MacBook Air vs Pro: Which is better for the holidays?

Over the past year, Apple's MacBook lineup has been completely refreshed between the 2022 MacBook Air and 13-inch MacBook Pro with M2 chips, and the 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pros released in late 2021. for yourself or someone else, here is a detailed overview of the differences between MacBook Air and Pro to help you choose the best one.


  • Differences between MacBook Air and Pro
    • CPU, GPU, RAM, and more
    • Displays
    • I/O: difference between MacBook Air and Pro
    • Size, weight and finish
    • Battery life
    • Pricing

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  • Difference between MacBook Air and Pro pins

Late 2021 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro laptops feature new design, mini-LED backlit display, I/O return , including HDMI, an SD card slot and MagSafe, and no Touch Bar.

And they're more powerful than ever, thanks to the M1 Pro and M1 Max chips (if you choose between 14- 16-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro, check out our detailed guide).

And more affordable are the 2022 and 13-inch MacBook Air th MacBook Pro running on an upgraded M2 chip. The MacBook Air has received the most changes with an all-new design, larger 13.6-inch display, flat-edged design, new midnight color, updated webcam, and more.

Difference between MacBook Air and Pro

CPU, GPU, RAM, etc.

While a notable upgrade from the M1, the M2 is less powerful than the M1 Pro, Max, and Ultra chips.

M2 supports up to 24GB RAM, up to 10 GPU cores and comes with a faster 8-core processor than M1. Here's a closer look at the M1 and M2 chips.

Meanwhile, with the 14-inch MacBook Pro, you get the M1 Pro or M1 Max chip with the option of even more CPU and GPU. cores and RAM up to 64 GB.

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Hardware 2022 MacBook Air 2020 MacBook Air 13″ MacBook Pro (2022) 14″ MacBook Pro (2021)
CPU M2 – 8-core M1 – 8-core M2 – 8-core M1 Pro or Max – 8 or 10 cores
Storage Up to 2TB Up to 2TB Up to 2 TB Up to 8 TB
RAM 8, 16 or 24 GB 8 or 16 GB 8, 16 or 24 GB 16GB to 64GB
Graphics Up to 10 cores 10-core Up to 32 cores
Neural Engine 16-core 16-core 16-core 16-core
FaceTime Camera 1080p 720p 720p 1080p
Speakers 4-wide sound speaker system Wide sound stereo speakers High dynamic range stereo speakers 6 speaker high fidelity audio system
Microphones 3-mic array 3-mic array Studio quality 3-mic array Studio quality 3-mic array
Temperature control< /strong> No fan Fanless Active cooling with fans Active cooling with fans

Apple claims the M2 is 18% faster in CPU performance and up to 35% faster GPU performance than the M1, it has over 20 billion transistors and can process up to 15.8 trillion operations per second.

The M2 chip is also equipped with a media engine that supports H.264, HEVC, ProRes, and ProRes RAW hardware acceleration. It also has video and a ProRes encode and decode engine.

Another nice addition to the 2022 MacBook Air is a 1080p webcam like the 14-inch MacBook Pro. Apple says it has the same “Advanced Image Signal Processor with Computational Video.” Meanwhile, the 13″ MacBook Pro M2 uses an old 720p webcam.


If screen brightness is important to you, the 2022 MacBook Air will get a nice improvement in brightness from 400 to 500 nits.

Another redesign-related change is that the 2022 MacBook Air has a larger 13.6-inch screen with thinner bezels.

While the 14-inch MacBook Pro has consistent brightness up to 1000 nits (1600 peak) for HDR content only, you still get up to 120Hz refresh rates with ProMotion, mini LED backlighting and thin bezels.

2022 MacBook Air MacBook 2020 Air 13″ MacBook Pro (2022) 14″ MacBook Pro (2021)
Actual screen size 13.6 inches< /td>

13.3 inches 13.3 inches 14.2 inches
Resolution 2560 x 1664 2560 x 1600 2560 x 1600 3024 x 1964
Aspect ratio 16:10 + notch 16:10 16:10 16:10 + cutout
PPI 224 227 227 254
Nits (brightness) 500 400 500 500 for SDR , 1000 sustained, up to 1600 peak HDR
Retina display
Retina Liquid Display ✅ + XDR
ProMotion (up to 120Hz)
mini LED backlight
True Tone
P3 wide color

M2 MacBook Air and 14 1-inch MacBook Pros have a notch in the top center of the display for the FaceTime 1080p camera. But unlike the iPhone, the notch does not include Face ID hardware/support.

I/O: difference between MacBook Air and Pro

The 2022 MacBook Air is getting MagSafe charging, as are the 2021 MacBook Pro laptops. However, Apple has retained additions such as HDMI, an SDXC slot, and support for up to 4 external displays exclusive to the 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pro.

2022 MacBook Air and 13-inch Pro only support 1 external display up to 6K resolution at 60Hz, even with the new M2 chip. For some, this can be a roadblock.

  • Best USB-C display and Thunderbolt display for MacBook

Along with two USB4/Thunderbolt 3 ports, the MacBook Air M2 has a 3.5mm headphone jack.

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Size, weight and finish

As you might expect, the MacBook Air remains the lightest machine, with the 13-inch MacBook Pro weighing slightly more while the 14-inch inch is the heaviest. The 2022 MacBook Air is even 0.1 pounds lighter than its 2020 predecessor.

The MacBook Air is also very thin at 11.3 mm (0.44 inches). And if you like gold or the new midnight colors, they're only available on the MacBook Air.

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13″ MacBook Pro (2022) 14″ MacBook Pro (2021)
Magic Keyboard
Touch ID
Touchpad ❌< /td>
USB-C/Thunderbolt ports 2 2 2 3
Headphone jack< /strong>
SDXC card reader< /td>

MagSafe Charging
Bluetooth 5.0 5.0 5.0 5.0
Wi-Fi Wi-Fi 6 ( Wi-Fi 6 ( Wi-Fi 6 (802.11) .ax) Wi-Fi 6 (
External display support 1 external display up to 6K@60Hz 1 external display up to 6K@60Hz 1 external display up to 6K at 60Hz Up to 2 external displays at 6K at 60Hz (M1 Pro ) or up to 3 external 6K displays and 1 external display up to 4K at 60Hz (M1 Max)
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< td class="has-text -align-center" data-align="center">2.8 lbs. (1.29 kg)

< td class="has-text-align-center" data-align="center">0.61 inch (1.55 cm)

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MacBook Air 2022 2020 MacBook Air 13″ MacBook Pro (2020)< /td>

14″ MacBook Pro (2021)
2.7 lb (1.24 kg) 3 lbs (1.4 kg) 3.5 lb (1.6 kg)
Thickness 0.44 inches (1.13 cm) 0.16-0.63 inches. (0.41-1.61 cm) 0.61″ (1.56 cm)
Width 11.97 inches (30.41 cm) 11.97 inches (30.41 cm) 11.97 inches (30.31 cm) 12.31 inches (31.26 cm)
Depth 8.46 inches (21.5 cm) 8.36 inches (21.24 cm) 8.36 inches (21.24 cm)< /td>

8.71 inches (22.12 cm)
Screen size 13.6 inches 13.3″ 13.3″ 14.2 inches
Finish Silver, Space Gray, Starlight, Midnight Silver, space gray and gold Silver or Space Gray

/> The 2022 MacBook Air has changed from the wedge design it's had for years and now has a flat chassis like the MacBook Pro. But Apple made it very thin – only 11.3 mm (1.13 cm).

Battery life

The actual battery life of the Apple Silicon MacBook compared to older Intel models is impressive and generally in line with Apple's claims. But it may depend on what you're doing with your MacBook, screen brightness, and other settings.

In any case, the MacBook Air M2 is highly energy efficient and has great battery life.

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< td class="has-text-align-center" data-align="center ">67W or 96W USB-C + MagSafe

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2022 MacBook Air 2020 MacBook Air 13″ MacBook Pro (2022)
Wireless power bank 15 hours 15 o'clock 17 o'clock 11 o'clock
Play video 18 hours 18 hours 20 hours 17 hours
Power adapter included 30W, 35W or 67W USB-C + MagSafe USB-C 30W USB-C 67W
Battery capacity 52.6 Wh 49.9 Wh 58.2 Wh 70Wh
Fast Charge ✅< /td>

Apple says that when used with a 67W power adapter, the new MacBook Air can quickly charge up to 50% charge in just 30 minutes.


Starting at $1,199, the MacBook Air is $800 less than the 14-inch MacBook Pro, which starts at $1,999.

Standard 2022 Air models are configured with 256GB SSD/8GB RAM and 512GB SSD/8GB RAM. Models with 16 or 24 GB of RAM for Air 2022 with upgraded M2 chip are custom order.

$1,999 14-inch MacBook Pro base model with M1 Pro chip, 16 GB RAM and 512 GB SSD.


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Model/Price < strong>2022 MacBook Air 2020 MacBook Air 13″ MacBook Pro (2020) 14″ MacBook Pro (2021) )
256/8GB $1199 $999 $1299
512/8GB< /td>

$1399 $1199 $1499
256/16 GB $1399 $1199 $1499
512/16GB $1599 $1399 $1699 From $1999
1TB/16GB $1799 $1599 1899 USD From USD 2199
1TB/24GB $1999
1TB/32GB From $2599
Custom Assemblies Up to $2499 Up to $2299 Up to $5899

Difference between MacBook Air and Pro pins

I hope it's clear now which MacBook is better choose.

  • For small to medium performance needs and some limited intensive needs, in the lightest machine with the longest battery life, the MacBook Air is best suited from a reasonable price of $1,199 or $1,099 for students and educators.
  • For those who want to save some money and use simple workflows (web, documents, media), the $999 (often discounted) MacBook Air M1 is still in the lineup .
  • But if you value maximum power, active cooling for long-term heavy workloads, a brighter screen, more ports, and more external display support, the 14-inch MacBook Pro is the way to go. what you need. go.
  • Despite the fact that the 13-inch MacBook Pro has been upgraded with the M2 chip, there are hardly many people who should buy it.

The main difference between the 2022 MacBook Air and Pro is the presence of fans for the Pro and Touch Bar. But if you're worried about performance and overheating, you should probably consider a 14-inch or 16-inch MacBook Pro.

And the 2022 MacBook Air offers a lot of upgrades that the new 13-inch MacBook Pro doesn't like: a larger Liquid Retina display, a 1080p webcam, MagSafe charging, Midnight and Starlight color options. light” and much more.

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