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Apple MacBook Lineup Guide

Jullian Robin Sibi 0

Apple just updated two of its entry-level MacBooks for the back-to-school season! With that in mind, I wanna put out a MacBook lineup guide for people who are looking to get an Apple laptop. Before that, I answer two of

Why MacBooks?

MacBook Lineup - MacBook Air

Despite all the recent issues surrounding Apple’s MacBook lineup, these laptops are still good options for various kinds of people. From basic web browsing to photo and video editing, there’s probably a MacBook that’s right for you. ONE MORE THING! If you’re a gamer, I suggest you go get a Windows laptop. MacBooks (and Macs in general) haven’t been for gaming ever since and I don’t think Apple Arcade can change that.

What About The Keyboards? I Heard They’re Still Bad.

I have to agree with that one concern. Ever since Apple showed off the butterfly mechanism on the (now discontinued) 12-inch MacBook, the keyboard has a lot of issues. It’s an insane issue to the point that ALL of the MacBooks in this list are in their Keyboard Service Program!

I personally have not experienced this issue so far. (knocking on wood) If this really worries you, then you can count on Apple’s Keyboard Service Program to get a free replacement of the keyboard. Good thing that the program lasts up to 4 years since you got the laptop.

Pro Tip: Buy One (IF YOU CAN) in Japan!

Apple Store Experience - Apple Ginza

If you happen to visit Japan, I highly recommend that you buy Apple products there. You can avail of Tax-Free in any Apple Store in Japan if you’re a tourist. Pricing is really close to the one in the US. You don’t even have to worry about any state tax! I’ll be putting in Japan pricing (alongside US and PH pricing) in this post for your convenience.

With that out of the way, let’s get this guide started, shall we?

Disclaimer: Pricing is from the Apple Online Store (United States, Philippines, and Japan).

Apple MacBook Lineup
(Updated as of July 15, 2019)

MacBook Air

Apple MacBook Air 2019

Pricing

MacBook Air ModelUS PriceJapan PricePH Price
128GB Storage$1,099¥119,800P64,990
256GB Storage$1,299¥139,800P76,990

Specs

  • Dual-core 8th-gen Intel Core i5
  • 8 or 16 GB RAM
  • 2560×1600 13.3-inch Retina Display
  • 2 USB-C Ports
  • Touch ID fingerprint sensor
  • Apple T2 Security Chip
  • Starts at 128/256 GB PCI-E based SSD (up to 1TB)

Apple is now basically saying that this MacBook Air is the MacBook for most people. With the old MacBook Air and 12-inch MacBook discontinued, this is the entry-level option. This is actually the 2nd generation of this design. The only changes they made from its initial version late last year are a price drop ($100 off) and the True Tone Display.

If you just want a MacBook that can pretty much do the basics, get the MacBook Air. It’s a no-fuss decision I think most people getting one would agree on.

13-Inch MacBook Pro

Pricing

13-inch MacBook Pro ModelUS PriceJapan PricePH Price
Two-Port,
128GB Storage
$1,299¥139,800P77,990
Two-Port,
256GB Storage
$1,499¥159,800P89,990
Four-Port,
256GB Storage
$1,799¥198,800P107,990
Four-Port,
512GB Storage
$1,999¥220,800P119,990

Specs

Two-Port Model

  • Quad-core Intel Core i5
  • 8 or 16 GB RAM
  • 2560×1600 13.3-inch Retina Display
  • 2 USB-C Ports
  • Touch Bar and Touch ID
  • Apple T2 Security Chip
  • Starts at 128/256 GB PCI-E based SSD (up to 2TB)

Four-Port Model

  • Quad-core Intel Core i5 or Quad-core Intel Core i7
  • 8 or 16 GB RAM
  • 2560×1600 13.3-inch Retina Display
  • 4 USB-C Ports
  • Touch Bar and Touch ID
  • Apple T2 Security Chip
  • Starts at 256/512 GB PCI-E based SSD (up to 2TB)

Despite how simple the new MacBook lineup is, the choices with the 13-inch MacBook Pro are not. The new entry-level MacBook Pro now has the Touch Bar and Touch ID. It also has Apple’s T2 Security Chip that handles storage security and control and hardware video encoding.

The only differences within the 13-inch MacBook Pro lineup are:

  • Number of USB-C / Thunderbolt 3 Ports (2 vs 4)
  • Upgradability to a Quad-core Intel Core i7
  • Higher storage capacity to start (128GB on the Two-Port vs 256GB on the Four-Port)

If you do a lot of photo and/or video editing but still value portability, then the 13-inch MacBook Pro is for you. There’s a lot of choices to be made, so here are two of my recommended configurations:

  • For the price-conscious pro, get the Two-Port model with 256GB storage. I feel that 128 GB is too small for people doing even photo editing.
  • If you need to connect to a lot of accessories, then get any of the Four-Port models.

15-inch MacBook Pro

Apple MacBook Lineup Guide - 15-inch MacBook Pro

Pricing

15-inch MacBook Pro ModelUS PriceJapan PricePH Price
256GB Storage$2,399¥258,800P141,990
512GB Storage$2,799¥302,800P165,990

Specs

  • 6-core Intel Core i7 or 8-core Intel Core i9
  • 16 or 32 GB RAM
  • 2880×1800 15.4-inch Retina Display
  • 4 USB-C Ports
  • AMD Radeon Pro 555X / 560X or Radeon Pro Vega 16 / 20 discrete graphics
  • Touch Bar and Touch ID
  • Apple T2 Security Chip
  • Starts at 256/512 GB PCI-E based SSD (up to 2TB)

If you want the most power in a MacBook, then go for the 15-inch MacBook Pro. All models have 9th-generation Intel Core i7/i9 processors. Unlike the 13-inch model, the 15-inch has AMD Radeon discrete graphics (up to Radeon Pro Vega 20). The 15-inch Pros also start at 16GB of RAM and can be upgraded to 32GB (before purchase).

Hope this lineup guide helps you out in choosing a MacBook. I also hope this helped you decide not to get one after taking a look at this.

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