Recommended Macintosh Computers

The following recommended configurations are for existing and newly purchased Apple computers. We make these recommendations because lesser machines may not work with Brown services and CIS cannot easily support systems that are no longer supported by hardware and software vendors. 

Macintosh Desktops

Recommended Desktop Specifications

  • Dual-core Intel Core i5 or quad-core Intel Core i7
  • 8GB RAM or greater
  • Retina Display
  • SSD or Fusion Drive
  • macOS 10.13 High Sierra

Minimum Desktop Specifications

The MINIMUM Service Desk supported specifications for this semester are:

  • i5 or greater processor
  • 4GB RAM
  • 128GB hard drive
  • Ethernet
  • OS X 10.11 El Capitan

Recommended Apple Desktop Models

Mac Mini

Small form factor Desktop requires limited desktop space. Assumes the user has monitor and USB keyboard and mouse. Low-cost with limited expandability.

  • Dual-Core Intel Core i5
  • 8GB RAM
  • 256GB SSD or 1TB Fusion Drive

AppleCare strongly advised for personal purchases

iMac

Power Desktop requires minimal desktop space. Ample storage.

  • Quad-Core Intel Core i5
  • 8GB RAM
  • 21.5-inch Retina 4K Display
  • 256GB SSD or 1TB Fusion Drive
  • Apple Magic Mouse 2
  • Apple Magic Keyboard

AppleCare strongly advised for personal purchases

Macintosh Laptops

Recommended Laptop Specifications

  • Dual-core Intel Core i5 or quad-core Intel Core i7
  • 8GB RAM or greater
  • 256GB SSD
  • Thunderbolt display adapter
  • Current macOS

Minimum Laptop Specifications

The MINIMUM Service Desk supported specifications for this semester are:

  • Intel i5 or greater processor
  • 4GB RAM
  • 128GB hard drive
  • OS X 10.11 El Capitan

Recommended Apple Laptop Models

15" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar

Desktop Replacement with widescreen display.

  • 15” MacBook Pro with Retina display
  • Quad-core Intel Core i7
  • 16GB RAM
  • 256GB PCIe-based flash storage
  • 15-inch Retina Display with Touch Bar and Touch ID
  • Backlit Keyboard (English) / User's Guide

AppleCare strongly advised for personal purchases

13" MacBook Pro

Low-priced, lightweight, and convenient.

  • 13” MacBook Pro
  • Dual-Core Intel Core i5
  • 8GB RAM
  • 256GB PCIe-based flash storage
  • Keyboard (English) & User's Guide

AppleCare strongly advised for personal purchases

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