16-inch MacBook Pro vs. 13-inch Pro vs. Air — Which Should You Get?

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By Rene Ritchie. Discovered by Player FM and our community — copyright is owned by the publisher, not Player FM, and audio is streamed directly from their servers. Hit the Subscribe button to track updates in Player FM, or paste the feed URL into other podcast apps.

Last year, the MacBook lineup was far more complicated, the differences far more nuanced, and the choice… far more difficult.

Now, Apple has updated, cleaned up, and improved almost everything and the result is the cleanest lineup in half a decade. Maybe more. So…

  • If you just want a Mac you can take pretty much anywhere and do pretty much anything with, and portability and price are your priorities, then you've got the new baseline, the new MacBook Air.

  • If you want a good mix of portability and power, and you’re willing to pay a little more for it, then you have the entry-level and higher-end 13-inch MacBook Pro.

  • If you need power more than portability, and you're willing to pay a lot more — maybe even a lot more, depending on how much power you need — then you’ve got the brand new 16-inch MacBook Pro.

Now, simple as that is, there are some important things, and a bunch of options, you should know about each of those systems before you decide to make any of them your own.

So, let’s break them all down.

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