BiffbarfAre you sure? Because you can build one fuck of a Thinkpad for 1.2k+
The new M1 Apple silicone is crazy powerful. It runs on ARM architecture and can emulate x64 better than most native processers. The battery efficiency is wild too. 20+ hours of battery life is fairly standard, even under load. Intel doesn't make a laptop processor that can compete right now. AMD is close, but they're not there either. Tech journalists were raving about how great the M1 chip is when it was released last year. The new M1x is even crazier than the M1, but it's only available on high-end Macbook Pros. The rest of the Macbook hardware (RAM, storage, GPU) is price-competitive with windows machines and the display quality is best in class.
Thinkpads are excellent machines too. Lenovo build quality rivals Apple, specs are competitive, and customer support is just as reliable. The processor, flash storage, and battery life aren't as good as Macbooks. However, Thinkpads are field serviceable and upgradeable, which is really important for device longevity. It's a big reason why they're the go-to enterprise machine. Thikpads also have a ton of ports, whereas Apple only leaves you with 2-4 thunderbolts. Thinkpads also run Windows natively, which is important for a ton of software.
Lots of pros and cons. Kinda like iPhone vs Android. Or like how there isn't one "best ski" overall. There's a perfect ski for each skier. There's a perfect laptop for each user. For years, I would've agreed that MacBooks were a waste of money. But the new Apple silicon and competitive pricing changed that dynamic in the last year or so. For lots of people, such as students (who don't need Windows-specific programs), content creators, photographers, etc, a Macbook is hard to beat. For businesses, gamers, engineers, price-sensitive buyers, field-serviceability needs, interface requirements, etc, then there are tons of great Windows machines like Thinkpads, Dell XPS, HP Envy, and more.
TLDR: Macbooks are good. Windows is good. Buy what meets your needs
I didn't mean to derail the thread. This kid should buy a laptop, not an iPad. An iPad with a keyboard still isn't a laptop.
Here's a reference for performance: https://www.laptopmag.com/news/apple-m1-vs-intel-cpu-this-is-the-best-processor-for-your-laptop