Any 2018 MacBook Air owner upgrade to the 2019 base MacBook Pro?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by arksun, Jul 20, 2019.

  1. arksun, Jul 20, 2019
    Last edited: Jul 20, 2019

    arksun macrumors newbie

    Jun 25, 2010
    The brighter screen and P3 color has me interested, and I actually do like using the Touch Bar. I don't need any more processor power and my current MBA has exceeded my needs so far. Has anyone made this jump and did you feel like it was worth it?
  2. AustinIllini macrumors demi-goddess


    Oct 20, 2011
    Austin, TX
    Maybe in a couple of years I'll go back to the pro, but not for now.
  3. Ghost31 macrumors 68030


    Jun 9, 2015
    Unless apple lowers the price of the MacBook Air again before I upgrade again, yeah. I’ll probably end up getting the pro just because. I don’t even need more power or anything like that. I have such basic as hell tasks. Wen browsing, watching YouTube, making notes. But for just a tiny bit more I can get so much more and it’s all stuff I’d notice in day to day life. Faster ssd, better screen, more ports, touch might be something I like.

    If you’re already spending 1k on a machine, what’s a bit more for an even better machine? Especially for something I’ll probably keep until the wheels fall off
  4. arksun thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 25, 2010
    My situation is that I already have a 2018 MBA that I bought in April for $949+tax. I'm deliberating if it'll be worth it to get the $1199+tax MBP (edu discount) + free Beats headphones that I can sell to reduce my net price further. If I were to sell my current MBA, I might be able to get ~$850-$900 for it.
  5. ptimickey59 macrumors newbie


    Jul 10, 2019
    France, Valenciennes
    got the 2018 retina Air.

    For my POV it doens't worth the cost. Why upgrade for only new papillon keyboard that will certainly have nothing really better than 3rd gen...? also, True Tone, gadget..

    Stay as is and wait a real new model or upgrade to a pro.
  6. Ghost31 macrumors 68030


    Jun 9, 2015
    That is a lot of money to be out just for some upgrades you might not even know will matter to you in the long run. Like I said, I think it’s one of those things where if you were just in the market for a new computer yeah consider the pro. But to go through all the trouble of selling your MacBook and buying a new one and being out all that money? Nah. Not worth it. (And FYI, the market is flooded with beats headphones when the back to school promotion happens. You’ll be lucky to even sell them at all)

    If you didn’t already have a newer Mac? Sure. Otherwise, I wouldn’t. You won’t get your pro and then feel like it was worth all this. It’ll feel like much the same laptop, just thicker and with a touchbar. Just save it for the next time you upgrade in a couple years. It’s the smart decision
  7. arksun thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 25, 2010
    Your points make sense and are very logical. I gotta keep away from the upgrade bug lol. Thanks for the input, I'll stay with my current machine until it either dies or my needs are no longer met!
  8. Ghost31 macrumors 68030


    Jun 9, 2015
    No problem. As someone that is always itching to get something new and spends tons of money to get it, only to get it and be like “meh”, I understand how you feel. The older I’ve gotten the more I see the grass isn’t always greener and going through all this trouble isn’t always worth it. Be happy with what you have. I appreciate the times we are living in and the cool as hell stuff we get to play with everyday
  9. BLBL, Jul 23, 2019
    Last edited: Jul 23, 2019

    BLBL macrumors 6502a

    Apr 11, 2018
    I did that basically for the reasons OP mentioned like P3 display and such. Also knowing that it has much more CPU power was nice to have, even I don't do anything CPU demanding stuff and honestly Pro 1.4 does not feel much different in everyday use "speedwise" compared to Air 2018.

    I would not bother to do the switch if I did not get my air 2018 so recently but mine was still within return window from my dealer so it was easy switch to make. Also nice offer for Pro 1.4, so I ended up paying just under 200 extra for it in the end, so basically the same price.
    I received my Air 2018 with empty battery (it lost capacity very fast and was around 4200/4381 just in couple weeks) and it was manufactured long time ago was also reason that was bothering me.

    A little disappointment for me was to find that Pro 1.4 has less premium feel than older Pro models and also somewhat less than even Air 2018 when comparing keyboards. The Air 2018 has more silent, solid and less hollow sounding keys.
    Display in Pro is brighter (if you need full brightness, because otherwise that obviously makes no difference) and it has P3 colors but there is not much material where to use it so in basic stuff difference is very small and can be mostly seen only when the two machines are side by side. With P3 demo material difference is of course very obvious.
    Also speaker in Pro 1.4 were disappointing because they produce much less bass than Air 2018 speakers. Comparing them side by side, I'd say Air 2018 has better sound quality for occasional music listening. That can be somewhat personal thing who likes what but for me Pro definitely lacks bass and has more tinnier sound but it is very well defined so not necessarily very bad. In battery run times I do not notice huge difference. Maybe Pro can run a little longer with low load but obviously it draw more battery when using CPU power. Charger that comes with Pro is basically double wattage, so it charges a little faster Pro but it does not seem to draw full potential from charger but all in all it charges a little faster than Air 2018, especially when using the machine at the same time.

    About Touch Bar, I haven't really made up my mind yet if I like it or not. I'd say I gotten used to it pretty fast and it is not that bad once you learn to hit esc twice because first press is to activate it for use... It seem to have many functions in different programs, so it may be even useful when learning myself to actually use it.

    Regarding size and weight they are basically the same size except wedge shape of Air makes it slimmer on the touchpad side. Also weight difference in paper is not much. However holding both units in your own hands, the Pro feels much heavier and somewhat bigger than what you would expect based on specifications, so more rounded shape on the Air works nice in practice but if you consider portability, say carrying it in your bag the size difference is so small that it won't make any difference in reality because they basically take the same space in bag.

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