Storage in MacBook Air / Pro 2019 Onward Models
While the market is flooded with several laptops from various brands, MacBook remains the most sought-after choice. The integration of premium hardware and fully optimized macOS gives Apple notebooks an edge over counterparts.
In this article, we are going to talk about the storage in MacBook Air and MacBook Pro 2019 onward models. If you are planning to buy an Apple laptop and wondering what are the storage options for the latest MacBook models, this post can take you through. Moreover, we are also going to put some light on checking the available storage and finding a way to keep the clutter at bay.
Storage Availability in MacBook Air 2019
- 128GB PCIe-based SSD, Configurable to 256GB, 512GB, or 1TB SSD
Price: MacBook Air 2019 starts from ₹99,900 in India.
Storage Availability in MacBook Air Intel 2020/MacBook Air M1 2020
- 256GB/512GB SSD
- Configurable to: 512GB/1TB or 2TB SSD
Price: MacBook Air Intel/M1 2020 starts at ₹92, 990 in India.
Storage Availability in MacBook Pro 2019
- MacBook Pro 13″: 256GB/512GB SSD, Configurable to 512GB/1TB, or 2TB SSD (Starts at ₹1,59,900)
- MacBook Pro 15″: 256GB/512GB SSD, Configurable to 512GB/1TB, 2TB, or 4TB SSD (Stats at ₹1,99,900)
- MacBook Pro 16: 512GB/1TB SSD, Configurable to 1TB/2TB, 4TB or 8TB SSD (Starts at ₹1,99,900)
Storage Availability in MacBook Pro Intel/M1 2020
- MacBook Pro 13″: 256GB/512GB Configurable to: 512GB/1TB or 2TB (M1 model starts at ₹1,22,900, while Intel model starts at ₹1,74, 900).
- MacBook Pro 16″: 512GB/1TB SSD, Configurable to 1TB/2TB, 4TB or 8TB SSD (Starts at ₹1,99,900)
Bear in mind that the storage on all the newer MacBook Air/Pro models are onboard and therefore they can’t be increased like the older models.
How to Check MacBook Air/Pro Storage
macOS offers a pretty straightforward way to check the storage of a Mac including the newer MacBook models. So, you can easily keep a track of the storage consumption on your notebook. What’s more, the operating system also provides a better way to optimize the storage by cleaning up the storage-hogging files.
- Click on the Apple menu and choose About This Mac.
- Now, click on the Storage tab. Now, you should see the total consumed/available storage on your Mac.
If you want to manage the storage, click on Manage. Now, you can use multiple options to optimize the storage, get rid of all clutter, and even set your Mac to clear bin automatically. Save this hack for the times where you find your computer unable to run smoothly.
Which Storage Variant Should You Choose?
For personal usage, the 256GB storage variant is quite sufficient. Even if you have to deal with a ton of files, the 512GB MacBook Pro model is often more than handy. So, if you are looking for cost-effective options, go for these two storage variant models.
Just in case your need warrants plenty of storage, you have the flexibility to choose up to 8TB storage option. Ideally, it would have been better had Apple offered an option to expand storage at will.
The introduction of the Apple M1 chip has kickstarted a new era of Macs for more ways than one. Touted to deliver incredible performance, custom technologies and revolutionary power efficiency, M1 has made Apple computers more capable.
Considering the high-praise the new chip has received from both experts and fans, you shouldn’t be surprised if the tech giant makes it available across Mac lineups. Not that there aren’t any downsides in Apple M1 chip, but the upsides have sort of downplayed the shortcomings.
The RAM on M1 models is not upgradable as it is integrated into the system-on-a-chip. That means you can’t upgrade an 8GB model with another stick of RAM, which is indeed disappointing. However, knowing that the M1 chip is incredibly efficient, the 8G RAM is more than capable to take on most tasks with consummate ease.
Based on our years of experience of handling MacBooks at our MacBook repair centre, we believe that the arrival of M1 is going to please a lot of folks who wish to have smooth and reliable performance. Though we aren’t sure pros would appreciate the lack of flexibility to upgrade the RAM and Storage on the new MacBook Models.