All the current runing MacBooks finally have the improved Magic Keyboards:
The Magic Keyboard first appeared on Apple's 16-inch MacBook Pro last autumn, but it has now been introduced to all of the company's current MacBook Pro models, including the latest M1 MacBook Air and MacBook Pro 13-inch models. As a result, the keyboard is significantly more pleasant and reliable than the "butterfly" design that has plagued many MacBooks since 2015. Yes, Apple took a half-decade to reverse course, but the good news is that Mac laptop keyboards are finally back to normal.
MacBooks deals - offering education
Normally, the Apple Store isn't the ideal place to buy an Apple laptop (or, for that matter, practically any Apple product) because sales are scarce. Apple's education promotions, which normally include MacBook offers, are an exception to the rule. If you're a student or teacher, you may get a $100 discount on a MacBook Air and a free pair of AirPods, as well as a 20% discount on AppleCare + increases warranty.
If you want something bigger & don't mind it less than portable:
Apple has redesigned its smaller iMac (previously 21.5 inches, now 24 inches) with the company's M1 chip and seven colour variations. The 2020 27-inch iMac is also available if you require a larger display and high-end components.
Almost all Macs now use Apple's proprietary M1 processors:
It was the main news during Apple's 2020 WWDC event. The MacBook Air, 13-inch MacBook Pro, Mac Mini, and 24-inch iMac have all employed Apple's M1 system-on-a-chip since then. Intel processors are still employed in the 16-inch MacBook Pro, 27-inch iMac, and Mac Pro tower for the time being. The M1 appears to live up to Apple's promises of better battery life and faster performance, based on our preliminary tests. Apps for the Mac are also more closely matched with those for the iPad and iPhone.
If you need a new MacBook right now, the current lineup includes a combination of Apple's M1 and Intel's Core processors. However, they've all performed admirably in our recent hands-on experience. The most important thing is to make sure you don't buy too little or too much MacBook.
The 13-inch MacBook Air is available, as well as 13- and 16-inch MacBook Pro variants. That is all there is to it. Yes, this eliminates some potentially ideal choices, but it also makes it lot easier to find out which camp you belong to, especially since these three models are sufficiently distinct that you'll automatically gravitate toward one over the others.
This was everyone's favourite laptop for many years. It was inexpensive, thin, light, and tough as a tank. It has the potential to persist for years and withstand numerous falls and bumps. $999 would suffice for any college student or coffee shop creative type.
Then time slipped away from the Air. Its low-resolution display and bulky bezel around the screen put it at a disadvantage compared to other Windows laptops. Only a few of the components were updated on a regular basis. Fortunately, the Air received a major update and now resembles a MacBook Pro in appearance and feel. Most importantly, it's back to its all-time low starting price of $999.
The M1-powered Air has no vents, so there are no fans and no noise, making it ideal for classes and conferences. There are just two Thunderbolt 3 USB-C connectors and no Touch Bar, but neither is a deal breaker for most users.
It's difficult to go wrong with the MacBook Air if you're a college student, aspiring entrepreneur, writer, or simply seeking for a high-end casual laptop. For many people, it will be the default starting place.
MacBook Pro 13-inch
Apple updated the 13-inch MacBook Pro with the M1 chip when it updated the Air. The Pro, unlike the Air, features fan vents, which help keep it cool whether you're working on raw photo editing or cranking out video exports.
More significantly, switching to M1 entails rewriting your software to take advantage of the new hardware in order to get the best performance out of it. Thankfully, Apple's Rosetta 2 software allows Intel-native applications to operate correctly on the M1 chip. In our testing, the difference in performance was little, if at all.
The Apple Touch Bar is now standard on all MacBook Pros, and while it isn't as useful as Apple would have you believe, it isn't as useless as everyone else thinks. When using the calculator app, I use it all the time for screen brightness, audio adjustment, and a few more contextual buttons.
Because they're so close in price, you might be tempted to go with the Air rather than the Pro; after all, they look and feel the same and have a lot of the same features. For many people, this is the correct decision. You'll want the Pro's performance bump if you're dealing with more power-hungry software like Photoshop or Premiere.
MacBook Pro 16-inch
Only Intel processors are available in this MacBook. The 16-inch MacBook Pro is a reincarnation of the late, famous 17-inch MacBook Pro, which was retired in 2012. It's quite large, especially when compared to the 13-inch MacBooks.
The biggest selling feature is the amount of screen real estate, which is essential whether you're a designer or a data cruncher who needs to have a lot of information in front of you. The 16-inch MacBook, like the old 15-inch Pro, is exorbitantly priced, starting at $2,399 and rising from there. But if that's your work-from-home screen all day, every day, it might be worth it.
The 16-inch Pro's second main selling point is that it comes with discrete graphics, including AMD Radeon choices. No, Macs aren't gaming machines, but having a GPU is essential if you're editing 4K video or doing 3D modelling. The other Macs come with Intel Iris graphics, which are at least a step better from normal laptop graphics.
The main caveat here is that we expect this model to be updated with Apple's M1 chip sometime next year to match the rest of the series. You can't go wrong with this if you need anything right now (and used MacBooks typically fetch top dollar).