MacBook Comparison Guide

With the wide range of MacBooks available in Australia, it can be confusing picking the right one for your needs. Our MacBook Buying Guide helps you compare the MacBook, MacBook Pro and MacBook Air to see which one will best suit your requirements.


Key Features

Apple has introduced some impressive features for certain MacBook models. Here’s what they mean.

Retina Display

Retina Display refers to screens that have a stunning resolution and pixel density that’s so high you can’t discern pixels at a normal viewing distance. You’ll see super sharp text and incredibly realistic images.


Touch Bar

The Touch Bar is a touch-enabled screen placed on the keyboard to replace function keys and enable instant access to different functions, depending on the application you’re currently using.


Force Touch Trackpad

Force Touch trackpads are more sensitive to pressure and have more capabilities than the traditional trackpad. You’ll see different options based on the application you’re using and the amount of pressure you apply.



This input/output (I/O) technology connects devices to your computer through a single port. Look for a lightning symbol next to or above the port on your MacBook to confirm you have a Thunderbolt port. All MacBook laptops beyond 2013 have Thunderbolt ports. The latest version, Thunderbolt 3, connects devices to your laptop at speeds up to 40 Gbps, giving you incredibly fast data transfers.


Compare MacBooks

Compare the MacBook, MacBook Air and MacBook Pro to find the one with the right features for you.


This is Apple’s lightest and thinnest Mac laptop, featuring a full-sized keyboard, Retina display, Force Touch trackpad and a decent battery life. Ideal for anyone looking for good performance on-the-go.

Screen size 12 inches
Storage Up to 512GB
Processor 1.1GHz-1.2GHz
Memory 8GB
Battery life Up to 10 hours
Weight 0.92 kg
Retina Display Yes
Force Touch trackpad Yes

MacBook Pro

This powerful and fast laptop features the brightest and most colourful display among all MacBooks. Ideal for anyone needing a high-performance laptop, or those who work with graphics, photos or videos.

Screen size 13 or 15 inches
Storage Up to 512GB
Processor Up to 4.3GHz
Memory Up to 16GB
Battery life Up to 10 hours
Weight 1.37-1.83 kg
Retina Display Yes
Force Touch trackpad Yes

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MacBook Air

This is Apple’s affordable line of laptops. Great for everyday tasks including emailing, web browsing and office applications. Ideal for mobile professionals, students and those who are budget conscious.

Screen size 13 inches
Storage Up to 512GB
Processor 1.6GHz
Memory 8GB
Battery life Up to 12 hours
Weight 1.35 kg
Retina Display No
Force Touch trackpad No

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Which MacBook Should I Buy?

As a starting point, here are our recommendations for specific requirements. Remember that there are different versions of MacBook, MacBook Pro and MacBook Air laptops available, so check the specs before making your final decision.


Accessories to Consider

Get the most out of your MacBook with these accessories.

Apple cables

Charge and connect your MacBook to other devices using an Apple cable.

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Keyboard / Mouse

An external keyboard and mouse can make typing and using your MacBook more comfortable.

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Laptop bags & sleeves

Protect your MacBook in transit with a stylish laptop bag or sleeve.

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Laptop stands

Lift your laptop to into a position that's more comfortable for you to view, and to improve cooling.

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Privacy filters

Keep information safe from prying eyes with a privacy filter for your MacBook.

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USB hubs

Connect to multiple devices simultaneously with a multi-port USB hub.

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