The New MacBook Air, 12″ MacBook, or 13″ MacBook Pro – Which One Should You Choose?

14th November 2018
Lady lying on the beach on laptop

With the launch of the new 2018 MacBook Air, the choice of Apple Notebook just got more confusing.

2018 MacBook Air front view open
2018 MacBook Air

Unveiled live at the Brooklyn School of Music on the eve of Halloween, Apple announced a fresh new line of product updates including the new MacBook Air for 2018 that’s had a major refresh with a sleeker, trimmer design, Retina display, Thunderbolt 3 Connectivity, and a faster processor. This new 2018 MacBook Air starts at £1,199 and is a great update on the most popular Apple Notebook ever released.

This firmly brings the MacBook Air into 2018 and ready for 2019. This is looking to be the new baseline for Apple Notebooks as the 12″ MacBook which is similarly priced at £1,249 seems to have been left behind and didn’t feature at all in the 2018 update.

2018 MacBook Air or 12″ MacBook?

The new 2018 MacBook Air. It’s a fact, is a better machine than the 12″ MacBook. With a larger Retina display, the faster Amber Lake processor, Graphics upgraded to Intel UHD 617, two Thunderbolt 3/USB-C ports, and up to 1.5TB of SSD storage, Touch ID, better battery life, and if you get rid of 128GB SSD actually costs less! The only things in the MacBook’s favour are it’s lighter weight and slimmer body, but does this really make a difference in the grand scheme of things?

12-inch MacBook open from front view
12″ MacBook

Before the latest announcement, there had been no real changes made to the MacBook Air since 2015, which led to the general consensus that it was being kept around as an option for those wanting a low-cost notebook. But with its 2018 update, it looks like this isn’t Apple’s plan.

At the moment there’s no reason to choose a MacBook over a MacBook Air. If you’re looking for an Apple notebook that’s portable and has good battery life you should choose the MacBook Air.

What about the 13″ MacBook Pro?

MacBook Pro 13-inch open front keyboard view
13″ MacBook Pro

If you’re looking at the MacBook Air or the 13-inch MacBook Pro which also costs £1,249, the Air is a perfect all-rounder that works well for general use that doesn’t demand high spec capabilities. All of the MacBook Pro models have Amber Lake processors and offer better performance than the air, but there’s not a great deal of difference price wise. You just need to decide if you’d prefer a smaller notebook with Touch ID or the improved performance.

This decision is much less down to personal preference and much more about what you need your machine to be able to do. Need Pro performance for video editing? Then at this price point, a MacBook Air certainly wouldn’t suit. Need something to keep up with the day to day and provide a sleek and streamlined user experience? Then it’s a MacBook Air.

Compare the Specs

Take a look at the comparisons in the table below. If you’re looking for a new MacBook but can’t quite decide which is the one for you, give our team a call on 020 7111 1643. email or use the webchat on our website which goes straight through to the team too.