The rise of the iPad raises an interesting question: “Macbook Air or iPad Pro?” As Apple’s new product, this question has never been as popular as it is now. MacBook Air with M1 Chip (this is The best MacBook Nothing) and saw the Mac revolutionize with unprecedented speed and durability.
and iPadOS 14 with Magic keyboard Make iPad Pro Apple Computer has more laptops than ever before (its A12Z chip is also very fast), and Apple has redefined the iconic MacBook Air in an unprecedented way. Therefore, we decided to do what we do best: compete these devices against each other in the MacBook Air vs iPad Pro showdown to see which one should be your next computer.
Of course, some people might say that this is like comparing apples and pineapples. MacBook Air is a mature laptop, and iPad Pro is a tablet. were able Become a replacement for laptops (provided you can spend more cash).
This has not stopped many people I know, including a video producer and podcast friend, from thinking that the iPad Pro is their next major computer. But should it be yours?
Let us find out.
MacBook Air and iPad Pro: Specifications
|MacBook Air (M1, 2020)||12.9-inch iPad Pro (2020|
|Starting price||$999 (education fee $899)||$999 ($1,348 with magic keyboard)|
|screen||13.3 inches (2560 x 1600)||12.9 inches (2732 x 2048)|
|processor||M1 chip (8-core, 7/8-core GPU)||A12Z Bionic Chip with Neural Engine|
|storage||256GB to 2TB||128GB to 1TB|
|camera||0.7 MP webcam||12MP wide + 10MP ultra wide (rear), 7MP TrueDepth (front)|
|Video recording||1080 x 720 pixels||Up to 4K at 60 fps|
|Safety||Contact ID||Face number|
|Apple keyboard support||Magic keyboard and smart keyboard case||Magic keyboard and smart keyboard case|
|Pencil holder||Apple Pencil (second generation)||Apple Pencil (second generation)|
|Dimensions||12 x 8.4 x 0.6 inches||11 x 8.4 x 0.2 inches | 11 x 8.4 x 0.6 inches when using Magic Keyboard|
|weight||2.8 pounds||1.4 pounds | Magic keyboard weighs 3 pounds|
MacBook Air and iPad Pro: design and ports
The performance of the MacBook Air with the M1 chip is similar to the future MacBook, but it still looks like the past MacBook. This is not a bad thing, because it still has a strong and iconic wedge design. However, its 0.5-inch and 0.3-inch bezels look outdated and larger than what we would like in a laptop.
On the contrary, the 0.2-inch frame (on all sides) of the iPad Pro gives a more modern appearance, and we hope that the future MacBook Air can learn from it. The iPad Pro also has the kind of flat design that Apple reintroduced its tablets iPhone 12 The lineup looks good.
The 12.9-inch iPad Pro (11 x 8.4 x 0.2 inches) has a smaller footprint than the 13.3-inch MacBook Air (12 x 8.4 x 0.6 inches), but the thinner chassis of the iPad Pro will be many advantages. However, users who use the Magic Keyboard (necessary for a laptop-like experience) to get an iPad Pro need to add 0.4 inches to the thickness to make it equal to Air.
Similarly, the iPad Pro weighs 1.4 pounds, which is only half the weight of the 2.8-pound MacBook Air. Until you added the Magic Keyboard, it weighed 3 pounds-heavier than the MacBook Air. MacBook Air rarely wins the battle for ports, but its 2 Thunderbolt 3 ports and headphone jack outperform the only USB-C port of the iPad Pro.
So basically, the design privileges of the iPad Pro will really come in handy only when you use the iPad Pro as a tablet. This is great for those who can sing with Apple Pencil, but those of us who want to type may prefer Air because you still need some stand or dock to use iPad Pro.
MacBook Air and iPad Pro: Display
When you fix the magic keyboard, the iPad Pro may be flawed in design, but its screen is a superior display in every respect.
We measured the 12.9-inch iPad Pro 2020 and found that its sRGB color gamut was 122.9% and brightness was 559 nits, which makes it more vivid and brighter than the MacBook Air (114.3%, 365.8 nits).
The iPad Pro also beats the MacBook Air in display technology. Both offer True Tone white balance, but only the iPad has a display refresh rate of 120 Hz ProMotion, which allows everything on the screen to move more smoothly and look better. Like all Mac computers, the refresh rate of MacBook Air is 60Hz. Maybe it doesn’t matter to you, but if you see a 120Hz screen, you will see lights.
Another major advantage of the iPad Pro screen is that it allows touch input.Apple still doesn’t provide a touch screen for its Mac, even if that macOS Big Sur It looks like Like it should be supported.
winner: iPad Pro
MacBook Air and iPad Pro: Magic keyboard and pencil
Interestingly, Apple uses the same name for the typing interface of the MacBook Air and iPad Pro: Magic Keyboard. Although both are easy to type, they have two huge differences when the feedback is similar.
For starters, the iPad Pro Magic Keyboard is not included, which is an optional accessory for $349. Secondly, the magic keyboard of the iPad Pro can be disassembled, which is very convenient.
Then there is the Apple Pencil (also an optional accessory, priced at $129), which is only available for iPad Pro, not for iPad Air.
Creative and handwriting enthusiasts will love the stylus, but there are also WACOM tablets and pens for Mac, so this does not mean that the Mac is not here.
MacBook Air and iPad Pro: Performance
The best way to compare the performance of the MacBook Air’s M1 chip and the iPad Pro’s A12Z Bionic chip is within a comparable performance benchmark that can be used on both systems: Geekbench 5.
In this test, the iPad Pro has a reliable score of 4,635, while the MacBook Air has a score of 5,925, making it the top spot. Nevertheless, the iPad Pro is good, and video editing is still possible in its own application.
The GFXBench Metal Aztec Ruins graphics test showed a greater victory, and the test did not run on the iPad Pro. At the same time, MacBook Air reached 54.332 strong.
winner: MacBook Air
MacBook Air and iPad Pro: battery life
MacBook Air is more durable than iPad Pro a lot of. In the “Tom Guide” battery test (web surfing at 150 nits of brightness), the epic time of the MacBook Air was 14 hours and 41 minutes, while the iPad Pro was empty at 10:16.
winner: MacBook Air
MacBook Air and iPad Pro: software and applications
In the new MacBook Air, you use the Apple Silicon processor in combination with macOS Big Sur to run iPhone and iPad applications on top of macOS applications.
It should be said that the macOS application currently consists of a native Universal application written to run on the M1 chip and a converted Intel-based application running through Rosetta 2. The latter may be in more complex pro-level applications, such as Adobe Premiere Pro.
Although MacBook Air can run iPhone and iPad applications, they are not all written for Mac. This means that you are making applications for touch screen phones or tablets, but you will use the touchpad to interact with them. In addition, some video streaming programs cannot run in full screen, which feels like an error of the application manufacturer and should be corrected as soon as possible.
As for the iPad Pro, it will run iPadOS applications correctly and locally, and we have not seen any signs that it is running macOS applications. However, universal applications should provide opportunities for this in the future.
winner: MacBook Air
MacBook Air and iPad Pro: Camera
We like the fact that the MacBook Air has a better webcam, thanks to the image signal processing, but it is still a 720p, 0.7MP webcam.
The iPad Pro is equipped with a 7MP front camera and a pair of rear cameras (12MP wide + 10MP ultra wide), which is actually great.
winner: iPad Pro
MacBook Air and iPad Pro: Value and Price
Both the MacBook Air and iPad Pro start at $999, but this is not the fairest comparison, because the iPad does not have a $349 keyboard. In addition, the storage space of iPad Pro is half. Therefore, this is what it means to start supporting Air.
And, if you want to make it comparable in terms of specifications, the price of Pro will rise to $1,099 (with 256GB of storage), while the price is $1,448 (together with Magic Keyboard).
If you want to use an 8-core GPU in your MacBook Air, its price is up to $1,249 and the storage capacity is 512GB. Then, the comparable iPad Pro is still higher, priced at $1,648.
winner: MacBook Air
MacBook Air and iPad Pro: verdict
|MacBook Air||iPad Pro|
|Design and port (10 points)||8||8|
|Display (20 points)||15||19|
|Magic keyboard and stylus (10 points)||8||8|
|Performance (10 points)||10||8|
|Battery life (20 points)||20||13|
|Software and applications (5 points)||5||3|
|Camera (5 points)||3||5|
|Value and price (20 points)||18 years old||13|
|Overall (100 points)||87||77|
With it, Apple Silicon and M1 chips provide the MacBook Air with many of the performance, durability and even versatility needed to make the iPad Pro stand out.
However, for those who want a touch screen device that truly blends with your work (instead of a WACOM tablet, you can dock it on the Mac), Apple decided to exclude the touch screen from the Mac, maybe Will prompt you to move towards iPad Pro. And I can’t blame you. Its screen is brighter, and disconnecting it from the magic keyboard unlocks more portability.
But when the value drops, some people will cringe at the high price of the $349 Magic Keyboard. This is more than two-thirds of the price of the entry-level M1 MacBook Air, and this money can be used to upgrade the Air to an 8-core GPU, more RAM or more storage space.
This is why we are curious about the products we will have on the Mac and iPad in 2021. Stay tuned, readers.
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