MacBook Pro Vs MacBook Air - Which MacBook Should You Buy?

Which MacBook should you buy? Is it the Pro or the Air? You may wonder.

That’s normal and in fact, after Apple updated the MacBook Airs of 2018 and added more features and functions which could only be found on high-end computer models, deciding which one to buy may be confusing. MacBook Air and MacBook Pro all share Retina Displays and their keyboards also look similar but there are other specs that differentiate the two devices.

In this article, we will explain all the distinguishing specs so that you can know which one to pick.

So let's compare the both Pro & Air models of Apple MacBook:

The Processor

Well, of course from their names, you can guess the MacBook Pro was meant for professionals while the MacBook Air is meant for users who prefer portable devices to work with while traveling.

The 13-inch MacBook Pro is designed with a quad-core 8th Generation Intel Refresh processor whereas the 15-inch model has a 6-core 8th Generation processor. The high-end MacBook Pro model comes with a powerful Intel Core i9 chip.

MacBook Pro 2018 memories for a 13-inch and 15-inch model vary. For instance, a 13-inch model has 8GB of RAM, whereas a 15-inch model has 16GB or 32 GB of RAM respectively.

On the other hand, MacBook Air 2018 memory can either be 8GB or 16 GB of RAM. The processor for a MacBook Air starts with 5th Gen Core i5 and storage of 8GB, although you can double the storage if you want. The MacBook Air models come with only 8GB of RAM while the Pros can accept configurations for both 8GB and 16GB of RAM respectively.

Battery Life

When choosing a tech device, especially when it comes to computers, battery life is one of the important factors to consider. However, every user has his/her other factors apart from battery life.

Apple claims the MacBook Air can last up to 12 hours of continuous use on a full charge compared to 10 hours of the MacBook Pro version. Therefore, if battery life is an essential consideration for you, then we hope you will never go wrong with a MacBook Air.


The original MacBook Air was introduced in 2008 and is the most portable device than the MacBook Pro. It measures 0.16 by 0.61 inches thick and 11.97 inches in width while the MacBook Pro measures 0.59 inches thick and 11.97 inches wide. In this case, you can see the MacBook Air is thinner and portable to work with while on the go, but you will require a suitable cover for it. 


Both the MacBook Pro and MacBook Air come with a high-quality Retina Display. However, there are some notable differences between the two models.

The MacBook Air of 2018 is the newest model from Apple but its display is not great when compared with the other models. Its color accuracy is also the least and is blurred.

If the display is an important consideration for you then you will not go wrong with the MacBook Pro since it comes with 500 nits of brightness, and P3 and support a wide range of colors. It is the best device to use outside.


Both the 13-inch MacBook Air and MacBook Pro are designed with aluminum finish, but the refreshed Air features gold and silver colors, plus the Apple’s standard Space Gray. The two models also come with Retina Display.


The MacBook Air and 13-inch MacBook Pro with Function Keys come with 3 ports while the 2018 Touch Bar MacBook Pro model has 4 ports. So if you want to connect your USB cable and charge your device at the same time, the MacBook Pro would be the best option for you.

Prices and Conclusion

Since the 2018 update, the difference between the two models (MacBook Pro and MacBook Air) has grown considerably. The new MacBook Airs comes at a price that is cheaper than the MacBook Pro. If you are less concerned about too much graphical grunt, then the MacBook Air is the best option for you. It comes with an 8th Gen Intel Processor, modernized keyboard that prevents the device against dust, it is lighter and thinner.

We hope you are now able to pick the best option for yourself. But ensure to find out other differences and compared them in relation to your needs before you decide which one to pick.

Happy Buying!

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