The MacBook Pro is the flagship laptop in Apple’s macOS range. Over the past few years, 14- and 16-inch models have pushed the limits of what these laptops can do, but only a handful of professionals need that much power when they hit the coffee shop. For everyone else, the MacBook Air has been consistently delivering.
Over the coming months, MacBook Air will push MacBook Pro further to the edge with consumer offerings that will take on the challenges of everyday life and still have performance left over to enjoy your latte.
Tim Cook’s decision to finally release a MacBook Air with a 15-inch screen, the first he has done so in the fifteen-year history of the MacBook Air, will grab the headlines. The bigger screen has been something that many Air fans have been looking forward to, but it might not be the only upgrade that gets big. Apple will also go ahead and offer the new design with the latest Apple Silicon technology.
The third-generation chipset should debut at WWDC this year with the allegedly named M3, the 15-inch MacBook Air will likely debut with this new chipset. At the consumer level, Apple Silicon offers more power and flexibility than Intel MacBook laptops ever achieved. The M1 laptops reset expectations and the M2 added another twenty percent performance.
The M3 chipsets are likely to offer another step, at which point the potential for consumers to exceed the power of even the entry-level M3 is greatly reduced. While professionals will appreciate the M2 Pro and M2 Max specs (and look forward to the benchmarks the M3 Pro and M3 Max could deliver), even the “prosumer” MacBook user will struggle to push the envelope of a MacBook Air M3.
Once you move beyond the need for a workstation-class macOS laptop, Apple’s upcoming MacBook Air laptops should offer everything you need and then some. The only thing missing from this package is an Air with a bigger screen.
Tim Cook and his team will deliver this in the coming months.
Skip the MacBook Pro, because the MacBook Air will face your life’s challenges head on.
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