Apple recently announced two new models of the MacBook: the MacBook Air 15.3-inch M2 2023 and the Apple 14-inch MacBook Pro (2023). They contain the M2 and M3 processors, respectively, and boast powerful features such as the Liquid Retina display and 10-core GPUs. The MacBook Air is priced at $999 and the MacBook Pro at $1399.
Both laptops have their own set of pros and cons. The MacBook Air is thinner and lighter and more affordable compared to the MacBook Pro. However, it uses a less powerful chip and comes with fewer ports. On the other hand, the MacBook Pro is faster and has a Liquid Retina XDR display, more ports, but it is more expensive and slightly bulkier and heavier.
The MacBook Air and the MacBook Pro share similar aluminum chassis, with the only difference being the size, as the MacBook Air takes up more space. The weight of these models is similar, with the MacBook Air being slightly lighter. In terms of ports, the MacBook Pro offers a better selection, including an SDXC card slot, an HDMI port, and two Thunderbolt USB-C ports, compared to the MacBook Air’s two Thunderbolt USB-C ports and a 3.5mm audio jack.
The MacBook Pro’s 14.2-inch Liquid Retina XDR display with mini LEDs on the back provides better color and contrast than the MacBook Air’s 15.3-inch Liquid Retina Display. Both laptops have spatial audio with Dolby Atmos, but the MacBook Pro has a superior six-speaker sound system.
Performance-wise, the MacBook Pro’s M3 chipset offers a slight edge over the MacBook Air’s M2 chipset, with better benchmarks and improved features. However, for most users, the M2 should be sufficient, while the M3 is aimed at professionals who require top performance.
Lastly, the 14-inch MacBook Pro offers a longer battery life. Both laptops have features that cater to different needs, and the right choice depends on each user’s specific requirements.