Who should buy a new Mac now and who should wait
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At Applekeynote, the new Mac hardware was not found. After a period of seven months which brought us new , there is still no sign of an Apple silicon Mac Pro, a larger MacBook Pro, or a 27-inch iMac.
As part of its aggressive move away from Intel-powered computers, the company introduced a MacBook Air, 13-inch MacBook Pro, and Mac Mini desktop PCs in late 2020 using its own M1 processors. In April 2021, the smaller of the two iMac desktop models was redesigned with. The last new Intel-based Mac to be announced was the Intel Core i9 , which was notably illustrated by the addition of an excellent 1080p webcam, a version of which is now found in the 24-inch iMac.
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But the first two Mac M1 series were systems for the kind of high-end creative professionals who rely on the more powerful Mac Pro or 16-inch MacBook Pro. Mac M1s are currently limited to 16 GB of RAM and do not offer the discrete AMD graphics cards available in some Intel-based Macs.
With WWDC so developer-focused, this would have been a great time to introduce some new Mac hardware for these power users, but it wasn’t. New MacBook Pro models, potentially in 14in and 16in versions are still a possibility for this summer or later in 2021.
With new macOS updates and potential upcoming hardware in mind, here’s where each of the current Macs in the lineup falls, and who should consider buying now and who should consider waiting.
WithIntroduced in late 2020, the classic $ 999 MacBook Air has once again become one of the most universally useful laptops you can buy. It has essentially the same M1 processor as the 13in Pro and 24in iMacs, along with excellent battery life and a slim and light design. The biggest performance differences between M1 systems come from the seven-core and eight-core graphics built into the M1 and the additional performance overhead available in systems with fans, like the 24-inch MacBook Pro and iMac, which allow systems to run longer.
For college students, writers, work-from-home types, and most mainstream users, I still think the MacBook Air is great value for money and a great place to start (and maybe end) your research. of a new computer.
My take on the 13-inch MacBook Pro M1 hasn’t changed much since its introduction last year. With essentially the same performance as the cheaper Air, you’re paying for a slightly brighter screen, touch bar, and fan cooling. Unless you’re a Touch Bar fan, I’d stick with the Air.
The 16-inch Pro remains an Intel-only system and can boost up to 64GB of RAM and an AMD 5600M GPU, making it much more suited to true “pro” users who wait on an Apple Silicon Mac until ‘there is something like the rumored M2 version with GPU support.
The often overlooked Mac Mini is the cheapest way to get both a MacOS system and an M1 device. In testing, we found that it offered comparable or slightly better performance than the MacBook Pro M1, which costs almost twice as much. But the Mac Mini is also a niche product. This is great if you are working on a low-demanding video job or podcast and want to use your own display and input devices. It’s a great computer for small production studios because it can be stored almost anywhere.
The 24-inch iMac is the first Mac designed from the ground up as an M1 system, and also the first major design update to the iMac line in about eight years. While it doesn’t move the bar on performance or component options from older Mac M1s, the excellent camera, much lighter weight, and a smaller, smarter design all come together to make it a great home PC. or home office. I would consider it better for the work from home type who wants a bigger screen.
The Mac Pro feels like a life away from something like the MacBook Air. It’s gone through so many completely different iterations over the years, from theat . Starting at $ 6,000, no one will mistake this for one of the M1 Macs. It starts with Intel Xeon processors and offers various AMD Radeon GPUs and up to 1.5TB of RAM (which is literally a $ 25,000 upgrade). And don’t forget the $ 400 wheels.
My advice for now is that, if you’re expecting a new pro-level Mac with AMD, go with the ever-available Intel versions, which will be supported for years to come, or just keep waiting to see what. will happen later in 2021. If you are a student or casual user waiting to buy a new MacBook I can safely say that after seven months I have only had a few very minor compatibility issues with the MacBook Air M1, and it’s by far my pick for the most practical Mac. I’m still waiting for a 27in version of the sleek new iMac, but the 24in model has almost everything I want, as long as you’re okay with the small screen.