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MacBook Pro 2016 vs MacBook Air 2017 Retina: Pros & Cons of MacBooks

新闻稿   •   2016年10月27日 17:41 CST

There is a saying that people in Libra are disposed to be stuck in dilemma when facing a choice between two things. From the point of my perspective, it's not just about the ones in Libra, some others in the rest eleven constellations also having the similar problem. Which one to choose is always a headache thing. For instance, which one should you buy, MacBook Pro 2016 or MacBook Air 2017, can you give me a quick answer?

2016 MacBook Pro vs 2017 MacBook Air: Screen and Resolution

Various rumors about new MacBook Pro/Air display are rife, saying that there might be no big change in MBP 2016 display, but a significant improvement for MacBook Air 2017. See, the 2016 MacBook Pro offers users a 2560x1600 resolution at 227 pixels per inch for 13 inch model and 2880 x 1800 resolution at 220 pixels per inch for 15 inch model. Thus, users can play 4K video on MacBook Pro 2016 Retina with ultra HD resolution.

Well, the truly good news is for MacBook Air users. It's reported that the 2017 MacBook Air would sport with a Retina display, up to 220 - 227 pixels per inch. That means you can playback your HD video and even UHD video on your MacBook Air Retina eventually, needless to envy MBP Retina users any more.

Flagship MacBook Pro vs MacBook Air Retina: Keyboard

Some leaks from the usually-reliable sources divulge that Apple is working on a new OLED touch screen bar to replace the fn keys on the 2016 MacBook Pro keyboard. If it's true, then MBP users are given the ability to customize app-specific shortcuts to their liking, like set up Spotify, iTunes, iMovie, QuickTime player, etc. And the shortcuts on OLED display is seemingly called as Dynamic Function Row in Apple inside.

Certainly, recent there is also a flurry of rumor says Apple might have Plan B for the upcoming MacBook's keyboard. That is E-ink keyboard developed by Sonder Design, which is more customizable than the OLED touch screen and lets users to change the key labels on the fly. You can freely design a new keyboard for yourself, along with contextual shortcuts. So far, it's unclear Apple use this new keyboard on MacBook Pro 2016 or even latter MacBook Air 2017. Still need time and patience to wait for the answer.

MacBook Pro 2016 vs Retina MacBook Air 2017: Touch ID

As for Touch ID, here is not going to distinguish the difference between MacBook Pro 2016 and MacBook Air 2017, but the thing in common. Both the flagship MBP and MacBook Air will be featured with Touch ID.

As you know, Touch ID is the fingerprint sensor used on iPhone 5S, 6S/Plus, 6/Plus, iPhone 7/Plus to make Apple Pay more secure. With the release of the latest macOS 10.12 Sierra, MacBook users can eventually use Apple Pay on Mac with Touch ID. Consequently, as the flagship MacBook Pro 2016 and MacBook Air 2017, they will come with macOS Sierra and Touch ID feature in high likelihood.

2017 MacBook Air vs 2016 MacBook Pro: USB-C Port

Do you remember the 2015 MacBook comes with a USB-C port? Now, the 2016 MacBook Pro and 2017 MacBook Air will also carry this charging feature. An insider, who asked not to be named, reveals that Apple considers to add USB Type-C to both MacBook Pro 2016 and MacBook Air 2017 just like the 12-inch MacBook. And more importantly, there might be more than one USB-C port in 2016 MBP, since many a MacBook user complains USB-C port connection far from enough.

What also increases the credibility of this info is that the 2017 MacBook Air is said to be the last of its kind. MacBook Air series might be replaced by iPad Pro series. So, there is no reason for Apple not to make great efforts on the last version of MacBook Air and give it a perfect ending.

Advantages and Disadvantages of MacBook Pro and MacBook Air


  • MacBook Air is the sure winner with respect to the thickness of a notebook. It's definitely the thinnest yet lightest Mac you've ever used.
  • MacBook Pro sports with Retina display and the high-end hardware configuration to make itself worth every penny.
  • Cons:
  • MacBook Air benefits a lot from its thickness, but this also leads to a big compromise on its product performance.
  • MacBook Pro supports HD and 4K Ultra HD video playback, but still is unable to play 5K, 8K or even higher resolution video with original quality.
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