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MacBook Air or iPad Pro LidAR: Which to choose?

MacBook Air or iPad Pro LidAR: Which to choose?

By Giacomo Martiradonna Thursday 2 April 2020

New MacBook Air or iPad Pro with LiDAR scanner? If you were unsure which to buy, here is a comparison to help you make this important decision.

MacBook Air or iPad Pro LidAR: Which to choose?

Last month, Apple launched two important news: the new MacBook Air and iPad Pro with LidAR scanner. Two extremely powerful and versatile machines: but which one should you buy? Here is a quick comparison to help you take it a conscious decision.

iPad Pro LiDAR & new MacBook Air: Pros and Cons

iPad Pro LiDAR & new MacBook Air: Pros and Cons

Before buying the new iPad Pro with LiDAR scanner and the new MacBook Air 2020, there are a couple of things you should know. For better or for worse.

In terms of size, they are roughly similar: 12.9 "the iPad Pro and 13" the MacBook Air base. The first, however, equipped with an A12Z processor with 8-core CPU and GPU, 6GB RAM, 128GB of storage space, at 1,119, but does not have a keyboard that is fundamental for theuse as a computer replacement. They are available at different price points, but if one wants the Magic Magic Keyboard with Apple trackpad, they will have to charge 339 others. A price that, if you ask us, honestly is not n in heaven n on earth.

The MacBook Air 13 "instead has a dual-core 1.1GHz Core i3 processor, Iris Plus graphics card, 256GB of storage space and 8GB RAM. A little more expensive: 1,229 and already includes the keyboard; but it must be said that, if the budget allows, we recommend moving at least to thei5 with 256GB SSD.

Hardware power

In terms of performance, iPad Pro is far better than the Intel i3; on Geekbench's single core tests, Air stands at 1,070 points, which become 2,100 on multiple core tests. The iPad Pro instead reaches 1,100 on the single core, but goes up to 4,670 points on multi-core tests. An abysmal difference.


On the other hand, iOS has much more constraints and limitations than macOS, especially with regards to multitasking and expandability with external devices. The MacBook Air sports two USB-C ports, where iPad Pro only has one; the Pro can handle 4K and 5K displays while the MacBook Air arrives up to 6K; on the other hand, iPad Pro supports Apple Pencil.

Important differences

Both are excellent machines for surfing the web, consulting social networks, sending emails, playing games and writing on word processors. But on the multimedia front, iPad Pro wins: 10 MegaPixel UltraWide camera, 12 Megapixel Wide Angle and LidAR Scanner for Augmented Reality even more immersive. Air still has the antiquity 720p FaceTime camera, to say.


This shows that iPad Pro has a calling for videos, music and photos, and the additional computational power makes it perfect for this use. It is also light and quiet, and offers 10-11 hours of continuous use, WiFi 6 and optional Cellular connectivity.

On the other hand, the MacBook Air is a classic laptop, with all the pros and cons of this setting: it was born to be used in combination with the keyboard and mouse, and even if the thing feasible even on tablets thanks to iPadOS 13.4, it is still of an operating system born for the touch.

Who has always used a Mac, perhaps propender for the Air which has a simpler management of multitasking. Put simply, if you are a user who needs to use many apps at the same time, and to switch from one to the other, better the Air. If, on the other hand, your workflows focus mainly on one app at a time and for a long time – we think of graphic designers, videomakers, programmers and so on – then you will also feel very comfortable with iPad Pro. And what would you choose? Tell us in the comments, on Twitter or on our Facebook page.

Buy on Amazon

Apple Magic Keyboard (for iPad Pro 11 "- 2nd generation) – Italian to 339Apple Magic Keyboard (for iPad Pro 12.9" – 4th generation) – Italian to 399

Apple MacBook Air (13 ", Previous Model, 8GB RAM, 256GB Storage, 1.6GHz Intel Core i5) – Gold at 1,088

New Apple MacBook Air (13 ", Previous Model, 1.6GHz dual-core Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM, 128GB) – Silver at 1,029

New Apple iPad Pro (11 ", Wi-Fi, 128GB) – Space gray (2nd generation) at 899

New Apple iPad Pro (12.9 ", Wi-Fi, 1TB) – Silver (4th generation) at 1,669