Apple laptops have their intrinsic charm as you expect extraordinary performance and stunning looks. It is to Apple’s credit that it does not disappoint you in any way.

Yes, Apple laptops can be expensive than other similar appliances, but they are worth every rupee you spend on them.

They come with incredible features like Thunderbolt 3 support, fast Wi-Fi connectivity, high-quality security, excellent acoustic characteristics, and stunning display.

Apple has its loyal fans who would love to have nothing less than an Apple device.

This buying guide discusses the features to look out for in an Apple Macbook.

1. Apple MacBook Pro – 13-inches

Apple MacBook Pro is unique because of the 13-inches screen that makes it a portable powerhouse. The 15.6mm thickness and 1.4Kg weight add to its portability quotient.

Processor 8th generation Intel Core i5 processor
Cores Quad-core
System Memory 8GB RAM expandable to 32GB
Storage 256GB SSD expandable up to 4TB
Graphics Intel Iris Plus graphics 645
Display 13-inches Brilliant Retina display
Battery Life Up to ten hours
Connectivity Ports Two Thunderbolt 3 ports

The Apple MacBook Air draws its immense power from an 8th generation Intel Core i5 processor. This 13-inches laptop model is also available with the 10th gen Intel Core processor.

While the present laptop under discussion has 8GB RAM, this model can accommodate up to 32GB if equipped with a better Intel Core CPU.

Similarly, this appliance features 256GB SSD storage. Expandable storage up to 4TB SSD is available in higher-priced Apple MacBook Pro models with better processors.

The 13-inches screen might look small compared to the 15.6-inches laptops we are generally used to seeing in India. However, the Brilliant Retina True Tone display with Intel Iris graphics 645 packs a powerful punch.

True Tone technology allows for 25% more colors than the traditional sRGB technology available on other laptops. The 500-nits brightness is an excellent feature that enhances its visual appeal. Besides, the widescreen sound adds to the entertainment quotient.

The 13-inches screen reduces the keyboard size considerably, but Apple compensates it with a powerful arrangement. This Magic Keyboard features a refined scissor mechanism and 1mm travel distance to deliver a responsive typing experience.

The Escape key allows you to switch quickly between different modes and views. The inverted-T arrow keys make navigation comfortable as you play the latest games with ease.

The Touch Bar provides powerful shortcuts, whereas the Touch ID is an excellent authentication feature.

One of the critical benefits of the Apple MacBook Pro laptop is its connectivity port options. This laptop features two Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) ports with charging support and data transfer speed up to 40Gbps.

It features another USB 3.1 Gen 2 port capable of a data transfer speed of 10Gbps. Besides, Wi-Fi 802.11ac (Wi-Fi 5) and Bluetooth v5.0 support enhance connectivity.

Positives

  • High-quality display and keyboard
  • Excellent data transfer speeds
  • Unbeatable performance on all parameters

Negatives

  • The pricing is high.
  • Intensive usage causes the laptop to become hot.

2. Apple MacBook Air – 13-inches

Here is another Apple laptop, the MacBook Air, with excellent configurations and features that make it capable of delivering high-quality performances.

Processor 10th generation Intel Core i5 processor with a minimum clock speed of 1.1GHz
Cores Quad-core processor
System Memory 8GB RAM
Storage 256GB SSD, expandable to 2TB SSD
Graphics Intel Iris Plus graphics
Display 13.3-inches Retina display with True Tone
Battery Life Up to 11 hours
Connectivity Ports Includes two Thunderbolt 3 ports

MacBook Air is an impressive laptop because of its incredibly thin form factor. The 13.3-inches screen and its light weight make the Apple MacBook Air one of the best portable laptops.

A sterling highlight is the brilliant Retina display with True Tone technology. This display can accommodate up to four million pixels and deliver an immersive experience. True Tone technology can deliver 48% more colors and razor-sharp text clarity than the standard displays available on other laptops.

This Apple MacBook Air lives up to its reputation as a powerful laptop because of the 10th generation Intel Core i5 processor. This appliance can also work on the Ci7 CPU.

The 8GB RAM enhances multitasking ability while the 256GB SSD storage improves processing speed further. This laptop can accommodate up to 2TB SSD storage.

Using the Apple MacBook Air keyboard is an absolute dream because the redesigned scissor mechanism with a 1mm travel distance makes for a superior typing experience. This laptop has an extra-large trackpad with 20% more room for multi-touch gestures.

Apple MacBook Air offers high security levels, as is evident from the Touch ID feature where your fingerprint acts as your access password. Thus, unauthorized persons cannot access your data.

The FaceTime HD camera is perfect for having conference calls with office colleagues and friends.

A triple-microphone array captures your voice better and with greater accuracy. The speakers deliver double the bass and 25% more volume

The MacBook Air processor exhibits a base clock frequency of 1.1GHz. Hence, it consumes less battery for less-intensive tasks. On average, it delivers between 11 and 12 hours of battery life.

Thunderbolt 3 connectivity feature enhances data transfer speeds to 40Gbps. This laptop supports Wi-Fi 5 and Bluetooth v5.0 to enable seamless internet browsing and file transfer experience.

Positives

  • Impeccable display with high-quality sound
  • Powerful performance because of the 10th Intel Core CPU
  • At 1.29Kg, it is easily portable.

Negatives

  • Like all Apple devices, the cost is a prohibitive factor.

3. Apple MacBook Pro Intel Core i7 – 16-inches

The 9th generation Ci7 laptops are excellent for gaming and other graphics-intensive activities. This 16-inches Apple MacBook Pro comes equipped with excellent features to deliver impeccable performances.

Processor 9th generation Intel Core i7 processor
Cores Hexa-core processor
System Memory 16GB RAM, expandable to 64GB
Storage 512GB SSD, upgradeable to 8TB SSD
Graphics AMD Radeon Pro 5000M Series graphics with GDDR6 memory
Display 16-inches Retina display with True Tone technology
Battery Life Up to 11 hours
Connectivity Ports Four Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C), Wi-Fi 802.11ac

The 16-inches Retina Display with True Tone technology ensures an impressive viewing experience as it produces 500-nits of brightness. Thus, you have the brightest whites and deepest blacks thanks to the perfect photo alignment of the liquid crystal molecules.

The P3 Color Gamut is its highlight as you view brilliant, true-to-life images and video.

The 9th generation Ci7 CPU is one of the best for gaming. This hexa-core processor combines beautifully with AMD Radeon Pro 5000M Series GPU to deliver a superior gaming experience. This laptop can also work on the Ci9 processor to deliver 2.1 times the performance of a quad-core MacBook Pro.

The AMD Radeon Pro 5000M Series GPU comes with 40 compute units and 8GB bandwidth memory to bring a new level of desktop-class graphics power to the MacBook Pro.

This laptop supports up to 64GB 2666MHz DDR4 RAM. However, the model under discussion comes with 16GB RAM that should prove enough for smooth performances.

The Apple MacBook Pro keyboard works like magic as it features a refined scissor mechanism with a 1mm travel distance. The Escape key enables quick switching between modes, whereas the inverter-T arrow keys help fluid navigation through lines of code, spreadsheets, or gaming.

The Touch ID authentication feature prevents unauthorized access as Apple laptops value your security more than anything else.

Unlike other laptops in its niche, the MacBook Pro delivers an incredible audio performance with bigger bass and better microphones. The six-speaker sound system with dual-force canceling woofers to reduce vibration and delivers clearer and natural sound.

This Apple MacBook Pro 16-inches laptop has the highest-capacity battery Apple has ever put in a notebook. This battery can deliver sustained power for up to 11 hours comfortably.

The T2 Security Chip provides next-gen security as it includes a Secure Enclave coprocessor to enable secured booting and encrypted storage capabilities.

Apple MacBook Pro laptops are different from the others because they invariably feature a minimum of two Thunderbolt 3 ports. This model has four such ports that enable high-speed data transfer up to 40Gbps.

The reversible Thunderbolt 3 makes it easy to plug in. It is a multi-utility port as it enables data transfer, video output, and charging in a single connector.

Positives

  • Thunderbolt 3 connectivity is excellent.
  • The scissor mechanism keyboard is a dream to use.
  • High-quality display and performance

Negatives

  • The higher RAM and SSD storage variants are not available in India.

4. Apple MacBook Pro Intel Core i9 variant, 16-inches

This Apple MacBook Pro is similar to the model discussed earlier except for the higher-rated Intel Core processor. The 9th generation Ci9 CPU delivers incredible performance to justify the laptop’s high pricing.

Processor 9th generation Intel Core i9 processor
Cores Octa-core processor
System Memory 16GB RAM, expandable to 64GB
Storage 1TB SSD, upgradeable to 8TB
Graphics AMD Radeon Pro 5000M series graphics and Intel UHD graphics 630

8GB GDDR6 graphics memory

Display 16-inches Retina display with True Tone technology
Battery Life Up to 11 hours
Connectivity Ports Four Thunderbolt 3 USB C ports, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, and Bluetooth v5.0

This Apple MacBook Pro has the highest configuration among the various Apple laptops discussed here. The 9th generation Ci9 CPU combines with the AMD Radeon Pro 5000M series graphics to deliver a breathtaking computing performance.

It is an ideal laptop for performing all computing activities video editing, content creation, and regular activity.

The 16-inches Retina display is perfect for displaying HDR quality. The 500-nits of brightness is the highest you get among laptop screens. It delivers the deepest of blacks while highlighting the brightest of whites with equal ease.

The P3 wide color gamut brings true-to-life images and video content to ensure an immersive viewing experience.

The 9th generation Ci9 CPU does not need any introduction about the excellent performance it is capable of delivering. This processor with eight cores and 16 threads delivers 2.1 times the performance of a quad-core MacBook Pro.

This Apple MacBook has an advanced thermal architecture with large impellers and improved fan blades for ensuring up to 28% more airflow than standard cooling systems.

It has a 35% larger heat sink to ensure better heat dissipation, enabling the laptop to deliver up to 12 watts of additional maximum sustained power.

This MacBook Pro supports up to 64GB RAM, much more than necessary for an excellent performance. The laptops available on the Indian market come with 16GB RAM. It is sufficient for excellent multitasking.

Though the MacBook can support up to 8TB SSD storage, the Indian models do not have such features. However, the 8TB SSD storage is the maximum for any notebook globally.

The high-quality sound system includes a six-speaker system with dual force-canceling woofers. It produces sound of absolute clarity to deliver an enchanting acoustic performance.

The Apple MacBook keyboard is one aspect that no one can ever forget. The scissor mechanism keys deliver a responsive, comfortable, and quiet typing experience. Features like the Escape Key to allow switching between modes and the inverter-T arrow keys ensure a fantastic gaming experience.

Positives

  • One of the best configurations for a laptop
  • Impressive performances in almost all parameters
  • Unbelievable storage and memory

Negatives

  • It takes much time to learn how to use the Apple MacBook efficiently.
  • One of the most expensive laptop models

Buying Guide for Apple Laptops

Apple laptops are different from regular laptops in many ways. Let us study the similarities and differences in brief before discussing the buying guide for Apple laptops.

The Operating System

macOS Catalina

The one fact that distinguishes an Apple laptop from the others is the operating system. Apple laptops run on the Macintosh OS, whereas the regular laptops use other operating systems like Windows, Linux, etc. Hence, Apple names its devices as MacBooks. It is a notebook or a laptop that runs on MacOS. Compared to the MacOS, the Windows OS is comfortable to use. However, that does not mean that the MacOS is not efficient.

Design – Apple has a definite edge.

No laptop on this planet can match an Apple MacBook in its appearance. Steve Jobs had envisaged creating a laptop with a stunning outward appearance. Today, you have some of the latest Windows laptops trying to match the Apple MacBooks in their appearance, but they lack elegance.

Pricing – Apple MacBooks are the most expensive.

When you compare the pricing of an Apple appliance and a regular laptop, you will find that the Apple MacBook is way too expensive than the traditional laptops. Besides, repairing a MacBook is also a costly proposition.

Hardware – Some of the advanced hardware options are not available in India.

Apple MacBooks come with advanced hardware options. The negative aspect of Apple MacBooks is that the most advanced features are not available in India. For example, you can have an Apple MacBook with a maximum of 16GB RAM in India, whereas the 64GB RAM is available abroad. Simultaneously, you have Windows laptops available with even 32GB RAM here.

Utility Apps – Windows has more options available.

While both Windows and Apple laptops come with a host of utility apps, some are available solely in either the MacBook or the Windows laptop. For example, Apple MacBooks offer better music streaming services, preview utilities, and superior video editing features.

The Windows laptops offer better translation services, Xbox gaming applications, Skype communicating platform, etc.

The best advantage of a Windows laptop is the MS Office or Office 365 software suite that allows a range of work-related apps like MS Word, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint, etc. Though it is possible to install MS Office on a MacBook, the Windows version is better any day.

Keyboard – The primary input device

Both Windows and MacBooks offer excellent keyboards, but they have their issues, as well. The Apple keyboard is comparatively more responsive as the keys come with a 1mm travel distance. Hence, they offer better typing experiences than the Windows keyboards.

Alternative Input Device – Surprisingly, Windows laptops are better.

Windows laptops are available in various input modes like touchscreen-enabled and stylus-enabled. The Windows laptops are better when it comes to touchscreens because they provide excellent alternative inputs, like pen/stylus and dictation. Not all Apple MacBooks are available with touchscreens. The available ones can cost a fortune.

Upgradability – Upgrading Windows laptops is easy.

Upgrading a Windows laptop is easy because the spare parts are conveniently available. It is not so in the case of Apple MacBooks. However, MacBooks come with loaded high-end specs as compared to Windows machines.

Different types of Apple laptops available on the market

A range of Apple laptops is available on the market, of which we have discussed a few. The Apple laptop brands available include the MacBook Air, MacBook Pro 13, MacBook Pro 16, iMac, iMac Pro, etc.

Here are some of the features to expect in the best Apple laptops in India.

The Screen Size – The MacBook is unique.

MacBooks come in unique sizes, not otherwise found in the general Windows laptops.

You have MacBook Pro and MacBook Air coming with screen sizes 13.3-inches and 16-inches. The standard Windows laptops are available as 14-inches, 15.6-inches, or 17.3-inches.

Retina Display – A high-quality display

The Retina Display has a comparatively higher resolution than the normal FHD you have on the standard Windows laptops. The Retina Display can produce 500-nits brightness as against the 300-nits available on other laptop screens.

The advantage of a Retina Display is that it is compatible with HDR, whereby it distinguishes between different shades of blacks and whites to reproduce high-quality, life-like images and videos. The top-end Apple MacBooks come with features like P3 Wide color gamut that delivers the best visual experiences.

Processors – The M1 is the latest.

Generally, all Apple MacBooks run on Intel Core CPUs. Recently, they have invented the ARM-based M1 chip, supposed to be a better version of the Intel Core CPUs.

All Apple MacBooks have not transitioned to the M1 now, but it will be done soon. Until that time, you get Apple MacBooks with high-end Intel Core chips.

Apple is considering introducing an even more powerful M1X chip very soon. The advantage of the M1 chip is that they support all iOS and iPad OS apps.

Advanced Graphics – Integrated and discrete

Apple MacBooks can work with both integrated and discrete graphics cards. Like the Apple MacBook Pro 16-inches model, the top-end Apple laptops feature an AMD Radeon 5000M series graphics card, one of the best in the business.

Apple MacBooks also work on integrated Intel Iris graphics to deliver excellent graphics performances.

Memory and Storage – Options are limited.

Apple MacBooks come with a minimum memory of 8GB that should be sufficient for all your computing activities. However, the upgradeable option is always present, with some Apple laptops presenting 32GB and some up to 64GB.

The 64GB upgradeability options are not available in Apple laptop models in India.

Similarly, Apple advertises storage capacity up to 8TB SSD in its highest configured MacBook Pro. However, this storage is not available here. In India, you can go for a maximum of up to 2TB SSD. The models have an installed 256GB/512GB SSD with upgradeable options up to a maximum of 2TB in India.

Cooling Systems – Advanced Thermals

As Laptops can generate heat, you need excellent cooling systems for heat dissipation. Apple MacBooks feature advanced thermal architecture with larger impellers and improved fan blades to enable better airflow up to 28% and heat dissipation up to 35% better than the standard cooling systems.

Keyboard – It is magical.

Apple MacBooks feature a magic keyboard with exquisite features. The scissor mechanism makes it an absolute dream to use these keyboards. The 1mm travel distance makes these keys responsive and delivers a comfortable and silent typing experience.

The Magic Keyboard comprises an Escape Key that allows you to switch between different modes comfortably. All Apple MacBooks feature an inverted-T arrow key structure to enable fluid navigation during your gaming activities.

The Apple MacBook Touch Bar is generally larger than those available on Windows laptops and has more features. All these laptops feature Touch ID authentication to allow authorized users to access the laptop data.

Apple T2 Security Chip – The highest security levels

The Apple T2 Security Chip makes these Apple MacBooks more secure than other laptops in its genre. They include a Secure Enclave coprocessor that powers Touch ID to ensure secure booting and encrypted storage. It consolidates various controllers like system management, audio, and SSD controller to enable the highest security levels.

Connectivity Options – Nothing can be better.

Apple MacBooks offer the best connectivity options in Thunderbolt 3 compatibility in all their laptops, irrespective of their CPUs. The lower-end models feature two Thunderbolt 3 ports, whereas the 16-inches models come equipped with four Thunderbolt 3 connectivity options.

The advantage of Thunderbolt 3 support is that it integrated data transfer, laptop battery-charging, and video output in a single connector. It can deliver up to 40Gbps data transfer speed.

Besides Thunderbolt 3, all Apple MacBooks feature Wi-Fi 5 and Bluetooth v5.0 connectivity options.

Final words

Apple laptops are expensive than the standard Windows laptops because they come with excellent features, performance-wise, display-wise, and audio system-wise. However, they are worth every paise you spend on them.

Besides, once an Apple user, always an Apple user. The design, the features, and the user-friendly options can attract you to such an extent that you might not consider any other laptop brand in the future.

VS Chaithanya Is Vsbytes's Editor-In-Chief. He Is A Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert And Has Been Interested In Computer Hardware, Software, And Gaming Right Since The Time He Was A Child.

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