If you’re a MacBook aficionado like more than half the world, you will be thoroughly excited with the recent launch of the new 13.3” MacBook Air, Apple’s latest foray into the dazzling world of design and computing. Equipped with industry-leading features like a retina display and a latest-generation keyboard, the MacBook Air is also one of the greenest devices from the family yet, built from 100% recycled aluminum. It comes with a starting price tag of $1199 (or $999 for the non-retina-display model). Let’s understand how this successor of the crowd-favorite MacBook Pro ($1299 and above) compares to its ancestor.
Design & Ease of Use
True to its name, lightweight mobility is high on the priority list for the MacBook Air. It weighs a mere 2.75lbs and has a thickness of 0.16–0.61”. While the MacBook Pro is just as sleek, it weighs a good deal heavier at 3.02lbs. The sturdy, stylish but portable design makes the latest launch ideal for computing on the go. The green construction—47% lower carbon emissions—is the cherry on the cake.
Additionally, the MacBook Air also ups the convenience quotient with a full-size, backlit keyboard that has 79 ISO keys (as opposed to 65 ISO keys in the MacBook Pro with the Touch Bar) and a Force Touch trackpad for increased precision.
Processing Prowess & Data Security
While the MacBook Pro is configurable to be driven by an Intel Core i7 processor running up to 4.0GHz, the MacBook Air supports an Intel Core i5 (again, an eighth-generation one). It can be boosted to run up to 3.6GHz. The latter offers up to 16GB memory and 1.5TB of storage space, as opposed to the 32GB RAM and 4TB of storage supported by the MacBook Pro (15”).
On the battery front, the MacBook Air takes a clear edge with its unplugged use lasting up to 13 hours and almost an entire month on standby. The MacBook Pro, while also competent in battery backup, can last unplugged for about 10 hours (and 30 days on standby).
A note on the security features of the MacBook Air—topnotch! The touch-based login and Apple T2 Security Chip ensure your data is protected at all times.
Display & Graphics
Absolute brilliance has always been Apple’s forte when it comes to display configurations, and the MacBook Air enthralls with its retina display, 2560 x 1600 screen resolution, and 16:10 aspect ratio. The notebook supports Intel UHD Graphics 617, external graphics processors, and two external displays of 4096 x 2304 resolutions each (or one with 5120 x 2880).
On the whole, you get a vivid and captivating viewing experience that’s comparable to that on the MacBook Pro, except that the latter supports Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640/655. If you get the 15” MacBook Pro, you can experience Radeon Pro 555X/560X and Intel UHD Graphics 630.
Device Support & Wireless Connectivity
On this front, the MacBook Air turns out to be just as competent as you’d expect. Like the well-connected MacBook Pro, this one also has two Thunderbolt 3 ports (USB-C) that support displays, data transfer, and charging. It also supports 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.2. Of course, the 15” MacBook Pro supports a wider array of connectivity options with four USB-C ports.
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As always, Apple once again has a glorious launch in the MacBook Air – a highly portable, eco-friendly powerhouse well suited for mobile professionals. With its long battery life, spectacular display, and innovative keyboard, it is all set to up the ante of stylish, productive computing.