It’s difficult to choose between the Apple MacBook Air and Pro because both are amazing computers that are better than ever owing to Apple silicon. Comparing laptops is difficult but necessary since you need to know precisely what each one is capable of before picking which one is best for you. Because of the variety of models offered, the decision has become more difficult. The MacBook Air M1 and the entry-level MacBook Pro M1 were introduced in 2020, yet the M1 processor still provides good performance.
The 16-inch MacBook Pro includes all of the same improvements, as well as a bigger, clearer display and a longer battery life. There’s also the new M2-powered MacBook Pro 13-inch and MacBook Air 2022. Apple is enjoying the benefits of dumping Intel CPUs in favor of its own Apple silicon, and the results are astounding, guaranteeing that all of these laptops make our best laptop list. As we saw in our MacBook Air with M1 and MacBook Pro with M1 reviews, updating these MacBooks with Apple silicon has resulted in astonishing performance and insane battery life. And, as seen by our Apple M2 benchmark testing, the newer CPU outperforms the standard M1.
When deciding between the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro, here’s everything you need to know to select the best MacBook for you.
MacBook Air vs Pro: Specs
|MacBook Air (2020)||13-inch MacBook Pro (2020)||14-inch MacBook Pro||16-inch MacBook Pro||13-inch MacBook Pro (2022)||MacBook Air M2|
|Screen||13.3 inches (2560 x 1600)||13.3 inches (2560 x 1600)||14.2 inches (3024 x 1964) min-LED||16.2 inches (3456 x 2234) min-LED||13.3 inches (2560 x 1600)||13.6 inches (2560 x 1664)|
|Battery life||14:41 of web browsing (M1, tested) | Up to 18 hours of video playback (M1, claimed) | 9:31 (Intel, tested)||16:32 of web browsing (M1, tested) | Up to 20 hours (Apple M1, claimed) | 10:21 (Intel, tested)||17 hours of video playback (rated)||21 hours video playback (rated)||18:20 (tested)||14:06 (tested)|
|Processor||Apple M1 (8-core)||Apple M1 (8-core)||Apple M1 Pro, M1 Max (10-core)||Apple M1 Pro, M1 Max (10-core)||Apple M2 (8-core)||Apple M2 (8-core)|
|Graphics||Integrated 7-core M1 GPU | Integrated 8-core GPU||Integrated 7-core M1 GPU | Integrated 8-core GPU||16-core or 32-core||16-core or 32-core||Integrated 8-core M2 CPU | Integrated 10-core GPU||Integrated 8-core M2 CPU | Integrated 8-core GPU|
|Storage||256GB to 2TB||256GB to 4TB||512GB to 8TB||512GB to 8TB||256GB to 2TB||256GB to 2TB|
|Memory||8GB, 16GB||8GB, 16GB, 32GB||16GG, 32GB||16GB, 32GB, 64GB||8GB to 24GB||8GB to 24GB|
|Ports||2 Thunderbolt||2 Thunderbolt||3 Thunderbolt, HDMI, SD Card, MagSafe||3 Thunderbolt, HDMI, SD Card, MagSafe||2 Thunderbolt/USB4, headphone jack||2 Thunderbolt / 1 USB-4, 1 headphone|
|Security||Touch ID||Touch ID||Touch ID||Touch ID||Touch ID||Touch ID|
|Audio||Stereo speakers, Dolby Atmos support||Stereo speakers, Dolby Atmos support, 3-mic array||6-speaker array, Dolby Atmos support||6-speaker array, Dolby Atmos support||Stereo speakers, Dolby Atmos support, 3-mic array||Four-speaker sound system, patial audio and Dolby Atmos support|
|Dimensions||12 x 8.4 x 0.6 inches||12 x 8.4 x 0.6 inches||12.31 x 8.71 x 0.61 inches||14.01 x 9.77 x 0.66 inches||11.94 x 8.36 x 0.61 inches||11.97 x 8.46 x 0.44 inches|
|Weight||2.8 pounds||3.0 pounds||3.5 pounds||4.7 to 4.8 pounds||3.0 pounds||2.7 pounds|