Difference between MacBook Air and Pro – Comparison

Apple’s MacBook lineup has been completely refreshed over the past year between the 2022 MacBook Air and the 13-inch MacBook Pro with M2 chips and the 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pros that launched in late 2021. make a. Are you looking for yourself or someone else? , here’s an in-depth look at the difference between the MacBook Air and Pro to help you decide which is the best choice.

The late 2021 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pro laptops feature a new design, mini-LED display backlighting, I/O recovery including HDMI, SD card slot, and MagSafe, and the removal of the Touch Bar.

And they’re more powerful than ever with the M1 Pro and M1 Max chips (if you’re on the fence between the 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pro, check out our comprehensive guide).

And at the cheaper end are the MacBook Air 2022 and the 13-inch MacBook Pro running on the updated M2 chip. MacBook Air has received the most changes with an all-new design, a larger 13.6-inch display, curved glass, a new midnight color, an updated webcam, and more.

Difference between MacBook Air and Pro

CPU, GPU, RAM, more

The difference between MacBook Air hardware

While the M2 is a significant upgrade over the M1, it is less powerful than the M1 Pro, Max and Ultra chips.

The M2 enables up to 24GB of RAM, up to 10 GPU cores, and an 8-core CPU faster than the M1. Here’s a more detailed look at the M1 vs M2 chips.

Meanwhile, with the 14-inch MacBook Pro, you get the M1 Pro or M1 Max chip with the option for even more CPU and GPU Cores, and up to 64GB of RAM.

Hardware 2022 MacBook Air 2020 MacBook Air 13″ MacBook Pro (2022) 14″ MacBook Pro (2021)
CPU M2 – 8-core M1 – 8-core M2 – 8-core M1 Pro or Max – 8 or 10-core
Storage Up to 2 TB Up to 2 TB Up to 2 TB Up to 8 TB
Aries 8, 16, or 24 GB 8 or 16 GB 8, 16, or 24 GB 16 to 64 GB
Graphics Up to 10-core 7-core 10-core Up to 32-core
Neural motor 16-core 16-core 16-core 16-core
FaceTime camera 1080p 720p 720p 1080p
Speakers 4-speaker system with wide sound Stereo speakers with wide sound Stereo speakers with high dynamic range 6-speaker with high fidelity
Mix Array 3-mic Array 3-mic Studio-quality 3-mic array Studio-quality 3-mic array
Thermal management Fanless Fanless Active cooling with fan Active cooling with fan

Apple says the M2 is 18% faster for CPU performance and 35% faster for GPU performance than the M1. It has more than 20 billion transistors and can perform 15.8 trillion operations per second.

The M2 chip also includes a media engine that brings support for H.264, HEVC, ProRes, and hardware-accelerated ProRes RAW. It also has a video engine and ProRes encoding and decoding.

Another nice addition to the MacBook Air 2022 is a 1080p web camera, just like the 14-inch MacBook Pro. Apple says it has the same “advanced image processing with computational video.” Meanwhile, the M2 13-inch MacBook Pro is equipped with the old 720p webcam.

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The difference between MacBook Air displays

If screen brightness is important to you, the MacBook Air 2022 gets a nice improvement from 400 to 500 nits of brightness.

Another change with the redesign is that the MacBook Air 2022 has a larger 13.6-inch screen with thinner bezels.

While the 14-inch MacBook Pro’s 1,000 nits continuous brightness (1,600 peak) is only for HDR content, you still get refresh rates up to 120Hz with ProMotion, a mini-LED backlight, and smooth bezels.

2022 MacBook Air 2020 MacBook Air 13″ MacBook Pro (2022) 14″ MacBook Pro (2021)
Actual screen size 13.6-inch 13.3-inch 13.3-inch 14.2-inch
Resolution 2560 x 1664 2560 x 1600 2560 x 1600 3024 x 1964
Aspect Ratio 16:10 + notes 16:10 16:10 16:10 + notes
PPI 224 227 227 254
Nits (light) 500 400 500 500 for SDR, 1000 continuous, up to 1600 peak for HDR
Retina display
Liquid Retina Display ✅ + XDR
ProMotion (up to 120Hz)
mini-LED back
True tone
P3 wide color

The M2 MacBook Air and 14-inch MacBook Pro have a notch for the 1080p FaceTime camera in the top center of the display. But unlike the iPhone, it doesn’t include hardware/Face ID support.

I / O: The difference between MacBook Air and Pro

The 2022 MacBook Air gets MagSafe charging, just like the 2021 MacBook Pro notebooks. However, Apple has included additions like HDMI, an SDXC slot, and support for 4 external displays that are exclusive to the 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pro.

2022 MacBook Air and 13-inch Pro have support for 1 external display up to 6K at 60Hz, even with the new M2 chip. That might be a deal breaker for some.

Along with two USB4/Thunderbolt 3 ports, the M2 MacBook Air includes a 3.5mm headphone jack.

mother 2022 MacBook Air 2020 MacBook Air 13″ MacBook Pro (2022) 14″ MacBook Pro (2021)
Magic Keyboard
Touch ID
Touch Bar
USB-C / Thunderbolt ports 2 2 2 3
Headphone jack
HDMI
SDXC card reader
MagSafe charging
Bluetooth 5.0 5.0 5.0 5.0
Wi-Fi Wi-Fi 6 (802.11.ax) Wi-Fi 6 (802.11.ax) Wi-Fi 6 (802.11.ax) Wi-Fi 6 (802.11.ax)
External display support 1 external display with 60Hz up to 6K resolution 1 external display with 60Hz up to 6K resolution 1 external display with 60Hz up to 6K resolution Up to 2 external displays at 6K res at 60Hz (M1 Pro) or up to 3 external displays at 6K res and 1 external display at up to 4K at 60Hz (M1 Max)

Size, weight and finish

2022 MacBook Air

As you’d expect, the MacBook Air remains the lightest machine with the 13-inch MacBook Pro weighing slightly more, and the 14-inch being the heaviest. The 2022 MacBook Air is also 0.1 pounds lighter than its 2020 predecessor.

MacBook Air is also ultra-thin at 11.3 mm (0.44 in). And if the new gold or midnight colors are interesting, they’re only available with the MacBook Air.

2022 MacBook Air 2020 MacBook Air 13″ MacBook Pro (2020) 14″ MacBook Pro (2021)
measure 2.7 pounds (1.24 kg) 2.8 pounds. (1.29 kg) 3 pounds (1.4 kg) 3.5 pounds (1.6 kg)
strength 0.44 in. (1.13 cm) 0.16-0.63 in. (0.41-1.61 cm) 0.61 inches (1.56 cm) 0.61 inches (1.55 cm)
Before 11.97 in. (30.41 cm) 11.97 in. (30.41 cm) 11.97 in. (30.31 cm) 12.31 in. (31.26 cm)
Kuri 8.46 in. (21.5 cm) 8.36 in. (21.24 cm) 8.36 inches (21.24 cm) 8.71 inches (22.12 cm)
Display size 13.6 in. 13.3 in. 13.3 in. 14.2 in.
It ends Silver, gray, starlight, midnight Silver, gray and gold Silver or gray Silver or gray

Notably, the MacBook Air 2022 has moved away from the rugged design it’s had for years and now has a slim bezel like the MacBook Pro. But Apple has made it only 11.3 mm (1.13 cm) thin.

battery life

MacBook Air 2022 battery life

Real-world battery life for Apple Silicon MacBooks has been impressive compared to older Intel models and generally matches Apple’s claims. But it can depend on what you do with your MacBook, screen brightness and more.

In any case, power efficiency and battery life are strong with the M2 MacBook Air.

2022 MacBook Air 2020 MacBook Air 13″ MacBook Pro (2022) 14″ MacBook Pro (2021)
Wireless web battery 15 hours 15 hours 17 hours 11 hours
Video transfer 18 hours 18 hours 20 hours 17 hours
power adapter included 30W, 35W, or 67W USB-C + MagSafe 30W USB-C 67W USB-C 67W or 96W USB-C + MagSafe
Battery capacity 52.6Wh 49.9Wh 58.2Wh 70Wh
Fast shipping

Apple says that when using a 67W power adapter, the new MacBook Air can fast charge to 50% battery in just 30 minutes.

Pricing

With a starting price of $1,199, the MacBook Air comes in at $800 less than the 14-inch MacBook Pro which starts at $1,999.

The standard models of the 2022 Air are 256 GB SSD / 8 GB RAM and 512 GB SSD / 8 GB RAM configurations. Models with 16 or 24 GB of RAM are standard orders for the 2022 Air and the upgraded M2 chip.

The base model of the 14-inch MacBook Pro costs $1,999 with an M1 Pro chip, 16 GB of RAM, and a 512 GB SSD.

Model / price 2022 MacBook Air 2020 MacBook Air 13″ MacBook Pro (2020) 14″ MacBook Pro (2021)
256 / 8 GB $1,199 $999 $1299
512 / 8 GB $1399 $1,199 $1,499
256 / 16 GB $1399 $1,199 $1,499
512 / 16 GB $1,599 $1399 $1,699 From $1,999
1TB / 16 GB $1799 $1,599 $1,899 From $2,199
1TB/24GB $1,999
1TB / 32GB From $2,599
Custom Constructions Up to $2,499 Up to $1,999 Up to $2,299 Up to $5,899

Difference between MacBook Air and Pro output

MacBook Air and Pro result

Hopefully, it is now clear that the MacBook is the right choice.

  • For light to medium performance needs and some limited solidity needs, in the lightest machine with great battery life, the MacBook Air is the best, starting at $1,199 or a reasonable $1,099 for students and teachers.
  • For those looking to save some money and have a simple workflow (website, documents, media), the $999 M1 MacBook Air (often discounted) is still in line.
  • But if you value maximum power, active cooling for extended heavy work, a brighter screen, more ports and greater external display support, the 14-inch MacBook Pro is the way to go.
  • While the 13-inch MacBook Pro has been updated with the M2 chip, there probably aren’t many people who should buy it.

The main difference between the 2022 MacBook Air and Pro is the fans for the Pro and the Touch Bar. But if you’re worried about performance and overheating, you might want to look at the 14- or 16-inch MacBook Pro.

And the MacBook Air 2022 offers many upgrades that the new 13-inch MacBook Pro doesn’t like, including a larger Liquid Retina display, 1080p webcam, MagSafe charging, midnight and star color options, and more.

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