New Delhi. Apple has launched the new M2 MacBook Air at WWDC 22. The company has introduced its most popular product MacBook with new internals and a completely new design. Along with the MacBook Air M2, the company has also introduced a new 13-inch MacBook Pro with the same M2 chip. Here we are comparing M2 MacBook Air with 13-inch MacBook Pro M2, through which you will be able to choose the best laptop for you.
Talking about the price, the starting price of MacBook Air M2 is Rs 1,19,900, while the starting price of 13-inch MacBook Pro M2 is Rs 1,29,900. Which MacBook model should you buy?
The new MacBook Air M2 has a completely new design in comparison to its old models. The frame is now similar to other MacBook models launched in the recent past. Clearly the frame is very similar to that of the M2 MacBook Pro 13-inch. At the same time, the design may look similar. The M2 MacBook Air 2022 has an advantage over the 13-inch MacBook Pro with the M2 chip. The MacBook Air 2022 is slimmer and lighter with an M2 chip compared to the MacBook Pro 13-inch. However, the M2 MacBook Pro on the top has a bigger battery and an inbuilt fan for thermal management.
Talking about colors, the M2 MacBook Air 2022 comes in 4 colors Midnight, Starlight, Space Gray and Silver. The M2 13-inch MacBook Pro comes in only two colors, Space Gray and Silver.
In terms of ports, the M2 MacBook Air has a MagSafe charging port along with two USB Type-C Thunderbolt 4 ports. There is no MagSafe charging in the Pro M2 13-inch model. It has only 2 USB Type-C ports. Both models have a 3.5mm audio jack with advanced support for high-impedance headphones. The Air M2 has a 4-speaker sound system, while the Am2 MacBook Pro has a stereo speaker setup. MacBook Pro also comes with Touch Bar with Touch ID support. The M2 Air, on the other hand, comes with a full set of physical function keys along with Touch ID in the top-right corner of the keyboard.
IPS LCD has been given in both the models. The M2 MacBook Air has a slightly larger screen at 13.6 inches. It also follows the display design of the 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros, with a wide notch at the top for 1080p webcams. The 13-inch MacBook Pro M2 sports the same display as the M1 variant. You get a 13.3-inch Retina display with 2560 x 1600 pixels resolution and 720 pixels webcam. Both the displays come with 500 nits peak brightness.
The new M2 chip has been given in both the MacBooks. Apple claimed that the MacBook Air 2022 has the M2 chip and the new MacBook Pro M2, up to 18 percent faster CPU, 35 percent faster GPU and 40 percent faster Neural Engine. 8GB of RAM is available in the base model of the M2 MacBook Air and Pro models. The M2 MacBook Air packs an 8-core CPU and up to a 10-core GPU. The base model of M2 MacBook Pro 13-inch has an 8-core CPU and 10-core GPU. Users can expand the RAM up to 24GB and the internal SSD up to 2TB. 256GB of internal storage is provided in the base of the M2 MacBook Air and M2 MacBook Pro 13-inch. One thing to note is that the Pro model comes with a fan inside the hood for heat dissipation. This may translate into continuous performance for a few more minutes/hours as the system cools down while performing tasks with consistent performance.
Apple has claimed that the MacBook Air M2 offers up to 18 hours of battery life on a single charge. Apple comes with an 8-core GPU variant with a 30W USB Type-C power adapter and a 10-core GPU variant with 512GB of internal storage with a 35W dual USB Type-C adapter. Users will have the option to upgrade to a 67W USB Type-C fast charger as an option to the 35W Dual USB Type-C Adapter. The M2 Air Box has a USB Type-C to MagSafe charging cable. MacBook Pro, on the other hand, offers up to 20 hours of battery life on a single charge. It comes with a 67W USB Type-C adapter and USB Type-C cable.
So far it is clear that the M2 MacBook Air offers better hardware than the M2 MacBook Pro in most conditions. It has a slightly bigger display with a better webcam, MagSafe charging up to 67W and the same chip as the MacBook Pro 202.6. There are more ports if they include the MagSafe connector. The M2 MacBook Air also comes in several color options compared to the Space Gray and Silver colors on the Pro M2. At a starting price of Rs 1,19,900 for the base configuration, the MacBook Air M2 should be right for most users. On the other hand, the M2 13-inch MacBook Pro should be perfect for those who want consistent peak performance which is expected down to the active cooling fan system. The M2 Pro is also equipped with a bigger battery than the M2 MacBook Air, which is still much better than many Windows laptops. The 13-inch M2 MacBook Pro is also a perfect choice for those who want a Touch Bar that the M2 MacBook Air doesn’t have, and even the more expensive 14-inch, 16-inch MacBook Pro models with the M1 Pro/M1 Max.