1. Akshay Masand's Avatar

    As more and more people get their hands on the new MacBook Pro and MacBook Air, the folks behind GeekBench have compiled benchmark results for the latest laptop offerings. As one would expect, the mid-2012 version of both devices increases performances over previous versions, with the 13-inch MacBook Pro outperforming the late 2011 version by 868 points, and the new MacBook Air out performing its predecessor by 677 points.

    The Primate Labs Team concluded the following information:

    These results suggest users who want the fastest 13-inch Mac laptop are opting for the MacBook Pro, while everyone else is opting for the 13-inch MacBook Air. Iím curious whether itís the cheaper price or the faster performance (or a combination of both) thatís contributing to the MacBook Proís popularity.
    It should be pointed out that the 13-inch MacBook Pro costs the same amount as the introductory 13-inch MacBook Air with both laptops carrying a hefty price tag of $1199.00 USD. It hasnít been researched as to why the Pro sells more often than the Air but as the Primate Labs Team pointed out; the faster performance for the price tag is probably one of the big reasons why it is more popular. Speculation also points toward the possibility of the word ďProĒ itself influencing consumers over the word ďAir" although no formal information has revealed this information to be true.

    The question that many people are curious about now is whether Apple will work towards eliminating the non-Retina versions of the MacBook Pro over time and replace it with the MacBook Air. If such a move was made it is likely that the price point of the MacBook Pro would match the current 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display. All of these changes may take quite a bit of time though as Apple will need to sort out the pricing changes as well as the manufacturing side of things.

    Source: Primate Labs

    Twitter: @AkshayMasand
    2012-06-19 02:22 AM
  2. SRPrentice's Avatar
    I'd love to see the benchmark tests done in comparison with other laptops as well, like Asus.

    As for why MBP sells more than the Air, a DVD-ROM drive is an essential component to some people.
    2012-06-19 04:42 AM
  3. subywrex's Avatar
    Sweet my hack hackintosh scores 13,000 geek bench woot
    2012-06-19 05:29 AM
  4. Breezer23's Avatar
    Still shocked that you get a decent specced computer (with a great screen -albeit small) for over $2,000. Not a good deal.
    2012-06-19 06:52 AM
  5. klouud's Avatar
    the air is actually faster than the pro for launching apps because of the standard SSD. I went with the Mid 2011 11" macBook Air with 4GB RAM and 128GB HDD and have not looked back. I wish it had 8GB of RAM and more than 5 hours of battery life... but maybe the 2013 will give more battery life.
    2012-06-19 04:27 PM
  6. ruslan120's Avatar
    These benchmarks are stupid.

    They do not* account for the fact that the MBA has an SSD installed.
    The MBP has a faster CPU, GPU, RAM, an pretty much everything else is faster. Quicker.

    Throw in an SSD into a MacBook pro and then we'll talk. But skewed benches to make the MacBook air look good? No thanks.
    2012-06-19 04:39 PM
  7. Donnutt's Avatar
    Still shocked that you get a decent specced computer (with a great screen -albeit small) for over $2,000. Not a good deal.
    It's a Mac. Nuff said. 😝
    Not that I follow apple blindly, I have PCs too. But my MacBook pro is SO much more reliable hardware and software than any other laptop in its price range that it was totally worth the $1200.
    2012-06-19 05:21 PM