Apple recently came up with its MacBook pro 16th generation with an 8-core processor. Do you really need an 8-core processor for your task? Most of the buyers don’t have a clear answer to this question. They are like “This is the latest one and it will be best for me”. This is the worst reply you can give to someone who is asking you about your requirements. The majority of buyers buy the wrong device for themselves. Some end up spending hundreds of dollars extra and some end up buying a less efficient machine.


Buying a new laptop is an amazing feeling but then enters dozens of confusion. As mentioned above, maximum buyers don’t have a clear image of their requirements. They are just blindly firing the gun.


Here, I’ll be sharing the best processors for MacBook that is sufficient for you. So that you can invest in a worthy device. Because the MacBook ranges from $1099 to $5000 (even more). So, in such a vast price range, it is important for you as a buyer to pick the most appropriate device for yourself.


In order to suggest the most appropriate device, I have divided the processor based on different categories(types) of the users.


Usually MacBook Pro has different processor versions whereas MacBook air has only limited options for processor, but they have different options in ROM.


#1. MacBook Air 2019 (Retina Display):


This the most efficient MacBook air with a great processor. If you are a student who needs MacBook for day to day usage then, this device has the best processor for MacBook Air. It comes with an intel i5 8 gen chipset with an 8 GB of Ram and different ROM options starting for 128 GB.


Apple refreshed the MacBook Air 2017 and launched MacBook Air as its successor. Earlier MacBook Air uses to have USB ports and magnetic charger but in new MacBook Air 2019, all those ports are replaced with two type-c ports. Apart from this, it has the Butterfly keyboard which isn’t so bad for me.


Let’s have a look over the pros and cons of MacBook Air 2019.


  • Efficient Processor for MacBook Air
  • Butterfly Keyboard which is noisy while typing.
  • Large Trackpad.
  • A limited number of ports.
  • Type-C connectivity.
  • Regular Chargers, no fast chargers.
  • Retina Screen.
  • 1.6 GHz processor.
  • New color variants.
  • Improved Battery Backup


The processor of MacBook Air 2019 isn’t outstanding but for someone who is just going to step in the Apple ecosystem, this is the most appropriate machine for him/her. Apart from this, it’s a great option for someone who needs a laptop for daily general usage watching movies, surfing the internet and some light photo editing tasks.


This is not an appropriate processor for content creators who needs to render their videos and clips. It is not advisable to buy this particular MacBook if you are into the video editing field or intense graphics work.


This particular processor of MacBook is designed for students and the average user who has very fewer graphics requirements.

#2. 13-inch MacBook Pro 2019


13-inch MacBook Pro 2019 is an entry-level apple device that is again affordable and efficient for light usage. I personally like this MacBook pro’s processor. It has everything that is required to perform all sorts of basic operations.


It has a quad-core intel 8 gen i5 processor. The clock speed of this MacBook pro processor is 1.4 GHz which is way too less for a MacBook Pro model. On the other hand, this particular processor makes it an efficient machine with a great battery backup.  It will easily last for at least 10 hours in a single charge.

Another great feature of the MacBook pro-13-inch model is its weight. It weighs only 3 pounds whereas other pro models weigh around 4 pounds. This device has better speakers than the MacBook Air 2019, but both of these have similar keyboards.  The screen is somewhere better than the MacBook Air but there isn’t any major difference between of them.


  • Attractive Price
  • Integrated Graphics (Intel UHD graphics)
  • Weighs very less/span>
  • Noisy Keyboard
  • Strong Processor
  • No physical ‘Esc’ key
  • 4K Retina Screen
  • Only 2 i/o ports.
  • Great Battery Life
  • Large Trackpad (best in class)
  • Powerful Audio Output
  • Type C thunderbolt 3 ports


MacBook Pro 2019 13-inch model is the most affordable and efficient device in terms of performance. Though it is not the cheapest option available in the MacBook series but for most of the users, it’s the best laptop they can get under a great price range.

#3. 13-inch MacBook Pro with touch bar 2019


It is an updated version of MacBook pro 13-inches 2019. This MacBook Pro comes with a touch bar and an improved processor. It has a super-fast 2.4 GHz intel quad-core 8 gen i5 processor. Along with this, it has Iris 665 graphics to boost the GUI.


The screen is exactly similar to the normal MacBook pro-2019. The most interesting fact is, even after an improved processor it weighs the same as the less efficient MacBook pro 2019 does.

In-terms of battery backup it lies between 8 to 9 hours which is not so bad. This device comes with 4 thunderbolts 3 ports and one audio jack(3.5mm).


  • 2.4 GHz processor
  • Less battery life
  • Iris 665 graphics
  • Only type-c ports
  • Large touchpad
  • Powerful speakers
  • 4k Retina Display
  • 4 Thunderbolt ports
  • Improved Keyboard


I would say, if you are an average user who needs a balance processor for MacBook then this particular device will offer you the same. It has the stability and speed which can perform almost all the entry-level operations. But again, you can’t expect efficiency and smoothness while performing advance tasks. If your budget allows you then you must pick this device above any other available option in that price range.

#4. MacBook Pro 16-inch 2019


On the best processor that Apple can offer in the MacBook is present in the MacBook Pro 16-inches model. This device comes with several different variants starting from a price range of around $2000 to $5000 approx. It covers almost all the budgets that one could have to invest in the laptop.


MacBook Pro 16-inches is my personal favorite because it has everything one could need to generate content as well as to handle some high-end graphics operations.

Base version MacBook pro 16 inch comes with a 2.6 GHz intel 6 core 9th gen i7 processor and the top-end variant comes with an 8 core i9 processor. Along with this, there are several RAM options available in this particular model. Top model will be having 64 Gigs of RAM.


As mentioned above, Apple improved every particular aspect of MacBook Pro and then launched this device, as a result, it comes with 6 speakers and studio-quality mic for recordings. That noisy Keyboard with a few mm key travel is now improved and now has considerable travel with minimum noise.


  • Improved Keyboard
  • Average Screen (not 4K)
  • 6 Speakers
  • Bit bulky
  • Studio quality Mic
  • No USB ports
  • 6 Core base processor
  • 16-inches large display
  • Fewer Bezels
  • Thunderbolt 3 ports


If you are looking for something long term, then MacBook Pro 16 inches is the most appropriate option for you. Or, if you are a user who loves large screens then again it is the only option in the MacBook series with 16 inches of display. In this device, you have the liberty to create your own MacBook with a different processor and different storage.


While customizing the MacBook pro, you might consider your storage requirements and other hardware related requirements so that you can spend only on necessary components. Otherwise, you might end up getting a 4 TB hard-disk and hardly uses 500 GB of it. Here you are about to spend extra for that unused 3 TB of storage.


If you are into film marking or content creation and is regularly working on the intense graphical tasks, then MacBook pro 16 inches 2019 model is the best pick for you. You can rely on this device for years and it won’t let you down. Apart from this, MacBook Pro 16 inches has physical ‘ESC’ and touch id buttons.

#5. MacBook Air 2017


Though this is a 2017 device but still people are buying it. That’s the reason why I have included this device in our list of Best processors for MacBook. MacBook Air 2017 is pretty slow in comparison with other MacBook devices, but it has a unique specialty that other newer versions of MacBook don’t have i.e. glowing Apple logo.


Thousands of people are buying this device just because of the logo at the back. Today, I’ll be discussing this device and will help you understand “is this machine worth investing in?” If you are looking for a one statement answer then I would say, you can buy this device is the only situation where you have a limited budget and won’t be having any graphics related work to do.


If you are a type of user who will be performing graphics related tasks on this MacBook, then a big no to this device. It is outdated and only capable to handle super light operations. It will handle all the basic office related work and will last for around 9 hours. But you can’t expect more than this device.


  • Glowing Apple logo
  • Low performance
  • Great Key travel
  • Big bezels
  • Magnetic Charger
  • Low-quality screen
  • Good Battery Life
  • Smaller Trackpad
  • Different i/o ports.
  • Outdate processor
  • Integrated Graphics
  • Low-quality speakers
  • No thunderbolt ports

Here, the cons are more in comparison with the pros. So clearly this isn’t the most appropriate processor for MacBook available in the market. But if you are struggling with the budget then you can settle with MacBook Air 2017. In the next 2 years, you have to upgrade it otherwise it will be a pain for you.



Above listed MacBook with different processors are arranged as per the requirements of users. Initials ones are the entry-level devices that are capable to handle day to day tasks of an average user. But the last device is an exception because it’s the oldest device in the whole list and is included because of the popularity. All you need to do is now decide what type of requirements you have from the processor and then pick the most appropriate one for yourself. This will help you spend wisely and limited.

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