Ten years ago, if you were looking for a new laptop, there was a 90 percent chance that you would go for a Windows offering, from a manufacturer such as HP, Dell, Toshiba or similar. Macs were seen as something specialist and, to be honest, a bit peculiar.
How times have changed. In today’s world of connected devices, the iPhone and iPad are by far the most popular mobile devices in their sectors, and naturally enough, many of us are choosing to complete the set with one of Apple’s premium laptops too.
Even the fact that they run on a different operating system is no longer an issue, as today’s Macs come with BootCamp, a built-in program that allows you to install Windows, or indeed Linux or some other operating system if you so wish. Setting up the dual boot system in Apple’s native operating system is far less complicated than trying to do so in a Windows environment.
Given that Macs are also intuitive to use, have great reliability and a strong support network from specialists such as Fix Apple Now, it is unsurprising that Apple is attracting an ever larger share of the market.
But deciding to go with a Mac is one thing – deciding which one is the best choice for you is quite another. Here, we take a look at the wide array of options you can choose from.
The standard MacBook has a 12” screen and its last update in 2016 meant it surpassed the MacBook Air as the lightest and most portable offering. However, that comes at a cost – the Thunderbolt 2 and USB 3 ports have been replaced by the new USB-C port, and the keyboard feels harsher.
The 1.1, 1.2 or 1.3 GHz processor is well short on power compared with the Air or Pro, but should still be more than sufficient for everyday needs, and can run iMovie, Photoshop and so on smoothly and effectively.
Apple’s most popular laptop remains just that, despite being due for an upgrade. The current version of the 13” best seller has now been on the shelves for two years.
This means it lacks the latest toys, such as the Retina display or the Force Touch trackpad, but it is still a great all-rounder. These days, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of flash storage do not sound like anything special, but performance wise, it leaves the more expensive MacBook in its wake, thanks to that 1.6GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor.
The flagship MacBook Pro comes in both 13” and 15” variants, and both were treated to some upgrades in 2016.
Both have processing power and storage capacity to out perform the rest of the range, and the 13” version combines these with the sleek looks of the 12” MacBook.
If it is a straightforward question of which is the best, then the MacBook Pro wins hands down, but of course it is never quite as simple as that. The range topping Pro will set you back almost $2,000 – and for that money you could buy two MacBook Airs.