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

Contents

  • 1 Market matrix
  • 2 Specifications
    • 2.1 Desktops/Xserve
    • 2.2 Notebooks
  • 3 Input/Output
  • 4 Physical specifications
  • 5 Expansion
  • 6 History
  • 7 Software

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
Mac Mini 2010.jpg
Entry-level; ships without keyboard, mouse, or monitor; uses Intel Core 2 Duo processors
iMac
Imac 16-9.png
All-in-one; available in 21.5" and 27" screen sizes; uses Intel Core 2 Duo, Intel Core i5, or Intel Core i7 processors
Mac Pro
Macpro BW.png
Workstation desktop; highly customizable; uses up to two Intel Xeon 5500 "Gainestown" or Xeon 3500 "Bloomfield" quad-core processors
Portable
(MacBook)
MacBook Air
MacBook Air.png
13.3" ultraportable with aluminum casing; uses Intel Core 2 Duo processors
MacBook
MacBook white.png
13.3" laptop with white polycarbonate casing; uses Intel Core 2 Duo processors
MacBook Pro
MacBook Pros.jpg
13.3", 15.4" or 17" models with aluminum casing; uses Intel Core 2 Duo, Intel Core i5, or Intel Core i7 processors
Server Mac mini
Mac mini server.png
An additional Mac mini configuration without an internal optical drive. Ships with Mac OS X Server installed and two internal 500 GB hard drives for a total of 1 TB of capacity.
Mac Pro
Macpro BW.png
An additional Mac Pro server configuration. Ships with Mac OS X Server installed. 4×2=8 GiB memory, and 2×1=2 TB hard-disk drive space.
Xserve
Xserve G5.png
1U rack-mount; uses dual quad-core Intel Xeon processors for up to 8 cores

Specifications

Head-notes

Pricing

  • Prices in Euros may vary from country to country; the price for France was used as a rough guide.
  • 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

  • Combo means a Combo Drive, which includes a CD reader, writer and DVD reader; a SuperDrive can also write and rewrite DVD discs.
  • 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 2.4 GHz Core 2 Duo 2 GB 1066 MHz 320 GB HDD 5400 nVidia GeForce 320M 256 MB Shared N/A $699 / €799 / £649
Mac mini server 2.66 GHz Core 2 Duo 4 GB 1066 MHz 500 + 500 GB (1 TB) HDDs 7200 nVidia GeForce 320M 256 MB Shared N/A $999 / €1149 / £929
iMac 21.5 inch normal specs 3.06 GHz Core i3 4 GB 2.5GT/s 500 GB HDD 7200 ATI Radeon HD 4670 256 MB 1920 × 1080 $1199 / €1099/ £949
iMac 21.5 inch higher specs 3.2 GHz Core i3 4 GB 2.5GT/s 1 TB HDD 7200 ATI Radeon HD 5670 512 MB 1920 × 1080 $1499 / €1349 / £1199
iMac 27 inch normal specs 3.2 GHz Core i3 4 GB 2.5GT/s 1 TB HDD 7200 ATI Radeon HD 5670 512 MB 2560 × 1440 $1699 / €1499 / £1349
iMac 27 inch higher specs 2.8 GHz Core i5 4 GB 2.5GT/s 1 TB HDD 7200 ATI Radeon HD 5750 1 GB 2560 × 1440 $1999 / €1799 / £1599
Mac Pro Quad-Core 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 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 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 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 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 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 1.86 GHz 1.86 GHz Core 2 Duo 2 GB 1066 MHz 120 GB HDD 4200 nVidia GeForce 9400M 256 MB Shared 1280 × 800 $1499 / €1399 / £1149
MacBook Air 2.13 GHz 2.13 GHz Core 2 Duo 2 GB 1066 MHz 128 GB SSD N/A nVidia GeForce 9400M 256 MB Shared 1280 × 800 $1799 / €1699 / £1349
MacBook Pro 2.4 GHz 13 in 2.4 GHz Core 2 Duo 4 GB 1066 MHz 250 GB HDD 5400 nVidia GeForce 320M 256 MB Shared 1280 × 800 $1199 / €1149 / £999
MacBook Pro 2.66 GHz 13 in 2.66 GHz Core 2 Duo 4 GB 1066 MHz 320 GB HDD 5400 nVidia GeForce 320M 256 MB Shared 1280 × 800 $1499 / €1449 / £1249
MacBook Pro 2.4 GHz 15 in 2.4 GHz Core i5 4 GB 2.5GT/s 320 GB HDD 5400 Intel HD Graphics and nVidia GeForce 330M 256 MB 1440 × 900 $1799 / €1749 / £1499
MacBook Pro 2.53 GHz 15 in 2.53 GHz Core i5 4 GB 2.5GT/s 500 GB HDD 5400 Intel HD Graphics and nVidia GeForce 330M 256 MB 1440 × 900 $1999 / €1949 / £1649
MacBook Pro 2.66 GHz 15 in 2.66 GHz Core i7 4 GB 2.5GT/s 500 GB HDD 5400 Intel HD Graphics and nVidia GeForce 330M 512 MB 1440 × 900 $2199 / €2149 / £1799
MacBook Pro 17 in 2.53 GHz Core i5 4 GB 2.5GT/s 500 GB HDD 5400 Intel HD Graphics and nVidia GeForce 330M 512 MB 1920 × 1200 $2299 / €2249 / £1899

Input/Output

Note that unless a product is specified as having an iSight 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 Fire
Wire
800
Optical drive Giga-
bit
Ether-
net
Air
Port
Ex
treme
Blue
tooth
Video interface SDA card slot Express
Card
Key-
board
and
mouse
iSight Remote
IR 
receiver
Mac mini 4 1 Super
Drive DL
Yes Yes Yes HDMI and Mini
Display-
Port
Yes No No No Yes
Mac mini Server 4 1 No Yes Yes Yes HDMI
and Mini Display-
Port
Yes No No No Yes
iMac 21.5 in low-end 4 1 Super
Drive DL
Yes Yes Yes Mini
Display-
Port
Yes No Yes Yes Yes
iMac 21.5 in high-end 4 1 Super
Drive DL
Yes Yes Yes Mini
Display-
Port
Yes No Yes Yes Yes
iMac 27 in low-end 4 1 Super
Drive DL
Yes Yes Yes Mini
Display-
Port
Yes No Yes Yes Yes
iMac 27 in high-end 4 1 Super
Drive DL
Yes Yes Yes Mini
Display-
Port
Yes No Yes Yes Yes
Mac Pro Quad-Core 5 4 Super
Drive DL
Yes No Yes Dual-link DVI and
two Mini Display-
Port's
No No Yes No No
Mac Pro 8-Core 5 4 Super
Drive DL
Yes No Yes Dual-link DVI and
two Mini Display-
Port's
No No Yes No No
Mac Pro 12-Core 5 4 Super
Drive DL
Yes No Yes Dual-link DVI and -
two Mini Display-
Port's
No No Yes No No
Xserve Quad-Core 2 2 Super
Drive DL
Yes No No Dual-link DVI and
Mini Display-
Port
No No No No No
Xserve 8-Core 2 2 Super
Drive DL
Yes No No Dual-link DVI and
Mini Display-
Port
No No No No No
MacBook 2 No Super
Drive DL
Yes Yes Yes Mini
Display-
Port
No No Integ-
rated
Yes No
MacBook Air 1.86 GHz 1 No No No Yes Yes Mini
Display-
Port
No No Integ-
rated
Yes No
MacBook Air 2.13 GHz 1 No No No Yes Yes Mini
Display-
Port
No No Integ-
rated
Yes No
MacBook Pro 13 in 2.4 GHz 2 1 Super
Drive DL
Yes Yes Yes Mini Display-
Port
Yes No Integ-
rated
Yes Yes
MacBook Pro 13 in 2.66 GHz 2 1 Super
Drive DL
Yes Yes Yes Mini Display-
Port
Yes No Integ-
rated
Yes Yes
MacBook Pro 15 in 2.4 GHz 2 1 Super
Drive DL
Yes Yes Yes Mini Display-
Port
Yes No Integ-
rated
Yes Yes
MacBook Pro 15 in 2.53 GHz 2 1 Super
Drive DL
Yes Yes Yes Mini Display-
Port
Yes No Integ-
rated
Yes Yes
MacBook Pro 15 in 2.66 GHz 2 1 Super
Drive DL
Yes Yes Yes Mini Display-
Port
Yes No Integ-
rated
Yes Yes
MacBook Pro 17 in 3 1 Super
Drive DL
Yes Yes Yes Mini Display-
Port
No Yes Integ-
rated
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 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-1st-gen.jpg
Mac mini Server 1.29 kg / 2.8 lb Mac mini server.png
iMac 21.5 in 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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

Expansion

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

History

This is current as of August 9, 2010 (2010-08-09).

Model Announced Released Last revision
Mac mini January 11, 2005 (2005-01-11) January 29, 2005 (2005-01-29) June 15, 2010 (2010-06-15)
iMac May 1998 (1998-05) August 1998 (1998-08) July 27, 2010 (2010-07-27)
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) 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) October 20, 2010 (2010-10-20)
MacBook Air 13.3 in January 15, 2008 (2008-01-15) January 29, 2008 (2008-01-29) October 20, 2010 (2010-10-20)
MacBook Pro 13.3 in June 8, 2009 (2009-06-08) June 8, 2009 (2009-06-08) April 13, 2010 (2010-04-13)
MacBook Pro 15.4 in January 10, 2006 (2006-01-10) February 14, 2006 (2006-02-14) April 13, 2010 (2010-04-13)
MacBook Pro 17 in April 24, 2006 (2006-04-24) April 24, 2006 (2006-04-24) April 13, 2010 (2010-04-13)

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.





Published - December 2010









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