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Apple Watch Buyer's Guide: Which One Is Right for You?

After announcing the Apple Watch in September of 2014, launch time has finally arrived. Apple in March announced that pre-orders for the Apple Watch will begin on April 10, with an official launch taking place on April 24. Apple product lines for its iOS devices and Macs are relatively simple, consisting of a few models from which to choose. Picking an Apple Watch is a little more complicated, with the different models, a couple of watch sizes, and multiple band options. The prices start at $349 and go all the way up to $17,000 -- a very wide range. This guide walks you through the considerations you need to make when buying an Apple Watch. If you're not sure which one to buy, this guide will lead you in the right direction.

Mac Pro Buyer's Guide: Which Model to Choose

Apple's Mac Pro is quite an impressive machine. It doesn't look like any other computer; it's a work of art with its sleek, cylindrical body. It's fast, fast, fast. And it's expensive. The Mac Pro isn't for everybody, and not just because it's Apple's highest-priced computer. It is made to excel with a certain type of app: professional software that uses multiple processing cores, like software commonly used by videographers, photographers, animators, designers, scientists, and musicians. If that describes what you do on a daily basis, then you'll benefit from a Mac Pro -- you'll make your money back in time saved. This guide takes a look at the Mac Pro's specifications, design, and performance. If you're in the market for a Mac Pro and you're not sure which model to buy, this guide will help you sort it all out. Specifications Apple offers two standard configurations. You can pick one of the standard configurations, but the Mac Pro is all about custom configurations. Think of the standard configurations as a starting point, and you can then customize your order to better suit your needs. The $2999 Mac Pro: 3.7GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon E5 processor 12GB 1866MHz DDR3 ECC memory Dual 2GB AMD FirePro D300 graphics cards 256GB PCIe-based flash storage The $3999 Mac Pro: 3.5GHz 6-Core Intel Xeon E5 processor 16GB 1866MHz DDR3 ECC memory Dual 3GB AMD FirePro D500 graphics cards 256GB PCIe-based flash storage Apple offers the following upgrades for the Mac Pro: 3.0GHz 8-core processor or 2.7GHz 12-core processor ($500 to $3,500 extra)

iMac Buyer's Guide: Is the 5K iMac Right For You?

The new Retina iMac, also known as the iMac with 5K Retina display, came at a time when the iMac line needed an infusion of something new, something dramatic -- after all, it's difficult to get really excited about another speed bump. The last time Apple made a major change in the iMac was in late 2012, and that was when Apple shrank the iMac to 5mm at the edge, a change that was nice, but a thinner iMac wasn't on most people's wish list. The Retina iMac is the change in the iMac lineup we've all been waiting for, but it's not quite the computer for everyone -- yet. This buyer's guide, and the video below, take a look at what needs to be considered when deciding to buy the Retina iMac. What is the iMac with 5K Retina display? The Retina iMac looks like your typical iMac from the outside. The key difference is the screen; you'll notice that it shows amazing detail, and images look crisper and cleaner on the Retina iMac than on a standard iMac. Apple calls a display "Retina" when a user, at a typical usage distance, can't discern the individual pixels on the screen. The Retina iMac achieves this with a 5120-by-2880 pixel resolution. A standard 27-inch iMac has a resolution of 2560-by-1440. That's a lot more pixels (four times, to be exact) on the Retina iMac. Screen resolutions compared with the Retina iMac If you're still trying to wrap your head around the enormity of the Retina iMac's resolution, Apple provides a sample 5K image that you can look at on your Mac. The Retina iMac can show this complete image on its display.

MacBook Air vs. MacBook Pro: Which Apple Notebook to Choose

From Apple's Mac lineup, the company sells many more laptops than desktop computers, part of a trend that has been in place for years. Apple's laptops are well made, they offer more than enough performance for a majority of users, and you can take the laptop with you wherever you go. Apple's laptop lineup consists of two models: the MacBook Pro and the MacBook Air. There are some obvious and nuanced differences between the two models that you need to consider while shopping for a Mac laptop. In this guide, we'll take a look at the specifics, the differences, and the performance of the MacBook Pro and MacBook Air to help you decide which laptop is best for you. Why you should pick a MacBook Pro Of the two laptop lineups, the MacBook Pro is the one outfitted with a Retina display. These displays have many more pixels than the MacBook Air displays, which means images and text will look very sharp and clean -- it's a pleasing aesthetic if you're spending all day at the computer. The high resolution is also great for anyone who's working in HD video, allowing you to work in actual size and still have room for your app's interface. Apple's definition of "Retina" is when a user, at a typical usage distance, cannot see the individual pixels on the screen. The 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro has a resolution of 2560 x 1600, while the 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro has a resolution of 2880 x 1800. In comparison, the non-Retina MacBook Air has a 1366 x 768 (11-inch) or 1440 x 900 (13-inch) resolution, so you can see there's quite a difference between the displays of Apple's two

iPad Buyer's Guide: Which Model is Best For You

So you want to buy an iPad? Great. Would you believe Apple actually offers five different iPad models? Sure, the company only touts two of them -- the iPad Air 2 and the iPad mini 3 -- but Apple continues to carry two older models that could be right for you, depending on your circumstance. In this guide, we'll take a look at the different iPads Apple offers to help you decide which model is best for you. iPad models Apple has two current iPads, with the most obvious difference being size. Here's an overview of what each line offers: iPad Air: The bigger of the two models. The current version is the iPad Air 2. Key specifications: Measures 9.4 by 6.6 by 0.24 inches and weighs less than a pound Fully laminated 9.7-inch LED backlit Retina display with an anti-reflective coating 2048‑by‑1536 resolution at 264 pixels per inch 64-bit A8X processor and M8 motion coprocessor 16GB, 64GB, or 128GB of storage 8-megapixel iSight camera and 1.2-megapixel FaceTime camera Sensors include Touch ID, gyroscope, accelerometer, barometer, and ambient light Apple also offers the original iPad Air in its current lineup. When comparing the 16GB models (the iPad Air is available with 16GB or 32GB storage), you save $100 if you go with the iPad Air, but it lacks the Touch ID, iSight burst mode, and the anti-glare screen that is found in the iPad Air 2. It's also a little thicker and uses an older and slower 64-bit A7 processor with an M7 motion coprocessor. The iPad Air 2 is worth the extra money, even if only for the laminated anti-reflective display that makes

iPhone Buyer's Guide: Which Model to Choose

It's been over eight years since the iPhone made its debut, and it's still the most popular smartphone on the planet. For years, Apple's iPhone offerings were very straightforward: one expensive top-of-the-line model, a more affordable iPhone with fewer features or slower specs typically identical to previous year's flagship model, and maybe even a cheap model based on the flagship model from two years' prior. And they all had the same screen size. Your choices aren't so simple now. Apple now offers four different iPhone models with different screen sizes and different prices. Confused as to which iPhone to get? Use this guide to help you decide. iPhone models overview Let's go over the key specifications and differences between the iPhones, starting with Apple's priciest offering. iPhone 6 Plus: Apple's biggest iPhone. If you've always wanted the biggest screen possible on your iPhone, this is the model to get. Some might see the iPhone 6 Plus as a viable alternative to an iPad mini 3, but keep in mind that you'll be using the iPhone version of apps, not the iPad versions. That means the app UIs will be designed with a smaller screen in mind. Key specifications for the iPhone 6 Plus: - Measures 6.22 by 3.06 by 0.28 inches and weighs 6.07 ounces - 5.5-inch screen with a 1920-by-1080-pixel resolution at 401 pixels per inch - 64-bit A8 processor with M8 motion coprocessor - 8-megapixel iSight camera with optical image stabilization; 1.2-megapixel FaceTime camera - Siri voice-activated interface - 16GB, 64GB, or 128GB of storage - Apple Pay support

Holiday Gift Guide for iPhone, iPad, and Mac

You've made your list, you've checked it twice. Now it's time to get gifts for the folks on that list. But what should you buy, especially for the tech-savvy people? You can turn to many of the gift guides on the web, but our guide is for the devoted Mac, iPhone, and iPad user. Pick up one of our suggestions, or use them as inspiration to figure out a gift on your own. Mac Gifts Asus PB287Q 28" 4K Monitor: HD is passé. It's all about Ultra HD now, also known as 4K video. The PB287Q is a 28-inch display with a native resolution of 3840 by 2160 pixels. At a $649 list price and frequently available for less, it's a lot more affordable than other Ultra HD displays, which can cost most than a thousand dollars. As Macworld points out, you sacrifice a few features for the price, but the PB287Q does the job. [$563 at Amazon] OWC Thunderbolt 2 Dock: Apple laptops are quite popular, so there are a lot of MacBook users who plug-in and unplug their devices as part of their daily routines. With the $300 (and currently on pre-order sale for $249) Thunderbolt 2 Dock at your desk, you connect all your devices to the dock, and then you connect the dock to your laptop with a single Thunderbolt cable. When it's time to go, just unplug the one cable; when you return, just plug in the same cable. [$249, pre-order at OWC] Dynamism Ultimaker 2: Remember when 3D printing was only for companies with big budgets and specialists? We've come a long way since then, and you can have your own 3D printer at home. The $2,499 Ultimaker 2 from Dynamism comes with Cura, software for

Mac Mini 2014: Which Model to Buy

Whenever Apple talks about the Mac mini—like at the October event in Cupertino—the company always mentions how the Mac mini is a favorite with first-time Mac users. While that may be true, the Mac mini isn't just a computer for newbies. Its combination of affordability, compactness, and performance makes the Mac mini an ideal computer for new and experienced users alike. Apple offers three models of the Mac mini. When shopping the Apple Store, it helps to understand the differences of all three models in the Mac mini line and how they compare to Apple's other Mac offerings, and to know what you're getting for your money. In this guide, we'll go over the key decisions you'll need to make when shopping for a Mac mini. Why a Mac mini? The main reason why you would consider a Mac mini is its price. The most affordable Mac mini is $499, and there are two other models, priced at $699 and $999. By comparison, Apple's lowest-priced iMac is $1099, the lowest-priced MacBook Air is $899, and the lowest-priced MacBook Pro (non-Retina) is $1099. Another reason to consider about the Mac mini is its size. Measuring 7.7 by 7.7 by 1.4 inches, the Mac mini's small size allows it to fit in almost anywhere, which can lead to some unique uses besides desktop computing, such as a server or home entertainment component. However, the small size and the low prices come with compromises in performance and your ability to upgrade the computer in a couple of years.