resolution up to 1680×1050. The 15-inch Retina display has a resolution of 2880×1800, and OS X's highest-scaled notebook notebook resolution is 1920×1200. These high-resolution resolutions can customize the work area of a Mac laptop with larger screen standard Macs on a smaller Retina MacBook Pro if you can tolerate the smaller icons, text, and other graphics on the screen. If you are using a third-party application such as QuickRes, you can set the Retina screen to use resolutions higher than the scaled settings OS X offers, including the original resolution.
MacBook Pro does not have SuperDrive, so if you need one, you need to purchase an external USB optical drive.
What is the touchline mentioned in the above specifications? The touchline is a new input device. It sits at the top of the keyboard and is basically a narrow touch screen. The button and controls available on the touch bar change depending on the software you are using. Learn more about the touchline.
Important: The touchline is not available on the MacBook Pro $ 1,299 and $ 1,499. These models have the traditional function keys.
How do I connect to things? No need to worry about wireless connectivity: The MacBook Pro has Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
It's the wired connection you need to be concerned about. The MacBook Pro only has Thunderbolt 3 ports that are compatible with USB-C. The $ 1,299 and $ 1,499 13-inch MacBook Pro models have two ports, while all other MacBook models have four.
If you have a Thunderbolt 3 device, you can connect it directly to your laptop. The same goes for all USB-C devices. But if you have wired devices that are not USB-C or Thunderbolt 3, you need an adapter. We have a separate MacBook Pro Thunderbolt 3 adapter guide to help you decide which ones you need. Unfortunately, be prepared to separate out a good amount of extra money.
How fast is that? The MacBook Pro models are not surprisingly the fastest Apple launches. If it's the processing power you're looking for, it's the MacBook Pro you want.
Macworld's Purchase Advice: For the most demanding mobile Mac user, some requiring a lot of processing power, the MacBook Pro is the ticket. Looking at a 13-inch model, the $ 1,799 Retina MacBook Pro meets a great place for price and performance. The money that separates the two 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro models is a big part of the change; The MacBook Pro $ 2,799 is the state-of-the-art Mac laptop that delivers the strongest performance. If your work is mainly about internet access and other productivity tasks, go to the MacBook Air.
Ready to buy a MacBook Pro? Go to the Apple Store
Apple has refurbished MacBook Pro models available in the company's refurbished and Clearance Store. Refurbs offers modest savings on new models, but the inventory for 2018 refurbs runs out quickly. You can find only older models, so check back later to see if there are 2018 laptops.
Apple tests and certifies all products in the refurbished store. The supply is limited so Apple may run out of refurb stock and you need to check back if you missed the opportunity to buy. But when Apple receives the payment, the company guarantees your purchase.
Refurb products come with one year warranty.