2018 MacBook Air vs. 13-inch MacBook Pro and 2017 MacBook Air

2018 MacBook Air vs. 13-inch MacBook Pro and 2017 MacBook Air

Apple's brand-new MacBook Air 2018 is the second major redesign since Steve Jobs took the original out of a manila envelope over 10 years ago. We compare the new thin-and-light model with the predecessor and the upgrade to the 13-inch MacBook Pro 2017 without Touch Bar.

Compare the sizes of the MacBook Air 2017 and 2018

Compare the sizes of the MacBook Air 2017 and 2018

Like other portable Macs, the MacBook Air is now available in three different color options: Silver, Space Gray, and Gold. We have chosen the gold, a color that matches the gold-colored Apple Watch Series 4 stainless steel and the golden iPhone XS, a nice touch for those who like their devices.

design

The MacBook Air 2018 looks very similar to the MacBook Pro, except for some key features taken over from the previous Air. The distinctive conical wedge shape is back and still contrasts with the more boxy slate design of the Pro. The new Air also has a recess in the lower case to grab and lift the display, a notch that looks identical to the one on the previous MacBook Air.

One outstanding feature of the new MacBook Air 2018 is the Touch ID. This is ensured by the T2 chip, which supports not only biometric authentication, but also SSD encryption, Hey Siri support and more. None of the other MacBooks we compare has the Touch ID, which is now limited to the new MacBook Pros for MacBook Air and Touch Bar.

Otherwise, the new MacBook Air is similar to the MacBook Pro. From the display to the keyboard, the speaker layout, the touchpad with large touchpad, the missing Apple logo with backlight and metal hinge design are the designs of the two notebooks eerily similar.

MacBook Air trackpad comparison

MacBook Air trackpad comparison

Comparing the size of the new MacBook Air with its predecessor model, it is easy to see that the new version is slightly smaller in both length and width. In terms of weight, the new Air at 2.75 pounds is a quarter lighter.

At its thickest point, the new MacBook Air is about as thick as the previous MacBook Air if its display were removed. The Air extends a little longer than last year's model, so the thinnest edge is slightly thinner.

Comparison of wedges and ports of the MacBook Air

Comparison of wedges and ports of the MacBook Air

The new Air is essentially identical to the MacBook Pro when stacked on top of each other. From the side, the wedge shape becomes visible and makes air appear thinner than it really is. The air is actually 0.02 inches thicker than the Pro.

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