Thin Against the Thinner: MacBook (2015) vs MacBook Air (2015)

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Apple recently unveiled its new MacBook, the thinnest Apple computer ever. But how does it stack up against Apple’s other thin computer, the MacBook Air? Apple’s novel MacBook is wispier than the MacBook Air, but is it a must-buy device? Of course, the two devices feature a number of similarities, but they also possess some key differences that could be for many users.

What’s Same?

Yosemite, the latest addition to the OS X series, announced last year, is the blood to both the notebooks. Every Mac comes with apps for creativity and apps for productivity. It even comes with an app for finding new apps. Your Mac is more than full‑featured, it’s fully loaded. The new MacBook comes with a 12-inch display whereas MacBook Air is available in 11.6-inch display variant and are capable of up to 8GB of RAM and 512GB storage. Though thinner, the new MacBook offers almost same battery life as the MacBook Air. Both of these great notebooks are capable of up to 89 hours of Internet Browsing over a single charge.

What’s Not Same?

Integrated 39.7‑Wh lithium‑polymer battery in the new MacBook is powering the 2304×1440 pixel Retina Display whereas the MacBook Air features a 1366×768 pixel widescreen display that is obviously too old for 2015 and costly for such a display. Performance is as important as the media consuming experience. The best you can do with the new MacBook is 1.3GHz dual‑core Intel Core M processor (Turbo Boost up to 2.9GHz) whereas the MacBook Air can feature 2.2GHz dual‑core Intel Core i7 processor (Turbo Boost up to 3.2GHz). What most consider to be a big difference is the weight and thinness, but it is not all that significant. The Macbook is a mere 0.03-inch thinner and just 0.154 kilograms lighter than the MacBook Air. The ‘small things’, is where Apple made some sacrifices to achieve that minimalistic design. The much-criticised USB Type-C on the new MacBook is indeed powerful but will require expensive adaptors to get most things done. Also, the FaceTime Camera on the MacBook is not even High Definition.

Conclusion

Clearly, the new MacBook is a future laptop not ready for present. Despite all the flaws and poor performance, the new MacBook costs ₹24,000(~$400)  more than the MacBook Air. If you’re doing heavy duty graphics work on your laptop – editing huge Photoshop files, editing digital video, or if you’re looking for maximum performance, the 13-inch MacBook Air is the way to go. If you are a fashion fiesta or an active user the MacBook is the deal for you. The new MacBook is a very different animal than the rest of the product line. It’s designed to cater to an entirely different set of Mac users than we’ve seen before, people whose sensibility about Apple products was formed from their experience with iPhones and iPads. Any way you slice it, the MacBook line is better than ever in 2015, and whatever your choice, you’ll end up with the best laptop on the market.

Aditya Gupta

A compassionate supporter of gadgets and dedicated to informing those around him. Aditya Gupta is a high school science student from Jaipur, Rajasthan. He covers the topics which he feels are not covered anywhere else so that more people get involved in the world he loves so much. After graduating from high school in 2016, he plans to start his under-grad studies in Computer Science. Follow: @TheBrainyGeek

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