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Learning About Apple MacBooks

Apple MacBook laptop computers provide users with easy-to-use, complete computing packages. MacBooks range from laptops ideal for the casual user looking to surf the Web and send a few emails, to high-end machines capable of handling the serious demands of creative professionals needing design solutions. If you're a dedicated iPad, iPod, or iPhone user, you might want to give an Apple Mac computer a serious look, thanks to the ease of integrating those products with Mac OS operating systems.

Apple MacBook Models

There are three Apple MacBook varieties. Each offers the cutting-edge technology that Apple is known for, as well as individual features that set them apart.

MacBook

The original Apple MacBook is the smallest of the laptops. It features a 12-inch screen and weights just over two pounds. You can go for ten hours without recharging, and it comes in a rainbow of colors. The entry-level version of this powerful machine has a 1.2GHz dual-core Intel Core m3 processor and 8GB of storage.

MacBook Air

With a powerful 1.8 GHz dual-core Intel Core, 4GB of memory, Intel HD Graphics 6000, built-in wireless, and Bluetooth capability, most people find the MacBook Air laptop more than sufficient for surfing the web, watching videos, storing photos, sending email, and creating reports and spreadsheets. This 13-inch stunner weighs a feather-light 2.96 pounds, making it an extremely portable option. You can choose between 128 or 256GB of storage.

MacBook Pro

The MacBook Pro laptop offers the most computing power and the fastest processing speeds of the available Apple laptops. It features a 2.3GHz dual-core 7th-generation Intel Core i5 processor, a hefty 8GB of memory, as well as Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640. It's available in 13- and 15-inch versions. If you've heard people discussing an Apple laptop with Touch Bar, the MacBook Pro with a 3.1GHz dual-core 7th-generation Intel Core i5 processor, 4 Thunderbolt 3 ports, and Intel Iris Plus Graphics 650 is the machine they were talking about. The Touch Bar responds to your activities and essentially creates helpful keys and shortcuts specific to what you're doing. Thanks to the computing power and speed of these laptops, they're ideal for graphic designers, architects, and video and image editors who regularly use software requiring serious computing power. If you need something even more powerful, you might want to check out a desktop computer.

How to Choose an Apple MacBook

As with any purchase, the main considerations when shopping for an Apple MacBook are budget and use.

  • If you need something you can take anywhere, the smaller size of the MacBook fits the bill
  • If you're looking for an affordable machine that can handle many of the same tasks as a traditional laptop, without the added bulk and weight, opt for the MacBook Air
  • If you need a computer that can perform demanding tasks while still being portable, choose the MacBook Pro

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