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Legacy users of Apple Mac products may remember the company's transition from PowerPC processors, manufactured by IBM, to Intel chips in 2006 to 2007. Since then, Apple has continued to make incremental improvements in the computing speeds of its Macbook, iMac and Mac Pro lines as Intel produces better, more efficient and more powerful CPU's.

But consumers may be a little confused by the options available to them if they purchase an Apple customized laptop or desktop. Some models come with Intel Core i5 processors, while others feature Core i7 CPU's. There are PC's that have dual-core processors while others have four processing cores, allowing for varying degrees of multitasking capability. The differences between these options are fairly straightforward.

Both the Intel Core i5 and i7 processors come in dual- and quad-core versions. Core i7 processors will generally offer better speed and power efficiency.

Portable One offers the dual core versions of each processor type on Apple's Macbook Pro line, with the option to upgrade to an i7 available on Macbook Pro models with or without the Retina Display. The iMac features quad-core versions. 

One great feature of the Core i5 and i7 lines is Turbo Boost technology, which allows the processor to speed up when only one core is needed, but to process one particularly intensive task. Core i7's will have a higher Turbo Boost speed than i5's.

Determining which processor you need is a fairly simple consideration of what kinds of tasks you'll be performing on your computer. The more graphics- and video-intensive your operations, the faster processor speed you'll want. If the majority of your computing involves less processor-intensive tasks like surfing the internet, typing documents and sending emails, a Core i5 processor should be sufficient.

Portable One will make sure you have a customized laptop that strikes the perfect balance between performance and affordability based on your personal needs. Please click here for more information.

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