The new 13″ MacBook Pro with M2 chip announced by Apple, together with the MacBook Air with M2, promises a lot of performance over the current generation, consisting of the 14″ and 16″ MacBook Pro, whose configuration has the previous generation of the chip, the M1.
For professionals who have always chosen to use the MacBook Pro as a work tool, this is very good news, even if you can only have it in one 13-inch screen format, the most little of all.
The other bad news is that, unlike the MacBook Air M2 which has been renewed inside and outthe 13″ MacBook Pro remains unchanged from the designs of its predecessors, a format that has been with them for 5 years.
For better or for worse, Apple has decided hold the touch bar in this team, a feature that many users considered finished, but that the company has decided to keep active (for the time being) to satisfy the most loyal fans who use it.
In any case, we are going to tell you about all the successes and errors that we see in this new portable, which is far from perfect, but which once again establishes itself as the preferred equipment of a large part of the professionals who generate and produce content.
When will the 13-inch MacBook Pro with M2 go on sale?
The 13″ MacBook Pro This is the only MacBook Pro you will be able to buy at the moment with the M2 chip, since the other models, the 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro, have not updated their configuration and remain with the chip specifications. M1.
That said, the marketing of 13″ MacBook Pro presented at WWDC 2022 will be available for Pre-orders from this Friday, June 17 on the Apple Store and from authorized resellers of the company.
As has happened on other occasions, will start arriving at customers from Friday, June 24. For our part, we will be attentive to be able to test the new material and offer you our conclusions as soon as possible.
What is the price of the 13″ MacBook Pro with M2?
The recommended price for 13″ MacBook Pro with M2 part of the $1,619 for which the most basic configuration is considered. If you belong to the education sector, you will have access to this equipment for a lower price of $1,504.
If you are planning to upgrade your Mac and you have a previous generation model, you might be interested in the plans for Apple Exchange. It allows you to trade in your current device for a direct discount or gift card offered by Apple.
What’s new in the 13-inch MacBook Pro with M2?
We’ve already pointed out that the new 13-inch MacBook Pro retains the same size, weight, design, and ports as its predecessor. On the positive side, this means that Apple has not yet introduced the notch present on the MacBook Air with M2.
Inside, things have changed a lot. In terms of performance, the M2 has an 8-core processor, which is the same as the previous generation M1, but has been upgraded from 8 to 10 GPU cores for better graphics.
This allows you to ensure that the M2 delivers peak performance per watt, far exceeding the M1 chip, delivering 18% faster CPU performance and 35% more powerful computing power.
Memory bandwidth has been increased by 50% over the M1, with a much higher RAM allocation than its predecessor, as it can now handle a 24GB figure compared to the 16GB supported by the 2020 model .
The new MacBook Pro supports Spatial audio, it comes with a faster USB-C port and the battery charge is 67W like the MacBook Air with M2. In fact, one can purchase an additional charger with two USB-C ports built into the adapter.
But, contrary to what many might think, we don’t agree with Apple’s way of doing things because it makes it look like users who buy the new MacBook Air with M2 will have an advantage over what’s offered by the 13″ MacBook Pro.
It is true that the new MacBook Pro has a greater autonomy (Apple highlights the fact of being able to exceed 20 hours of video playback against 18 for the MacBook Air with M2). However, it maintains the inclusion of a low quality 720p type webcam.
This is particularly noteworthy given that the new MacBook Air with M2 has indeed adopted the new 1080p HD camera, while Apple has decided to stick with the laptop that should be Pro, with a lower quality camera.
Both Mac models hit the market with the macOS Monterey version, the version in effect until the version is officially announced at the end of the year. macOS Venturawhich Apple started talking to developers about at WWDC 2022.
This new version of macOS Ventura It comes with exciting new features, such as Visual Organizer, and another set of powerful features, among which Continuity, Handoff in FaceTime and improvements in Safari, Messages and Spotlight stand out.
13-inch MacBook Pro with M2 chip specs
- 13-inch Retina display
- Apple M2 processor chip
- 8 GB of RAM (configurable to 16 GB or 24 GB)
- 256GB/512GB/1TB/2TB SSD Storage
- 2560×1600 resolution at 227ppi, 500 nits brightness, True Tone
- Keyboard with Touch Bar and Touch ID
- 720p FaceTime camera
- 58.2 Wh battery (claimed battery life up to 20 hours of video)
- Ports 2 Thunderbolt USB 4
- 3.5mm headphone jack
- Stereo speakers with Spatial Audio support
- Wi-Fi 6 802.11ax and Bluetooth 5.0 mode
- Dimensions of 304.1 x 212.4 x 15.6mm
- weight of 1.4 kg