Apple has many different device series and models in fabrication. One of the hardest things for fans and interested consumers is to differentiate these different lines and models. While the iPhone line is pretty straightforward, the company’s tablets and laptops get a little more intricate in how they branch out. That brings us to the question: what’s the difference between the MacBook and the MacBook Pro? Many might jump to argue that the Pro is better, hence the name. But this would mean that it also has a superior price tag, right? That’s where it gets confusing, as Apple announced at the WWDC that its MacBook and MacBook Pro devices of 12 inches and 13 inches respectively will have the same price of around $1300. Now that they have the same price tag, it gets a little trickier to identify the superior one, if there is one.
What’s the difference?
As strange as this might sound, there aren’t really all that many differences between the two laptops. Sure, they’re not identical, but looking at them from far away, it really seems that way in many regards. The processing power and RAM capacity doesn’t really change across the two models, and most of the design elements have been retained from the previous iterations of the two models.
The screen is a major differentiator here, not only in size but also in the technology that was used. The MacBook Pro has a lead in this department, which makes it the more desirable candidate. It’s also worth mentioning that the two are only priced at the same starting point. There are upgrades available that differentiate the two in terms of price as well.
When it comes to internal storage, the MacBook Pro seems to have more reliable upgrade solutions, as it starts with a 256 GB SSD and can make its way up to a 1 TB SSD. There is only half of the original storage available for the simple MacBook, which also can receive a storage capacity upgrade if needed.
The importance of the entry point
Analyzing the two options make it clear that Apple wants consumers to get more familiar with their options and to know that both models are in their reach. This is where the similar price entry point kicks in, as it puts the MacBook Pro on a level playing field with the regular MacBook, or rather the other way around. Now, people that could previously only get the regular MacBook can now spring for the MacBook Pro as well. The fact that you get an undoubtedly better and larger display makes the Pro the obvious choice in this particular comparison, since pretty much everything else is a tied.