Which MacBook To Buy In Early 2022?

If you are looking to buy a MacBook soon, here's a rundown of the current models and the differences between them.


Comments: 14 Responses to “Which MacBook To Buy In Early 2022?”

    Dave G.
    5 months ago

    Gary, Happy New Year. As with all your daily videos, this one shows very useful information for all Mac users, especially seniors, who may be considering an upgrade from their current device! This one is very clear with the choices available and the value of selecting the correct options depending on needs. Looks like the MacAir is the device of choice!

    Ian Farrar
    5 months ago

    Happy New Year Gary. I'm looking at replacing my 2017 MacBook Air but the current MBA only has the 2 Thunderbolt ports. I have Backup Drives, DVD Writer, which connect via USB A, and Headphones which connect to the MBA. If I get the current MBA what would be the best way of connecting the external Backup Drives and headphones? OR, would it be better to wait until the Fall (?) for launch of the very new MBA?

    5 months ago

    Ian: How often do you need to connect the DVD writer? What do you use it for in 2022? Are the headphones just a standard 3.5 audio jack? I doubt a new MacBook Air would have more than the minimum number of ports. So just get a powered hub. One plug into your MacBook Air and you get power and both the drive and the DVD burner. That would be convenient to do even if the MacBook had 10 ports.

    Ian Farrar
    5 months ago

    Gary, rarely for DVD writer, 3.5 audio jack (could use bluetooth). The powered hub seems to be the option. Thanks for your reply.

    5 months ago

    Ian: OK. Looks like you don't really need it unless for convenience. The headphones plug into the audio jack, the drive is connected to one USB-C port, and power to the other. In the rare case you need the DVD writer, you could just run from battery for that time.

    Marc Louis Fredman
    5 months ago

    How can I use the "Apple Super Drive" with the 16 inch MacBook Pro?

    5 months ago

    Marc: How do you want to use it, specifically? It is USB, right?Just connect it to the USB port on the Mac. You'll probably need to replace the cable with a USB-C one, or get a cheap USB-A to USB-C adapter.

    Rick Isaacs
    5 months ago

    Gary, there was a concern that the SSD lifespan with the 8GB/256GB M1 MacBook Air swapping from memory under heavy loads would 'wear out' the SSD. There was a recommendation to increase the memory to 16GB and with 512GB SSD.
    Is the swapping really a problem for the M1 MacBook Air?

    5 months ago

    Rick: I don't know much about that. I think what you are referring to was some people guessing that it could be a problem down the road since they saw more swaps than they liked when it first came out. I think software updates fixed that though. In all my years of owning MacBooks with SSDs, it has never been the SSD that has done them in. It is almost always just that they get too old and it is time for an upgrade to run the latest macOS or some app. Sometimes the battery and sometimes the keyboard or screen.

    Randy Sikes
    4 months ago

    Thanks, great video as usual. You implied that only the 16" MacBook Pro with M1 Max chip has 2 video encode engines. I was under the impression that the 2 video encode engines are inherent in the M1 Max chip, not necessarily limited to the 16" MacBook Pro. Apple's technical specs layout for the 14" MacBook Pro is ambiguous on the availability of 2 video encode engines with the M1 Max chip. Can you clarify this?

    4 months ago

    Randy: You can see the specs here: https://www.apple.com/macbook-pro-14-and-16/specs/ You may be right, but unfortunately Apple only shows the specs for the M1 Pro version of the 14-inch, not the M1 Max

    Brian Baker
    3 months ago

    Great video (as always), Gary! I have a late 2013 Macbook Pro that I've loved but it is no longer upgradeable. (No Monterey.) I am thinking about getting the new 14" version you mentioned in the video. However, I wanted to ask if you suspect Apple will release a Macbook Pro in, say, the spring, that will make me wish I'd waited? FYI, I do not use the computer for professional work (no video production or anything). I just need a good solid machine to do the "normal stuff".

    3 months ago

    Brian: Check the MacRumors "Roundups" to see where the rumors point. The 14-inch MacBook Pro is just from October, so I doubt we'll see a new one that soon. But they may have a new 13-inch or a new MacBook Air this spring. You may want to consider the MacBook Air unless you have a good reason to get the Pro.

    Brian Baker
    3 months ago

    Thank you, Gary! Really appreciate the reply and all the fantastic work you do. Proud to be a Patreon.

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