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24-inch iMac: Now that the M1 chips have been horned aside by the M2, Apple is asking a lot of money to pay for a Mac that could see a refresh in the next few months (likely April 2023).
Mac Mini: Released in November of 202, this is the oldest of the M1 Mac, and it feels so forgotten that Apple still offers a "high-end version" that's powered by Intel processors when the M2 would do a much better job. I really hope that this is in line for an M2 upgrade soon, and until then I highly recommend you avoid it.
Mac Pro: With the transition to Apple Silicon underway, this huge monetary investment just doesn't make sense at this point in time. Avoid this big time unless you really have to replace a downed machine.
Apple's latest M2-powered MacBook Air is a powerhouse of a laptop, offering a huge performance boost over the older Intel-powered MacBook Air, such as 15 times faster video editing -- (yes, video editing on a MacBook Air!) -- and all-day 18-hours of battery life.
Rugged and capable, built to meet the demands of endurance athletes, outdoor adventurers, and water sports enthusiasts -- with a specialized band for each.
Up to 36 hours of battery life, plus all the Apple Watch features that help you stay healthy, safe, and connected.
49mm corrosion-resistant titanium case. Larger Digital Crown and more accessible buttons.
100m water resistance. Customizable Action button for instant physical control over a variety of functions.
A bright Always-On Retina display that's easy to see, even in direct sunlight.
Precision dual-frequency GPS for accuracy, distance, route, and pace calculations.
Advanced health sensors give you deep insights into your health. Fall Detection and Crash Detection can automatically connect you with emergency services in the event of a hard fall or a severe car crash. Hold the Action button to activate a siren that can be heard up to 600 feet away.
So much power in a small box. In fact, this is a workstation in a form factor not much bigger than a Mac Mini.
You can choose between the M1 Max and M1 Ultra (unless you are handling extremely high workloads demanding massive GPU capacity, you should be fine with the M1 Max offerings), and can spend anything from $2,000 to $4,000 on this hardware.