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Why the MacBook Air 2022 is better than the MacBook Pro

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Decide wisely, please!

The new MacBook Air and MacBook Pro were introduced at WWDC 2022 by Apple. The new M2 CPU is included in both future laptops. There is still no way for us to test the technology, but Apple has outlined the advantages of M2 and what it can do for Apple’s laptops.

In light of Apple’s recent announcements, it’s understandable that consumers might wonder which MacBook Air or MacBook Pro model is the better choice. Even though it’s $100 more expensive, you could think that the new Pro is better because of the “Pro” tag. The MacBook Air, on the other hand, is superior in many respects.

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It’s because of this that you should get the MacBook Air 2022 rather than the new MacBook Pro.

Lower price

This is a rather simple task. The MacBook Air starts at $1,199, while the MacBook Pro starts at $1,299, making the MacBook Air the more affordable option. The Air will be more appealing because of the difference in price. The Pro boasts a beefier 10-core GPU, but both systems include an M2 processor, 8GB of RAM, and 256GB of storage.


MacBook Air 2022
MacBook Pro 2022 (13-inch)
Pricefrom $1,199from $1,299
Display13.6 inches (2560 x 1664)13.3 inches (2560 x 1600)
CPUM2M2
RAM8GB, 16GB, 24GB8GB, 16GB, 24GB
GPU8-core GPU10-core GPU
Storage256GB, 512GB, 1TB, 2TB256GB, 512GB, 1TB, 2TB
Camera1080p720p
Ports2 Thunderbolt 3/USB 4, heaphone2 Thunderbolt 3/USB 4, heaphone
Battery life (rated)18 hours video / 15 hours web20 hours video / 17 hours web
Dimensions11.97 x 8.46 x 0.44 inches11.97 x 8.36 x 0.6 inches
Weight2.7 pounds3 pounds

Apart from the price difference, there are a number of compelling arguments in favour of the new MacBook Air rather than the Macbook Pro.

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Compact and light-weight style

The MacBook Air range is Apple’s thinnest and lightest notebook, as its name indicates. The new Air weighs 2.7 pounds and measures 11.97 x 8.46 x 0.44 inches.

With dimensions of 11.97 x 8.36 x 0.6 inches and a weight of 3 pounds, the new MacBook Pro is also quite slim and light. This is still a bigger, thicker and heavier object than air. The MacBook Air, despite its smaller size and lighter weight, comes out on top in this comparison.

Bigger display

The new MacBook Pro has a 13.3-inch display with a resolution of 2560 x 1600, while the MacBook Air 2022 has a 13.6-inch screen with a resolution of 2560 x 1664. The smaller bezels on the Air allow for a bigger screen, which is why it has a larger screen size. It may seem like a little difference, but if you want the largest display real estate available, the MacBook Air is your best bet over the MacBook Pro in this case.

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True Tone and broad colour (P3) capabilities are both said to be included in both screens by Apple. To put it another way, the Air has a screen much like the Pro’s, but bigger. The Air has another another victory to its name.

Sharper webcam 

In this category, the new MacBook Pro falls short of its claim to be a “Pro.” Though the M2 chip promises greater image quality, the laptop still has a 720p camera on board.

The camera on the MacBook Air, on the other hand, is a 1080p one. If the Pro’s 720p camera looks better with the M2 CPU, then the Air’s should too. Even without the M2, a 1080p camera is better than a 720p one. We’ll have to put the two cameras to the test to see how they compare, but this seems like a no-brainer for the Air.

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Strong enough M2 performance 

In both the MacBook Air and the MacBook Pro, Apple’s new M2 CPU may be found. In spite of its lack of power, this new chip should still be a substantial advance over previous generations of the M1 processor. Apple’s new laptops are expected to be more powerful than their predecessors.

Active cooling in the new MacBook Pro may allow it to outperform the MacBook Air, especially under intensive use. Although the Pro is faster, the M2 processor should still be adequate for common tasks like as web browsing and word processing, even if the Air is superior in terms of raw power.

MagSafe charging

When Apple brought back MagSafe charging for the MacBook Pro 14-inch and MacBook Pro 16-inch, we were overjoyed. Now we can enjoy it on the MacBook Air as well. It’s a bummer that the MacBook Pro can’t be charged without using USB-C.

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MagSafe: What’s the big deal? If you don’t know, the feature allows the power cord to click into place and precisely line itself. Protects your MacBook against accidental pulls by snapping off quickly. There is a Thunderbolt/USB-C port that is freed up by MagSafe on the MacBook Air, so you may utilise the two remaining ports to connect external devices to your computer.

Two USB-C ports and a headphone jack are found on both the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro models. If you consider MagSafe, you may argue that the Air has more available ports than the previous generation of MacBooks.

Reasons you might still consider the MacBook Pro 

Despite the fact that what we’ve seen thus far suggests that the 13-inch MacBook Pro 2022 is inferior to the Air, this isn’t necessarily the case.

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The Pro has a 10-core GPU as a standard feature, despite the fact that both laptops use the M2 processor. You’ll have to fork up an additional $300 to get it by Air. In addition, the Pro uses active cooling, whereas the Air does not. Because of this, the Pro is expected to perform at a higher level. A video editor is sure to take notice of this fact

Battery life is expected to be longer with the new MacBook Pro’s 58.2 watt-hour lithium-ion battery than with the older MacBook Air. According to Apple, the MacBook Pro’s battery life is rated at 20 hours of movie playing and 17 hours of wireless web browsing. A 52.6 watt-hour battery in the MacBook Air is advertised to provide 18 hours of movie playback, and 15 hours of web surfing, on a single charge.

Outlook

Mark Spoonauer, our Global Editor-in-Chief, stated in a recent post that he preferred the MacBook Air 2022 above the MacBook Pro 2022. The information we have so far leads me to believe the same thing.

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Yes, the MacBook Pro’s active cooling should help it outperform the MacBook Air in terms of overall performance. However, unless you’re a video or music editor, you won’t need the MacBook Pro’s performance improvement. The majority of my time is spent browsing the internet or using Google’s services for work. It’s because of this that I don’t really need a powerful laptop. I’m guessing that’s also the case for the majority of those interested in the new MacBooks.

When it comes down to it, I’d prefer go with the MacBook Air 2022 over the MacBook Pro 2022. New design cues, such MagSafe charging, a bigger display, and a better camera, are all appealing features. Another perk is that it features a slimmer and lighter design. The new MacBook Air appears to be the best Apple notebook currently on the market.

The new MacBooks will be reviewed against each other, so stay tuned to find out how they compare! Keep an eye out for updates!

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