MacBook Air (M1, 2020) vs. MacBook Pro 13” Retina (2015) - Specs Comparison
Here is a comparison between the specifications of the MacBook Air (M1, 2020) and MacBook Pro 13” Retina (2015), including differences in the chip, memory, storage, display, battery, ports, and more.
The MacBook Air (M1, 2020) features the 10W Apple M-Series ARM 64-bit 8-core Apple M1 (7 GPU Cores) up to 8-core Apple M1 with a clock speed of 3.20 GHz. While the MacBook Pro 13” Retina (2015) features the 28W 5th Generation Intel Broadwell dual-core Intel Core i5-5257U up to dual-core Intel Core i7-5557U with the boost speed up to 3.40 GHz.
If you are in the market looking for a laptop and don't know what's the difference between the 13.3″ MacBook Air (M1, 2020) and the 13.3″ MacBook Pro 13” Retina (2015) , we have a detailed tech specs comparison between both devices for you to check out here.
MacBook Air (M1, 2020) vs. MacBook Pro 13” Retina (2015): Specs Comparison
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MacBook Air (M1, 2020)
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MacBook Pro 13” Retina (2015)
Better PerformanceWith the new Apple M1 Chip, it now 3x times faster in exporting a project in iMovie, 5x times faster applying 3D effects in Final Cut Pro, editing multiple streams 4K ProRes video in Final Cut Pro with no frame drop, 2x times faster in exporting photos in Lightroom, and more.
Better Battery LifeIt's a MacBook Air with the longest battery life ever made, with up to 18-hours of watching movies and 15 hours of web browsing.
Better FaceTime HD cameraWith the latest Apple Image Single Processor (ISP) in the M1 chip, image quality is better in noise reduction, greater dynamic range, and improved auto white balance.
Better DisplayIt now supports P3 wide color with 400-nits of display brightness.
|Availability||MacBook Air (M1, 2020)||MacBook Pro 13” Retina (2015)|
|Release Info||Announced on November 10th, 2020|
|Display||MacBook Air (M1, 2020)||MacBook Pro 13” Retina (2015)|
|Size||13.3 Inches||13.3 Inches|
|Exterior||MacBook Air (M1, 2020)||MacBook Pro 13” Retina (2015)|
|Dimensions||12.35” x 8.62” x 0.71” (314 mm x 219 mm x 18 mm)|
|Weight||Starting at 2.8 pounds (1.29 kg)||Starting at 3.48 lb (1.58 kg)|
|Keyboard and Trackpad||Backlit Magic Keyboard with:
|Ports||Two Thunderbolt / USB 4 (USB‑C) ports with support for:
|Internal Specs||MacBook Air (M1, 2020)||MacBook Pro 13” Retina (2015)|
8GBconfigurable to 16GB of 1866MHz LPDDR3 onboard memory
256GB512GBconfigurable to 1TB SSD
|Connectivity||MacBook Air (M1, 2020)||MacBook Pro 13” Retina (2015)|
|Bluetooth||Bluetooth 5.0 wireless technology||Bluetooth 4.2 wireless technology|
|Battery||MacBook Air (M1, 2020)||MacBook Pro 13” Retina (2015)|
|Size||49.9 Wh lithium‑polymer battery||74.9 Wh lithium‑polymer battery|
|Power Supply||30W USB‑C Power Adapter||60W MagSafe 2 Power Adapter |
With cable management system; MagSafe 2 power port.
|Software||MacBook Air (M1, 2020)||MacBook Pro 13” Retina (2015)|
|OS||Shipped with macOS Big Sur||Shipped with OS X Yosemite|
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|Camera & Audio||MacBook Air (M1, 2020)||MacBook Pro 13” Retina (2015)|
|Camera||720p FaceTime HD camera||720p FaceTime HD camera|
|Misc||MacBook Air (M1, 2020)||MacBook Pro 13” Retina (2015)|
|In the box|
|Warranty||Your MacBook Air comes with 90 days of complimentary technical support and a one-year limited warranty. Purchase AppleCare+ to extend your coverage to three years from your AppleCare+ purchase date and add up to two incidents of accidental damage coverage, each subject to a service fee of $99 for screen damage or external enclosure damage, or $299 for other repairable damage, plus applicable tax.||Your MacBook Pro with Retina display comes with 90 days of free telephone support and a one-year limited warranty. Purchase the AppleCare Protection Plan to extend your service and support to three years from your computer’s purchase date. Only the AppleCare Protection Plan provides you with direct telephone support from Apple technical experts and the assurance that repairs will be handled by Apple‑authorized technicians using genuine Apple parts. For more information, visit Apple Support or call 800-823-2775.|
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