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Compare MacBook Air 13 inches to MacBook 12 inches

Until 2019, there were 2 Macbook models to choose from in the 'easy to take with you' category: the MacBook Air and the MacBook 12 inches. They look a lot alike at first, but they have quite some differences. For example, the Apple MacBook Air has a better processor. Want to know if it's worth it to upgrade? We'll explain the differences here.

Note: the Apple MacBook 12 inches is no longer available.

Apple has stopped producing and selling this model. The best alternative is the 13-inch Apple MacBook Air.

Apple MacBook Pro 13 inches

International keyboard (QWERTY) | Intel Core i5 1.6GHz (8th gen) - 8GB - 256GB SSD | Intel UHD Graphics 617
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  • Thanks to the 13-inch size and light weight, you can easily take your MacBook Air on the train.
  • The TrueTone Retina display automatically adjusts to the temperature of the ambient light, so you always see clear, true-to-life colors.
  • With 256GB SSD, you have enough storage capacity for all your school files.
  • This MacBook Pro has 2 ThunderBolt 3 connections. If you want to connect a device with a Thunderbolt 2, HDMI, DVI, or VGA output, you need a separate cable converter.

Compare the Apple MacBook Air and the Apple MacBook 12 inches

Apple MacBook Air 13 inches Apple MacBook 12 inches
Screen 13.3 inches 2560 x 1600 12 inches 2304x1440
Dimensions 1.56x30.41x21.24cm and 1.25kg 1.31cm x 28.05cm x 19.65cm and 920g
Processor Intel Core i5 processor Intel Core m3, m5, or m7 processor
Connectors 2 Thunderbolt 3 connectors and 1 headphone jack 1 Thunderbolt 3 port and 1 headphone jack
Battery life 12 hours 10 hours


Apple MacBook Air 13 inches weight

MacBook Air 13 inches: More weight for more laptop

The MacBook Air is far from fat, but thicker than its opponent on this page. You can still take the Air in your bag easily with its 1.25 kilos and 1.56 centimeters. The MacBook Air is a full inch larger than a MacBook, so you do get more laptop for that weight.

Apple MacBook Air 12 inches weight

MacBook 12 inches: 920 grams only

You'd almost confuse it with your iPad; that's how compact your MacBook is when you fold it. It only weights 920 grams and has a 'thickness' of 1.31 centimeters. You won't find them much slimmer than the MacBook, which makes it a very pleasant travel companion.


Apple MacBook Air 13 inches processor

MacBook Air 13 inches: Air stands for computing power

Do you regularly edit photos when you're on the go? In the meantime, do you listen to music and process some emails? Or do you regularly use more demanding software? If so, a MacBook Air will suit you best. The heart of the Air is an 8th generation i5 processor, which is simply more powerful than the processors in the MacBook 12 inches.

Apple MacBook Air 12 inches processor

MacBook 12 inches: energy-efficient and cool

MacBook has an Intel Core m3, i5, or i7 processor. A big benefit of m3 processors is that they don't have to be actively cooled and are energy-efficient. The downside is that an m-processor delivers about 30 percent less power compared to 'normal' i-processors. when using the Internet, it's not a big cons, but when I open and use demanding programs like Photoshop at the same time, I do notice the difference.


Apple MacBook Air 13 inches connectors

MacBook Air 13 inches: 2 USB-C ports

The Apple MacBook Air has 2 Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) connectors and 1 connector for your headphones. This means you always have 1 port available when you charge your MacBook. Do you want to connect a device with a USB-A or HDMI connector, for example? You'll need a cable converter.

Apple MacBook Air 12 inches connectors

MacBook 12 inches: 1 laptop for everything

A USB-C port and a headphone jack. That's all. For me, that's not enough. A reason not to buy a MacBook, even. What if I want to connect my iPhone and a second screen? I can't - unless I buy a separate hub (also called 'dock').


Apple MacBook Air 13 inches battery

MacBook Air 13 inches: unrivaled

In its class, the battery life of MacBook Air is unrivaled. In benchmarks that continuously surf the web, Air's battery lasts for more than 12 hours. There are several benchmarks of course, but the Air will always last 2 or 3 hours longer than the MacBook.

Apple MacBook Air 12 inches battery

MacBook 12 inches: No socket? No problem

With a laptop that you take with you all day, it's important that you don't have to look for an outlet every few hours. And you don't have to with a MacBook 12 inches.  Tests have shown that the MacBook has a battery life of about 9 hours when it's used to browse the Internet.


The MacBook Air 13 inches is the winner when it comes to processing power. The MacBook 12 inches, in turn, scores better when it comes to handiness. Although, this difference isn't very big. The Apple MacBook 12 inches is no longer available. So if you're looking for a handy MacBook, the Apple MacBook Air is your best choice.

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