SAS Computing Apple Options List

  • Faculty & Staff

This table summarizes the standard options for new Apple computers provided through the SAS Computing allocations process for standing faculty only.

Current technology presents cost and performance trade-offs that should be reviewed with your local computing support provider (LSP) to ensure that you choose the computer that will best meet your requirements. The computer options below reflect a range of possible choices. If none of them provide the configuration you require, your LSP can help you choose a customized configuration.

Apple Options

Apple Mac Operating System 10.13 (High Sierra)
(See Supported Desktop Operating Systems for more information.)

Software includes: standard Apple applications such as Safari and Mail and also the following third-party applications: Adobe Acrobat Pro DC, Data Comet, Google Chrome, Microsoft Office, Mozilla Firefox, and Symantec's Endpoint Protection (SEP).

Differences between the desktop options are highlighted in red. Differences between the laptop options are highlighted in blue.

 Standard 21.5-inch Desktop Option

High End 27-inch Desktop Option

Standard 13-inch
Laptop Option

Lightweight 13-inch
Laptop Option

High End 13-inch
Laptop option

High End 15-inch
Laptop Option

21.5-inch Apple iMac

27-inch Apple iMac with Retina Display 13-inch Apple MacBook Pro with Retina Display 13-inch Apple MacBook Air 13-inch Apple MacBook Pro
with Retina Display and Touch Bar
15-inch Apple MacBook Pro with Retina Display and
Touch Bar
Month/Year Last Revised by Apple June 2017 June 2017 June 2017 June 2017 July 2018 July 2018
Approximate Weight: N/A N/A 3 lbs. 3 lbs. 3 lbs. 4 lbs.
CPU: Intel Core i5
Dual Core, 2.3 GHz
Intel Core i5
Quad Core, 3.4 GHz

Intel Core i5
Dual Core, 2.3 GHz

Intel Core i5
Dual Core, 1.8 GHz
Intel Core i7
Quad Core, 2.7 GHz
Intel Core i7
Hexa Core, 2.6 GHz
Storage Size:
1 TB 256 GB 512 GB
Storage Type:
(see note 1 below)


Fusion drive (1 TB HDD & 24 GB SSD)
Flash/Solid State Drive (SSD)
Memory: 16 GB
16 GB
(Maximum for model)
8 GB
(Maximum for model)
16 GB
(Maximum for model)
16 GB
Graphics: Intel Iris Pro 640 AMD Radeon Pro 570 with 4 GB VRAM Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640 Intel HD Graphics 6000 Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655
Radeon Pro 560X with
Intel UHD Graphics 630
Display size: Built-in 21.5" Built-in 27" 13.3" 15.4"
Display Type:
(see note 2 below)
non-Retina Retina Retina non-Retina Retina Retina
Display Native Resolution: 1920 x 1080 5120 x 2880 2560 x 1600 1440 x 900 2560 x 1600 2880 x 1800


Four USB 3

Two USB-C/Thunderbolt 3
(see note 3 below)

One Gigabit Ethernet

Two USB-C/Thunderbolt 3
(see note 3 below)

Two USB 3

One Mini
DisplayPort/Thunderbolt 2

One MagSafe 2 power

Four USB-C/Thunderbolt 3
(see note 3 below)

Touchbar: N/A N/A Yes
Adapters: N/A Gigabit Ethernet and VGA
SUPERDRIVE (CD/DVD) Internal drive not available. An external one may be requested.
Misc: Wireless keyboard, wireless mouse, and webcam Backlit keyboard, webcam, and carrying case.
Lead Time:
(may vary, please check with us at time of order)
2 to 3 weeks 3 to 4 weeks 2 to 3 weeks
Additional Cost: N/A $560 N/A $680 $1,030
Some Possible Upgrades:

256 GB flash/solid state drive = $90.

Retina-Display 21.5-inch iMac  = $200.
This model was also last revised in June 2017

256 GB SSD = $90

512 GB SSD = $270

512 GB SSD = $200

1 TB SSD = $600

512 GB SSD = $200 1 TB SSD = $400  1 TB SSD = $360


  1. Storage Type Media Type Relative Speed Cost per Gigabyte of Storage
    Hard Desk Drive (HDD) Spinning magnetic disk Low Low
    Fusion Drive Large capacity spinning magnetic disk and small capacity microchips Medium Medium
    Flash/Solid State Drive (SSD) Microchips High High
  2. Apple released its first Retina display on MacBooks in its 15-inch MacBook Pro model in June 2012, and on iMacs in its High End 27-inch model in October 2014. By now, many of Apple's other models also have Retina displays, which provide a higher resolution, a crisper view, and more colors than standard displays.
  3. The USB-C/Thunderbolt 3 port is a relatively newer type of port that is thinner than the USB 3 port, and that can handle power, data and video.

Further Information

If you have any questions, please contact the Computer Allocations Manager, Sarah Nachmias, at (215) 898-0589 or

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