So, you are thinking about purchasing an Apple desktop computer, but you are unsure which one will best suit you. With PC computers, there is a vast array of choices available, your options are slightly depleted with Apple computers. In this case this is not a bad thing as it makes it easier to pinpoint the right machine for you. Read on to find out more.
The basic options in the Apple desktop world
Apple desktop computers are only available in three forms:
the all in one iMacs
a Mac Mini
Mac Pro, a system that mostly resembles the traditional towers computers. These three computer packages bring some core differences with them. The iMac on the one hand is build entirely around simplicity. The monitor, computer itself and all the traditional peripherals are all housed in one sleek uni bodied design. Where windows desktops often compose of various components, the iMac is a space-saving solution that omits cables altogether. Where the iMac is a all in one desktop solution, both Mac mini and the Mac Pro mostly resemble desktop PC's. You are practically purchasing a powerful tower computer, in the case of the Mac Mini in a slim package, where peripherals such as the monitor have to be supplied separately.
The real distinction between iMac's, Mac mini's and Mac pro's
When you buy a desktop computer you have to make sure that you do not 'over qualify' your new product. Classically the biggest distinction between iMac's, Mac Mini's and Mac pro's is that the latter is aimed at professionals. Mac Pro's are true power stations which currently come equipped with up to 12-core processors. Purchasing a Mac Pro just for the purpose of simple tasks or as a family computer is truly unnecessary, in which case the Mac Mini steps in. The Mac mini is the entry desktop model of Apple but is still powerful enough for most tasks with its dual processors. The iMac sort of lives in between the two models as a powerful set-up that stands out in practicality. Although iMac's were never regarded as the go-to model for professionals, the iMac has slowly, but surely, become very qualified for a variety of intensive computing tasks. As the Mac mini and the iMac's are the most friendly, in terms of budget, you will have to be a real professional in your processor-intensive work field to justify purchasing a Mac Pro. Nevertheless, all these desktop packages give a good taste of what Apple desktop computers are all about, and you will always be able to chose one that fits your needs!