Apple computers, the also-ran of the computer market for many years, was once only sought after and used by artists and musicians for its ease of use with creative programs. But the last ten years have really seen an explosion of the Apple computer market, and Apple has gone from being an obscure brand to one of the major players in the computer industry, even being used more and more in business than ever before. If you’re thinking about buying an Apple for your next home, school, or business computer, it’s best to understand which model will fit your needs best.
MacBook is Apple’s line of notebook computers. The MacBook is the simplest, with a plastic white case and limited speed and memory. The MacBook Pro is the next step up, with a stainless steel casing, higher memory and speed. The MacBooks come in a number of different sizes from 13 inch to 17 inch. The 15-inch MacBook Pro is probably the best of all possible worlds: small size, great speed/memory at a good price. If you’re looking for a versatile laptop at a good value, this may be the one you want.
Besides its line of regular laptops, Mac also offers a slimmed-down notebook that does not have an optical drive (CD drive) and limited computer power. The MacBook Air is less than an inch thick and is as light as a feather in both 11 inch and 13-inch models. If you’re looking for a notebook that only weigh you down, this one’s for you.
iMac is Apple’s line of desktop computers. Instead of having a CPU and a monitor, like most PCs, the iMac contains everything in one monitor unit. Keyboards and mice are all wireless, and the display comes in 21 and 27-inch models. iMac packs more long-term storage and speed for the price than the MacBooks, but—of course—they’re not portable. The desktop is sleek, easy to use, and has a fantastic display for working, playing, or watching your favorite movie.
Although technically not a computer in the traditional sense, the iPad is a cool, app-driven tablet that has a great touch screen and wi-fi (and 3G access), and can hold all your media for watching movies, playing games, listening to music, or any document you need for business on the go. The iPad is an add-on device and needs a computer to interface with, so it cannot stand on its own as a main computing device, but it could be a great add-on if you need increased mobility for your media and business but don’t want to shell out the money for a new laptop.
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