After introducing its own ARM-based M1 chip for MacBooks, Apple is no longer interested in selling MacBook Air and Pro models with Intel chips. Apple is officially no longer selling Intel chip versions of MacBook Air and 13-inch MacBook Pro. The only Intel-powered MacBook that can be purchased from the official website is the 16-inch MacBook Pro version that comes with up to 8-core Intel Core i9 processor.
For MacBook Air, you only have the option to buy it with the new ARM-based M1 chip. Also, if you wish to buy the 13-inch MacBook Pro then M1 chip is the only option. The good news is that if you wish to opt for an Intel-powered variant you may get a discount on Amazon or Flipkart.
The new M1 chip bridges the performance gap between the Air and Pro models as the same chip has been used on both the models. On paper, both models seem to offer the same performance. Of course, you will get slightly better battery life and a Touch bar with the MacBook Pro. There are slight differences in the audio department as well. However, MacBook Air can no longer be seen as a little brother when compared to the Pro.
As for the new M1 chip, it is all about power efficiency. The eight-core CPU, according to Apple, gives the best performance per watt in a CPU. Comparing it to other laptop CPUs, Apple said that the M1 chip draws 1/4th of power to deliver peak performance. The eight-core CPU is also paid with four high-efficiency cores. What the Apple processor will also do is allow iPhone and iPad apps to run on the Mac devices.