It has always been difficult to choose the perfect Apple laptop. However, this year just added another layer of complication to the decision. This is thanks to the newly minted Apple-designed processor, the M1, which has replaced the Intel chip. The transition from the Intel processor to the M1 has been a smooth one, with products performing well on all counts. However, Apple still sells perfectly adequate Mac computers with Intel processors. So which Apple laptop should you buy? Check out the guide below.
The MacBook Air which starts at $1,000 is a good choice for everyday use and efficiently runs multiple apps and web browsers. Thanks to the M1, you can even run your iPhone and iPad apps on your laptop. The laptop is lightweight, has excellent specs, and comes in one size (13 inches). It also has a good battery life for regular computing tasks. However, its display is not as bright as the Pro.
The MacBook Pro, which starts at $2,400 is designed for people who have higher demands and tougher computing tasks. There are two MacBook Pro models on offer. The newer 13-inch model uses the Apple M1 processor. An older generation 16-inch model runs on an Intel processor. Since the Pro was designed for users who need to do longer, more taxing tasks (such as rendering video or gaming), it features an onboard fan that keeps the machine cool and allows the laptop to keep going for longer periods.
The laptop you choose ultimately depends on your needs. If you are going to be using a lot of demanding apps like Adobe Photoshop or Adobe Premiere Pro, then the 13-inch Pro is probably the better choice. Gamers prefer the 16-inch Pro that uses an Intel Processor since it has a dedicated AMD graphics card.
The MacBook Air is perfectly capable of tasks like web browsing, streaming, and the use of processors and spreadsheets. It’s also more economical.
You should note that both the M1-equipped Air and Pro models start with 8GB of memory and 256GB of solid-state storage. Having said that, the Pro has a higher ceiling and can be configured to accommodate more memory.