McIntosh and Granny Smith apples are good choices when making apple pie, claims Eating Well. Granny Smith apples are somewhat tart, and the flesh holds it shape well when cooked. McIntosh apples are on the sweeter side with a just hint of tartness, and they soften nicely when cooked.
Braeburn apples are also a good choice for apple pies. They are similar in tartness to Granny Smith apples, and they retain the original texture while softening up fully during the baking process. Golden Delicious apples have a rich depth of flavor when baked in pies, although they soften a bit more than some other apple varieties.