Update: The MacBook line has been discontinued. Apple now offers only the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro.

While MacBook and MacBook Pro were both notebook computers introduced by Apple Inc. in 2006, the MacBook Pro is a higher end machine with more features and options.

Comparison chart

MacBook versus MacBook Pro comparison chart
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Price Macbook is priced at USD 999. 13 inch: $1,299, $1,499, $1,799. 15 inch:$1,999, $2,399, $2,799. (All models differ in specs).
Battery Macbook has a battery life of 7 hours after a single charge. 13 inch: Up to 7 hours. 15 inch: Up to 7 hours. 15 inch w Retina: Up to 7 hours
Processor Macbook has a 2.26 GHz intel Core 2 Duo processor. 1.8GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 or 2.2GHz dual-core Intel Core i7 processor Turbo Boost up to 3.2GHz. 1st 15":2.2GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor. 2nd:2.8GHz quad-core 7th-generation Intel Core i7 processor. 3rd: 2.9GHz quad-core 7th-generation
CPU Intel Core 2 Duo (current model) Intel Core Duo (original release) Intel Core i5 and i7 processors
Ports Macbook include a MagSafe power port, 2 USB 2.0 ports, and a Mini DisplayPort. Two Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) ports
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Differences in External Features

The MacBook has a polycarbonate enclosure with a nonslip coating, and is 1.08 inches thick; whereas the MacBook Pro has a seamless body made of aluminium and is 0.95 inch thick. MacBook comes with a 13-inch screen whereas MacBook Pro comes in three screen sizes:13-inch, 15-inch and a 17-inch screen. The MacBook Pro also weighs lighter than the MacBook at 4.5 pounds, whereas the latter weighs 4.7 pounds.

The keyboard design is more advanced in MacBook Pro with a backlight whereas the MacBook keyboard has no backlight. The multitouch trackpad in MacBook Pro is also more advanced than in MacBook.

The finish of the screen in the 2 models also differs in that MacBook Pro has a more matte finish compared to the MacBook which has a glossy finish.

Processors in MacBook vs MacBook Pro

The MacBook has a 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor whereas the MacBook Pro has higher end Intel Core i3 and i5 processors.

Battery Life

The MacBook and the 13 and 15-inch MacBook have a battery life that lasts for 7 hours after a single charge whereas in the 17-inch MacBook Pro, the battery life is 8 hours after a single charge.

RAM and Hard Drive

MacBook has RAM options of 2GB and 4GB, and a 250GB or 500 GB 5400-rpm hard drive, whereas the MacBook Pro has a RAM options of 4GB and 8GB and a hard drive of up to 500GB 7200-rpm. The MacBook Pro also offers an upgrade to SSD hard drives, which the MacBook does not.


The ports in MacBook include a MagSafe power port, 2 USB 2.0 ports, and a Mini DisplayPort. The MacBook Pro has all these plus a FireWire 800 port, the new Thunderbolt port and a SD card slot.


The MacBook is priced at USD 999, whereas the MacBook Pro starts from USD 1199 and up, depending on the model.

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