Over the past two months Apple has updated the 13-inch MacBook Air, has released MacBook Pro 13-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro (along with 11-inch version), which many may want to compare before you decide on buying a laptop or tablet. We have already compared the new 13 MacBook Pro with other laptops, but since now there is a tendency that the iPad replaces many computer (with Magic Keyboard or even without it), many desktops tablets Apple become serious candidates in place of Wt.

For comparison, take a Junior configuration iPad Pro, Junior Pro MacBook and the cheapest MacBook Air. The 11-inch version of the iPad is hard to put on a par with laptops, because on a larger screen decreases more content. So take the 12.9-inch iPad Pro.

So, here are our “experimental”:

  • 12.9-inch iPad Pro Keyboard Magic: A12Z Bionic chip, 6 GB of RAM, 128 GB internal memory — 86 990 rubles, 30 990 rubles;
  • MacBook Pro 13: Quad-core Intel Core i5 8-th generation with a clock frequency of 1.4 GHz, graphics processor Intel Iris Graphics Plus 645, internal memory 8 GB 2133 MHz, SSD 256 GB — 119 990 rubles;
  • MacBook Air — Intel Core i3 10-th generation with a frequency of 1.1 GHz, Plus Intel’s Iris graphics, 8 GB 3733 MHz RAM, 256 GB SSD 89 990 rubles.

Please note that even though iPad Pro is 86 990 rubles, the Magic keyboard is a necessary purchase for him to put the iPad in line with Apple laptops. Magic Keyboard turns iPad Pro into the computer at the expense of a full-sized keyboard and trackpad. So add another 30 990 rubles for the price of an iPad.

What distinguishes the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro

MacBook Air and MacBook Pro are similar in appearance (here we did a full comparison): one-piece aluminum housing, two Thunderbolt 3, 13-inch Retina display, keyboard Magic Keyboard with the mechanism of the “scissors” Force Touch trackpad, security chip T2, and the fingerprint scanner Touch ID.

MacBook Pro has more vivid display and touch panel touch Bar, while the MacBook Air is able to work from the battery for an hour longer, and supports external monitors with resolutions up to 6K. These two laptops have similar sizes,the MacBook Air has a tapered design and weighs a little less.

What distinguishes the MacBook and iPad

iPad Pro, of course, is radically different because it is a touchscreen tablet that turns into a laptop with the addition of a Magic Keyboard. Keyboard Magic Keyboard also has a mechanism of “scissors” and the trackpad,it is smaller and does not use Force Touch to recognize the degree of depression.

The iPad Pro uses a Face ID is the Touch ID, and paired with Magic Keyboard it weighs 1.4 kg, so he’s about the same weight as a MacBook Pro. It is much more versatile than the MacBook Air or MacBook Pro because the iPad can be used without the “magic keyboard”. In this case, it will weigh two times less.

Who is more powerful — MacBook or iPad

To test the overall performance, you can refer to the utility Geekbench 5. Now, what’s interesting — according to this Apple iPad Pro is the fastest of all! Modern chips Apple A-series bypassed many of the same Intel processors, andApple is working on Mac computers based on ARM, we still have a year or so until they are ready to launch.

the iPad Pro has received 1116 points in single-core mode and 4686 in multi-core, slightly higher than the single-core test MacBook Pro (859 points) and multicore (3621 points).

And iPad Pro, and the MacBook Pro surpassed the cheaper MacBook Air with Core i3 in performance tests in multi-core mode, but the MacBook Air has won over the MacBook Pro in single-core mode.

It is worth noting that in the 13-inch MacBook Pro uses Intel chips of old 8-th generation which have not been updated this year, and the MacBook Air — the latest Intel chips the 10th generation. There are versions of the MacBook Pro that use the new chips, but they are already more expensive — from 173 990 rubles

iPad Pro equipped with Apple chip A12Z, which is similar to A12X chipused in the iPad Pro in 2018,the new model added an additional graphics core GPU to slightly improve performance.

But we all know that the performance benchmarks is one thing, but actual performance is another. How do all these features affect the performance of MacBook and iPad in the real world?

See for yourself. Export a five-minute video in 4K in Final Cut Pro X on a MacBook Pro took 4 minutes, 10 seconds. MacBook Air it took 5 minutes and 30 seconds, which is not surprising, given that he has a weaker graphics processor.

Of course, the iPad Pro is no software like Final Cut Pro X, so direct comparisons do not work. But the same export five-minute video 4K professional video editor Luma Fusion took only three minutes that much faster than the MacBook Pro and MacBook Air.

Can iPad replace computer?

the iPad Pro is more powerful than the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro (when it comes on base models), but it doesn’t matter when the iPad just can’t do what’s right for some people.

As mentioned above, for example, on the iPad Pro not Final Cut Pro for video editing, the same applies to Logic Pro. Pro for iPad no Xcode for app developers, andthe Apple tablet supports multitasking, comfortable working on the same screen with only two.

The camera quality of the iPad Pro is much, much better because Apple for many years does not update the 720p FaceTime camera on the MacBook. So iPad is suitable for cool Zoom, Skype, FaceTime and other video services.

the iPad Pro has a great advantage when it comes to such tasks as taking notes, reading books, painting and much more, the integration of Apple Pencil and the ability to use it in landscape or portrait mode. Creative work can be done on any machine, but, again, iPad Pro has the advantage to artists thanks to the support of Apple Pencil. Edit the video and audio is limited to the iPad Pro, but there are several comparable apps.

Photo editing and graphic design can be done on the iPad using applications such as Photoshop and Lightroom, so here Apple is very good. And when it comes to writing documents, browsing web pages and similar tasks, Magic Keyboard “raises” iPad Pro to the level of the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro.

What to choose — MacBook or iPad?

If the shortcomings of the iPad Pro in the software and multitasking won’t affect your workflow, it is most appropriate for you, given that he turns from a tablet into a computer supports Apple Pencil and has the highest performance.

MacBook Air — the best offer, since he is 89 990 rubles. This is the ideal machine for everyday tasks, such as creating documents, writing and viewing web pages, plus it can also handle video, edit photos and perform other similar tasks (although this is not the computer that you want to buy, if you work with video).

MacBook Pro is a more reliable car, better suited for tasks that require more power of CPU and graphics chip. But in order to really use the capabilities of the MacBook Pro, you’re probably better to buy a more powerful version for 173 990 rubles, so as not to take the laptop with the old processor.