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Are you looking for a Mac laptop? Are you hesitating between the MacBook Pro and the MacBook Air? Thanks to this article, you will know all their strengths and weaknesses and identify which of them is best for you.


With the update of the MacBook Air 2019 (screen, processors), the two ranges have become very close. Air is your option if you are looking for the cheapest MacBook, but if your budget allows you, then the choice becomes complicated, especially since one of the Air costs as much as a Pro.

The Pro is more suitable for artists and users of gourmet programs; the Air is more balanced in terms of portability, power and battery life. If you are a student, then feel free to read this article.

Indicated Price

Apple MacBook Pro 13 Inch (2019): From $ 1,299

Apple MacBook Air (2019): From $ 1,099

Comparison: MacBook Pro vs MacBook Air

There has always been a big difference between the MacBook Pro and the MacBook Air. But since the update of the MacBook Pro, the distinction between these two computers has become more subtle.

If you’re looking for a powerful and feature-rich MacBook, then the Pro is the one for you. Nevertheless, you will have to pay the high price to get a laptop of this ilk.

MacBook Air or 13-inch MacBook Pro

If you want to buy a MacBook, know that you have the choice between the MacBook, MacBook Air and, MacBook Pro and that each of them is available in several versions. However, only the Air and Pro are available in 13 inches. In this article, we compare these two Apple computers (the production of the 12-inch MacBook has been stopped) and analyze the unique and standard features. The goal is that you see there a little more clearly and manage to find your happiness.

Which is Better: MacBook Pro vs MacBook Air


The first point that differentiates a MacBook Air from a 13-inch MacBook Pro is their price. The MacBook Air is available in two versions, the 128 GB model starts at € 1,249, and the 256 GB model at € 1,499. They are less expensive than their previous edition.

The 13-inch MacBook Pro has four variants, all with Touch Bar. One has 128 GB, it is € 1499, and two 256 GB of storage space and one of 512 GB.

The latter differ in their processor, speed, graphics card and number of ports. The model with the chip Intel Iris Plus Chart 645 is € 1,749, the one with the chip 655 is € 1,999, and the one with an SSD of 512 GB is € 2,249. You should go to the 15-inch MacBook Pro on the off chance you need the fifth chip era.

At these prices, what key features do you get?

13-inch MacBook Pro

  • Intel Core i5 quad (8 th generation) at 1.4 GHz, turbo boost up to 3.9 GHz
  • 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB or 2TB SSD
  • 8 GB RAM clocked at 2133 MHz
  • Intel Iris Plus Graphics 645
  • Two Thunderbolt 3 ports (USB Type-C)
  • 720p HD Face Time Camera
  • Retina display with True Tone, Touch ID, Touch Bar

comparison: MacBook Pro vs MacBook Air

MacBook Air 13

  • Dual-core Intel Core i5 (8 th generation) at 1.6 GHz, turbo boost up to 3.6GHz
  • 128 GB, 256 GB, 512 GB or 1 TB SSD
  • 8 GB RAM clocked at 2133 MHz
  • Intel Iris Plus Graphics 617
  • Two Thunderbolt 3 ports (USB Type-C)
  • 720p HD Face Time Camera
  • Retina display with True Tone, Touch ID

The two macOS are distinguished mainly by their processor that of the Pro is more powerful (4 cores), even if that of the Air is a more recent generation since Apple has chosen to install an Intel chip less muscular.

The MacBook Pro also overlooks the Air on the graphics card and has the Touch Bar.

If a tight budget does not limit you, then you can probably add one or more options (RAM, Storage, Processors …) available for both Macs.

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Dimensions and weight

When in 2008, Apple launched the MacBook Air, it was considered the lightest laptop on the market. Not to mention that in the years that followed, the weight of the MacBook Pro has been lightened. So that now the distinction between the two Mac is less striking.

That said, the MacBook Air 2019 has lost a few grams compared to its predecessor to weight only 1.25 kg, the weight of the 13-inch MacBook Pro is 1.37 kg. If the weight of a computer is vital to you, then, no doubt the MacBook Air will suit you best.

Regarding the size of the two computers, the Air 2019 measures 30.41 cm x 21.24 cm, it is 1.56 cm thick, and at its narrowest point, it is only 0.41 cm.

The Pro 13 inches, he measures 30.41 cm x 21.24 cm and has a thickness of 1.49 cm. It is thinner than the MacBook Air, but it has more tapered edges, which sharpens its silhouette. Today the MacBook Air now has the same length and width as the 13-inch MacBook Pro.

Processor and RAM

Regardless of price, the other significant difference between the MacBook Air and the MacBook Pro is the processing power.

Despite the reality that both Air and Pro are equipped with Intel Core i5 processors of the eighth period, they are different models. The Air can have a more impressive 1.6 GHz speed, but it’s only dual-core and Turbo Boost at 3.6 GHz.

The Pro is quad-core 1.4 GHz; Turbo Boost up to 3.9 GHz, it means it is more powerful overall, while the Air Chip is more a question of balance between power and efficiency. Passing the two most expensive Pro models, you get an Intel Core i5 quad- SPOTLIGHT to 2.4 GHz with Turbo Boost up to 4.1 GHz.

It’s essential to be able to design lone the Pro for two unique Core i7 processors, so it’s the best off opportunity choice you need so much energy. Air is only offered with one chip.

All standard models have a RAM of 8 GB at 2 133 MHz, so there is no difference. They can be configured up to 16 GB in any situation.

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Battery Life

Where the speed of execution is in favour of the MacBook Pro, the other important feature to take into account is the battery life, and in this area, it is the MacBook Air that wins (very little).

Macintosh ensures that the fresh MacBook Air can experience 12 hours of internet perusing or 13 hours of video playback as a whole day, as opposed to 10 hours for the Pro.

Screens and Resolution

With the 2019 update, Apple has brought the monitors closer to Air and Pro, and they both have a True Tone Retina display now. 13.3-inch LEDs backlight them with IPS technology at a native resolution of 2560×1600 pixels. It allows for vast viewing angles and more vibrant, more accurate colors.

Their only difference is that the Pro has a brightness level of 500 nits and a more extensive range of colors (P3), but does not mention them for the new Air. Finally, Apple still does not deliver workstations on the touchscreen.

Graphics and Games

Unlike 15-inch models, the 13-inch MacBook Pro, like the Air, only integrates Intel graphics cards. They work with an Intel Iris chip reads Graphics 645 and 655. Interestingly, the chip of MacBook Air is lesser grade, a 617 illustration of Intel UHD.

In practice, this means that the Pro lends itself very well to games or intense graphic work. The support of an eGPU on the 2019 MacBook Air is impressive because it allows it to enjoy a faster processor, if necessary. Alternatively, you can opt for the 15-inch MacBook Pro that has a Radeon Po 555X or 560X graphics card depending on your preference.

Storage Capacity

The storage capacity is almost identical on the MacBook Air and the Pro. All Apple laptops are equipped with an SSD (flash storage), so you’ll enjoy a fast and quiet drive.

The MacBook Air comes in 2 versions, one with 128 GB and the other with 256 GB of storage space. On order, you can opt for an SSD of 256 GB, 512 GB or 1 TB.

The MacBook Pro is available with 128GB, 256GB or 512GB of storage, if that’s not enough, then prefer a 1TB or 2TB SSD.

Ports and Devices

Choosing between a MacBook Pro and Air relies heavily on available ports, but also whether or not you like the forced adoption, as the universal standard, of the Thunderbolt 3 (aka USB-C) output.

The MacBook Air and Pro (the cheapest models) have precisely the same configuration:  two Thunderbolt 3 ports and a headphone jack. The most expensive ones include four USB Type-C ports.

It is important to remember that there are many USB Type-C adapters and accessories for extending ports so that you can use HDMI, VGA, USB 3.0 and more.

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