Apple to the rescue, right? The new 2018 MacBook Air replaces the old and aging $999 MacBook Air with all the above– smaller, thinner, lighter, faster; supposedly a better keyboard, much larger trackpad, and a Liquid Retina Display to drool over.
Crazy. Mac. Line.
Methinks there is something wrong in Cupertino these days. The Mac notebook line– 80-percent of all Macs sold are notebooks– seems to have gone off the rails and isn’t easy to understand. Here’s what I mean.
2018 MacBook Air – $1,199 gets you 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD, 13-inch Retina display, 8th generation Intel Inside, dual Thunderbolt-3 (USB-C ports; Apple doesn’t call them USB-C), better graphics, Touch ID.
2018 MacBook – $1,299 gets you 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, 12-inch Retina display, 7th generation Intel Inside, a single USB-C port, good graphics.
2018 MacBook Pro – $1,299 gets you 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD, 13-inch Retina display, dual core 7th generation Intel Inside, dual Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) ports, good graphics.
What’s wrong with that picture?
Every model is priced within $100 of the others. Specifications, though modestly improved in thew new MacBook Air, are similar. Why buy a MacBook when the MacBook Air is less and does more? Why buy an entry-level MacBook Pro (is it any wonder they have been on sale for awhile?) when newer models are better equipped?
I decided to trick out a 13-inch MacBook Pro vs. a similarly equipped 2018 MacBook Air. To the max, a MacBook Air with 16GB RAM and a 1.5TB SSD is a dollar short of $2,600. That’s the same price– $2,599– as a 13-inch MacBook Pro with 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD storage, but with a quad-core 8th generation Intel Inside.
Which would you rather have for the same money?
If power is your game, the MacBook Pro should be higher on the list. The MacBook Pro weighs more than a MacBook Air but has more capability; especially for power users. One has to ask what will become of the entry-level MacBook models? Well, they’re smaller and lighter than MacBook Air, but more expensive.
There’s not much air in MacBook Air.