In this article, I give you my Apple M1 MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro 13-inch (2021) comparison with specs included. It’s M1 time, the Apple silicon M1 processor which I have come to realize may stand for ‘miracle’ and I have been testing these things for a week and just trying to make them stutter and fail it’s pretty impressive.
So, we got the Macbook Air and the 13-inch Macbook Pro, both of these were the Apple M1 ARM-based CPUs inside. Well, I could have done these as two separate review articles maybe and glom some more visits in there but, honestly, there’s so much that’s very similar in these it makes sense to put them together and maybe to help you decide which one you should buy while you’re at it.
I was cautiously up very cautiously optimistic about Apple’s new ARM CPUs for their Mac laptop models. Why do I say that? Because manufacturers always make high in the sky claims for how great their new hardware is, the software, or whatever it is.
And, while Apple tends to be a bit more honest, like when they make battery runtime claims they’re typically actually correct. Unlike PC manufacturers when they show you graphs that have no numerical values or what they’re comparing against exactly it’s a little unclear.
I was just kind of worried even with my trust in Apple, a little bit more than some other companies when it comes to their claims, but it’s the history of emulation and things like that.
Originally when Mac switch from Power PC to Intel processors, they use rosetta which was an emulation layer and that actually wasn’t that bad in terms of performance. It wasn’t that sluggish but we’re talking so long ago that programs were much less capable so we weren’t really looking for the kind of performance that we are today so that’s a little worrisome.