Apple brand is one of the best Laptop brands and it is well-known for its quality and performance. If you are thinking about buying an Apple brand laptop but confused about which model is best for your needs, then this article is particularly for you and it gives brief details about the pros & cons of both Apple MacBook Pro and MacBook Air. you can choose the one as per your requirements such as if you want a laptop for general office and home use then go for Apple MacBook Air. if you need a laptop for heavy-duty graphics then choose the MacBook Pro and this article explains in brief about MacBook Pro vs MacBook Air: Pros and Cons
There is a huge difference in prices because MacBook Air is much expensive than MacBook Pro.
MacBook Air prices
The MacBook Air is available in two configurations namely- 1.1GHz dual-core 10th-gen Intel Core i3 in a price range of £999 with 8GB RAM & storage space of 256GB and another one is 1.1GHz quad-core 10th-gen Intel Core i5 in a price range of £1,299 with 8GB RAM & 512GB SSD
MacBook Pro prices
All the models of the MacBook Pro have a Touch bar and it has older chips in cheaper models.
- 1.4GHz 8th-gen quad-core Intel i5 for £1,299 with 8GB RAM & storage space of 256GB.
- 1.4GHz 8th-gen quad-core Intel i5 in a price of £1,499 with 8GB RAM & storage space of 512GB.
- 2.0GHz 10th-gen quad-core Intel i5 in a price of £1,799 with 16GB RAM & storage space of 512GB.
- 2.0GHz 10th-gen quad-core Intel i5 for £1,999 with 16GB RAM & storage space of 1TB.
- The MacBook Pro 16-inch screen is available in two configurations
- The 2.6GHz 6-core 9th-gen Intel i7 model with a price of £2,399.
- the 2.3GHz 8-core 9th-gen Intel i9 variant in the price range of £2,799 with a storage space of up to 1TB SSD.
Both models have retina displays with a native 2560 × 1600 resolution and the brightness of both laptops are similar. The MacBook Air is decent with a total brightness of 389 nits but it does not get as brightness as MacBook Pro because it has total brightness of 500 nits hence it is the better option for photographers and graphics designers. The MacBook Air weighs less than a pro model; at 1290 grams compared to 1400grams for a 13-inch model & 2000 grams for the 16-inch screen.
The size of the screen varies in the models
- Air: 304.1 x 212.4 x 16.1-4.1mm
- Pro 13in: 304.1 x 212.4 x 15.6mm
- Pro 16in: 357.9 x 245.9 x 16.2mm
Both laptops come with a magic keyboard and touch ID, but the Touch Bar on the Pro is a bit different.
Processor and RAM
The below are brief details of RAM and processor
- Air comes with 8GB 3733MHz LPDDR4X RAM, configurable to 16GB
- Pro 13in (8th-gen) comes with 8GB 2133MHz LPDDR3 RAM, configurable to 16GB
- Pro 13in (10th-gen) comes with 16GB 3733MHz LPDDR4X RAM, configurable to 32GB
- Pro 16-inch screen comes with 16GB RAM, and this can be configured up to a maximum of 64GB.
The starting models of both Air and 13-inch Pro comes with a 256GB of storage but the Pro storage can be upgraded more.
The 16-inch Pro model starts at 512GB and can be upgraded up to 8TB.
Apple brands usually have the longest battery life to give a great experience to the users and both models have similar battery life. The company claims that both laptops can last up to 12 hours.
Both models have 13.3in LED-backlit displays with IPS technology at a resolution of 2560x1600. As usual, Apple does not give a touch screen on this laptop.
Graphics & Gaming
- The entry-level pro models have Intel Iris Plus Graphics 645, on the contrary, the MacBook Air and 10th-gen 13 in Pro have Iris Plus Graphics but works 80?ster than its earlier models.
- The 16-inch MacBook Pro has Intel UHD Graphics 630 and AMD Radeon Pro discrete graphics cards.
Ports & Peripherals
Apple has a very simple approach in designing its ports using USB-C (which supports Thunderbolt 3 and display port) on MacBook's and in the Air model, you will get t two USB-C ports along (one for connecting charge and the other is for connecting external devices) with a headphone jack. In 13-inch Pro model comes with four USB-C ports which can be used for connecting several external devices.
MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro: Which is the Best one?
- Both models are unique in their way, but choosing the best one depends on the reasons for which purpose you are using it.
- The air is the thinnest model and it is the best model to use for day-to-day activities.
- The 13-inch Pro is the cheapest Pro model while the Pro 16-inch is the expensive model.
- The Air model comes with a 13-inch screen, because the Pro model available in two screen sizes 13-inch screen & 16-inch screen, both with sub-variants for processors and RAM.
- The touch Bar in the keyboard is available for all Pro models, both the Pro and the Air can last up to 12 hours of battery charge.
MacBook Air: Pros and Cons
- It is very light and slim in appearance.
- It is the cheapest MacBook in the Apple brand.
- It has a retina display and portable model that can be easily used for daily activities.
- It has 12 hours of battery life.
- It is more travel-friendly.
- This model has a minimum storage space.
- You cannot do heavy lifting tasks such as graphics editing, video editing, and more on this model.
MacBook Pro: Pros, and Cons
MacBook Pro is available in two models namely 13-inch and 16-inch sizes with retina display.
- It has a touch bar in the keyboard
- It has a dedicated graphics card on some pro models.
- It has a magic keyboard and fast Intel processors.
- You can carry out complex video editing and graphical processing with ease.
- The price is a bit higher than the Air models.
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