MacBook 12-inch VS iPad Pro vs MacBook Air 13-inch

When it comes to choose a laptop users think which one is the best. iPad Pro is not a laptop, but it can be connected to a Smart Keyboard and Apple Pencil to get the full advantage. Let’s have a quick look at the the specs of each devices (2015 model)

MacBook 12-inch

12-inch mac

Display : 12-inch, 2304 x 1440 pixels

Processor : Dual-Core Intel Core M 1.1 GHz (Turbo Boost up to 2.4 GHz)

RAM : 8GB (non-upgradable)

Storage : 256GB (configurable up to 512GB)

Graphic : Intel HD 5300

Camera : 480 pixels Facetime

Dimension in Inches (Thickest Part) : Width 11.04, Depth 7.74, Height 0.52

Weight : 920 grams

Color : Gold, Silver, Space Gray

Battery : Up to 9 hours of Wireless Web

iPad Pro

Apple iPad Pro image

Display : 12.9-inch, 2732 x 2048 pixels

Processor : Dual-Core Apple A9X 2.24 GHz

RAM : 4GB (non-upgradable)

Storage : 32GB/128GB (non-upgradable)

Graphic : 12 Cluster Custom GPU

Camera : 1.2-megapixel 720 pixels camera

Dimension in Inches : Width 8.69, Depth 12.04, Height 0.27 (Depth can be taken as Width when connected to a Smart Keyboard)

Weight : 713 grams

Battery : Up to 10 hours of Web Surfing on WiFi

MacBook Air 13-inch

Mac Air 13 inch

Display : 13-inch, 1440 x 900 pixels

Processor : Dual-Core Intel Core i5 1.6 GHz (Turbo Boost up to 2.7 GHz)

RAM : 4GB (can be configured up to 8GB)

Storage : 128GB (Configurable up to 512GB)

Graphic : Intel HD 6000

Camera : 720 pixels Facetime

Dimension in Inches (Thickest Part) : Width 12.8, Depth 8.94, Height 0.68

Weight : 1350 grams

Battery : Up to 12 hours of Internet Surfing on WiFi

Graphic Benchmark Comparison (GFXBench)

MacBook 12-inch

MacBook 12 inch

iPad Pro

iPad Pro GPU

MacBook Air 13-inch

MacBook Air 13 inch

Performance Benchmark (GeekBench 3)

MacBook 12-inch

Single-Core : 2509

Multi-Core : 4635

iPad Pro

Single-Core : 3259

Multi-Core : 5519

MacBook Air 13-inch (Core i5 and 4GB RAM)

Single-Core : 2559

Multi-Core : 5099

Here are screenshots from Geekbench, you can click to enlarge


MacBook 12-inch : $1299 (8GB + 256GB)

iPad Pro WiFi : $799 (32GB), $949 (128GB)

MacBook Air 13-inch : $999 (4GB + 128GB), $1299 (8GB+256GB)


There is no exact conclusion, because it depends on your usage. If you want a laptop with better resolution, more compact, and also with better design, MacBook 12-inch could be the best Option.

If you want a bigger screen with better resolution, and also compatibility that you can carry anywhere, iPad Pro is something you should buy. iPad Pro also features a much powerful processor compared to other models. But iPad Pro is limited to iOS apps, and you won’t be able to use any Mac software. So think twice what you need it for.

If you want a laptop with more battery backup with powerful processor, MacBook Air is the best option. If you are looking for smaller model, you can also buy 11-inch MacBook Model. While Placing order, you can customize with more RAM and Storage if you want. Low Resolution is the only downside of MacBook Air, else this is the best laptop.

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