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It"s never been harder to lớn decide between the laptop macbook Air & the 13-inch apple macbook Pro.
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Both laptops run on the M1 processor that hãng apple introduced in late 2020. The new cpu introduces big gains in performance & battery life to lớn Apple"s most portable laptops, signaling a big step forward for the Mac.
Choosing between the new $1,299 laptop apple macbook Pro and the $999 apple macbook Air can be difficult since they both run on Apple"s M1 processor và come in similar configurations in terms of memory and storage. But, there are a few important differences to keep in mind when deciding between the two, particularly when it comes lớn battery life and performance.
MacBook Air M1 vs. Macbook phiên bản pro M1: Which is better?
The M1-powered laptop macbook Air is generally a better value than the Pro since it offers similar features, performance, & configuration options at a starting price that"s $300 lower. Those seeking a general-purpose máy vi tính that"s equipped for browsing the web, writing papers, watching videos, & some photo and clip editing will find plenty of power nguồn in the macbook Air.
While the macbook Air is the better choice for most people, there are some reasons lớn opt for the Pro instead. The apple macbook phiên bản pro comes with a few extras that could make it the ideal choice for professionals with specific needs, such as slightly longer battery life, higher-quality microphones, and, most important, internal cooling fans.
Now that you can also get the M1-powered macbook pro through Apple"s Refurbished Mac Store at a $200 discount, it may be a more compelling option for those in need of more power. The Pro mã sản phẩm also has Apple"s cảm ứng Bar, which is a thin, touch-sensitive strip that replaces the function key row. But, that"s not enough of a reason on its own khổng lồ recommend buying the Pro over the Air.
However, it"s probably best lớn hold off on buying a new apple macbook unless you really need it. Táo is planning lớn release a new high-end apple macbook phiên bản pro this year with a fresh design and upgraded Apple-made processor that"s expected to bring big gains in performance compared to lớn the M1, according khổng lồ Bloomberg. A new laptop macbook Air with a new processor that"s more powerful than the current M1 but not quite as fast as the one in the next-generation apple macbook pro is also reportedly in the works.
Both the macbook Pro and the laptop macbook Air run on Apple"s M1 system-on-a-chip, which features an eight-core central processing unit và a 16-core Neural Engine.
One of the few differences when it comes to lớn the processor is that with the laptop macbook Air, the base mã sản phẩm comes with a seven-core graphics processing unit, while the macbook pro has an eight-core GPU in its entry-level configuration. That should give the base apple macbook phiên bản pro a bit more of a kick when running games & other graphics-heavy programs.
Another important characteristic found on the apple macbook phiên bản pro that the laptop macbook Air lacks is a cooling fan. The laptop macbook Air"s fanless kiến thiết is a godsend for anyone who"s dealt with noisy, whirring fans that make your máy tính sound like a jet engine once it"s under a little bit of stress. But the laptop macbook Pro"s tín đồ most likely means it"s capable of sustaining high performance for longer since it won"t have khổng lồ throttle performance lớn cool off.
Overall, the M1 macbook phiên bản pro feels more powerful than the Air when it comes khổng lồ graphics-oriented workloads but is generally the same when it comes to daily tasks. While playing "Shadow of the Tomb Raider" on both laptops, I noticed the apple macbook pro was more responsive và capable of rendering graphics slightly more smoothly compared with the Air. Both laptops become reasonably — but not uncomfortably — warm after about trăng tròn minutes of gameplay. The apple macbook Air"s underside, however, felt warmer than the Pro"s did after five minutes of gameplay.
In my experience, the macbook phiên bản pro can also encode clip a few minutes faster than the apple macbook Air. It encoded a 10-minute 4K đoạn clip to 1080p using the program Handbrake about five minutes faster compared with the Air. See below to lớn learn how both laptops performed in benchmarks that measure general computing power nguồn (Geekbench 5 CPU & Cinebench) và graphics performance (Geekbench 5 Compute). Higher scores are better.
|Geekbench 5 (CPU)
|Geekbench 5 (Compute)
|1,729 (single core), 7,680 (multi-core)
|6,375 (multi-core), 1,489 (single core)
|25 mins 31 secs
|1,741 (single core), 7,699 (multi-core)
|7,740 (multi-core), 1,488 (single core)
|19 mins 49 secs
Still, the M1 chip brings a big performance boost to the laptop macbook Air that makes it much more capable than its Intel-powered predecessor. Hãng apple says the M1-equipped apple macbook Air has 3.5 times as much computing power, five times the graphics performance, & nine times the machine-learning capabilities compared with the Intel-powered Air. Our own anecdotal performance tests show that the M1 processor is much speedier than its latest intel counterpart, which you can read more about in our full review.
Battery life and features
Both machines should offer excellent battery life — I was able lớn get more than 12 hours out of the macbook Air during my testing, and review of the táo macbook pro also suggest it provides impressive battery life that"s similarly long. However, táo apple claims that the Pro should last slightly longer, offering 17 hours of battery life when browsing the website compared with the apple macbook Air"s 15 hours.
Still, perhaps the biggest difference between the apple macbook Air và the táo macbook pro is that the Pro includes the cảm biến Bar. Táo launched the cảm biến Bar in năm 2016 as a way khổng lồ expand the Mac"s user interface by providing useful, touch-friendly shortcuts above the keyboard. In addition khổng lồ replacing the function key row, the controls shown in the touch Bar can change depending on the ứng dụng or program you"re using. When running Safari, for example, you may see controls that let you scrub through your open tabs.
It"s a novel idea, but the touch Bar doesn"t bring enough lớn the experience khổng lồ justify buying the macbook pro over the Air. If you vày decide on the Pro, do so because of the other benefits it brings in more important areas, like performance or battery life.
The 13-inch apple macbook Pro và MacBook Air otherwise have a lot in common. Both come with two Thunderbolt/USB 4 ports, Apple"s new & improved Magic Keyboard, a 720p webcam that uses the image signal processor in Apple"s chipset, storage options that start 256 GB, và top out at 2 TB, và Touch ID.
But, there are some subtle differences when it comes lớn the speakers và microphones. The laptop apple macbook Pro"s speakers support high dynamic range, unlike the apple macbook Air"s, which should enable the Pro khổng lồ maintain clear audio at its loudest and lowest levels. That should put the 13-inch Pro in a middle ground between the Air and the 16-inch laptop apple macbook Pro, which offers superb, boisterous audio for a laptop of its size, thanks to lớn its six-speaker sound system.
The 13-inch apple macbook phiên bản pro also has microphones that are slightly better than the Air"s. Hãng apple describes them as studio quality microphones with high-signal-to-noise ratio, which the Air lacks.
Design và display
If you"re familiar with the apple macbook Air, you probably know it has a distinguished, wedge-shaped design that separates it from the apple macbook Pro.
That hasn"t changed with the M1-powered macbook Air; the base on Apple"s thin-and-light máy tính still has that familiar teardrop-like look. The laptop apple macbook Air is also available in a gold màu sắc option in addition to silver and space gray, while the apple macbook phiên bản pro comes in only those latter two colors.
True lớn its name, the laptop apple macbook Air is also slightly lighter than the laptop macbook Pro, weighing 2.8 pounds compared with the 3-pound macbook Pro.
Like the Air, the apple macbook phiên bản pro also looks just like its predecessors, which is to say it has a slightly thicker build that"s uniform at its base compared with its cheaper và lighter sibling.
When it comes khổng lồ display quality, the laptop apple macbook Pro và the laptop macbook Air are once again very similar. Both laptops have screens measuring 13.3 inches in size with resolutions of 2,560 by 1,600 pixels, and they both support P3 wide màu sắc and Apple"s True Tone technology. That feature allows the screen lớn adjust the display"s màu sắc to match the lighting in your surroundings, often making the screen look less blue.
The laptop macbook Pro"s display, however, is slightly brighter than that of the laptop macbook Air (500 nits brightness compared with the macbook Air"s 400 nits.)
The bottom line
Overall, the apple macbook Air is a better value, especially for those looking for a general-purpose laptop. Even though it"s $300 cheaper, it doesn"t make big sacrifices when it comes to lớn performance or configuration options. That"s significant because the previous entry-level version of Apple"s Intel-powered laptop macbook Air felt underpowered since it came with just a dual-core Intel bộ vi xử lý core i3 chip.
But, there are still some reasons the macbook phiên bản pro may be the right fit. Since it has a fan-based cooling system and an extra chip core in its GPU at the base level, it might be a better choice for those who need khổng lồ execute strenuous tasks for long periods of time and still want a lightweight laptop. The Pro also has slightly longer battery life and other unique perks, lượt thích higher-quality microphones và speakers.
All told, the laptop apple macbook Air is probably the right choice for most people, offering performance that isn"t much different from that of Apple"s professional-grade máy vi tính at a lower price. The macbook phiên bản pro is better suited for those who need a bit more performance, slightly longer battery life, and better microphones & speakers in a portable laptop.