MacBook Air M3, 2024 model
This is the Mac to get if you 1) need a Mac and 2) need that Mac to be portable. It now comes in two sizes, so there’s no need to go Pro if you just want a bigger screen. It’s just an excellent Mac. I am using an M2 MacBook Air with 24 GB of RAM and 512 GB of storage, and it’s just great. But the M3 would be my top choice if I was buying today. If money is tight, get the M2 Air from the Refurbished store. They are excellent and come with a regular warranty.

M3 iMac
The M3 iMac is excellent for most people who don’t want to move their computer around. Bump up the storage to at least 512GB. My recommendation: 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD.

iPhone 15
This is what I wrote about the iPhone 14: “It’s the perfect phone for someone who keeps their phone for three years. Now that the iPhone’s base model has 128GB of storage, you don’t need to go for the larger sizes. Now, if you take a lot of photos and videos… Well, then, you already know you need more space.” The same applies to iPhone 15, but the camera is better.

iPad Air
The iPad Air is the iPad to get if it’s going to be your only iPad. Updated with the M2-series, it now comes in two sizes and is a great bang for the buck. I do recommend the 256GB storage tier, but if money is tight 128GB won’t make you sad. 64GB makes me sad on my own iPad mini.

Apple Watch
Series 9
The Apple Watch has no real competition. Buy the newest and keep it for three years.

AirPods 3
If you need the best earbuds, AirPods are the way to go. I’ve been fortunate enough to test out models from Earfün and Anker, which are very good. The Earfün are incredibly cheap, and their noise canceling is great for the price. But nothing can compare to the AirPods + Apple products.

iCloud Storage
200 GB
Protect your photos by throwing a couple of bucks at Apple for the iCloud storage. The prices are competitive and, if take care to set it up correctly, your iPhone will back itself up each night. Then turn on iCloud Photo Library and have all your photos available to you even if you fill up your iPhone. Seriously, we’re talking about three bucks a month.

Certified Refurbished
If you don’t shy away from refurbished, getting one of these machines from Apple’s Certified Refurbished store is great. iPhones and iPads come with new outer shells and batteries and a regular one-year warranty. This is the way to go if money is tight (or you are smart with your money). The M2 Mac mini pops up on here occasionally and is a hell of a bargain.

What I’m Currently Using
M2 Mac Book Air, 24 GB RAM, 512 GB storage
Apple Studio Display
iPhone 13 mini, 128 GB
iPad mini, 6th gen, 64 GB
Apple Watch Series 7
AirPods 3
Despite my recommendations of certified refurbished products, the above were all bought new.

Page updated: 2024, May 18