Apple's latest 13-inch laptops, based on Apple's mét vuông CPU, have a lot in common, but there are some major feature and performance differences. We've tested both; here's how to figure out which one is right for you.

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The 2022 Air keyboard(Credit: Molly Flores)

The keyboards may be the same, but the cảm ứng Bar, a touch-enabled OLED strip above the keyboard, is only present on the apple macbook Pro. We’ve said before that we don’t think this is exactly an essential feature (and the macbook Air audience doesn"t seem lớn miss it), but its shortcuts & hotkeys can definitely be useful for nội dung creators using a laptop macbook Pro. Applications such as Adobe Photoshop and Premiere benefit from its contextually relevant tools. Táo khuyết has eliminated it, though, from its 14-inch và 16-inch apple macbook phiên bản pro models.

Both laptops have two USB Type-C ports & a tai nghe jack as their only connectivity options. This is common for super-slim laptops, as there simply isn’t room for larger, standard USB Type-A ports. USB-C connections are great, offering versatility và faster data transfer speeds, but if you already own a lot of USB-A peripherals, you"ll need to lớn get converters or new cables for them. Both laptops’ USB-C ports support Thunderbolt connectivity, with data transfer speeds up to lớn 40Gbps.

One advantage that the apple macbook Air has over the Pro is its MagSafe 3 nguồn port, used for charging the battery. This means you can keep the Air plugged in và still have the two USB ports available for accessories. The Pro lacks MagSafe, instead using one of its USB-C ports for battery charging, leaving you with only one available.

Another Air advantage is its superior webcam, which has a 1080p clip resolution, compared with the 720p resolution of the Pro"s camera.

MacBook Pro vs. Laptop apple macbook Air Components: Who Is Each máy tính For?

Plenty of shoppers are primarily concerned with the physical traits of each laptop, which makes those factors a natural starting point for comparison, but you should also pay attention khổng lồ the specs. The macbook Air is made for less-demanding users who are focused on portability, so apple smartly offers a wider range of prices và power.

The components tell a story about whom these laptop families are made for, though you might not be able khổng lồ glean this from the starting configurations. The $1,199 laptop macbook Air starts with an mét vuông processor, 8GB of memory, và a 256GB SSD. The starting $1,299 13-inch macbook phiên bản pro also comes with an mét vuông processor, 8GB of memory, và a 256GB SSD. Both also max out at 24GB of memory and 2TB of storage. Yes, those are identical specs, but there are two hidden differences when you dig a bit deeper.

The first is cooling capabilities. Even the extraordinarily efficient m2 generates heat as it powers through that Zoom video clip call or enormous Microsoft Excel spreadsheet. The Air has no cooling fan, though. It employs a passive cooling technique. Heat follows a path away from the processor & through the exhaust vents all on its own, a chất lượng arrangement that"s more similar lớn the design of an hãng apple iPad or iPhone than any other comparable Windows laptop.


The apple macbook Pro, on the other hand, uses a tín đồ to push the heat where it needs khổng lồ go. As the chip heats up, the fan hâm mộ can automatically spin faster. This means that the Pro"s mét vuông chip can not only run at potentially higher clock speeds than the nearly identical one in the Air, but can also sustain those speeds for longer before it generates too much heat & the thermal management system kicks in to lớn slow it down. Running at higher speeds for longer benefits resource-intensive tasks such as compiling code or editing videos. You"ll likely find the Pro slightly better than the Air at performing these tasks.

The other minor component difference between the entry-level Pro và entry-level Air is the number of graphics cores, which process 3d imagery and output it to lớn the laptop"s screen. The entry-level Air has eight of these cores, while the Pro and top-end Air both have 10. It"s a small difference that most users won"t notice while browsing the web or doing word processing, but for graphics professionals, it might be worth the upgrade.

All told, the 13-inch macbook phiên bản pro does offer a bit more speed than the laptop apple macbook Air thanks to the active cooling, but there"s not a whole world of difference between these two models. If your tasks would benefit from active processor cooling, the higher-end 13-inch táo macbook pro configurations are a better choice.

If you need even more processing power nguồn for your work, you may need to move up to the 14-inch laptop apple macbook Air mentioned earlier or even the high-end version of the 16-inch laptop apple macbook Pro. Definitely forget about the macbook Air. These units use the up-ticked M1 Pro or M1 Max CPUs with more CPU & GPU cores on hand, along with high-end screens and storage/RAM complements khổng lồ match.The M1 Max & M1 Pro outperform the basic mét vuông chip in the laptop macbook Pro, as we found in our initial tests of the M2.

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M2 Specifics in the laptop macbook Pro and MacBook Air

The apple macbook Air, though far from a powerhouse, still brings táo bị cắn Silicon innovations to lớn bear. Táo is cagey about sharing detailed specifications of its chips, but we vị know that they"re based on the technologies refined in generations of the company"s A-series processors for its iPhones and iPads. This means it"s a low-power-consumption cpu good for both everyday use (think checking thư điện tử and editing documents) & handling occasional CPU-intensive work such as transcoding videos & manipulating photos.


Apple Silicon"s most significant weakness is that it doesn"t natively run software originally designed for Intel-based Macs—and that"s pretty much all Mac software that hasn"t been updated since the second half of 2020, a danh sách that by now is thankfully growing short. Apple"s own apps (and macOS itself) already have apple Silicon-native versions, và many third buổi tiệc ngọt apps do, too. Those that don"t will still run on the m2 MacBook Air and 13-inch apple macbook phiên bản pro models, but their instructions are automatically translated so the processor can understand. This emulation process, known as Rosetta, can hamper performance, as we saw when testing the first-generation M1 chip.

So, Which Is the Best 13-Inch MacBook khổng lồ Buy?

With Apple"s 14-inch and 16-inch laptops, the laptop apple macbook lineup offers more power và better features than ever before. The new M1 Pro & M1 Max processors & higher-density displays with mini-LED backlighting change the outlook for the high-end apple macbook Pros. But those machines start at $2,000 for the 14-incher and $2,500 for the 16-incher. If you"d rather not shell out that much, you"ve got two excellent 13-inch MacBooks from which to choose.

With its two 13-inch laptops, táo bị cắn dở has made machines that are perhaps more similar than you’d expect, but still distinct. The macbook Air is the obvious choice for value seekers & those with light workloads. And it"s worth keeping in mind that the $999 model with M1 processor is still for sale, if you simply want the cheapest Mac máy tính you can get. If you want a bit more oomph or storage but don’t need the fancier features of the 13-inch apple macbook Pro, you can up-configure your apple macbook Air by a couple of notches.


If you need to do some real work on your máy vi tính but still prioritize portability compared to the 16-inch laptop apple macbook Pro & don’t need a true powerhouse like the 14-inch or 16-inch models, the 13-inch macbook pro is the choice for you.

And if you’re considering a Windows laptop, or want lớn see how far your dollar would go outside of the hãng apple ecosystem for comparison, kiểm tra out our guide to lớn today"s best ultraportable laptops, as well as our picks for the overall best laptops.

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