Times change. Ron explains.
Just as it is with GigaHertz, benchmarks do not mean what they used to mean. Yes, there is a huge difference in performance between low-end Intel Inside and high-end Intel Xeon chips, but the only ones who care about benchmarks are those at the high end; those who need the most power they can get for the money.
What about performance? My use case scenario hasn’t changed in many years.
I type as fast on a new MacBook Pro as I did on my first Mac notebook, a PowerBook 100 back in the early 1990s. Black and white display. 40-MB hard disk drive. Roughly the same size as the MBP, not nearly as powerful, of course, but my typing speed has not increased much in a few decades. All the basic apps most of us use daily– Safari, Mail, Calendar, Contacts, FaceTime, Pages, Numbers, Keynote, Notes, and Reminders– work the same on a lowly entry-level MacBook Air at $1,099 as they do on a Mac Pro for $12,000.
I still want a Mac Pro.