Comparison of Macintosh models

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This is a comparison of Macintosh models, produced by Apple Inc. This list encompasses current models only.

Market matrix[edit]

Apple follows a product matrix of having a model of computer for both consumers and professionals, in both desktop and portable configurations. This provides a useful background as to the intended market for each Macintosh product.

Compact Consumer Professional
Portable
(MacBook)
MacBook Air
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11.6" and 13.3" models; uses Intel Core i5 or Intel Core i7 processors
MacBook Pro
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13.3" and 15.4" models; uses Intel Core i5 or Intel Core i7 processors
Desktop Mac Mini
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Entry-level desktop that ships without keyboard, mouse, or monitor; uses Intel Core i5 or Intel Core i7 processors
iMac
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All-in-one available in 21.5" and 27" models; uses Intel Core i5 or Intel Core i7 processors
Mac Pro
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Customizable workstation desktop; uses Intel Xeon processors, can be used as server
Server Mac Mini with OS X Server
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Must purchase OS X Server with this computer.[1]


Specifications[edit]

Head-notes
Pricing

  • 1 Prices in Euros may vary from country to country; the price for France was used as a rough guide.
  • 2 Academic pricing differs in each country and upon where you buy it from. Prices shown in the table below are from the UK online education store. Buying from an Apple retail store typically offers a larger academic discount as they can verify your enrollment by a physical student identification with a picture. For example, the black MacBook from the online education store sells for £58 less than retail, however in the Apple retail store it is sold for £132 less than retail with proper student University identification.

Hardware

  • 3 Combo means a Combo Drive, which includes a CD reader, writer and DVD reader; a SuperDrive can also write and rewrite DVDs.
  • 5 Every current Macintosh uses DDR3 SDRAM memory. Dedicated graphics cards in Macs use the PCI Express bus.

Desktops[edit]

Model Processor Memory FSB Storage RPM Graphics VRAM Display resolution MSRP
Mac Mini[2] 2.3 GHz Intel Core i5 2 GB TBD MHz 500 GB HDD 5400 Intel HD Graphics 3000 288 MB Shared N/A $599 / €599 / £529
iMac 21.5 inch normal specs[3] 2.5 GHz Core i5 6 GB 2.5GT/s 500 GB HDD 7200 ATI Radeon HD 6750m 512 MB 1920 × 1080 $1199 / €1099/ £949
iMac 21.5 inch higher specs[3] 2.7 GHz Core i5 6 GB 2.7GT/s 1 TB HDD 7200 ATI Radeon HD 6770m 512 MB 1920 × 1080 $1499 / €1349 / £1199
iMac 27 inch normal specs[3] 3.2 GHz Core i3 4 GB 2.5GT/s 1 TB HDD 7200 ATI Radeon HD 5670m 512 MB 2560 × 1440 $1699 / €1499 / £1349
iMac 27 inch higher specs[3] 2.8 GHz Core i5 4 GB 2.5GT/s 1 TB HDD 7200 ATI Radeon HD 5750m 1 GB 2560 × 1440 $1999 / €1799 / £1599
Mac Pro Quad-Core[4] 2.8 GHz Quad-core Xeon 3500 3 GB 4.8 GT/s 1 TB HDD 7200 ATI Radeon HD 5770 1 GB N/A $2499 / €2399 / £1999
Mac Pro 8-Core[4] Two 2.4 GHz Quad-core Xeon 5600 6 GB 5.86 GT/s 1 TB HDD 7200 ATI Radeon HD 5770 1 GB N/A $3499 / €3399 / £2799
Mac Pro 12-Core[4] Two 2.66 GHz 6-core Xeon 5600 6 GB 6.4 GT/s 1 TB HDD 7200 ATI Radeon HD 5770 1 GB N/A $4999 / €4899 / £3999

Notebooks[edit]

Model Processor Memory FSB Storage RPM Graphics VRAM Display resolution MSRP
MacBook Air 1.7 GHz 11 in[5] 1.7 GHz (Dual Core)Core i5 4 GB 1600 MHZ 2.5GT/s 64-512 GB SSD N/A Intel HD Graphics 4000 256 MB Shared 1366 × 768 $999/ €999/ £814 / ₹67900
MacBook Air 1.8 GHz 13 in [5] 1.8 GHz Core i5 4 GB 1600 MHZ 2.5GT/s 128-512 GB SSD N/A Intel HD Graphics 4000 384 MB Shared 1440 × 900 $1199/ €867/ £1054 / ₹81900
MacBook Pro 2.5 GHz 13 in[6] 2.5 GHz Core i5 4 GB 1600 MHZ 2.5GT/s 500 GB HDD 5400 Intel HD Graphics 4000 384 MB Shared 1280 × 800 $1199 / €1199 / £999 / ₹81900
MacBook Pro 2.9 GHz 13 in[6] 2.9 GHz Core i7 8 GB 1600 MHZ 2.5GT/s 750 GB HDD 5400 Intel HD Graphics 4000 384 MB Shared 1280 × 800 $1499 / €1499 / £1249 / ₹99900
MacBook Pro 2.5 GHz 13 in[6] 2.5 GHz Core i5 8 GB 1600 MHZ 2.5GT/s 128 GB SSD N/A Intel HD Graphics 4000 384 MB Shared 2560 × 1600 $1499 / €1499 / £1249
MacBook Pro 2.6 GHz 13 in[6] 2.6 GHz Core i5 8 GB 1600 MHZ 2.5GT/s 256 GB SSD N/A Intel HD Graphics 4000 384 MB Shared 2560 × 1600 $1699 / €1699 / £1449
MacBook Pro 2.3 GHz 15 in[6] 2.3 GHz (Quad Core) Core i7 4 GB 1600 MHZ 2.5GT/s 500 GB HDD 5400 Intel HD Graphics 4000 and NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M 512MB 1440 × 900 $1799 / €1799 / £1499 / ₹122900
MacBook Pro 2.4 GHz 15 in[6] 2.4 GHz (Quad Core) Core i7 8 GB 1600 MHZ 2.5GT/s 256 GB SSD N/A Intel HD Graphics 4000 and NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M 1GB 2880 × 1800 (Retina Display) $2199 / €2199 / £1799 / ₹152900
MacBook Pro 2.7 GHz 15 in[6] 2.7 GHz (Quad Core) Core i7 8 GB 1600 MHZ 2.5GT/s 512-768 GB SSD N/A Intel HD Graphics and NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M 1GB 2880 × 1800 (Retina Display) $2799 / €2799 / £2299 / ₹192900

Input/Output[edit]

Note that unless a product is specified as having an ISight/Facetime camera, it will not come preloaded with the Photo Booth software; likewise, if it does not have an IR receiver, it will not have Front Row software.

Model USB FireWire 800 Optical drive Gigabit Ethernet AirPort Extreme Bluetooth Video interface SD card slot ExpressCard Keyboard and mouse iSight/Facetime Camera Remote IR receiver
Mac mini[2] 4 1 No Yes Yes Yes HDMI and Thunderbolt (interface) Yes No No No Yes
Mac mini Server[2] 4 1 No Yes Yes Yes HDMI and Thunderbolt (interface) Yes No No No Yes
iMac 21.5 in low-end[3] 4 1 SuperDrive DL Yes Yes Yes Thunderbolt (interface) Yes No Yes Yes Yes
iMac 21.5 in high-end[3] 4 1 SuperDrive DL Yes Yes Yes Thunderbolt (interface) Yes No Yes Yes Yes
iMac 27 in low-end[3] 4 1 SuperDrive DL Yes Yes Yes Thunderbolt (interface) Yes No Yes Yes Yes
iMac 27 in high-end[3] 4 1 SuperDrive DL Yes Yes Yes Thunderbolt (interface) Yes No Yes Yes Yes
Mac Pro Quad-Core[4] 5 4 SuperDrive DL Yes Yes Yes Dual-link DVI and two Mini DisplayPort's No No Yes No No
Mac Pro 8-Core[4] 5 4 SuperDrive DL Yes Yes Yes Dual-link DVI and two Mini DisplayPort's No No Yes No No
Mac Pro 12-Core[4] 5 4 SuperDrive DL Yes Yes Yes Dual-link DVI and two Mini DisplayPort's No No Yes No No
MacBook Air 1.6 GHz[5] 2 No No No Yes Yes Thunderbolt (interface) No No Integrated Yes No
MacBook Air 1.7 GHz[5] 2 No No No Yes Yes Thunderbolt (interface) Yes No Integrated Yes No
MacBook Pro 13 in 2.3 GHz[6] 2 1 SuperDrive DL Yes Yes Yes Thunderbolt (interface) Yes No Integrated Yes Yes
MacBook Pro 13 in 2.7 GHz[6] 2 1 SuperDrive DL Yes Yes Yes Thunderbolt (interface) Yes No Integrated Yes Yes
MacBook Pro 15 in 2.0 GHz[6] 2 1 SuperDrive DL Yes Yes Yes Thunderbolt (interface) Yes No Integrated Yes Yes
MacBook Pro 15 in 2.2 GHz[6] 2 1 SuperDrive DL Yes Yes Yes Thunderbolt (interface) Yes No Integrated Yes Yes
MacBook Pro 15 in 2.2 GHz[6] 2 1 SuperDrive DL Yes Yes Yes Thunderbolt (interface) Yes No Integrated Yes Yes

Physical specifications[edit]

Note that all portable models come with MagSafe power connectors and a Sudden Motion Sensor. Also note that the configuration and manufacturing of a specific Mac can slightly alter the mass and weight.

Model Material Color Width Height Depth Mass Photo
Mac Mini[2] Aluminum Silver 19.7 cm / 7.7 in 3.6 cm / 1.4 in 19.7 cm / 7.7 in 1.37 kg / 3.0 lb Mac mini.png
Mac Mini Server[2] 1.29 kg / 2.8 lb
iMac 21.5 in[3] Aluminum Silver, black border around screen 52.8 cm / 20.8 in 45.1 cm / 17.75 in 18.85 cm / 7.42 in 9.3 kg / 20.5 lb Imac 16-9.png
iMac 27 in[3] Aluminum Silver, black border around screen 65.0 cm / 25.6 in 51.7 cm / 20.4 in 20.7 cm / 8.15 in 13.8 kg / 30.5 lb
Mac Pro[4] Aluminum Silver 20.6 cm / 8.1 in 51.1 cm / 20.1 in 47.5 cm / 18.7 in 20.2 to 22.1 kg / 44.5 to 48.8 lb Macpro BW.png
MacBook Air 11 in [5] Aluminum Silver 29.95 cm / 11.8 in 0.3-1.7 cm / 0.11-0.68 in 19.2 cm / 7.56 in 1.06 kg / 2.3 lb MacBook Air.png
MacBook Air 13 in[5] Aluminum Silver 32.5 cm / 12.8 in 0.3-1.7 cm / 0.11-0.68 in 22.7 cm / 8.94 in 1.32 kg / 2.9 lb
MacBook Pro 13 in[6] Aluminum Silver with black border around screen 32.5 cm / 12.78 in 2.41 cm / .95 in 22.7 cm / 8.94 in 2.04 kg / 4.5 lb Aluminium MacBook.png
MacBook Pro 15 in[6] Aluminum Silver with black or silver border around screen 36.4 cm / 14.35 in 2.41 cm / .95 in 24.9 cm / 9.82 in 2.49 kg / 5.5 lb MacBook Pro transparency.png

Expansion[edit]

Model Memory slots Memory Max User-replaceable HDD? HDD bays Expansion slots
Mac Mini[2] 2 8 GB No 1 (desktops) 2 (server) No
iMac[3] 2 (21.5") 4 (27") 8 GB (21.5") 16 GB (27") No 1 (21.5") 2 (27") No
Mac Pro[4] 8 32 GB Yes 4 4 (PCI-E)
MacBook Air[5] No 8 GB No 1 No
MacBook Pro[6] 2 16GB Yes 1 1 (ExpressCard/34, 17" only)

History[edit]

This is current as of June 15, 2013 (2013-06-15).

Model Announced Released Last revision
Mac Mini January 11, 2005 (2005-01-11) [7] January 29, 2005 (2005-01-29) October 23, 2012 (2012-10-23)
iMac May 6, 1998 (1998-05-06) August 15, 1998 (1998-08-15) November 30, 2012 (2012-11-30)
Mac Pro August 7, 2006 (2006-08-07) August 7, 2006 (2006-08-07) June 11, 2012 (2012-06-11)
MacBook Air 11.6 in October 20, 2010 (2010-10-20) October 20, 2010 (2010-10-20) June 10, 2013 (2013-06-10)
MacBook Air 13.3 in January 15, 2008 (2008-01-15) January 29, 2008 (2008-01-29) June 10, 2013 (2013-06-10)
MacBook Pro 13.3 in June 8, 2009 (2009-06-08) June 8, 2009 (2009-06-08) June 11, 2012 (2012-06-11)
MacBook Pro 15.4 in January 10, 2006 (2006-01-10) [8] February 14, 2006 (2006-02-14) [9] June 11, 2012 (2012-06-11)
MacBook Pro 13.3 in with Retina Display October 23, 2012 (2012-10-23) October 23, 2012 (2012-10-23) February 13, 2013 (2013-02-13)
MacBook Pro 15.4 in with Retina Display June 11, 2012 (2012-06-11) June 11, 2012 (2012-06-11) February 13, 2013 (2013-02-13)

Software[edit]

All Macintosh computers are preloaded with Mac OS X and the latest version of iLife, except the Xserves, which are bundled with Mac OS X Server without iLife.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.macrumors.com/2014/10/16/apple-mac-mini-no-server-option/
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Mac Mini". Apple Inc. Retrieved 16 June 2010. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "iMac". Apple Inc. Retrieved 2 December 2009. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h "Mac Pro". Apple Inc. Retrieved 2 December 2009. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g "Apple - MacBook Air - The ultimate everyday notebook". Retrieved 24 July 2012. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o "Apple - MacBook Pro Family - It’s never been more powerful". Apple Inc. Retrieved 24 July 2012. 
  7. ^ "Press Info - Apple Introduces Mac mini". Apple. 2005-01-11. Retrieved 2012-03-04. 
  8. ^ "Press Info - Apple Introduces MacBook Pro". Apple. 2006-01-10. Retrieved 2012-03-04. 
  9. ^ "Press Info - Apple Begins Shipping MacBook Pro". Apple. 2006-02-14. Retrieved 2012-03-04. 

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