Apple recently confirmed that it will no more advance MacBook Air line but will only concentrate on further developing MacBook Pro. MacBook Air is still on sale, though, and continues to attract the users looking for a light and thin laptop. With futuristic improvements to its system and design, on the other hand, MacBook Pro becomes more and more exciting – despite its higher price. Let us look at what you would consider while choosing between these two.
MacBook Air continues to grab attention with its minimalist design and easy-going use. Still one of the lightest and thinnest products on the market, MacBook Air weights 1.35 kg and is 1.4-7 thick. However, Apple radically improved MacBook Pro’s design and declined its weight to such an extent that lightness is no more a distinct feature of MacBook Air.
Apple’s new MacBook Pro weighs 1.37 kg and is thus only fractionally heavier than the Air. Another area in which there is less of a difference between the two models is storage – the Air is available with a choice of 128GB or 256 GB storage while the Pro offers 128GB, 256GB or 512 GB storage. With the build-to-order option, you can upgrade the Air’s storage up to 512GB and the Pro’s to 1TB.
Air vs Pro
The Air promises minimum 12 hours of backup while the Pro’s battery lasts almost 10 hours. While MacBook Air exceeds the Pro in terms of battery life, the latter outguns the former in all other features pertaining to performance. The most interesting feature in this regard is MacBook Pro’s Retina display, which secures a 2,560×1600 screen resolution and achieves a pixel density much higher than MacBook Air.
Equipped with brand new Kaby Lake chips, MacBook Pro promises an experience much more effective than the Air, which is using the same processor since 2015. MacBook Pro’s new Touch ID and OLED Touch Bar technologies further amplify the performance gap, allowing you to manage contextual controls such as volume and brightness as well as to authorize payments directly with your fingerprint.
Maybe the starkest difference between the two products is the price: MacBook Pro is undeniably more expansive than MacBook Air. This difference becomes even more significant when comparing the Air with the Pro’s Touch Bar model. One can find many reasons to justify this difference, yet there is no doubt that budget is an important criterion for many a customer.
Choosing the right laptop is a demanding work – when it comes to deciding between the Air and the Pro, you have to think even more laboriously. Overall, what matters is your needs, priorities, and expectations.