The Apple $1299.00 Mac Choice

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by servenvolley, Jun 12, 2017.

  1. servenvolley macrumors newbie

    Jan 3, 2017
    South Carolina
    It looks like Apple is using the 1299.00 price as the base starting price for the 21" iMac retina 4K, the MacBook, and the 13" MacBook Pro. Knowing the obvious, that the iMac is a desktop and the two others are laptops, which computer (at this starting price) is the best deal for the price? There are so many variables to this question, like if you are going to be using the new iPad Pro as a mobile computer, but this would be good information to have when walking into Best Buy or some other retailer to buy.
    I didn't use the non-retina iMac as a choice because it's not matching the other two computer's displays. It would, perhaps, match up against the MacBook Air(?) but that is another question.
    Here is a quick show of Apple's buy page for each -
    MacBook -

    1.2GHz Processor
    256GB Storage

    • 1.2GHz dual-core Intel Core m3 processor
    • Turbo Boost up to 3.0GHz
    • 8GB 1866MHz LPDDR3 memory
    • 256GB SSD storage1
    • Intel HD Graphics 615
    • Keyboard with second-generation butterfly mechanism

    MacBook Pro -
    2.3GHz Processor
    128GB Storage

    • 2.3GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor
    • Turbo Boost up to 3.6GHz
    • 8GB 2133MHz LPDDR3 memory
    • 128GB SSD storage1
    • Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640
    • Two Thunderbolt 3 ports

    iMac -
    Retina 4K Display
    3.0GHz Processor
    1TB Storage

    • 3.0GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 processor
    • Turbo Boost up to 3.5GHz
    • 8GB 2400MHz memory, configurable to 16GB
    • 1TB hard drive1
    • Radeon Pro 555 with 2GB video memory
    • Two Thunderbolt 3 ports
    • Retina 4K 4096-by-2304 P3 display
    Up to 18 months of special financing
  2. Poki macrumors 65816


    Mar 21, 2012
    I honestly would have preferred if they introduced a 128 GB version of the 12" MacBook (at or close to 999 bucks) instead of the MBP. I mean, this would make an amazing third computer for typing, for presentations or for some office work - don't need much storage for that.

    However, selling a "Pro" notebook in 2017 with the same amount of storage than the entry level MacBook Pro 10 years ago is just atrocious.
  3. servenvolley thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 3, 2017
    South Carolina

    I agree on the Pro, it would be my no-brainer choice but for the storage.
  4. lambertjohn macrumors 6502a

    Jun 17, 2012
    I'd just wait for Best Buy to put the $1499 version of the Macbook Pro on sale for $1299. They do it all the time. With that being said, they may also put the $1299, 128GB Pro on sale for way less. The big question is: when?
  5. Fishrrman macrumors G5


    Feb 20, 2009
    If you need portability, get the MacBook Pro.
    If you don't, get the iMac.

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