MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by bonbon20, Aug 11, 2017.

  1. bonbon20 macrumors newbie

    Aug 6, 2017
    Sofia, Bulgaria
    Hello. I know this thread is so popular and yet so annoying. Anyway, I am trying to help a friend with choosing his laptop for college but I found myself in trouble trying to decide which one is better.
    We are talking about these exact models:

    1. MacBook Pro 13" mid 2012
    - i7 3520m 2.9GHz
    - 8 GB ram
    - samsung SSD
    - HD 4000

    2. MacBook Air 13" 2015/2016
    - i7 5650u 2.2GHz
    - 8 GB ram
    - default SSD
    - HD 6000

    As you can see we are talking about the highest models of both laptops. Both i7s, both with SSDs, both 8GB ram. We do not take prices into account, let's just talk specs!
    My friend is a regular college student, doing word, web browsing, youtube, movies. Occasionally light editing and light gaming. Neither one is a gaming rig, nor a powerhouse, but generally speaking which one should be better? I am thinking that the age of the pro makes it equal to the air (in terms of power), am i right?
    Looking forward to your personal opinions!
  2. deany, Aug 11, 2017
    Last edited: Aug 11, 2017

    deany macrumors 68030


    Sep 16, 2012
    North Wales
    With macOS Sierra 2016 being supported:
    Supported Macs
    Here are the Mac models that are compatible with macOS Sierra:

    • MacBook (Late 2009 and later)
    • iMac (Late 2009 and later)
    • MacBook Air (2010 and later)
    • MacBook Pro (2010 and later)
    • Mac mini (2010 and later)
    • Mac Pro (2010 and later)
    Apple appear to say for mbp and Air "beyond 6 years we don't support"
    Based on that, your mbp spec the machine would not be supported by approx Sept/Oct 2018, so just over a year.
    Therefore I'd go with the Air, as it should be good for macOS upgrades and supported till 2021,assuming these are the only two options on offer, that you quote.

    (I've got the i5 2015 rMBP 13" and couldn't be happier.)
  3. bonbon20 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 6, 2017
    Sofia, Bulgaria
    Thank you, it makes sense! :)
  4. deany macrumors 68030


    Sep 16, 2012
    North Wales
    I think I have got the upgrade year math wrong by 12 months. The mbp would be okay next year 2018 (less 6 yrs) but 2019 maybe a problem.
    I'm sure you get the idea though.
    The mbp would be supported for 2 years, the Air for 4 years so twice as long.
    Hope it works out for your friend.
  5. Patcell macrumors 6502

    Aug 8, 2016
    Bergen County, NJ
    I would go with the newer Air given the choices.
    --- Post Merged, Aug 11, 2017 ---
    Air is more portable and similar performance to the Pro in that comparison.

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