13 Inch Or 15 Inch Macbook
Each model’s Retina display has a few more changes. The size of the display and chassis is where the MacBook Pro 15 and MacBook Pro 13 have the most noticeable design differences. The former has a 15.4-inch screen, a body that is 13.75 inches wide and 9.48 inches deep, and weighs 4.02 pounds.
The MacBook Air comes in models with an 11-inch screen and 13-inch screen, with a max weight of 2.96 pounds. The larger sibling would be larger than any MacBook Air released so far, according to the rumors. If the rumors are correct, a new 15-inch version of this one would come in both a 13.6-inch and a 15.2-inch variant.
Apples next MacBook Air redesign has been widely covered, but new information suggests that it could arrive in two sizes. Earlier this week, a new report by Display Supply Chain Consultants (DSCC) revealed Apple has been working on a new 15-inch display MacBook Air, which will launch at some point next year. In the past, Apple has offered the MacBook Air with 11-inch and 13-inch displays, since MacBook Airs were created for portability.
The MacBook Pros entry-level display is a full 13.3 inches, significantly smaller than the 14.2-inch and 16.2-inch displays on the 14-inch and 16-inch models. The entry-level MacBook Pros display is exactly 13.3-inches in size, which is considerably smaller than the 14.2-inches and 16.2-inches of the 14- and 16-inch models. If you simply want a cheap, solid laptop to use to process documents, play some lower-resolution games, or simply browse the Web casually, then the display is likely of little interest to you; if, however, you are working on images all the time, and you want the best possible display on your screen, then the 15-inch model of the MacBook Pro comes with a display that is slightly higher-specced for $1, at a native 2880-by-1800 at 220 pixels-per-inch resolution, as opposed to the laters 2560-by-1600 natively, with 220 pixels-per-inch screen, then, then, then, then, then, then, then, then. The Retina LCD display would still be more than enough for regular everyday usage, but the 14-inch and 16-inch models just provide better experiences.
Thanks to a faster RAM drive in the new 13-inch MacBook Pro (probably) and a lower-resolution screen (Adobe confirmed this to me directly, and you can read all about it here, under the heading “High-Resolution Displays”), the 13-inch MacBook Pro actually has the edge when it comes to performance compared with the much beefier 16-inch model that we tested back in December. Apples new MacBook Pro with M1 processors showed performance that was on par with or better than that of its predecessors and many Windows rivals, even for apps that ran natively on older machines, but used Rosetta 2 emulation on the MacBook Pro. Now that Apple has updated its basic 13-inch MacBook Pro with an M1 chip capable of handling more than its predecessors, USB4 support, and great battery life, it is an excellent choice for most consumers, but you should also consider the cheaper MacBook Air if you do not need a lot in terms of additional horsepower. The higher-end models take you a good chunk of the way to Apples MacBook Pros performance, but in a far more manageable form factor that many users (this reviewer included) like.
Apples 13-inch MacBook Pro (technically, 13.3 inches) has an LED-backlit display using IPS technology; 2560-by-1600 resolution natively at 227 pixels-per-inch, with millions of colors supported. The Retina display on the MacBook Pro is a 13.3-inch panel with an extremely high native resolution, between Full HD and 4K. Similar to the long-lasting case design, the MacBook Pros Retina display has been relatively consistent over the last several models, and continues in the current model. While the MacBook Pro looks undeniably durable, there are some tradeoffs to the design.
The larger screen and speakers are more helpful for some types of work, and Apples updated 13-inch MacBook Pro is still powerful enough to handle tasks easily–but while the customization options are good, they are a little limited now that Apple sells the MacBook Pro 16, reducing the utility of the 15-inch version. Apples updated MacBook Pro 13, by comparison, has a 13.3-inch display, and its body measures 11.97 inches wide by 8.36 inches deep, weighing in at 3.0 pounds. If you are comparing the dimensions of MacBooks, you might also want to look at the 13-inch version, which offers a slightly smaller solution. Also, its popular 13-inch MacBook Pro only supports a single external display, whereas its higher-end version of the model can support a total of up to four displays thanks to its M1 Max chip.
At first blush, at $13.1GHz, it might seem higher than the MacBook Pro 15-inch models at 2.8GHz and 2.9GHz, but when you look closer, the 13-inch MacBook Pro models are a dual-core model powered by Intels i5 processor, whereas the 15-inch MacBook Pro models are quad-core models powered by an i7. If you are on a tight budget and do not particularly need a faster CPU, a dedicated graphics card, or more monitors, then $1 should suffice to cover your needs, or you could simply bump up one or two parts that you will be using more often, and that is for another couple hundred dollars or so. The One is also less expensive at $600, leaving you with the cash to spend on accessories or a professional-level video editing application you might want. For either laptop, I would consider upgrading to internal storage of 512GB, which costs $200 for both the 13-inch and 15-inch models, taking them to $1,999 and $2,599, respectively.
Until and unless Apple releases either the 14-inch MBP or 16-inch MBP–ideally, both–with an integrated SD reader, MacBooks are going to be a lot less usable than their primary PC alternatives. The Mac measures 0.61 by 12 by 8.4 inches (HWD) and weighs 3 pounds, compared to 0.58 by 11.6 by 7.8 inches and 2.6 pounds for Dells XPS 13. Apple announced last year that it had made major updates to its top-tier MacBook Pro models, and the new machines have an all-new design, the M1 Pro and M1 Max chips, larger, Mini LED displays with ProMotion, HDMI ports and SD card slots, full-size function keys, and much more. Now, there is little reason to jump to a Pro over the MacBook Air, unless you are a Touch Bar fan, or run demanding, bleeding-edge, Apple silicon-native apps that can benefit from the MacBook Pros active cooling.
Is 13-inch MacBook too small?
Overall, for typical consumers, the 13-inch MacBook Pro is the best choice. As a result of being more like a MacBook Air than its high-end siblings, the 13-inch MacBook Pro is actually more suitable for casual customers’ needs. Compared to the 14-inch MacBook Pro, it is more portable, lighter, and smaller.
Is the 13-inch MacBook Pro still worth it?
Yes, the brand-new 13-inch MacBook Pro performs flawlessly. The Butterfly keys that caused so many issues are long gone, and its performance is excellent and battery life is trustworthy. Only this MacBook retains the Touch Bar across the whole lineup (er, if you like that).
Is the 13-inch MacBook Air Worth It?
The 13-inch MacBook Air with Apple’s M1 processor is the best Mac notebook for the majority of users. It’s not the most recent MacBook Air, but it costs less than the most recent model and is plenty fast for the tasks that the majority of users of computers perform most frequently, including online browsing, document work, coding, and light picture and video editing.