Comparison of Apple Mac Desktop Models - dummies

By Arnold Reinhold

For the person who is considering making a change from PC to Mac, Apple offers a range of desktop models — from the petite but well-equipped mini to the graceful all-in-one iMac to the industrial-strength Mac Pro — that you can use to build just the computing environment you want.

Here is a comparison of the features available in the different Mac models.

  Mac mini iMac (21-inch) iMac (27-inch) Mac Pro
Screen size (inches diagonal) None 21.5 27 None
Resolution built-in (pixels) N/A 1920 x 1080 2560 x 1440 N/A
Resolution external (pixels) 2560 x 1600 2560 x 1600 2560 x 1600 2560 x 1600
Screen finish N/A Glossy Glossy N/A
Weight 2.7 lbs. 20.5 lbs. 30.5 lbs. 41 lbs.
  1.22 kg 9.3 kg 13.8 kg 18.7 kg
CPU Quad-core i5 or i7 Quad-core i5 or i7 Quad-core i5 or i7 Xeon 4, 6, 8, or 12 cores
Speed (GHz) 2.3–2.5 2.5–2.8 2.7–3.4 2.4–3.3
Maximum RAM 8GB 16GB 16GB 32–64GB
Graphics Integrated Radeon HD6750M Radeon HD6770M Radeon HD5770
Optional graphics Radeon HD 6630M Radeon 6770M Radeon HD6970M Radeon HD5870 or two 5770s
PCI Express slots None None None 3
Optical SuperDrive None 1 1 1 or 2
Thunderbolt port Yes Yes 2 2 Mini DisplayPorts
HDMI port 1920 x 1200 No No Dual-link DVI
USB 2.0 ports 4 4 4 5
Gigabit Ethernet ports 1 1 1 2
FireWire ports (800 MHz) 1 1 1 4
SDXC Card slot Yes Yes Yes No
Wi-Fi 802.11n 802.11n 802.11n 802.11n
Bluetooth Yes Yes Yes Yes
FaceTime HD Camera No Yes Yes No
Microphone No Yes Yes Yes
Headset jack Yes Yes Yes Yes, plus Toslink jack
Audio in jack Yes Yes Yes Yes, plus Toslink jack