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Performance War: The Apple iPad Pro Vs the MacBook Air

Apple makes vast improvements with their products over what was on offer before. They keep providing easier ways for the users to be creative. When we talk of work machines, Apple iPad Pro and Apple MacBook Air may look like completely different products when placed together.

But, Now more than ever, their technical specs are not so very different. When it comes to sheer power, memory, and storage, there isn't much difference between an iPad Pro and a MacBook Air.

Apple iPad Pro 2021 and MacBook Air are designed for portability. The MacBook Air is Apple’s thinnest and lightest laptop, while the iPad Pro’s tablet status makes it easier to carry. The 12.9-inch iPad Pro is the closest model to the MacBook Air with almost similar size. 

iPad Pro vs MacBook Air: Price Difference to Shock You

iPad Pro and MacBook Air have roughly the same price, but that should not confuse you. The MacBook Air includes a keyboard and trackpad whereas you will have to spend a lot to accessorize your iPad. The 12.9-inch iPad Pro starts at $999 for the tablet and adding the Magic Keyboard costs $299 to $349, and the second-generation Apple Pencil costs $129, which comes out to be $1,477.

We can safely assume that iPad’s would need a keyboard to be able to provide a proper typing experience like a MacBook. The choice between both the devices will be highly influenced by the purpose that they will serve. Since iPad Pro and MacBook Air have negligible differences you can slightly save money over the MacBook Air by getting the smaller iPad Pro, but you'll actually pay slightly more than the MacBook Air by going for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro.

Which One has the More Precise Display Camera & Display

iPad Pro 2021 can be your go-to device for content creation. It includes a 12MP wide camera and a new 10MP ultra-wide camera that can also record 4K video up to 60 frames per second, something the MacBook Air can't do. iPad also boasts a front 7MP TrueDepth camera for selfies and quickly unlocking the devices with face recognition.

Apple MacBook Air is also a very capable platform that can handle video and photo editing with ease, infact all the Macbooks are perfectly handle photo and video editing. But it only features a low-res 720p camera for video chats. This leaves a lot of scope for improvement in the Apple laptops.

The iPad Pro’s display is a little different and comes in two sizes, 11 inches and 12.9 inches. Both the 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pros come with True Tone and have an edge in that their dynamic refresh rate goes all the way up to 120Hz. The 12.9-inch iPad Pro comes with Apple’s new Liquid Retina XDR display along with 0,000 mini-LEDs in the panel.

Apple MacBook Air’s display on the other hand is only available in a 13-inch size with a 2,560 x 1,600 resolution. The screen is good for maximising widescreen content, such as video, and having windows side-by-side for multitasking. The laptop’s Retina display also features True Tone, which dynamically adjusts the white balance to match the ambient light.

Keyboard, touchpad & Special Features

On the bright side, both the MacBook Air and the iPad Pro now come with Magic Keyboards. For the MacBook's keyboard, you get two USB-C ports, the Magic Keyboard, the Force Touch trackpad, and a Touch ID sensor. The iPad Pro-Magic Keyboard's touchpad is smaller than that of the MacBook Air but that does not create any problem.

iPadOS vs macOS, Does this make any changes in performance

MacBook Air makes a monstrous leap in performance with an eight-core CPU, a seven-core GPU, and Apple’s 16-core neural engine. iPad Pro 2021 will come with the M1 chip, the same found in the MacBook Air with a 50% increase in performance. Editing photos and videos, playing graphics-intensive games, and multitasking will be smoother than ever.

The iPad Pro runs iPadOS, which is a touch-first operating system that now supports cursor input across the OS. iPadOS also continues to support multitasking features like Slide Over and Split View. Using the Apple Pencil for drawing, and other things can only be supported by iPadOS. macOS on the other hand gives an authentic desktop experience and offers more choice in terms of software.

Let’s End this war with Full Performance Comparison

Both machines are very fast and slick just for basic use like firing up apps, searching for files and more. As a shocking fact, the iPad Pro is actually a match for the 13-inch MacBook Pro and its quad-core Intel processor. The MacBook Air only offers around 60% of the maximum multi-core performance of the iPad Pro.

Conclusion of this Tech War

After comparing the tablet and laptop in multiple categories it's clear where these devices excel. The iPad Pro might look a lot more attractive since you can perform all of MacBook Air functions on one device. The MacBook Air isn’t as portable as the iPad Pro, but it is still thin and light. To have the ultimate experience you have to make the right choice between iPad Pro and MacBook Air according to your requirements. As the release date of the 16-inch Macbook is near, we will definitely bring a comparison war between Macbook 2021 features with iPad Pro features. The