Time and again, Apple has proved that their laptops are a class above. The competition has always had to do a lot of catching up with them. There are four variants of the latest MacBooks on sale in India, one 13 inch MacBook Air, two 13 inch Pro versions and a 16 inch Pro model.
The powerful Pro models with two screen sizes and the ultraportable Air are the only two derivatives of Apple Notebooks available. Choosing between the two depends on what kind of peak performance is required for your everyday computing tasks and the screen size. To find out which one is suitable for you, read on.
MacBook Pro 16 inch: The epitome of computing
The MacBook Pro packs a LED backlight Retina display with 3072 x 1920 pixels and a 500 nits brightness rating with True Tone Technology. Colours are vibrant and are capable of streaming 4K quality videos. It weighs 2 kgs and has a near bezel-less design. It is available in two colour options, Silver and Space Gray.
There’s a 2.6 GHz 6-Core Intel Core i7 processor on the base trim, a 2.3 GHz 8-Core Intel Core i9 on the mid-trim and a 2.6 GHz 8-Core Intel Core i9 on the top-end variant.
Graphics are handled by an Intel UHD Graphics 630 and three RAM options 16, 32 and 64GB. Storage needs are fulfilled by a 512GB SSD and can be had with upgrade options up to 8TB. The 16 inch MacBook Pro is the best sounding laptop, and it has a six-speaker system with force-cancelling woofers that are compatible with Dolby Atmos Sound and spots studio-quality mics with a high input ratio.
The Pro has four Thunderbolt (USB Type-C) ports and a 3.5mm headphone jack. Apple has replaced its notorious Butterfly Keyboard with the new and improved Magic Keyboard that’s crisp. At the top of the keyboard, you get a TouchBar that can be used within third-party apps for various commands. Touch ID has been integrated to unlock using biometrics.
The 16 inch Pro is for the ones who do a lot of multitasking and networking. It is an amazing device for video, and audio editing, website building and is capable of handling extreme computing needs. The eight-core processor even has a 5GHz Turbo Boost mode when you need an extra burst of power. The battery lasts 11 hours, and the 96W USB-C power adaptor is capable of fast charging. Princes start at Rs.1,99,900 and go upward based on the processor and storage options.
MacBook Pro 13 inch: The best of both worlds
The Pro 13 inch gets most of the functionality from the bigger Pro in a more portable size. It is smaller and lighter than its sibling. It has a 4K LED Retina display with 2560 x 1600 pixels and 500 nits of brightness. It weighs 1.4 kgs and has thicker bezels in comparison to the 16-inch model. The 13-inch powerhouse is available in Silver and Space Gray. There are two processors to choose from, a 1.4 GHz quad-core Intel i5 and a 1.7 GHz quad-core Intel i7 which are enabled with a 4.5 GHz boost mode.
An Intel Iris Plus Graphics 645 card does duty on the 13 inch Pro. It comes with either 8GB or 16GB of RAM and four storage options of 256GB, 512GB, 1TB and 2TB SSD hard drives. It has a stereo speaker system with high definition sound and a three mic array for sound recording.
The 13 inch Pro has two Thunderbolt USB-C ports and a headphone jack. The Magic Keyboard is carried over on the smaller Pro variant as well with the TouchBar and a Touch ID sensor. The battery can last for about 10 hours and is charged via a 61W USB-C power adaptor. This notebook offers the Pro performance and features from the bigger variant to a certain degree in a compact size. If you are looking for a powerful and manageable device for home or travel use, this is it. The only drawback here is only two USB-C ports, and you will have to resort to a dongle for more connectivity needs. Prices start at Rs.1,22,990/- and you will have to pay more for upgrades.
MacBook Air: Lightweight, and ultraportable
This is the cheapest laptop from the Apple stable and yet pretty powerful. It has the same 13.3-inch screen size like the smaller MacBook Pro but packs in a smaller component to make it thinner and lighter. The LED displays spot the same 2560 x 1600 4K Retina display like the 13 inch Pro model but brightness kicks in at 400 nits instead of the 500 nits on the Pro models. Unlike the only two colour options from the Pro models, the Air has three, Silver, Space Gray and Gold. It weighs 1.29 kgs and is one of the lightest notebooks available in the market.
Power is supplied via three options for processor, a 1.1 GHz dual-core Intel i3, 1.1 GHz quad-core Intel i5 or a 1.2 GHz quad-core Intel i7. All three processors are capable of 3.8 GHz boost mode if required. There are two Thunderbolt (USB Type-C) ports for connectivity and a 3.5mm headphone jack. Apple has installed the Magic Keyboard on the Air as well but hasn’t included the TouchBar. Biometric unlocks are available through the Touch ID sensor and can also be used to make purchases on the App Store.
Similar to the 13 inch Pro model, there are two RAM options and four SSD storage options. You can choose between 8GB or 16GB of RAM and 256GB, 512GB, 1TB or 2TB of the hard drive. The battery lasts an estimated 11 hours and comes with a 30W USB-C power adaptor. The graphic card is the entry-level Intel Iris capable of handling most of your games and productivity.
Air is one of the best companions for travel due to its thin and lightweight design and is a perfect choice for home as well. It may not have as many processor cores as the Pro-line does but is capable of handling multitasking. Go for this if you are fresh and novice in the world of computers as this machine is perfect for students and interns. It will handle work and leisure with ease. Prices start at Rs.92,990/- and move north based on upgrades.
No matter which MacBook you chose, these notebooks are built to last. Highest quality standards are maintained, and Apple always launches future-proof devices that can handle years of software updates. The Mac App Store has a great collection, and constant security updates make the macOS the most secure operating system.