Comparison of Macintosh models


Comparison of Macintosh models

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

Contents

Market matrix

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
Desktop Mac mini
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Entry-level; 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" screen sizes; uses Intel Core i3, Intel Core i5, or Intel Core i7 processors
Mac Pro
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Workstation desktop; highly customizable; Available with 4, 8 or 12 cores. Uses up-to two Intel Xeon X5650 "Westmere" (hexa-core) or Xeon X3460 "Nehalem" quad-core processors
Portable
(MacBook)
MacBook Air
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11.6" or 13.3" ultraportable with aluminum casing; uses Intel Core i5, or Intel Core i7 processors
MacBook Pro
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13.3", 15.4" or 17" models with aluminum casing; uses Intel Core i5, or Intel Core i7 processors
Server Mac mini Server
Mac mini.png
An additional Mac mini configuration that ships with Mac OS X Server installed.
Mac Pro Server
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An additional Mac Pro server configuration that ships with Mac OS X Server installed.


Specifications

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. However one should note that 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/Xserve

Model Processor Memory FSB Storage RPM Graphics VRAM Display resolution MSRP
Mac mini[1] 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
Mac mini server[1] 2.0 GHz Intel Core i7 4 GB 1066 MHz 500 + 500 GB (1 TB) HDDs 7200 Intel HD Graphics 3000 288 MB Shared N/A $999 / €1149 / £929
iMac 21.5 inch normal specs[2] 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[2] 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[2] 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[2] 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[3] 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[3] 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[3] 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
Xserve Quad-Core[4] 2.26 GHz Quad-core Xeon 5500 3 GB 5.86 GT/s 160 GB HDD 7200 nVidia GeForce GT 120 256 MB N/A $2999 / €2899 / £2399
Xserve 8-Core[4] Two 2.26 GHz Quad-core Xeon 5500 3 GB 5.86 GT/s 160 GB HDD 7200 nVidia GeForce GT 120 256 MB N/A $3599 / €3469 / £2879

Notebooks

Model Processor Memory FSB Storage RPM Graphics VRAM Display resolution MSRP
MacBook[5] 2.4 GHz Core 2 Duo 2 GB 1066 MHz 250 GB HDD 5400 nVidia GeForce 320M 256 MB Shared 1280 × 800 $999 / €899 / £799
MacBook Air 1.4 GHz 11 in[6] 1.4 GHz Core 2 Duo 2 GB 1066 MHz 64-128 GB SSD N/A nVidia GeForce 320M 256 MB Shared 1366 × 768 $999/ €999/ £814
MacBook Air 1.86 GHz 13 in 1.86 GHz Core 2 Duo 2 GB 1066 MHz 128-256 GB SSD N/A nVidia GeForce 320M 256 MB Shared 1440 × 900 $1299/ €867/ £1054
MacBook Pro 2.3 GHz 13 in[7] 2.3 GHz Core i5 4 GB 1333 MHz 320 GB HDD 5400 Intel HD Graphics 3000 384 MB Shared 1280 × 800 $1199 / €1149 / £939
MacBook Pro 2.7 GHz 13 in[7] 2.7 GHz Core i7 4 GB 1333 MHz 500 GB HDD 5400 Intel HD Graphics 3000 384 MB Shared 1280 × 800 $1499 / €1449 / £1221
MacBook Pro 2.0 GHz 15 in[7] 2.0 GHz (Quad Core) Core i7 4 GB 2.5GT/s 500 GB HDD 5400 Intel HD Graphics and AMD Radeon HD 6490M 1GB 1440 × 900 $1799 / €1749 / £1455
MacBook Pro 2.2 GHz 15 in[7] 2.2 GHz (Quad Core) Core i7 4 GB 2.5GT/s 750 GB HDD 5400 Intel HD Graphics and AMD Radeon HD 6750M 1GB 1440 × 900 $2199 / €2149 / £1701
MacBook Pro 2.2 GHz 17 in[7] 2.2 GHz (Quad Core) Core i7 4 GB 2.5GT/s 750 GB HDD 5400 Intel HD Graphics and AMD Radeon HD 6750M 1GB 1920 × 1200 $2499 / €2499 / £1930

Input/Output

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[1] 4 1 No Yes Yes Yes HDMI and Thunderbolt (interface) Yes No No No Yes
Mac mini Server[1] 4 1 No Yes Yes Yes HDMI and Thunderbolt (interface) Yes No No No Yes
iMac 21.5 in low-end[2] 4 1 SuperDrive DL Yes Yes Yes Thunderbolt (interface) Yes No Yes Yes Yes
iMac 21.5 in high-end[2] 4 1 SuperDrive DL Yes Yes Yes Thunderbolt (interface) Yes No Yes Yes Yes
iMac 27 in low-end[2] 4 1 SuperDrive DL Yes Yes Yes Thunderbolt (interface) Yes No Yes Yes Yes
iMac 27 in high-end[2] 4 1 SuperDrive DL Yes Yes Yes Thunderbolt (interface) Yes No Yes Yes Yes
Mac Pro Quad-Core[3] 5 4 SuperDrive DL Yes Yes Yes Dual-link DVI and two Mini DisplayPort's No No Yes No No
Mac Pro 8-Core[3] 5 4 SuperDrive DL Yes Yes Yes Dual-link DVI and two Mini DisplayPort's No No Yes No No
Mac Pro 12-Core[3] 5 4 SuperDrive DL Yes Yes Yes Dual-link DVI and two Mini DisplayPort's No No Yes No No
Xserve Quad-Core[4] 2 2 SuperDrive DL Yes No No Dual-link DVI and Mini DisplayPort No No No No No
Xserve 8-Core[4] 2 2 SuperDrive DL Yes No No Dual-link DVI and Mini DisplayPort No No No No No
MacBook[5] 2 No SuperDrive DL Yes Yes Yes Mini DisplayPort No No Integrated Yes No
MacBook Air 1.6 GHz[6] 2 No No No Yes Yes Thunderbolt (interface) Yes No Integrated Yes No
MacBook Air 1.7 GHz[6] 2 No No No Yes Yes Thunderbolt (interface) Yes No Integrated Yes No
MacBook Pro 13 in 2.3 GHz[7] 2 1 SuperDrive DL Yes Yes Yes Thunderbolt (interface) Yes No Integrated Yes Yes
MacBook Pro 13 in 2.7 GHz[7] 2 1 SuperDrive DL Yes Yes Yes Thunderbolt (interface) Yes No Integrated Yes Yes
MacBook Pro 15 in 2.0 GHz[7] 2 1 SuperDrive DL Yes Yes Yes Thunderbolt (interface) Yes No Integrated Yes Yes
MacBook Pro 15 in 2.2 GHz[7] 2 1 SuperDrive DL Yes Yes Yes Thunderbolt (interface) Yes No Integrated Yes Yes
MacBook Pro 15 in 2.2 GHz[7] 2 1 SuperDrive DL Yes Yes Yes Thunderbolt (interface) Yes No Integrated Yes Yes
MacBook Pro 17 in 2.2 GHz[7] 3 1 SuperDrive DL Yes Yes Yes Thunderbolt (interface) No Yes Integrated Yes Yes

Physical specifications

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 Colour Width Height Depth Mass Photo
Mac mini[1] 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 Server[1] 1.29 kg / 2.8 lb
iMac 21.5 in[2] 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[2] 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[3] 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
Xserve[4] Aluminum Silver 44.7 cm / 17.6 in 4.4 cm / 1.73 in 76.2 cm / 30.0 in 14.0 to 17.4 kg / 30.8 to 38.3 lb Xserve G5.png
MacBook[5] Polycarbonate White 33.03 cm / 13.0 in 2.74 cm / 1.08 in 23.17 cm / 9.12 in 2.13 kg / 4.7 lb MacBook white.png
MacBook Air 11 in [6] 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 13 in[6] 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 Air.png
MacBook Pro 13 in[7] 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[7] 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
MacBook Pro 17 in[7] Aluminum Silver with black or silver border around screen 39.3 cm / 15.47 in 2.5 cm / .98 in 26.7 cm / 10.51 in 2.99 kg / 6.6 lb

Expansion

Model Memory slots Memory Max User-replaceable HDD? HDD bays Expansion slots
Mac mini[1] 2 8 GB No 1 (desktops) 2 (server) No
iMac[2] 2 (21.5") 4 (27") 8 GB (21.5") 16 GB (27") No 1 (21.5") 2 (27") No
Mac Pro[3] 8 32 GB Yes 4 4 (PCI-E)
Xserve[4] 6 (4-core) 12 (8-core) 24 GB (4-core) 48 GB (8-core) Yes 3 2 (PCI-X)
MacBook[5] 2 4 GB Yes 1 No
MacBook Air[6] No 4 GB No 1 No
MacBook Pro[7] 2 16GB Yes 1 1 (ExpressCard/34, 17" only)

History

This is current as of March 1, 2011 (2011-03-01).

Model Announced Released Last revision
Mac mini January 11, 2005 (2005-01-11) [8] January 29, 2005 (2005-01-29) July 20, 2011 (2011-07-20)
iMac May 1998 (1998-05) August 1998 (1998-08) May 3, 2011 (2011-05-03)
Mac Pro August 7, 2006 (2006-08-07) August 7, 2006 (2006-08-07) August 9, 2010 (2010-08-09)
Xserve May 2002 (2002-05) July 2002 (2002-07) April 7, 2009 (2009-04-07)
MacBook May 16, 2006 (2006-05-16) [9] May 16, 2006 (2006-05-16) May 18, 2010 (2010-05-18)
MacBook Air 11.6 in October 20, 2010 (2010-10-20) October 20, 2010 (2010-10-20) July 20, 2011 (2011-07-20)
MacBook Air 13.3 in January 15, 2008 (2008-01-15) January 29, 2008 (2008-01-29) July 20, 2011 (2011-07-20)
MacBook Pro 13.3 in June 8, 2009 (2009-06-08) June 8, 2009 (2009-06-08) October 24, 2011 (2011-10-24)
MacBook Pro 15.4 in January 10, 2006 (2006-01-10) [10] February 14, 2006 (2006-02-14) [11] October 24, 2011 (2011-10-24)
MacBook Pro 17 in April 24, 2006 (2006-04-24) [12] April 24, 2006 (2006-04-24) October 24, 2011 (2011-10-24)

Software

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

References

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