I’m lost: Is the current 13” TouchBar MBP or the new MBA better?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by cannono, Oct 30, 2018.

  1. cannono macrumors 6502

    cannono

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    Can someone help me decide between the new MacBook Air with 16GB RAM upgrade and the 13” MacBook Pro with 16GB RAM (base processor option)?

    I can’t tell how noticeable the power difference is but I really prefer the form factor of the Air
     
  2. Howard2k macrumors 68020

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    A bit early to say until we have the detailed specs.

    Maybe order an Air and benchmark it for us? :)
     
  3. maerz001 macrumors 65816

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    U are talking about 28W quadcore vs 5W dualcore CPU? Yes it still will be a big difference
     
  4. venom600 macrumors 6502a

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    The Air should be quite a bit slower... it uses a custom Y series (aka Core M, the same processors in the Macbook) processor. The Pro uses a 7th gen U series processor like all the previous Airs did, so it should be much faster.
     
  5. maerz001 macrumors 65816

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    No he’s talking about the TB model. Just the nTB uses the former Air CPUs
     
  6. venom600 macrumors 6502a

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    My fault... this is all way too confusing.
     
  7. maerz001 macrumors 65816

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    Yep. They should have just axed the old Air and nTB today and use the savings to offer the base line Air with 256GB
     
  8. ddelmonte macrumors newbie

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    Me too with the form factor. This weighs ~2lbs, and my "old" MBP weighs a lot more -- just sold it. But for anyone, you have to decide what you need/want to do on a computer before buying something.

    I didn't do that and bought the new MBA :)
     
  9. Falhófnir macrumors 68040

    Falhófnir

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    A good question and honestly if this new Air is a reaction to the nTB Pro not selling like they wanted (it was the original Air replacement machine) I don't think they're going to have any more luck with this one because it's just not a materially different offer to the end user. Indeed in a lot of ways the nTB is the better computer for the money (Screen, power) the 128GB option can be had for the same price at a lot of retailers, so basically it boils down to whether you value slightly better battery life and touch ID over slightly more power and better screen for the money. I'm thinking a lot of people may still content themselves with saving the $200 and compromising on the retina screen and chipset generation...
     
  10. Ma2k5 macrumors 68020

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    It has a worse screen by quite a margin compared to the TB and non-TB rMBP.

    (300 nit SRGB vs 500 nit P3)
     

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