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Which MacBook to Buy in 2018? Apple Laptop Guide!

Which MacBook to Buy in 2018? Apple Laptop Guide!

So you’re interested in buying an Apple laptop. Congratulations, a laptop is a big purchase so it’s very important to choose the right one. In this video I’ll explain which MacBook model is best for you in 2018.

Currently there are 3 MacBook models: MacBook, MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro
(All MacBook models come standard with an SSD and at least 8GB RAM)

MacBook

  • Apple’s 12″ screen laptop; Base model starts at $1299
  • Only MacBook available in 4 different colors: rose gold, space gray, gold, and silver
  • Base model has 7th-Gen 1.2GHz Intel Core m3 mobile processor; configurable to dual-core i5 or i7
  • 8GB RAM (up to 16GB) and 256GB SSD (up to 512GB)

Get MacBook if you

  • Care about looks more than performance (sexy; IPS Retina display with 226 ppi; colors)
  • Want something ultra portable and mobile; Apple’s thinnest lightest laptop (2 lbs and up to 10 hours battery life)
  • Want the smallest screen of any Apple laptop (12″ diagonal)
  • Mainly run basic applications, nothing too CPU dependent (base model has mobile processor)
  • Don’t need a lot of ports (only 1 USB-C port for charging/input/output)
  • Don’t mind having a crappy webcam (only 480p)

MacBook Air

  • Base model starts at $999
  • 13.3″ screen; 8GB RAM; 128GB SSD (configurable to 256GB or 512GB)
  • 5th-Gen Intel dual-core i5 processor (can be upgraded to 2.2GHz Core i7)

Get MacBook Air if you

  • Have the lowest budget (Apple’s most affordable laptop)
  • Care about battery life more than anything (up to 12 hours; longest battery life of any Apple laptop)
  • Want a small lightweight laptop like the MacBook but with more ports (great for students and travelers)
  • Don’t mind having a mediocre display (it’s not an IPS Retina display; 1440×900 not even Full HD)
  • Don’t mind having silver bezels (has fairly large bezels relative to its size)
  • Run the same basic applications that the MacBook is good for and if you know you don’t need more than 8GB RAM (this is Apple’s only laptop that is limited to 8GB)
  • Need an HD webcam (720p)
  • Don’t need a lot of storage space on the laptop and you utilize Cloud storage or external drives (base model only has 128GB storage)

MacBook Pro

  • Comes in silver or space gray and 2 screen sizes: 13.3″ starting at $1299 (non-TouchBar) & $1799 w/ TouchBar. 15.4″ starts at $1999 (2015 non-TouchBar model) & $2399 w/ TouchBar
  • All MacBook Pro models have IPS Retina displays (13″ has 227ppi; 15″ has 220ppi) and all MBP models can expect 9-10 hours battery life
  • 13″ comes with 8GB RAM (configurable to 16GB); 15″ comes with 16GB RAM
  • 13″ starts at 128GB SSD (configurable up to 1TB); 15″ starts at 256GB SSD (configurable to 2TB)
  • 13″ starts with Intel 7th-Gen Kaby Lake dual-core i5 (configurable to dual-core i7)
  • 15″ 2015 non-TouchBar comes with 4th-gen quad-core; 15″ TouchBar comes with 7th-Gen Kaby Lake quad-core i7

Get 2015 15″ MacBook Pro if you

  • Want an awesome laptop for under $2,000 (some say it’s the best laptop ever made)
  • Want Mag-Safe
  • Want all the other ports besides USB-C (HDMI, SD slot, USB-A, Thunderbolt 2)
  • Don’t mind having an older processor (4th-gen)
  • Want 15″ size but no Touch Bar

Get newest MacBook Pro if you

  • Want the best performance and fastest speed of all the Apple laptops (for professional work; 15″ Touch Bar has the best specs out of all MBPs)
  • Need the most internal storage (only Apple laptop to be configured for 1-2TB of storage)
  • Want the best/brightest display out of all Apple laptops (The newest 13″ and 15″ MBPs have 25% more colors than sRGB and 500 nits of brightness; 2015 MBP has sRGB and 300 nits; 13″ has the most ppi)
  • Run CPU-intensive or graphics-intensive applications like gaming, HD video editing, 3D modeling, CAD, virtual machines, hardcore Photoshop (For best graphics performance get 15″ which has dedicated Radeon Pro GPU with up to 4GB memory)
  • Don’t mind having a slightly bigger laptop compared to the other MacBook models (having said that, the 13″ is a very compact and portable laptop)
  • Absolutely want TouchBar/TouchID (even though 13″ MBP doesn’t have it)
  • Are okay with having USB-C ports (USB-C to USB-A adapters are a must-have)
  • Have a large budget (expensive; can go over $4,000 for certain configurations)

 

Which Mac Should You Buy in 2015?

Which Mac should you buy? MacBook Buyer’s Guide 2015

Since I’m a Mac user and I’ve reviewed many Apple products I decided to make a Mac Buyer’s Guide video to help you decide which MacBook would be the best for you.

3 MacBook Models
MacBook, MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro

MacBook

  • Brand new; available in April 2015; Base model starts at $1299
  • 1st MacBook to be available in silver, gold, and space gray (like iPads and iPhones)
  • 12” IPS Retina display with 3 million pixels
  • Intel Core M mobile processor
  • 8GB of RAM and at least 256GB of flash storage

 The MacBook is for you if you

  • Love having the newest Apple features (Force Touch Trackpad and new butterfly mechanism keyboard)
  • Care about looks more than performance (sexy; Retina display; colors)
  • Want something ultra portable & mobile; Apple’s thinnest & lightest laptop (2 lbs & 9 hours battery life)
  • Running basic applications like web browsing, email, productivity software, and nothing too CPU intensive (has a mobile processor)
  • Don’t use USB drives or other external devices often such as SD cards, cameras, charging phone/tablet, connecting to a monitor (has only 1 USB-C port for charging/input/output)
  • Don’t Skype/FaceTime much and don’t need to record HD videos with the webcam (only 480p)
  • Want something that resembles an iPad
  • Most of your digital life is all wireless and on the cloud
  • Have the budget for it (expensive for what you get)

MacBook Air

  • Comes in 2 sizes: 11” starting at $899 and 13” starting at $999
  • Does not have an IPS Retina display
  • 4GB of RAM (can be upgraded to 8GB) and 128GB flash storage (can be upgraded to 256GB)
  • 5th-generation Intel Core i5 dual-core processor (can be upgraded to i7)

MacBook Air is for you if you

  • Want a small, lightweight and thin laptop
  • Are always on the go (great for students and travelers)
  • Don’t mind having a non-HD display
  • Care about battery life more than anything (13″ gets up to 12 hours; longest battery life of any Apple laptop)
  • Run typical everyday applications and even do some light photo/video editing
  • Still need access to Thunderbolt & USB ports and an HD webcam (720p)

MacBook Pro Retina

  • Comes in 2 sizes: 13″ starting at $1299 or 15″ starting at $1999
  • Both models have IPS Retina displays (13″ has over 4 million pixels; 15″ has over 5 million pixels)
  • 13″ comes with 8GB RAM (can be upgraded to 16); 15″ comes with 16GB RAM standard
  • 13″ has 128GB flash storage (can be upgraded to 256GB or 512GB); 15″ comes with 256GB flash storage (can be upgraded to 512GB)
  • 13″ comes with 5h-gen Core i5 dual-core processor (can be upgraded to i7)
  • 15″ comes with 4th-gen Core i7 quad-core processor

MacBook Pro is for you if you

  • Want the best performance and fastest speed out of all the Apple laptops
  • Run CPU-intensive or graphics-intensive applications such as gaming, HD video editing, 3D modeling, CAD, virtual machines, Photoshop
  • Don’t mind having a heavier laptop compared to the other MacBook models
  • Want a desktop replacement
  • Need as many ports as possible (HDMI, Thunderbolt, USB, SD)

13″ or 15?

Get the 13″ if you want long battery life, the new Force Touch Trackpad, and fastest read/write SSD speed.

Get the 15″ if you want the bigger display and the best processor/graphics performance.

2015 MacBook Retina Rumors Explained

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What’s up guys? Welcome to MyTechMethods. So there have been a lot of rumors about this new 2015 MacBook Air 12 inch retina that’s supposed to be coming out this year, and yesterday 9to5 Mac released some mockup photos according to their close Apple source. Again nothing has been confirmed by Apple. These are just rumors, but they’re usually right on this thing coming from their source. So we’re gonna go over the new design, everything you need to know about this new rumored 2015 MacBook Air. So remember these pictures I’m gonna show you, it’s not the final design. It’s just mockup photos that were designed by 9to5 Mac, but they designed it according to what they heard from their Apple source. So let’s go over this new rumored 2015 MacBook Air. So it is a 12 inch display. This is different from the 13 inch and 11 inch models that Apple has released in the past, and this new 12 inch MacBook Air is of course going to be smaller than the 13 inch but it’s also narrower than the current 11 inch. So Apple is trying their hardest to make this laptop the smallest and thinnest Apple laptop ever and they’re sacrificing a lot of features. So first of all the bezels around the display have been reduced on all sides so it’s an entire unibody redesign, along with the keyboard that goes from edge to edge leaving hardly any space on the left and right side of the keyboard. And Apple is also bunching up the keys making them closer together to each other, trying to make them more friendly. We all know D doesn’t get along with F. We’ve known that for years so hopefully they can reconcile their differences. So Apple is doing all this stuff just to make this thing smaller and thinner and the trackpad is also closer to the keyboard. There’s not much space between the trackpad and the bottom of the keyboard. And guess what? They took away the click feature on the trackpad. That’s a big no-no. I love my clickable trackpad. I click it all the time. I hardly do the tap to click so I’m not a big fan about that if that is true. So now looking at the MacBook Air when it’s closed, obviously it’s thinner than the current design but it still has that tapered design going from thin on the top to really thin on the bottom. And the speakers have been redesigned. There are four speaker grills above the keyboard, and those holes for the speakers act as the ventilation system for the internals because guess what? Apple took away the fans on the inside so there are no fans inside of this laptop, again to reduce the thickness and make it as compact as possible. Because some genius at Apple was like “Fans? Who needs fans. We got speakers. Holes, air, cooler, science.” The 2015 MacBook Air has the fewest number of ports ever on an Apple laptop. On the right side it’s just a headphone jack and the two microphones. On the left side it has one USB port. That USB port is a Type C port. That’s right. They took away all the standard USB ports, the SD card slot, the Thunderbolt port, and the MagSafe port. So what the heck dude like how are we gonna charge our laptop? Well this new USB type C port is able to handle charging and it’s able to handle displays so what I’m assuming is Apple’s gonna have to ship some type of hub or adapter along with this MacBook Air because you’ll be charging your MacBook Air through this USB Type C port and that’ll leave you with no other ports. So Apple’s gonna have to send something that gives you your SD card slot and your USB ports back. And since Space Gray is one of the most popular colors for iPads and iPhones there is a rumor that this new MacBook Air’s gonna come in a space gray version. So if you like space gray, I like space gray, we’ll see how that looks if that is true. And the rumored release date is mid 2015. So what do I think of this new design? I think it’s outrageous that Apple is sacrificing all these features and usability for just thinness, just to make it as thin and compact and small as possible. I mean the MacBook Air is already pretty small. It’s one of the smallest laptops out there and it’s one of the most portable laptops if you’ve seen my 2014 MacBook Air review, I’ll leave a link in the description. That is the best laptop for travelers and students in my opinion. Nobody’s thinking “Uh yeah I wish this MacBook Air was thinner and smaller and more lightweight. It’s just too heavy.” So the highlights of this new 2015 MacBook Air would obviously be the portability, the thinness, the small compact design, and the battery life. The battery life should be amazing since they have no fan inside and with the new Intel processors if they put those in there. I think that’s kind of a bogus trade-off right now. I wouldn’t want to give up all those features just for a smaller laptop. So I think this new 2015 MacBook Air is like Apple’s iPad version of their laptop models, leaving the MacBook Pro as the more powerful feature filled laptop. So heavily depending on the price and if it comes with that USB hub and how well that hub works, this MacBook Air may be a good purchase but right now I’m just not into it. So what do you think after seeing all these mockups and hearing about the new design? And again this is all rumors. Things could change. Nothing has been confirmed by Apple. We’ll have to wait and see, but let me know your thoughts about this in the comment section below. If you want to check out the full article by 9to5 Mac the link will be in the description as well. So thank you guys so much for watching. Make sure you subscribe to this channel if you want more tech videos and reviews, all that kind of stuff. And give this video a like. I will see you guys in the next video. Bye.

By Andy Slye

2014 MacBook Air Review: Best Laptop for Students

This is my review of the new 2014 MacBook Air. I’m going to go ahead and quickly say in my personal opinion this is the best laptop for students or people on the go. Now let’s get into the full review so I can show you why that is. The 2014 MacBook Air is an absolute beast when it comes to portability. It’s sleek. It’s slim. It’s lightweight, but at the same time it’s fast and powerful enough for the casual user. It comes in 2 different sizes: 11” or 13” and those come in 2 different variations as well. You can either get a 128GB hard drive or a 256GB hard drive, and those are both solid state drives.

The one I’m reviewing is the 13 inch model with the 256GB SSD and 4GB of RAM. Now let’s start off with the processor. The Air sports a 1.4 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor with Turbo Boost up to 2.7 GHz. That means the normal CPU speed is 1.4 GHz, but when it needs more processing power for heavy applications the Turbo Boost kicks in and it goes all the way up to 2.7 GHz. This is why you can consistently get over 11 hours of battery life on this 13″ model. The ridiculously long battery life is one of the main reasons why this laptop is perfect for students who may have classes all day long.

The 256 GB SSD has extremely fast read/write speeds so you can copy huge files within seconds. The 128 GB hard drive is a little slower than that, but it’s still fast because it is an SSD. The overall workflow on the 2014 MacBook Air is snappy. Apps start up quickly without slow load times. Though I did notice that when you’re booting the laptop up from a cold boot it’s slower than I expected, but the wake from sleep is instantaneous.

Of course this is an Apple Mac laptop so you get all the perks that come along with that. You get Mac OS X with all the built-in iLife apps, responsive chicklet keyboard with backlights, smooth and clickable multi-touch trackpad, FaceTime HD webcam, magnetic power adapter, thunderbolt port, 2 USB 3.0 ports, a headphone jack, dual microphones, an SDXC card reader on the 13″ model, and of course the illuminated fruit on the back.

This is a MacBook Air so this shouldn’t be a surprise, but this thing is extremely portable. It’s quiet because there is no spinning hard drive inside. It’s lightweight, weighing in at less than 3 pounds, and the 11″ model is even lighter than that. It is super thin at 0.68 inches at its widest and down to 0.11 inches at its thinnest. The built-in speakers seem pretty loud to me so you should be able to jam out to your #ThrowbackThursday Spotify playlist with no problem.

Having said all that, there are a couple negatives about this laptop. I don’t like the fact that you cannot add RAM yourself. The RAM is actually soldered onto the motherboard so whatever RAM that you choose at checkout (4GB or 8GB) that’s what you’re stuck with for the life of it. But for the casual user that shouldn’t be a big deal. Also the 2014 MacBook Air does not have a Retina display, which is kind of a bummer. The native resolution on the 13″ is 1440 by 900 which is not even full 1080p HD. Other than that, I’m a huge fan of everything else about this laptop.

The pros of this laptop are it’s a good value. It’s less than $1,000 and that’s pretty standard nowadays for a nice laptop that should last you at least 4-5 years. The portability aspect is great. It’s super lightweight and small. It’s probably the most portable laptop available as of right now. Of course with an Apple MacBook you’re going to get an aesthetically pleasing design. I’ts everlasting. The battery life is extremely long. You can go all day with this and not worry about it dying. It’s high quality and quite powerful for its size. The cons for this laptop: again you can’t add RAM yourself and it doesn’t have a Retina display.

Bottom line this is perfect for for college students, high school students, law school students, or just people who are on the go in general. If you travel a lot or if you frequent coffee shops, this is perfect for you. You’re going to love this laptop, highly recommended.

By Andy Slye

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