Apple’s 13-inch MacBook Air vs. 13-inch MacBook Pro (non-Touch Bar)

“Now that Apple has finally updated MacBook Air, a lot of people are trying to figure out if they should buy the new model over the comparably priced 2017 non-Touch Bar MacBook Pro,” Max Yuryev writes for AppleInsider.

“The new MacBook Air finally gets a Retina display, which is great, but compared to the MacBook Pro’s display it’s a lot dimmer,” Yuryev writes. “The Pro’s screen supports P3 Wide-color gamut, which the Air does not, making it much more color accurate as well.”

With faster memory and the latest processors and graphics, MacBook Air delivers the performance you need for organizing your photos, browsing the web and creating presentations.
Apple’s 13-inch MacBook Air

Apple's 13-inch MacBook Pro (non-Touch Bar)
Apple’s 13-inch MacBook Pro (non-Touch Bar)

“In terms of portability, the Air weighs a quarter of a pound lighter than the Pro, and stacking them on top of each other, they’re basically the same size,” Yuryev writes. “The trackpad on the MacBook Pro is significantly larger, even though the notebooks are practically the same size.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: As our priorities for our road machines are size and weight vs. performance, we’d gravitate to the Air. If you’re using this as your primary or only Mac and need more perfomance, the Pro is likely your better choice.

ZDNet reviews Apple’s new 13-inch MacBook Air: ‘A good balancing act’ – November 12, 2018
John Gruber reviews Apple’s new MacBook Air: ‘It’s pretty damn sweet’ – November 6, 2018
TechCrunch reviews Apple’s new MacBook Air: The clear pick over the 12-inch MacBook – November 6, 2018
Apple’s new 13-inch MacBook Air has a processor like no other laptop – October 31, 2018
Apple reveals all-new MacBook Air with a gorgeous 13-inch Retina display – October 30, 2018


  1. Instead of clarifying the Macbook lineup Apple only muddied the waters with the new Air. My next laptop (replacing my 2013 Air) will be a 13” 2015 Macbook Pro, 16gb RAM and 256gb SSD (and all the glorious ports I need) purchased new for $1250 (no tax) in January. As far as I can tell the i5 it contains is only 25% slower than the new 2018 Air. The latter doesn’t even include an i7 option but you can bet if it did, coupled with 16gb and a 256gb ssd, it’d cost ~$2000.

  2. … MacBook Pro purchase validated. What sold me – when I was shopping, earlier this year – was the processing power. Needed it.
    As for the video, one reader pronounced the ‘s’ in debris and another said app-linseder … very minor distractions from a useful report.

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