The Apple M1 chip redefines the 13-inch MacBook Pro. Featuring an 8-core CPU that flies through complex workflows in photography, coding, video editing, and more. Incredible 8-core GPU that crushes graphics-intensive tasks and enables super-smooth gaming. An advanced 16-core Neural Engine for more machine learning power in your favorite apps. Superfast unified memory for fluid performance. And the longest-ever battery life in a Mac at up to 20 hours.² It’s Apple's most popular pro notebook. Way more performance and way more pro.
A:AnswerFirst of all, the Macbook Pro has a touchbar right above the keyboard, that you can use to interact with whatever you have on the screen. The design of the laptop is also more square and sharp. It has a bigger battery, and unlike the Macbook Air, it has a fan. This means that the CPU will have a slightly higher clock speed (more performance). If you don't need higher performance or the touchbar the Air is probably a better choice.
A:AnswerIn terms of hardware, the Pro features an OLED touchbar at the top of its keyboard rather than a row of function keys. The Pro also comes with 8 GPU cores by default. The Air only has 7 GPU cores unless specially configured. The difference in cores should only have a small impact on graphics in most contexts.
Internally, the Pro has a fan that provides active cooling to the CPU and GPU cores, allowing it to sustain high levels of performance for longer than the Air. And although both are thin-and-light machines, the Air is going to be somewhat lighter. The Air's body has a wedge shape that helps it feel thinner. The Pro will feel a bit blockier, and its fan will create some noise when the system is dealing with heavy performance loads.
The Pro's screen maxes out at 500 nits of brightness, 25% brighter than the Air's, but both screens are similar in terms of color gamut and accuracy. The Pro has a larger battery, which should deliver longer endurance than the Air when performing similar tasks. Battery life for all machines like this will depend heavily on what they're being used for, however. If you're performing demanding tasks, it may be that the Air actually lasts a bit longer than the Pro, because the Air will throttle performance more. The Pro will engage its active fan to stay faster for longer.
Both computers run identical MacOS versions, so the only software differences will most likely relate to the OLED touchbar on the Pro. Software is used to configure what appears in the touchbar, while the Air always has the same set of hardware function keys at the top of its keyboard.
Overall, the Pro seems designed for people who want a thin-and-light machine that can tap into the best of its hardware performance for sustained periods of time. The Air makes a small sacrifice in sustained performance in exchange for an even thinner and lighter design along with silent operation at all times.
A:AnswerBought my wife a MacBook Air for school and it did her just fine. I bought MacBook Pro recently to stream. This thing is a work horse but it’s more powerful internally obviously. If you’re just gonna use it for school and music. Netflix. Etc etc grab the air. If you’re looking for more power then the pro is for you. Don’t forget to use your student discount.
A:AnswerBest Buy did match a lower price for me that was advertised on Amazon. You do need to first call the customer service number, though, so the representative can verify the lower price before you make your purchase. He/she will then send you a link to an adjusted price receipt and you can continue with your payment method.. Very smooth and easy process.