Over the last few weeks, I've written a few articles examining the areas in which I think Apple is doing well and struggling with the different product lines. I looked at the condition of the iPad and the state of the Apple TV. This week, I want to look at the state of the Mac as we set out for the end of the year. What is the best Mac laptop you can buy? What's the worst Mac you can buy? What do we hope for 2019? These are all questions that I would like to answer when I consider the state of the Mac in 2018.
Strangely enough, the MacBook has not received an update this year. The MacBook starts at $ 1299 (routinely discounted), but the base model includes an Intel Core M processor, so it will have difficulty compared to other computers.
It includes the previous-generation keyboard, whose reliability issues were known, and it still has only one USB-C port (you need accessories). Is the MacBook worth buying? If you are looking for the smallest and lightest laptop running macOS, then yes. You pay a premium for it, but it's still a good machine. It's likely to get an update next year, so wait and see if you can. I would recommend the model with the updated processor and 512 GB of memory if you can afford it.
The bottom line is it's overpriced for performance, but you pay for portability.
The MacBook Air is the newest laptop in Apple's lineup. After Apple's sold well despite decades of work, Apple finally reworked that USB-C, a Retina screen, a 16GB RAM expansion option and a modern processor were included.
It also grew to be the third generation butterfly keyboard . My only complaint about this laptop is that memory should start with 256 GB and go up from there. The base model contains 128 GB, which can fill up very quickly. It also offers a T2 chip from Apple for added security.
Overall, the MacBook Air is Apple's best-selling when it comes to performance, design, and price. It's my default recommendation when asking people for advice on buying a laptop. It is probably also the standard model for corporate buyers. When you stop reading, the MacBook Air is the best Mac you can buy if you want a laptop.
The MacBook Pro models were updated earlier this year (except for the 13-inch model of the lower price range).
The new laptops also bring Apple's true-tone display technology to the Mac range for the first time and a third-generation butterfly keyboard. Apple says the new keyboard allows for quieter typing, though hopefully there will be improvements in reliability as well. The MacBook Pro without Touch Bar has not changed until today.
The new laptops can be configured with up to 32 GB RAM and up to 4 TB SSD. In addition to adding True Tone from iOS, the laptops also bring "Hey Siri" to the Mac for the first time. Hey Siri is enabled with the Apple T2-Chip coprocessor, which, like the iMac Pro, offers improved system security and a safe start.
These upgrades were undoubtedly impressive. If you need 32GB of RAM, you're grateful for the option. If you need extra onboard storage, you're grateful for the option. While the price is rising fast, creatives are willing to pay for the benefits they bring to their workflows. The jury is still on the keyboard, but we have not yet seen the widespread problems that we have (still) seen with the previous models.
The touch bar is still a hot topic for many people, but I'm indifferent. It's an interesting addition, but I do not know if it's something I want to pay extra for. I rarely use the F-keys, but maybe I would use the Touch Bar more if my laptop had it. My colleagues who have it like it.
Overall, the MacBook Pro is in a healthy place. It contains a modern processor and many upgrade options. I would recommend anything but the non-touchbar models. If you want something close to the price, I would recommend Air instead.
Buy it in all seriousness. Obama was the US president when the Mac Pro was last updated, and Apple is likely to release an outdated model in 2019.
The iMac is at an interesting place now. Is it a strong machine? Yes, but it was not updated in 2018. Is it a capable machine when you buy one for Christmas? The screen is still amazing, the hardware is reliable and the processor is still fast. If you want an iMac style body, you will not regret it. If you can wait until the next update round, I would recommend giving up the moment.
I want Apple to sell a lower-priced model without a 4K display. You should also stop selling models with rotating disk drives. The standard hard drive is a 5400 RPM hard drive. The standard should be 256 GB of flash memory with upgrades from there. Even the $ 1499 model is still a spinning disk drive with a small flash option (known as a Fusion drive). Overall, the iMac is still a great machine, but I would have liked a processor upgrade this year.
The iMac Pro was very popular when released. It was one of the first built for PowerUser and launched by Apple in a while. It starts at $ 4999 and includes 32GB of RAM, a 1TB flash memory drive, 10GB of Ethernet, an 8-core 8-core Intel Xeon W processor, and Radeon Pro Vega 56 with 8GB of HBM2 memory. In summary, it is fast .
Although no updates were received in 2018 (it was released in late 2017), it's still a great machine. If you need hardware like this, $ 5000 is a business investment compared to something for photos and surfing the Internet.
The Mac that was the? The most frustrating (because of missing updates), it is now again the darling. Apple has just released new Mac mini models, so now is a good time to buy this model.
Starting at $ 799, it comes standard with flash memory, plenty of ports, user-upgradeable memory, and a 3.6GHz quad-processor. Intel Core i3 processor of the 8th generation. There are numerous upgrade options for a faster processor (6th generation 6th generation Intel Core i5 processor), more RAM (up to 32GB), and even a 10GB Ethernet port.
It contains 4 USB-C ports, 2 USB-A, Ethernet, HDMI and a headphone jack. The port situation is the opposite of what Apple did with his laptop lineup, so we were all surprised. It has also purchased Apple's T2 chip for extra security.
If you want a home desktop, the latest Mac mini is the best Mac you can buy.
As I mentioned in my iPad article, all these devices are useless without software. MacOS Mojave was released earlier this year by Apple. New features include a system-wide Dark mode, desktop stacks, a new screenshot utility and more.
The rate of innovation of macOS may look like this Little by little, Apple has added little improvements year after year to make macOS a better experience for new users At the same time, being a great place for power users. It is not perfect, but there is no operating system that I would prefer to use as macOS.
What is the best Mac to buy?
In the final weeks of 2018, Apple's Mac lineup is set for the Mac next few months. While the Mac Pro urgently needs an update, all other computers from Apple can be recommended. If you're looking for buy recommendations, here are my final recommendations:
- Do not get disk with rotating disk (comes only in iMac)
- Get 16 GB of RAM if you can afford it
- 256 GB of Flash 128GB memory drive if you can afford
- Do not buy the $ 999 MacBook Air (the old model)
- Do not buy the cheapest iMac
Outside, I would recommend the MacBook Air as the best laptop model and Mac mini as the best desktop model. Both were recently updated and should take years. That said, all computers (outside the Mac Pro) would be great computers that you can integrate into your home.
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