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Practically, what's the difference between these two... MBA and MBP
Posted by: jardster
Date: August 30, 2022 11:23AM
I'm finally thinking it's time to dive into the M-processor Macs.

Most of my work is done with my current 15" MBP hooked up to a OWC Thunderbolt Dock, so typically I only have the single USB-C cable attached.

I was looking at the 13 inch MBA v MBP. Both are the same M2, 8 core CPU, 10 cor GPU. I'd be getting 16 GB RAM and a 1 TB drive, and both are $1899. The keyboard for the MBP has the older style (like my current MBP), and the MBA uses MagSafe3.

Anything else I'm missing? Seems like they are overlapping models.



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Re: Practically, what's the difference between these two... MBA and MBP
Posted by: Gareth
Date: August 30, 2022 11:26AM
MBP has a fan and will run faster for longer as a result.

MBA is totally missing any type of heat sink and will slow down under a heavy, continuous load. You can alleviate this a little bit by removing the bottom cover and putting some thermal pads in (which is actually pretty easy to do).

But, for the MBA, realistically, it's probably only a problem if you're doing heavy video/graphics/sound work. If it's just an everyday, web/email/office tasks computer, it would be fine.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 08/30/2022 11:30AM by Gareth.
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Re: Practically, what's the difference between these two... MBA and MBP
Posted by: Ombligo
Date: August 30, 2022 11:32AM
You can also alleviate it somewhat on a cooling pad, but for most users the heating issue is not a real issue.

The touch bar would make the MBP a non-starter for me.



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Re: Practically, what's the difference between these two... MBA and MBP
Posted by: btfc
Date: August 30, 2022 11:35AM
“ What are the differences between the MacBook Air M2 and the MacBook Pro 13 M2 and is the MacBook Pro 13 M2 worth the extra:

YOU WILL GAIN
The MacBook Air M1 starts from 999, the MacBook Air M2 from $1199 and the MacBook Pro M2 from $1299. For $100 more when comparing the MacBook Pro 13 M2 to the MacBook Air M2, you will gain the following:

The full, ‘un-crippled’ M2 chip with all 10 GPU cores firing unlike the MacBook Air M2 with either 8 or 10-core GPU. The latter costing more with double the storage at 512GB SSD.
An uninterrupted albeit older 13.3-inch display with no notch in sight.
Active Cooling with onboard fan allowing you to push the CPU and GPU further and taking on bigger workload.
2 hours more battery life with up to 20 hours on video playback and up to 17 hours on wireless browsing.
Touch Bar: while some might consider it a gimmick, the context derived menu offers more than just your standard function keys and it supports cool features like live emojis, predictive text and more app based. shortcuts.



YOU WILL MISS
Some of you might wonder, what will you miss out on with the MacBook Pro 13 M2. This is where you can decide if the list above is worth forgoing, saving yourself some money at the same time going instead for the MacBook Air M2. Here is what you will miss if you pick for the MacBook Pro 13 M2 over the MacBook Air M2.

no fancy new design based on the MacBook Pro 14 and 16
no fancy notched 13.6-inch Liquid Retina display
no 1080p Full HD web cam, just the old 720p HD FaceTime camera
no quad firing speakers, just stereo speakers even though it still supports Spatial Audio.
no MagSafe charging port so one less Thunderbolt port when charging
no dual USB-C charging adapter (only with higher model)
no fast charging, even though it comes with 67W USB-C adapter, fast charge is not a feature on the MacBook Pro 13 M2
no slim and lightweight design
no fancy colour options, just the standard silver or space grey.
So what will it be? Stick to the old MacBook Pro 13 design with Apple M2 chip OR go with the new MacBook Air M2. Tell us what you think. “


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Re: Practically, what's the difference between these two... MBA and MBP
Posted by: jardster
Date: August 30, 2022 11:40AM
It will be used mostly in clamshell mode placed vertically, so it will have good circulation. The heaviest lifting I do is running Windows in Parallels (yes, I know, issues with the M chips and Parallels-- it's only 2 apps that I need to run, so I need to test them at some point!).



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Re: Practically, what's the difference between these two... MBA and MBP
Posted by: Grateful11
Date: August 30, 2022 01:56PM
Looks like I'm popping for a MBP M1 this evening TouchBar and all. I don't think people really gave it a chance.

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Re: Practically, what's the difference between these two... MBA and MBP
Posted by: AllGold
Date: August 30, 2022 03:53PM
I'm trying to decide between the M2 Air and the M1 Pro 14" MacBook Pro. The 13" MPB isn't in my sights at all.

The thing is, I don't need either. I have an M1 Air and it's a fine machine--seriously, the most impressed I have ever been by a computer--but I'm having a small amount of buyer's remorse because I got 8GB RAM instead of 16GB. I don't think I'm experiencing any memory pressure, but still wish I'd gotten the 16GB so I wouldn't even have to think about it.
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Re: Practically, what's the difference between these two... MBA and MBP
Posted by: August West
Date: August 30, 2022 04:31PM
MBP 14 was 1600 at costco



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Re: Practically, what's the difference between these two... MBA and MBP
Posted by: Grateful11
Date: August 30, 2022 04:57PM
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August West
MBP 14 was 1600 at costco

And Best Buy.
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Re: Practically, what's the difference between these two... MBA and MBP
Posted by: jardster
Date: August 30, 2022 05:37PM
Then those beg the question.... M1Pro vs M2?



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August West
MBP 14 was 1600 at costco

And Best Buy.
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Re: Practically, what's the difference between these two... MBA and MBP
Posted by: Gareth
Date: August 31, 2022 10:57AM
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jardster
Then those beg the question.... M1Pro vs M2?

M1 Pro is still faster than the M2.
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Re: Practically, what's the difference between these two... MBA and MBP
Posted by: Bill in NC
Date: August 31, 2022 12:06PM
Spend another $200 for the 14" MBP with the same specs or $1600 for the 14" with only 512GB SSD.
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