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Apple has simplified its line of notebooks; which MacBook to choose?

Apple reorganized its notebook line this week with the update of Apple's MacBooks Air and 13 ? Pro and the end of the 12 ? MacBook, legacy Air and Pro without Touch Bar sales cycle.

While there are now only two models, the difference between them may not be exactly clear to you after all, the MacBook Pro is a top-notch version of Ma's notebooks, while the more student / home-oriented MacBook Air.

If you are looking to purchase a portable Mac and are in doubt between the two options, check out the technical differences between the current models.

MacBook Air

The MacBook Air had already gained some new features that raised the specs for Apple's inbound notebook; This time, the focus was on the quality of the display. As we report, now it has the technology True tone, which changes the color temperature according to the environment, making viewing less aggressive to the eye.

In addition, the Retina display retained the same ratios: 13.3 inches (LED backlit with IPS technology), native resolution of 2560 × 1600 pixels, 16:10 and 400 aspect ratio nits of brightness.

The new MacBook Air powered by Intel's eighth generation 1.6GHz dual-core Core i5 chip (powered by Turbo boost at 3.6GHz). The internal storage varies, with 128GB and 256GB SSDs (you can still customize it with the 512GB and 1TB options).

The rest of the features of the MacBook Air have remained unchanged since its last release, released late last year. The machine features an 8GB LPDDR3 RAM (expandable to 16GB) with 2.133MHz, Intel UHD 617 graphics, Touch ID (remember that MacBook Air has no Touch Bar, only biometric sensor), Force Touch technology trackpad and two Thunderbolt3 ports.

MacBook Pro

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While the news of the MacBook Air was restricted to the computer display, the 13 ? MacBook Pro upgrade leveraged the processor from the entry-level versions of the model, which now feature a quad-core and 1-core Intel Core i5 chip, 4GHz.

Input versions of the machine also mostly have the same characteristics as the sturdier models. The display, for example, is quite similar to that of the MacBook Air: 13.3-inch, LED-backlit, with IPS technology, 2560 × 1600 pixel resolution and technology support. True tone. What changes between the two models is the wide color tone support (P3) and the luminance, which on the MacBook Pro 500 nits (ie it has more brightness).

As we said, the MacBook Pro Core i5 processor now has four cores and 1.4GHz (with Turbo boost 3.9GHz), similarly to versions equipped with 2.4GHz processor (with Turbo boost at 4.1GHz). There is, however, the possibility of equipping it with an IntelCorei7 processor. quad core 1.7GHz (with TurboBoost at 4.5GHz).

Top-of-the-line (15 ?) models, on the other hand, feature a 2.6GHz and 2.3GHz six-core Intel Core i7 (nonageneration) processor (with Turbo boost at 4.5GHz and 4.8GHz, respectively).

As for internal storage, the incoming MacBook Pro is equipped with 128GB SSD (here PCIe), but you can customize it with up to 2TB (up from 1TB on MacBook Air). On 15 ? models, you can customize them with up to 4TB of internal storage.

All 13 ? models are equipped with an 8GB (configurable up to 16GB) LPDDR3 memory with 2.133MHz, while top-of-the-line versions feature a 16GB (configurable up to 32GB) DDR4 memory with 2.400MHz.

The graphics on the MacBook Pro, of course, are far more advanced than those on the MacBook Air. The 13 ? model features Intel Iris Plus645 graphics; 15 ? already uses the Radeon Pro555X or 560X graphics card with 4GB GDDR5 memory (can also be customized with a Pro Vega 16 or 20 with 4GB HBM2 memory).

Like the Air, the MacBook Pro has a Force Touch trackpad, Touch ID (but integrated Touch Bar, which offers other customizable adjustment options) and options with two or even four Thunderbolt3 ports.


Here comes an important point, but when it comes to notebooks is not an incredibly relevant factor. Of course, higher capacities represent a longer lifetime, but in this case, this is not true.

Although the MacBook Pro battery has a larger internal capacity, it can last up to 10 hours Wi-Fi networks. Meanwhile, Apple says the MacBook Air can reach 12 hours of navigation and even 13 hours for movie playback in iTunes. This is due to Air's lower power consumption as well as the use of less powerful graphics.


Choosing a notebook is a big part of one's personal needs, but the cost of these machines is almost always a starting point when it comes to discarding some options. As with technical specifications, MacBook Air / Pro prices, especially in Brazil, put the two machines at different levels.

So while the MacBook Air (configured with inbound options) costs $ 9,700 (or $ 8,729.10 view), the MacBook Pro entry model comes out for $ 12,000 (or $ 10,799.10 view). Even with the toughest configurations, Air still costs cheaper than the simplest Pro ($ 11,300).

After all, which one to choose?

Returning to what I said at the beginning of the article, each of Ma's notebooks has, subjectively, a certain target audience. Based on the above specifications, the MacBook Pro is intended for professional use, such as photo / video editing, for example because it has more options for connecting to external devices and monitors.

MacBook Air, on the other hand, masters simpler tasks such as web browsing, document creation and editing, and presentation. Although it has no such expansive connections, the Air is known to be extremely lightweight (1.25kg), beating portability (the Pro is 1.37kg).

It is worth noting that the keyboard of both machines is practically the same and has the controversial butterfly mechanism, which generated a lot of headache for both consumers and Apple itself.

Can you see the main differences between MacBooks Air and Pro? You can compare the entire current line of Apple notebooks on this page.

If you have any questions about the models and / or possible differences between them, comment below! ?