Before I go out and get a cup of coffee that doesn’t make my head spin (lol), I want to report to you that business is brisk in the Mac world. Macs are selling well. 2016 to 2019 were dark times for Mac users due those terrible keyboards in the Mac laptops. A comeback started to be made in 2018 with the Mac Mini. Then Apple brought the old keyboard back with the 16 inch Mac Book pro in late 2019. (However, my clients were not typically buyers of the 15 / 16 inch laptops.) Then in 2020, the good keyboard returned to the 13 inch Mac Books. It was a major victory for frustrated Mac buyers.
As we rolled into last fall, Apple came out with Mac Books sporting their new M1 processors. This will be their infrastructure going forward. A new mac Mini was also released. They could very well release M1 iMacs at their event on April 20th. I know some of you are waiting for those.
On these new M1 Macs — the hard drives and RAM are an integrated system. There is no replacing them when things go bad. Like any solid state drive (SSD), they are limited to a certain # of read write cycles over their lifespan. I read a report recently that if you order one of the new Macs with a larger hard drive — it actually gives it more room to read and write over time.
So my advice here is — don’t take the standard 256 GB hard drive. Upgrade it at the time of ordering to at least the 512 GB model. Also — I would strongly suggest that you may want to consider the 3 year Apple Care warranty. This is all new technology. If one component on that logic board goes bad, the whole computer practically has to be replaced. I am never opposed to buying Apple Care on iPhones, iPads, and Macs.
For most consumers that I deal with I think that the Mac Book Air would be a fine choice over the 13 inch Mac Book Pro. You can save a couple hundred $$ there.