Apple MacBook Pro 2016 Display

You would like to know which MacBook to buy in 2020 and which on is the best for you? We will help you with that. Apple produces three series called “MacBook”. The lightest one is the MacBook Air. For users, who need the best performance, there is the MacBook Pro series, which are very fast and offer display sizes up to 16″. If you want power, but prefer a smaller size, you can go with a MacBook Pro model in 13″ size.

Decision support for the MacBook Pro with Thunderbolt 3 Ports.

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The MacBook Pro 13″ got last updated in November 2020.
The 16″ models in November 2019.

We inform you here if it is a good time to buy the product.

green means: up to date
orange means: coming to the end of the product cycle
red means: don’t buy, an update is coming soon

Decision criteria for a MacBook Pro

Apple MacBook Pro 2016 Touch Bar

The MacBook Pro series has been completely converted to Thunderbolt 3 ports (with USB-C connector). This ensures future viability. Each port can support speeds of up to 40GBit/s, double the speed of the previous Thunderbolt 2 standard. Furthermore the ports are able to transfer all protocols: no matter if you connect display, memory, network etc., you can use any port. The only remaining connector of other standards is a 3.5 mm audio port (without optical connection).

At the current time, there may be a downside for some users: for everything existing, you will need an adapter to connect it to your MacBook. Apple has been always to first to break with old standards, like DVD drives and ethernet ports, but when they did, there already was well working alternative like USB sticks and fast wifi. This time it seems, Apple is a bit ahead of time. This is not necessarily a bad thing, as your machine will be up to date a long time, but you should now that you will have to adapters for some devices in the current time.

Extremely fast Thunderbolt 3 ports – adapters necessary for some devices.

The new keyboard is the old keyboard – finally. Due to the flat design, Apple previously used models with a butterfly mechanism, which only allows not much movement. We already noticed this as a big point of habituation in the 12″ model. After the ongoing criticism about the bad reliability, Apple had a clear understanding and returned to the good old scissor mechanism. All those who postponed a new purchase due to the error-prone keyboard can now buy a MacBook again.

The new keyboard is the old one – and reliable once more.

Basically, Apple built the Magic Keyboard, which is also included with iMacs, into the MacBook Pro. Thus, the keys are smaller again, those of the butterfly keyboard were significantly larger. But now you finally get a keyboard again that should last a MacBook a lifetime.

On the positive side, the glass trackpad, which has always been fantastic, is still perfect: the operating gestures simply go by the hand. Also pleasant: The touch bar above the keyboard offers shortcuts for the current program. Some find it extremely practical, others “nice to have”.

Intel processors against Apple’s M1 chip

Apple has dared a big step and is gradually replacing the Intel processors used so far with its own chips called Apple Silicon. The first representative in MacBook Air, Pro and Mac mini is the M1, which is used in the mentioned devices in the same way. And the change is worth it: the chip is faster than Intel’s and uses significantly less power. In addition, the performance is competitive even with lower RAM equipment. The graphics unit is also significantly faster than the integrated solutions from Intel.

As restrictions must be mentioned currently that only a 4K monitor can be operated on the devices and also 10 Gbit network on Mac mini is not available. Furthermore, Windows cannot be virtualized at the moment because the Apple chips are based on the ARM architecture.

Technical Specifications

Which options make sense for the 13″ MacBook Pro?

The basic model now comes with 256 GB SSD memory. The previous 128 GB were simply much too little memory, because you also have to remove the operating system and installed programs – then there is not much space left. In addition, the resale value is significantly lower, because word has got around that such a small SSD is almost unfit for everyday use. A 256 GB configuration is however already very suitable for everyday use. So if you don’t have to deal with large amounts of data like photos and videos or virtual machines, you can be happy with this memory size already.

However, you should upgrade the memory if you have the budget, as it is soldered at the factory. A later upgrade is not possible. 16 GB is generally better than 8 GB and the investment in more memory makes much more sense than 300 MHz more processor clock, which Apple also offers. So – unless you only do office work – go for more RAM.

These recommendations are also valid for the new M1 models – but in a much weaker form. These are available with a maximum of 16 GB memory but are much more efficient in handling the RAM. As you can see here, the 16 GB models could be as good as the 32 GB models. For everyday use 8 GB are already sufficient. Only for video editing in 8K RAW resolution, 16 GB are strongly recommended – with this, an Apple Silicon model is on the same performance level as an Intel MacBook Pro with 32 GB.

Options that make sense for the 16″ MacBook Pro

Since the 16″ models of the MacBook Pro already come with 16 RAM and a 512GB SSD, they are a clear competition to the 13″ models in terms of price, if you want to have the fastest processor in the 13″ device. With the update of the 13″ devices Apple has solved the absurd situation that the 16″ devices were even cheaper than the small models.

Nevertheless, it should be noted that for a few hundred Dollars more you get a larger display, two more cores, a separate graphic with 4 GB RAM, a six-speaker system, a better microphone system and a much better cooling system.

Computing power, memory and graphics card should be according to your requirements. Again the hint: if you equip a 13″ model like a 16″ model, there are either less than a hundred Dollars between the models or the 16er is even cheaper. These features currently cost you a little over $300 more. If you don’t prefer the smaller MacBook format, you’ll find a real bargain offer like we do.

So as soon as you have a 13″ device in mind that has four Thunderbolt ports and you want to install the better processor there, take the 16er. You’ll probably do a lot of math anyway, and then you’ll benefit greatly from the larger cooling system.

Where to buy the MacBook Pro?

Buy here:     Amazon     Apple

Which MacBook Air Retina to buy?

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The MacBook Air Retina is the successor to the MacBook Air, which is still available. The MacBook Air Retina is more expensive than the MacBook Air without retina display, but cheaper and much more powerful than the smaller 12-inch MacBook. In addition, the MacBook Pro with function keys is also very close in price.

When to buy a MacBook Air Retina?

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The MacBook Air Retina was updated in November 2020.

We inform you here if it is a good time to buy the product.

green means: up to date
orange means: coming to the end of the product cycle
red means: don’t buy, an update is coming soon

Decision criteria for the MacBook Air Retina

The two offered MacBook Air variants differ in memory size and processor. The basic model offers 256 GB memory and the new Apple M1 CPU, the better model doubles this to 512 GB. In the smaller model Apple uses an M1 chip with only seven cores for graphics, the better model has chips with eight cores.

The M1 chip has performed extremely well in previous benchmarks. It is significantly faster than the previous Intel chips and needs much less battery. So the battery life of the new MacBook Air has increased significantly.

A powerful M1 processor and 8 GB RAM are standard.

What’s great is that Apple gave the MacBook Air Retina a Touch ID Sensor in the keyboard without adding an expensive touch bar. This makes it even better positioned than the MacBook and MacBook Pro, both of which are more expensive – unless you like the Touch Bar.

Since both the memory and the SSD can be configured freely, we recommend both, but first a slightly larger SSD, depending on your budget. With 8 GB you can also live well in everyday life, but with 16 GB you are a little bit more future-proof if you plan to do 8K video editing. The memory sizes don’t sound impressive, but the M1 is very efficient with RAM and it turns out that 16 GB M1 MacBooks are on the level of Intel MacBooks, which are equipped with 32 GB.

However, if you are planning to keep MacBook Air running at full capacity, we recommend the MacBook Pro with the M1 chip, which has a fan. MacBook Air is completely passively cooled and will slow down the processor if it gets too hot. However, throttling is limited: You will lose about 25% of power with a warm chip. But since the M1 is much faster than the Intel version before, even that is a problem.

Technical Specs

MacBook Air Retina vs. MacBook Retina vs. MacBook Pro

The Macbook Air is technically superior to the older 12″ MacBook in every category. The smaller MacBook is the only thing that scores points: it’s 300 grams lighter. In other words, the new MacBook Air is over 40% heavier than the discontinued MacBook 12″. So you won’t get extreme lightness, but rather a fair price.

Phased out MacBook Models

There are some models that Apple no longer sells, but which are still on sale and of course used. Among the most recently discontinued models are the MacBook 12″, which weighs only 900g, and the widely used MacBook Air without Retina Display.

Which MacBook to buy? Tips for your decision making.

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The 12″ MacBook is Apple’s newest creation when it comes to ultra portable MacBooks. Its 12 inch display is a bit smaller compared to the MacBook Air’s and it is also a bit weaker when it comes to processor power. Nonetheless though, it is fast enough for everyday tasks, is very lightweight and has a brilliant display.

Where to buy the MacBook?

Buy here:     Amazon     Apple

When to buy a MacBook? The best moment to buy.

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The last hardware revision is from 2017.

We inform you here if it is a good time to buy the product.

green means: up to date
orange means: coming to the end of the product cycle
red means: don’t buy, an update is coming soon

Decision criteria for the 12″ MacBook

Apple offers the 12 inch MacBook in two configurations: you can a 1.2 GHz processor and 256 GB flash storage or a 1.3 GHz processor and 512 GB flash memory.

MacBook: Demonstration of the technically possible.

It is a bit difficult to find the right spot in Apple’s portfolio, where we have a Macbook Air, MacBook Pro and MacBook Pro Retina in similar sizes. The best comparison may be the very first iPhone and MacBook Air: they were very expensive, less powerful than other devices in the portfolio, but technically ahead and very stylish.

The MacBook is hopefully fast enough for normal work, as there is internet browsing, text processing and light photo editing. It shows the way Apple’s hardware development is going. It may be not as powerful as other MacBooks, but this is not needed for some people. It only got one audio and one USB-C port and only has a 480p Webcam. But it is beautiful, very light and doesn’t bring a fan. In addition, the battery life is high.

Technical Specifications

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MacBook 12″

  • 1,2 GHz Dual-Core m3 or 1,3 GHz i5 processor
  • 8 GB RAM
  • 256 GB or 512 GB flash storage
  • FaceTime camera (480p)
  • stereo speakers, two microfones
  • Audioanschluss
  • one USB 3.1 port
  • Intel Graphics 615
  • ac WLAN and Bluetooth 4.2
  • Force Touch Trackpad

MacBook vs. MacBook Air

The difference between a MacBook Air and a MacBook Pro are clear: the Pro is the work horse, the Air the lightweight for standard tasks.

Now there is a model below the Air: The MacBook 12″ is much less powerful than the Air. In addition, there is no SD-card slot, no USB 3.0 ports, not Thunderbolt 3, no FaceTime HD camera and the battery is a bit smaller. Interestingly enough, the MacBook Air now seems extremely powerful, but it misses a Retina Display.

To be honest though, there are a lot of user that never made use of the MacBook Air’s performance and never used the Thunderbolt port anyway. This is exact the focus group that will love the 400 gram lighter MacBook: completely silent, incredibly light, brilliant display. And the only port? Well, it gets connected to the only accessory which is always used: the charger.

Where should I buy the MacBook?

Buy here:     Amazon     Apple

Which MacBook Air non-Retina to buy? Decision criteria.

Apple MacBook Air 11 13

The MacBook Air is the cheapest mobile Mac in Apple’s range, though no longer the smallest and lightest. It offers enough computing power for everyday tasks and a very long battery life. We’ll give you tips on what options make sense for a MacBook Air.

When to buy a MacBook Air?

MacBook Air

The MacBook Air got its last update in June 2017.

We inform you here if it is a good time to buy the product.

green means: up to date
orange means: coming to the end of the product cycle
red means: don’t buy, an update is coming soon

Decision criteria for the MacBook Air

Both currently offered MacBook Air variants are just two configurations of the same base model, only the size of the SSD is different. As an option, you can choose a better processor and more storage space.

A fast CPU and 8 GB RAM come as standard.

The faster processor can make sense under some circumstances, this depends heavily on your work though. The Air does not turn into a computer monster with the optinal 2.2 GHz i7, but it can speed up picture conversions for example. If you just use the machine for office work and internet surfing, just go for the base processor. If this machine will be used for CPU extensive tasks like video cutting though, pay the price for more performance.

We always say that 256 GB should be minimum when it comes to SSD storage space. For this model, Transcend already offers new and bigger SSDs. They are not cheap, but it means the MacBook Air can be upgraded later. You can start with a cheaper configuration now and update later, when you have more budget.

Technical specifications

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MacBook Air 13″

  • display with 1440 x 900 pixels
  • 1,8 GHz Dual-Core i5 processor
  • 8 GB RAM
  • 128 GB or 256 GB flash storage
  • FaceTime HD camera
  • stereo speakers, two microphones
  • 3,5 mm audio jack
  • two USB 3.0 ports
  • SDXC port
  • one Thunderbolt 2 port
  • Intel Graphics 6000
  • ac Wifi and Bluetooth 4.0

MacBook Air vs. MacBook Retina

The Air is Apple’s offer in the MacBook lineup that is for beginners and users that want a fair price, good performance and lots of different ports wrapped in a light case with a very long battery life. It is a MacBook for surfing, writing, photo organizing etc.

For more complex tasks Apple offers the Pro lineup, which can offer more RAM and lots of performance. In addition, the Air comes without retina display. It is not that bad though: it has a higher resolution display, so the difference to the more expensive retina variants is ok. If you are not sure, just go into an Apple store and have a look.

Attraktive. A MacBook Air.

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Although the MacBook Air doesn’t offer the newest CPUs or the fastest SSDs, it is very snappy computer, which is still a joy to use. The small enclosure makes it easy to carry it around. For some users this model is still the most attractive of all offers that many find very sympathic.