The rise of the iPod has raised an interesting question: “MacBook Air or iPod Pro?” As new as Apple is, this question has never been superficial MacBook Air with M1 Chip (which The best MacBook No menu) Mac revolutionized with greater speed and endurance than ever before.
When IPods14 And this Magic keyboard do it IPod Pro More than a laptop (and its A12Z chip is much faster) than before, Apple has redefined the iconic MacBook Air in ways no one expected. So, we decided to do better: put these devices next to each other on the MacBook Air vs iPod Pro Showdown and see if this should be your next computer.
Of course, some might say that this is like comparing apples and pineapples. The MacBook Air is a full-size laptop, the iPad Pro a tablet Can Be a laptop replacement (can give you some more money).
A lot of people I know, including a friend who is a video maker and podcaster, have not stopped thinking that the iPod Pro is their next flagship computer. But should it be yours?
We can find out.
MacBook Air vs. iPod Pro: Specifications
|MacBook Air (M1, 2020)||12.9 inch iPod Pro (2020|
|Starting price||99 999 (99 899 Education)||99 999 (34,348 with Magic Keyboard)|
|Screen||13.3 inches (2560 x 1600)||12.9 inches (2732 x 2048)|
|Processor||M1 chip (8-core, 7/8-core GPU)||A12Z bionic chip with neural engine|
|Storage||256 GB to 2 dB||128 GB to 1 dB|
|Cameras||0.7 MB webcam||12MP wide + 10MP Ultra White (rear), 7MP TrueDepth (front)|
|Video recording||1080 x 720 pixels||Up to 4K at 60 fps|
|Security||Touch ID||Face ID|
|Apple keyboard support||Magic Keyboard and Smart Keyboard Folio||Magic Keyboard and Smart Keyboard Folio|
|Pencil support||Apple Pencil (2nd generation)||Apple Pencil (2nd generation)|
|Dimensions||12 x 8.4 x 0.6 inches||11 x 8.4 x 0.2 inches | 11 x 8.4 x 0.6 inches with Magic Keyboard|
|Weight||2.8 lbs||1.4 pounds | 3 lbs with Magic Keyboard|
MacBook Air Vs iPod Pro: Design and Ports
While the MacBook Air with the M1 chip works just like the MacBook of the future, it still looks like the MacBook of the past. This is not a bad thing because it still has a strong and iconic wedge-shaped design. However, its 0.5-inch and 0.3-inch bezels are outdated, and give the laptop a bigger footprint than we’d like.
In contrast, the 0.2-inch bezel of the iPod Pro (on all sides) makes it look more modern, and we hope to learn from the MacBook Air of the future. The iPod Pro also features that flat-edge design, which Apple brought back IPhone 12 Sequence, this is so beautiful.
The 12.9-inch iPod Pro (11 x 8.4 x 0.2 inches) has a smaller footprint than the 13.3-inch MacBook Air (12 x 8.4 x 0.6 inches), but the thin chassis of the iPod Pro is a must for many. However, those who get the iPod Pro with the Magic Keyboard (necessary to create a laptop-like experience), add 0.4 inches of thickness, making it equal to the air.
Similarly, the iPod Pro weighs 1.4 pounds – which is half the weight of the 2.8-pound MacBook Air. Until, that is, you add the Magic Keyboard, which brings up to 3 pounds – which is heavier than the MacBook Air. The MacBook Air rarely wins a port battle, but its 2 Thunderbolt 3 ports and headphone jack trump the iPod Pro’s only small USB-C port.
So, basically, the design offers of the iPod Pro only really come in handy when you use it as a tablet. This is great for those who can sing with an Apple pencil, but those who like the typing experience may like the air because you still need a stand or base to use the iPod Pro.
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MacBook Air vs iPod Pro: Display
The iPod Pro may have its flaws in design when you chop up the Magic keyboard, but its screen is the best display in every genre.
The 12.9-inch iPad Pro 2020 produces 122.9% and 559 night brightness in the SRGP range, which is slightly more colorful and brighter than the MacBook Air (114.3%, 365.8 nits).
The iPod Pro also beats the MacBook Air on display technology. Both offer True Tone white balance, but the iPad only has a 120 Hz promotion display refresh rate, which allows you to move everything on your screen very smoothly and look very beautiful. The MacBook Air, like all Macs, has a 60 Hz upgrade rate. It’s not important to you yet, but if you look at the 120 Hz screen, you will see light.
There is another big berk on the screen of the iPod Pro: it allows touch input. Apple has not yet given touchscreens to its Mac, though it is something macOS Big Sur Seems As it should be supported.
Success: IPod Pro
MacBook Air Vs iPod Pro: Magic Keyboard and Pencil
Ironically, Apple has given the same name to both the MacBook Air and the iPod Pro’s typing interface: the Magic Keyboard. While both are comfortable to type on, they have two major differences with similar feedback.
Initially, the iPod Pro Magic Keyboard was not included – it was a $ 349 custom accessory. Second, the iPad Pro’s Magic keyboard can be disassembled, which is a nice feature.
Then there is the Apple Pencil (an optional accessory, which costs 9 129), which only runs on the iPod Pro and not the iPod Air.
Creators and handwriting enthusiasts will love the stylus, but the Mac also has WACOM tablets and pens, so the Mac doesn’t seem to be covered here.
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MacBook Air vs iPod Pro: Performance
The best way to compare the performance of the MacBook Air’s M1 chip and the iPod Pro’s A12Z bionic chip lies within a comparable performance criterion that works on both computers: Geekbench5.
In that test, the iPod Pro recorded a solid score of 4,635, which makes the MacBook Air flow with its 5,925. Still, the iPod Pro has no temptation, and is even better at doing video editing on its own apps.
The GFXBench Metal Aztec ruins that do not work on the iPod Pro show even more severe success in graphics testing. Meanwhile, the MacBook Air released a strong 54.332.
Success: MacBook Air
MacBook Air vs iPod Pro: Battery life
The MacBook Air is more than just the iPod Pro A lot. During the Tom’s manual battery test (browsing the web at 150 night brightness) the MacBook Air released an epic time of 14 hours and 41 minutes, while the iPod Pro was empty at 10:16.
Success: MacBook Air
MacBook Air vs iPod Pro: Software and Applications
Inside the new MacBook Air, you have a combination of Apple Silicon processors and MacOS Big Sur, which opens up the ability to run iPhone and iPad apps on top of MacOS apps.
It should be noted that the MacOS applications currently include native Universal applications written to run on the M1 chip, as well as modified Intel based applications running via the Rosetta 2. The latter may have some performance issues with more complex dependencies. Status apps like Adobe Premiere Pro.
Although the MacBook Air can run iPhone and iPod applications, not all of them are going to be written for the Mac. This means you get apps created for a touch screen phone or tablet, but you’re going to be able to interact with them using a touchpad. Also, some video streaming programs may not run fullscreen, which feels like a mistake made by the app makers and needs to be fixed soon.
As for the iPod Pro, it will run iPados apps properly and natively, and we do not see any indications that it will run MacOS apps. However, Universal applications should provide the opportunity for that in the future.
Success: MacBook Air
MacBook Air vs iPod Pro: Cameras
We like the fact that the MacBook Air has a slightly better webcam, thanks to the image signal processing, but it is still 720p, 0.7MP webcam.
The iPod Pro’s 7MP front-facing camera and a pair of rear cameras (12MP Wide + 10MP UltraWide) are available, which is really great.
Success: IPod Pro
MacBook Air Vs iPod Pro: Value and Price
Both the MacBook Air and the iPod Pro start at 99,999, but this is not the best comparison because the iPad comes out without its 9 349 keyboard. Additionally, the iPod Pro starts with half storage. So, Air is in favor of getting this started.
If you want to compare them to glass, the Pro goes for 0,099 with 256GB of storage and 44,448 with the Magic Keyboard.
If you want an 8-core GPU in your MacBook Air, its price goes up to 24,249 and its storage goes up to 512GB. Then, the comparable iPod Pro is still priced at 1,648.
Success: MacBook Air
MacBook Air vs iPod Pro: Judgment
|MacBook Air||IPod Pro|
|Design and Ports (10 points)||8||8|
|Display (20 points)||15||19|
|Magic Keyboards and Style (10 points)||8||8|
|Performance (10 points)||10||8|
|Battery life (20 points)||20||13|
|Software and Applications (5 points)||5||3|
|Cameras (5 points)||3||5|
|Value and Price (20 points)||18||13|
|Overall (100 points)||87||77|
There you have it, the Apple Silicon and M1 chip give you the performance, endurance and versatility needed to keep the MacBook Air iPod Pro in the Gulf.
For those who want a touchscreen device that truly sings and feels integrated with your song – you are not docked for your Mac – Apple’s decision to pull the touchscreen out of its Mac may push you towards the iPod Pro. I can not fault you. Its screen is bright and unlocking it from the Magic keyboard opens up more portability.
But when it comes to value, some people will be intimidated by the hefty price of the 9 349 Magic Keyboard. This is more than a third of the price of the entry-level M1 MacBook Air, and the money that can be spent on upgrading the Air to 8-core GPU, more RAM or more storage.
That’s why we’re so excited about what 2021 looks like for both the Mac and the iPad. Wait, reader.