Now that Apple finally updated the MacBook Air, many trying to figure out whether they should buy a new model, or to choose a younger version of the MacBook Pro without Touch Bar. Look at all the advantages and disadvantages of each model and will try to answer this question.

First about the design.

External differences

The new MacBook Air has finally received the Retina display is really gorgeous, but in comparison with display MacBook Pro it is much dimmer. Screen “Proshka” supports wide color gamut P3, which does not use Air.

As far as convenience of travel, Air weighs a little lighter than the Pro, but if you put them on top of each other, they are about the same size. From the MacBook Air has more of a wedge shape compared to the Pro, which tapers from the rear. Interestingly, in the upper part of the MacBook Air thicker, but the front edge is slightly thinner. Because of this, the keyboard Air like “stoops” down to a more comfortable typing.

MacBook Air equipped with a keyboard “butterfly” of the third generation from Apple, which includes a silicone barrier that blocks debris from between the keys. This makes the keyboard Air more reliable and less prone to breakage than the mechanism of the second generation of the MacBook Pro. At the same time, the trackpad on the MacBook Pro much more though laptops are practically the same size.


Speakers MacBook Pro of 2017 a little better than the audio components in the new MacBook Air. Besides the design, the MacBook Air has an even number of chips: first, it comes with Touch ID which is really useful for log-in and use Apple Pay. It is also equipped with a security chip Apple T2, which automatically encrypts files.

MacBook Air has 12 hours of battery life compared to 10 hours in the MacBook Pro, but unfortunately, with it comes charger 30 watts vs charging on 61 W supplied by Apple with the model Pro. This means that to charge the MacBook Air may require a bit more time.

However, one of the reasons why the MacBook Air got such great battery life, is that its CPU and GPU are not designed for performance. In multi-core test Geekbench MacBook Pri 4 have earned much more, and we saw the same CPU test in Cinebench R15.

MacBook Pro is 50% faster in graphics testing Geekbench 4, which is its biggest advantage. The extra power allows to perform tasks such as professional video editing.

In fact, the difference between the MacBook Pro and MacBook Air comes down to the needs of each user.

The 13-inch 2.3 GHz Core i5 MacBook Pro with 128 GB of memory without touch panel (mid-2017). This version has a more powerful processor than the MacBook Air, it has the same amount of storage, RAM, ports and similar screen. The fingerprint scanner in the Air is just a bonus that isn’t available on the MacBook Pro entry level.

But the MacBook Pro offers some interesting upgrade options. You can double the RAM and add a terabyte of memory, and will be able to upgrade the processor. Plus as a bonus there is a modification with the Touch Bar.