Apple laptops and desktops (and even tablets and phones) haven’t been this good, at least not in the past few years, but have really reached new levels in the last month or so. So when it came to purchasing a new Apple machine, you really have a tough decision to make: Should it just be an iMac or a MacBook Pro? It’s not that easy. Both machines have several advantages over each other, though they have different trade-offs. Let’s take a closer look at the differences between these two choices. Whether it’s a Mac or a Macbook, this is one area where you’ll definitely want to spend some time.
One benefit that an iMac might offer over a MacBook Pro is that you don’t have to do anything special to set up. With an iMac, all it takes is a short video tutorial (like the ones you can find on YouTube) to get you up and running. That means that even new Mac users can jump right in and start using the applications that they’ve learned about using the computer for. There’s no learning curve to take off the bat with an iMac. However, that means that you’ll need to spend more time learning how to use the different options, like the control panel, until you feel confident enough to start creating new apps.
The other big difference between an iMac and a MacBook Pro is that an iMac uses a standard of technology called USB as well as a more modern-looking SD card for storing photos, movies, music, and apps. The USB key that comes with your Macbook Pro allows you to connect the device to a USB port of your PC or laptop. That means that if you want to sync your photos, music, or movies from your iMac to your laptop, all you have to do is bring the device to your computer. On the other hand, the MacBook Pro requires that you connect its SD card to your computer so that you can transfer the data to your Mac.
But what about all of those great benefits that an iMac offers over a MacBook Pro? Is it really worth spending that much extra money on a new computer? The answer is that it is, especially if you’re someone who’s interested in developing new apps for your Mac, learning new technologies, or simply wants to extend the capabilities of your current software by getting more memory, more RAM, or better graphics hardware. The iMac offers everything that you need at a reasonable price so that you can build a nice setup for yourself without breaking the bank.
If you’ve always wanted to have the ultimate desktop in terms of graphics, functionality, and speed, then the iMac is the perfect choice for you. Even the best Macbook Pro is no match for an iMac. At the same time, though, the MacBook Pro still holds its own among other desktop computers when it comes down to speed and functionality. The iMac runs faster, requiring less resources from your system. In terms of the graphics portion of things, however, the difference between the two machines becomes clear – so lets compare the two to see what we mean.
As it turns out, the biggest difference between these two machines lies in the size of their screens. Apple MacBook Pro offers a screen size of only 13 inches, while the iMac starts at just a bit over a quarter of that size. The Intel-based machine easily stretches its display to its full potential with its spacious screen, however, so it’s really all about the design of the computer to make a difference. For example, the MacBook Pro offers integrated speakers whereas the iMac’s onboard speakers are just fine. This slight difference might be insignificant to some, but when you compare the two, one will often appear to be more superior.
So which of the two machines makes the more practical purchase? Honestly, if you’re looking at the form factor, then the MacBook Air may be the better option. At just over half the size of the newer macbook Pro, it’s smaller and lighter and more portable. However, the lack of a built-in flash drive may turn some people off. Even so, the trade-off comes with a greater portability advantage. The two machines also both have high-speed processors and they both use a wireless connection for Internet access, meaning you can surf the web on the new macbook air even when you’re away from home, whereas the older macbook Pro requires that you bring your laptop with you to get online.
In the end, the decision comes down to personal preferences. If you need a powerful processor with lots of memory and storage and wireless capabilities, then the MacBook Air could be the choice for you. However, if you need the smallest, lightest, most portable and easiest to use laptop, the iMac Pro could be the better option.