MacBook Pro or MacBook Air: Which one is better?

A guide to help you buy the right MacBook in 2024
An undated image of Apples MAcBook. — Apple
An undated image of Apple's MAcBook. — Apple

MacBooks are Apple's most famous product and remain in people's hearts despite being the most expensive on the market. While there are various options for Apple MacBook, it is difficult to choose the right one. Here’s a guide that will help you buy the right MacBook in 2024 according to your needs and budget.

Apple MacBook Air

The MacBook Air that comes with an M3 chip, recently launched in late 2023, is ideal for students, professionals and even travellers. This MacBook is the best in terms of portability, affordability as well as performance.


  • Long-lasting battery
  • 1080p webcam for a better video call experience
  • Two variants of screen sizes, i.e., 13-inch and 15-inch
  • Responsive keyboard and trackpad
  • Multiple colour options are available

Price: Starting from $1100 for 13-inch and $1300 for 15-inch.

Read more: How to order Apple MacBook Air M3

Apple MacBook Pro

MacBook Pro might be a good choice for professionals who run intensive software and need a system to connect multiple devices. The MacBook Pro also has the M3 chip and delivers fast performance with efficiency.


  • Liquid Retina XDR display
  • HDMI & SD card reader for photographers and videographers
  • 14-inch and 16-inch screen sizes are available
  • Six speaker system to enjoy audio in a better way
  • Faster internal storage

Price: Starting from $1700.

When selecting the right MacBook, it is important to go according to your budget, portability, performance and needs. However, M1 and M2 chips are also recommended and there is no need to upgrade them to M3 chips until you have large data sets to handle, need to run a speed boost software or if you want to keep your Mac for more than five years.