The difference between the new Apple MacBook Air and MacBook Pro

Sajjad Hussain
Nov 11 · 2 min read
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The Apple’s new 13-inch MacBook Air and 13-inch MacBook Pro laptops are almost identical today. They have the same M1 processor, the same memory and storage, the same ports, and very similar screens.

MacBook Air is a fanless laptop, and also a thicker laptop than the 13-inch Pro, which is kind of funny.

There is a fact about CPUs: if you give them better heat dissipation, they can run faster . The thermal design power (TDP) of a CPU is sometimes more predictive of its performance than its clock speed. In a small, fanless chassis, they must be throttled quickly, but at a larger or better cooling In the case, they can last longer.

Apple confirmed to The Verge that the new Mac computers have exactly the same processors (the low-end MacBook Air is equipped with 7 GPU cores instead of 8) and can theoretically run at the same speed, but MacBook Pro and Mac mini The fans allow them to maintain peak performance for longer periods of time .

Of course, Apple wants the best of both worlds: at the press conference, it first praised the fanless design of the MacBook Air, and then talked about the “active cooling solution” of the MacBook Pro (that is, the fan you have used for many years).

In addition to fans, they have some small differences, as follows:

The 13-inch MacBook Pro has a slightly larger battery capacity (58.2Wh vs. 49.9Wh), which is two hours more battery life than the MacBook Air.

The 13-inch MacBook Pro has a slightly higher maximum screen brightness (500 nits vs. 400 nits).

The 13-inch MacBook Pro is equipped with a Touch Bar instead of physical function keys, but both have a Touch ID fingerprint sensor.

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