The MacBook Pro is the flagship laptop in Apple’s macOS range. Over the past few years, the 14-inch and 16-inch models have pushed the boundaries of what these laptops can do, but only a handful of professionals need that much power when they head out to the coffee shop. For everyone else, the MacBook Air delivered consistently.
Over the next few months, the MacBook Air will push the MacBook Pro further with consumers who will meet the challenge of everyday life and still have performance to enjoy over your milk.
Tim Cook’s decision to finally release a MacBook Air with a 15-inch screen – the first to do so in the MacBook Air’s fifteen-year history – will grab the headlines. The bigger screen has been something many Air fans have been impatiently waiting for, but it might not be the only update making a big one. Apple will also push forward and offer the new design with the latest Apple Silicon technology.
The third-generation chipset should debut at this year’s WWDC with the supposedly named M3, the 15-inch MacBook Air is likely to debut with this brand new chipset. At the consumer level, Apple Silicon offers more power and flexibility than the Intel MacBook laptops have ever achieved. The M1 laptops reset expectations, and the M2 added another twenty percent in performance.
It’s likely that the M3 chips will offer another step up, at which point the potential for consumers to outgrow the power of even the entry-level M3 is greatly diminished. While professionals will appreciate the specifications of the M2 Pro and M2 Max (and eagerly await the benchmarks that the M3 Pro and M3 Max could offer), even the “prosuming” MacBook user will struggle to push the envelope of the M3 MacBook Air.
Once you step beyond the need for a workstation-class macOS laptop, Apple’s upcoming MacBook Air laptops should deliver everything you need and then some. The only thing missing from that package is an Air with a bigger screen.
Tim Cook and his team will offer just that in the next few months.
Skip the MacBook Pro, because the MacBook Air will meet the challenges of your own life head on.
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