Having trouble deciding what Mac to buy? Use Apple’s online comparison tool

By , Mar 30, 2016

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Apple has a wide variety of Macs to choose from, so if you’re in the market to buy a new one, you might need some help deciding which one is going to be right for you.

Fortunately for anyone who needs a quick and reliable way to compare the specs and features of Apple’s various Mac models, Apple has an online comparison tool that is perfect for this need. In this piece, well show you how it works.

Using Apple’s online Mac comparison tool

Apple’s Compare Mac Models web page is just perfect enough to let you see the differences and similarities between Apple’s various machines.

With a wide variety of machines to pick from, aimed at both professional users and everyday users, using this tool before you make a purchase is a good idea so you know what it is that you’re paying a premium price for.

When visiting the web page, you’ll see a list of Apple’s different Mac model offerings. Here, you can click on two different models and compare and contrast them.

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We’ll select both the 12-inch MacBook and the 13-inch MacBook Pro so we can compare the two. Selected items are indicated with a green check mark, and when two items are selected, all other options become grayed out so you don’t select more than two at a time. After selecting them, you’ll see a blue Compare Models button:

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When you click on the Compare Models button, you are given a side-by-side comparison of the two machines so you can see the differences in price, specs, features, and capabilities:

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Among the different types of information you’ll get to compare here are:

  • CPU type and speed
  • GPU type
  • RAM amount
  • Storage amount
  • Display information
  • Dimensions and weight
  • Battery life information
  • Wireless technologies
  • Port availability
  • Camera information
  • Input device types
  • Operating system version
  • Color options
  • And more…

If you’re a first-time Mac buyer, this tool is great for letting you differentiate between the machines that are made for portability and efficiency compared to the Macs that are made for professionals and high performance. Even experienced Mac shoppers can find this tool useful.

The comparison tool is much more convenient than jumping between multiple web browser tabs or windows because it shows the differences side-by-side in the same web page. For that reason, it makes understanding the information a whole lot easier and helps reduce the chances that you’ll make a mistake in your selection.

Wrapping up

The next time you get curious about the spec differences between two Macs, or have the desire to compare models before making your next big purchase, be sure to check out Apple’s online comparison tool so you make the right choice.

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  • Max Payne

    The only Mac I have no trouble in deciding to buy is a Big Mac.

  • JayV81

    Think of a Lamborghini with a Toyota Corolla engine and internals. Beautiful on the outside but mediocre on the inside yet with a premium Lambo price tag. Thats how Apple sells computers. The new super thin Mac is a perfect example of that.

    • Max Payne

      Toyota do make reliable engines though. 🙂