Apple's New 13-inch MacBook Air 1.2GHz i7 Quad-Core Makes Perfect Sense for Designers and Developers

Mar. 18, 2020 · 1 min read

The latest MacBook Air ($999.00) is finally ready to give the MacBook Pro a run for its money, in a slightly lighter frame (2.8 pounds vs. 3.02 pounds). The latest iteration features faster performance, the new Magic Keyboard (which made its first appearance on the 16-inch MacBook Pro) and twice the storage of earlier models. For designers and developers looking for a lightweight everyday carry, this could be your answer.

Apple 13-inch MacBook Air 1.2GHz i7 Quad-Core Laptops

Here's a customized setup that would work perfectly for anyone using design tools like Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, or coding tools like Atom or Sublime Text:

13-inch MacBook Air 1.2Hz Quad-Core: Design and Development Setup

  • 1.2GHz quad-core 10th-generation Intel Core i7 processor, Turbo Boost up to 3.8GHz (+$250.00)
  • 16GB 3733MHz LPDDR4X memory (+200.00)
  • 1GB SSD storage (+400.00)
  • Touch ID

Total cost of upgraded setup: $1849.00 ($1729.00 with Apple Education discount)

13-inch MacBook Pro 1.7GHz Quad‑Core: Design and Development Setup

  • 1.7GHz quad‑core 8th‑generation Intel Core i7 processor, Turbo Boost up to 4.5GHz (+$270.00)
  • 16GB 2133MHz LPDDR3 memory (+180.00)
  • 1TB SSD storage (+400.00)
  • Touch Bar and Touch ID

Total cost of upgraded setup: $2249.00

13-inch MacBook Air vs. MacBook Pro

For $400.00 less, the new 2020 13-inch MacBook pro features a slightly slower 1.2GHZ quad-core, but a newer 10th generation Intel chipset which should offset the difference in speed. The biggest loss is the Touch Bar, which may or may not be useful to you, depending on the applications you use most. It'll be interesting to see, if Apple makes a move to upgrade the Pro line this year, to separate the overlap between these two machines.

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