If you’re looking for the best Apple laptop, the company currently offers three kinds: MacBook Air (13-inch), MacBook Pro (13-inch), and MacBook Pro (16-inch). The MacBook Air model is the cheapest and lightest of the bunch, starting at $1,099 for a razor-thin laptop weighing just 2.75 lbs.
If you need additional meat, the latest 16-inch MacBook Pro includes discrete AMD graphics and options for eight-core Intel Core i7 and Core i9 processors. The smaller 13-inch model doesn’t have discrete graphics, but you’ll find Apple’s innovative Touch Bar on both. There are designs of the 13-inch model with both two and four Thunderbolt 3 ports, so there’s no shortage of connectivity if you need it.
The best Apple laptops:
Editor’s note: We will update this list of the best Apple laptops regularly as new devices launch.
1. MacBook Pro (16-inch)
Apple’s latest model in its lineup of MacBook Pro laptops is a 16-inch beast with enough power to get you through even the toughest of tasks. It still features the Touch Bar of last year’s model, but gets rid of the troublesome Butterfly Keyboard in favor of a return to the tried-and-true Magic Keyboard of previous generations.
The base model features a 2.6GHz six‑core 9th‑generation Intel Core i7 processor, with Turbo Boost for speeds of up to 4.5GHz. It also packs 16GB of 2666MHz DDR4 memory, AMD Radeon Pro 5300M discrete graphics with 4GB of memory, and 512GB of SSD storage. This model will run you $2,399 without pre-installed software.
If you’re looking for even more power, you can configure the Apple’s signature laptop with a 2.4GHz eight‑core 9th‑generation Intel Core i9 processor, up to 64GB of 2666MHz DDR4 memory, AMD Radeon Pro 5500M discrete graphics with 8GB of memory, and a whopping 8TB of SSD storage. Without software, the maxed-out MacBook Pro will cost $6,099, which is actually less than the maximum price for the previous model.
No matter which version you pick, you’ll get four Thunderbolt ports, Bluetooth 5.0 support, a 720p front-facing camera, and up to 11 hours of battery life. All this in a thin .64-inch (1.64cm) chassis weighing just 4.3 pounds (2 kg). It’s available in the Apple-standard colors of Silver and Space Grey.
3. MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2 Thunderbolt ports)
If you want all of the power and portability of a MacBook Pro without breaking the bank, this is the model for you. It’s essentially the same as the version above, but with 2 Thunderbolt ports and a slightly lower spec processor.
It’s powered by a 1.4GHz quad‑core 8th‑generation Intel Core i5 or i7 processor, with options for 8-16GB of 2133MHz LPDDR3 memory and 128GB-2TB SSD storage. Like the other 13-inch model, it does not feature a discrete graphics card and uses Intel Iris Plus Graphics 645. As always, it’s available in Silver or Space Grey.
Without software, the cheapest Apple laptop in the MacBook Pro range costs between $1,299 and $2,799, although if you’re looking at higher-spec versions, you’re probably better off upgrading to the next model up.