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Comparison of the new 13-inch MacBook Pro and MacBook Air 2020

Comparison of the new 13-inch MacBook Pro and MacBook Air 2020Comparison of the new 13-inch MacBook Pro and MacBook Air 2020

new 13-inch MacBook Pro
Apple recently updated the 13-inch MacBook Pro (2020). Although the 10th generation Intel processor was upgraded, the low-end (entry) version still uses the 8th generation Intel processor. This time we will compare the cheapest entry-level MacBook Pro with Compare MacBook Air to see which one is right for you.

The two are similar

  • 13-inch Retina display, 227 pixels per inch, and supports True Tone
  • Magic Keyboard with reliable scissors switch design
  • Force Touch trackpad
  • 2 Thunderbolt 3 ports
  • 3.5 mm headphone jack
  • 256GB SSD storage standard, configurable up to 2TB
  • Touch ID
  • T2 security chip
  • 720p webcam
  • 802.11ac Wi-Fi, also known as Wi-Fi 5
  • Bluetooth 5.0
  • Three microphone array with directional beam forming
  • Dolby Atmos surround sound

Advantages of 13-inch MacBook Pro

  • The display supports P3 wide color gamut, which can present more vivid and realistic colors
  • The display brightness is up to 500 nits, while the MacBook Air is 400 nits
  • Touch Bar
  • The speaker sounds slightly better

Advantages of MacBook Air

  • Up to 11 hours of battery life, compared to 10 hours for 13-inch MacBook Pro
  • Weighing only 2.8 pounds, a little lighter, while the 13-inch MacBook Pro is 3.1 pounds
  • Faster RAM: 3733MHz LPDDR4X (2133MHz LPDDR3 on the entry-level MacBook Pro 13)
  • Supports 6K display, while the entry-level 13-inch MacBook Pro is 5K
  • Multiple color options


In general, the MacBook Air is still best suited for lightweight daily tasks, such as web browsing and ordinary Microsoft work, while the MacBook Pro is better able to handle more onerous tasks, such as rendering large video files. This is not only because the MacBook Pro has a faster processor than Air, but also because it has a more advanced thermal design to dissipate the heat inside the computer.

Although the MacBook Air has been updated to be equipped with Intel's latest 10th generation processor, the entry-level 13-inch MacBook Pro is still using the old 8th generation processor. However, the MacBook Air uses low-power Y-series chips and the clock speed is low, so the overall performance of Pro is still confirmed by benchmark tests.

Geekbench 5 runs on the latest 13-inch MacBook Pro and MacBook Air configurations:
  • MacBook Air / 1.1GHz dual-core Core i3: 1,002 single-core and 1,998 multi-core
  • MacBook Air / 1.1GHz quad-core Core i5: 1,055 single-core and 2,645 multi-core
  • MacBook Air / 1.2GHz quad-core Core i7: 1,102 single-core and 2,843 multi-core
  • MacBook Pro / 1.4GHz quad-core Core i5: 927 single-core and 3,822 multi-core
  • MacBook Pro / 1.7GHz quad-core Core i7: 1,036 single-core and 3,909 multi-core

To sum up

If you value portability and (more) up to one hour of battery life, and are willing to sacrifice some performance, then MacBook Air is a relatively good choice.

For more onerous tasks, the faster processor and more advanced thermal design of the 13-inch MacBook Pro will enable you to push the limits further. You will also get a Touch Bar and a more vivid display, as well as slightly better speakers with higher dynamic range.

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