How to buy your per­fect Mac

Now’s the time to get the best deal on a Mac or MacBook…

Mac Format - - FRONT PAGE - Words: Nick Peers Im­ages: Ap­ple, Fu­ture Photo Stu­dio

Macs are built to last, but there comes a time when yours starts to show its age. When that hap­pens, you’ll find your­self look­ing for a new model, and these days the va­ri­ety of Mac desk­tops and lap­tops on of­fer can be mind-bog­gling. It’s an ex­pen­sive pur­chase, so it pays to take your time and get it right – com­put­ers are like cars in that in their value goes down and they’re quickly re­placed in the show­room by a bet­ter model.

Nev­er­the­less, you shouldn’t al­low your­self to be paral­ysed by fear – which­ever Mac you buy, it’s al­most cer­tainly go­ing to be faster than your cur­rent one, so even if it’s su­per­seded a few months down the line, your new Mac will still feel like it flies com­pared to the trusty friend you’re mov­ing on from.

In this fea­ture we’ll steer you through the buy­ing process – from help­ing you find the right place to buy your Mac, to giv­ing you the lowdown on op­tions such as in­sur­ance and con­fig­u­ra­tion. We’ll also de­bunk a few Mac-buy­ing myths along the way. If you’re still stumped as to which model is right for your needs, then we com­pare four pop­u­lar mod­els – MacBook, MacBook Pro, iMac 5K and Mac Pro – based on which per­son they’re best suited for. And don’t for­get to check out our Up­grade sec­tion (see page 107), where you can com­pare all ma­jor Macs side-by-side. Think you’ve got a good idea of which one you want? Good, now turn the page to find out how to get it at the right price from the right sup­plier and with all the op­tions and pro­tec­tion you’ll need…

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