It has finally happened! After years, Apple’s Mac lineup is finally making sense. The company’s Mac lineup had become a confusing mess in recent years and it failed to cater to all kinds of customers with its product lineup.
The 12-inch Retina MacBook was too expensive and just did not offer the level of performance for the price tag it carried. The older base 13-inch MacBook Pro with its dual-core processor was too weak compared to the Touch Bar variants and just did not make much sense. The 2013 Mac Pro simply had no reason to exist or be on sale but Apple continued to sell it at an insane price.
Over the last year or so though, Apple has managed to greatly streamline its Mac lineup and after years, it now has a Mac for every kind of customer. To achieve this, Apple has had to kill off the 12-inch Retina MacBook but then it had not updated the lineup in almost two years now.
If you are a student or just want a MacBook for some basic work like browsing the web, editing word files, and creating presentations, you can look at buying the Retina MacBook Air. If you want a bit more horsepower and don’t mind a slightly heavier thicker and heavier MacBook, the base variant of the 13-inch MacBook Pro with its quad-core chip is ideal for you. By offering even the base MacBook Pro with a quad-core processor, Apple has ensured that its MacBook Pro lineup lives up to its ‘pro’ tag.
For people who are always on the go and want a mobile workhorse, the high-end 15-inch MacBook Pro with its 8-core Core i9 chip is an ideal companion. Apple is even offering a decently powerful Vega GPU with the 15-inch MacBook Pro now.
Then there’s the new Mac Pro due to launch later this year. It is the ideal Mac for people who want a beast of a machine for extremely intensive workload and processing. Before the 2019 Mac Pro, the iMac Pro was Apple’s most powerful Mac for professionals with an intense workload. However, it did not offer any kind of expandability which was a major bummer. The 2019 Mac Pro not only fixes that with its modular design but offers a level of performance that even the 18-core iMac Pro cannot match. Plus, the Pro Display XDR acts as a cherry on top with its insane specs.
Once Apple launches the rumored 16-inch MacBook Pro, its lineup is going to get even better. For people who are always on the go and want a bit more horsepower, the 16-inch MacBook Pro would offer just that. If Apple ends up launching it with Intel’s 10nm Core processor and AMD’s 7m Navi GPU, the 16-inch MacBook Pro would end up being in a league of its own in terms of performance.
Apple’s streamlined Mac lineup is not perfect though. The company really needs to give the iMac a visual refresh and bid adieu to physical hard disks from it. In this day and age, Apple has no excuse to ship any of its Mac with a traditional hard drive instead of an SSD. Then there’s the butterfly keyboard which Apple uses across its entire MacBook lineup. The company will never admit it publicly but it clearly knows that the butterfly keyboard mechanism is simply not reliable enough for long term usage. Here’s hoping that Apple gets around to updating its MacBook lineup over the next year with a more reliable keyboard mechanism.
Do you think Apple’s Mac lineup is perfect now? Or there’s still room for improvement?