Best Apple Computers in 2021

Wondering which high-powered Apple computer is right for your workflow? Your next Apple computer is definitely on this list.

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Looking for a new desktop, or laptop? Whether you are considering an Apple device for the first time, or you’re already branded-for-life, we’ve got you covered on the best MacBook’s, iMac’s, and Mac Minis.

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  • #1 iMac Pro (2021)
    • Specs:
      • CPU: 8 – 18 Core Intel Xeon W
      • Graphics: Radeon Pro Vega 56 – Radeon Pro Vega 64
      • Screen: 27 inch 5K (5120×2880) Retina display (P3 Wide Color)
      • Storage: 1TB – 4TB PCle 3.0 SSD
      • RAM: 32GB – 256GB DDR4 ECC
    • Why Buy? Better specs than predecessor, more storage, improved keyboard
    • Why Not Buy? 8th generation Intel CPU. Additionally, 3 Thunderbolt ports may be insufficient.

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  • #2 iMac (2021, 24 inch)
    • Specs:
      • CPU: Apple M1 chip, 8 core CPU
      • Graphics: Integrated 7 core – 8 core GPU
      • Screen: 24 inch 4.5K Retina display
      • Storage: up to 2 TB
      • RAM: 8GB – 16GB unified memory
    • Why Buy? The updated design, impressive webcam, and gorgeous screen make this creature the most affordably powerful desktop on the market.
    • Why Not Buy? Inexplicably lacking in ports. Still trumped by Number 1
  • #3 MacBook Air M1 (2020)
    • Specs:
      • CPU: Apple M1 chip, 8 core CPU
      • Graphics: Integrated 7 core – 8 core GPU
      • Screen: 13.3 inch 2560 X 1600 Retina display
      • Storage: 256GB – 2TB SSD
      • RAM: 8GB _ 16GB unified memory
    • Why Buy: Because this is the best deal for Laptops on this entire list, possibly the best available. Plain and simple.
    • Why Not Buy: You may not be sold on the M1’s potentiality. Waiting for new developments out another year or so may better suit your approach, and there is always the battle-tested 16 Inch, 2019 MacBook Pro. Or maybe you’re simply not concerned with portability.

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  • #4 MacBook Pro 16-Inch (2019)
    • Specs:
      • CPU: 9th generation Intel Core i7 – i9
      • Graphics: AMD Radeon Pro 5300M
      • Screen: 16-Inch Retina Display with True Tone
      • Storage: 512GB – 8TB SSD
      • RAM: 16GB – 64 GB
    • Why Buy? This is possibly the cream-of-the-crop, for creatives, when it comes to laptops. In past years the 15-Inch MacBook Pro has reigned supreme for designers, musicians, video editors and many others in the content creation business. Sadly, the beloved line was discontinued. But fear not, the 2019 16-inch MacBook Pro takes up the mantle, and if you’re concerned about the larger size, we assure you that won’t be an issue. Sleek, light and thin, this high-powered workhorse is ready to far surpass all you’re production needs.
    • Why Not Buy? The Price Tag. The cost of building your own Desktop, with equal specs, is actually less than half the cost of the 2019 16-Inch MacBook Pro.
  • #5 Mac mini (2020, M1)
    • Specs:
      • CPU: Apple M1 chip, 8 core
      • Graphics: Integrated 8 core GPU
      • Storage: 256GB – 2 TB SSD
      • RAM: 8GB – 64GB unified memory
    • Why Buy? High-powered and stunning, the Mac mini is the best way to bring an M1 chip into your life at a lower cost.
    • Why Not Buy? Doesn’t use eGPU’s
  • #6 MacBook Pro 13-Inch (2020, M1)
    • Specs:
      • CPU: Apple M1 chip, 8 core
      • Graphics: Integrated 8 core GPU
      • Screen: 13.3-inch 2560 X 1600 LED backlit Retina Display
      • Storage: 256GB – 2TB SSD
      • RAM: 8GB – 16GB unified memory
    • Why Buy? The performance of the Apple’s M1 chip, and seriously impressive battery life make this 13 inch beauty a worthy addition to any office, studio or living space. Handles even 8K videos with ease.
    • Why Not Buy? 4 ports may not be enough.
  • #7 iMac (2020, 27-inch)
    • Specs:
      • CPU: 10th-generation Intel Core i5 – i9
      • Graphics: AMD Radeon Pro 5300 – Radeon Pro 5700 XT
      • Screen: 27- inch (diagonal) 5120 x 2880 Retina 5K display
      • Storage: 256 GB – 8TB SSD
    • Why Buy: High powered CPU, improved webcam and microphone, reasonable cost
    • Why Not Buy: Not much in the way of overdue design upgrades. 2 Thunderbolt ports is irritating.
  • #8 Mac mini (2020, Intel)
    • Specs:
      • CPU: 8th-generation Intel Core i3/ Core i7
      • Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics 630
      • Storage: 256 GB- 2TB SSD
    • Why Buy? Superior RAM and storage to prior models.
    • Why Not Buy? Older processor and graphics may keep you looking.
  • #9 MacBook Pro (2020, 13 inch)
    • Specs:
      • CPU: 8th-generation Intel Core i5/10th-generation Intel Core i7
      • Graphics: Intel Iris Plus Graphics 645
      • Storage: 256GB-4TB SSD
      • Screen: 13 inch Retina display with True Tone
      • RAM: up to 32GB
    • Why Buy? Better specs than predecessor, more storage, improved keyboard
    • Why Not Buy? 8th generation Intel CPU, and 3 Thunderbolt ports may be insufficient.

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