I am considering purchasing a Mac for my godson who will be using it to run Blender 2.8. I know very little about this program. All I can find are requirements for a Mac that will run earlier versions of Blender. Would someone please recommend a list of requirements for a Mac (or a link to a list of requirements) that I could use to find a model that can run 2.8? Thank you in advance for all your help! Sincerely, M. Lap
The most important component for blender is a good graphics card. Unfortunately, to get even a remotely decent GPU (graphics card) on a new Mac you'll be looking at $3K+, certainly not worth the money.
For that reason, I cannot recommend a mac for Blender. I personally own a 2012 MacBook Pro that I used to use almost solely for blender. The experience was abysmal. Since then I got a gaming PC with an NVIDIA 1080 graphics card. Night and day difference. Also, I probably spent about the same amount on the laptop as the gaming PC.
With a gaming PC, you could buy something with very good specs for about \$1-1.5K. A laptop with specifications like Intel Core i5 for CPU and 8GB RAM would also work just fine, and you can find a laptop with an NVIDIA GTX 970 on Ebay/Craigslist for pretty cheap these days. For the NVIDIA 10 GPU series cards a 1060 would be a good entry point. NVIDIA will soon release new GPUs for their 20 series. Laptop with a 20-series GPU might be a bit expensive though, but it might be worth-it specially if you were planning to spend ~$3k for a MacBook Pro.
If you absolutely have to buy a Mac (maybe it's also for school or work?) then the 15" MacBook Pro is probably the best bet. It's the only laptop in Apple's lineup with a GPU, the MacBook Air/12"/13" all use integrated graphics which is sort of useless for Blender 2.8 (it's too slow).