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13-inch MacBook Pro (2016) vs. MacBook Air spec shoot out!

by Danny Zepeda | October 27, 2016October 27, 2016 2:15 pm PDT

The long-await for a MacBook Air refresh is finally here…kind of. Apple announced three new configurations for the MacBook Pro. The lowest end, which doesn’t feature the Touch Bar or TouchID sensor, is aimed at older MacBook Air users who are in need of an upgrade. 13-inch MacBook Airs are still available, but for how long? Apple made a number of comparisons to the MacBook Air, which sort of hints to an eventual demise of the on-the-go friendly laptop.

One can surmise the elimination of the MacBook Pro’s biggest new features is to cut costs, and it does by $300. The new MacBook Pro will set you back $1,499 and comes with the Retina display, Intel dual-core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM, 256GB of flash storage and most importantly, just two USB-C ports. But it is available in Space Gray, which is a much-welcomed addition.

The overall design of the computer is not only beautiful but also cuts down on the already small MacBoook Air footprint. The new look might be enough to sway hold-outs waiting for an update to the MacBook Air, it just so happens that the update they wanted came in the Pro model.

Check out our spec by spec breakdown of the two computers down below.

13-inch MacBook Pro (2016) Gallery

MacBook Air Gallery

 

Apple - 13-inch MacBook Pro (2016) Apple - 13-inch MacBook Air (2015)
Display Size 13.3-inch, 2560 x 1600 pixel display (227 ppi) 13.3-inch, 1440 x 900 pixel display (128 ppi)
Resolution X 2560 1440
Resolution Y 1600 900
Display Type 13.3-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit display with IPS technology; 2560-by-1600 native resolution at 227 pixels per inch with support for millions of colors LED-backlit glossy widescreen display with support for millions of colors
Operating System macOS Sierra (at launch) Mac OS X Yosemite (At Launch)
Processor
  • 2.0GHz dual-core Intel Core i5, Turbo Boost up to 3.1GHz, with 4MB shared L3 cache
  • Configurable to 2.4GHz dual-core Intel Core i7, Turbo Boost up to 3.4GHz, with 4MB shared L3
  • 1.6GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 (Turbo Boost up to 2.7GHz) with 3MB shared L3 cache
  • Configurable to 2.2GHz dual-core Intel Core i7 (Turbo Boost up to 3.2GHz) with 4MB shared L3 cache.
RAM
  • 8GB of 1866MHz LPDDR3 onboard memory
  • Configurable to 16GB of memory
  • 4GB of 1600MHz LPDDR3 onboard memory
  • Configurable to 8GB
Storage
  • 256GB PCIe-based onboard SSD
  • Configurable to 512GB or 1TB SSD
  • 128GB PCIe-based flash storage
  • 256GB PCIe-based flash storage, configurable to 512GB flash storage
Camera
  • 720p FaceTime HD camera
  • 720p FaceTime HD camera
Audio
  • 3.5mm Headphone jack
  • Stereo speakers with high dynamic range
  • Two microphones
  • Stereo speakers
  • Dual microphones
  • Headphone port
  • Support for Apple iPhone headset with remote and microphone
Input Output
  • Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) ports X 2
  • Headphone port
  • Two USB 3 ports (up to 5 Gbps)
  • Thunderbolt 2 port (up to 20 Gbps)
  • MagSafe 2 power port
  • SDXC card slot
Networks
  • 802.11ac Wi-Fi wireless networking; IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n compatible
  • 802.11ac Wi-Fi wireless networking; IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n compatible
Bluetooth Bluetooth 4.2 Bluetooth 4.0
Battery
  • Up to 10 hours wireless web
  • Up to 10 hours iTunes movie playback
  • Up to 30 days of standby time
  • Built-in 54.5-watt-hour lithium-polymer battery
  • Up to 12 hours wireless web
  • Up to 12 hours iTunes movie playback
  • Up to 30 days standby time
  • Built-in 54‑watt‑hour lithium‑polymer battery
Height 0.59 inches (15.0 mm) 0.68 inches (17.3 mm)
Width 11.97 inches (30.40 cm) 12.8 inches (32.51 cm)
Depth 8.36 inches (21.23 cm) 8.94 inches (22.71 cm)
Weight 3.02 lbs (1.37 kg) 2.96 lbs (1.34 kg)
Colors Silver, Space Gray N/A

Danny Zepeda

Born and raised in Southern California, Danny grew up on a steady diet Pixar, Star Wars and Steven Spielberg movies. Unbeknownst to him, this was...

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