What's the difference in processors available in mac book air & pro? Is it just speed or more than that?

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  • Speed is a big part of it. However, there is a difference in features as well. For instance, i5 processors do not have a technology called "Hyper Threading", which essentially doubles the number of cores that the processor can use (e.g. a dual-core processor can "pretend" it is a quad-core or a quad-core can "pretend" it is an onto-core). The Air tends to use processors where Intel reduces a bit of the performance to save heat and battery life (don't be alarmed, this is very normal for the ultrabook market). The 13" Macbook Pro Retina also uses some of these same processors. However, the 15" Macbook Pro retina uses full-scale quad-core processors. I'd recommend looking at, Intel's official website for seeing the specs and features of all of its processor models. By looking at the appropriate model line (in this case, mobile i3, i5, and i7 processors) and clock speed, you can pull up the full specs and features of the processor.

    • Answered by Matthew D from Glen Burnie
    • Dec 6, 2014