Although it will take until next month to get our hands on the new MacBook Air, Apple has announced that the slightly higher-end MacBook Pro M2 will be available for pre-order this Friday, June 17.
Specifically, Apple says orders will open at 5:00 a.m. PDT on Friday morning on Apple’s online store and through the Apple Store app, with the first orders landing in customers’ hands on Friday, June 24. It will also arrive at select Apple Stores and Apple Authorized Resellers the same day.
It’s probably no surprise that the M2-equipped 13-inch MacBook Pro comes in ahead of its more affordable M2 counterpart.
With the transition to the M2, Apple took the opportunity to make some nice design changes to the MacBook Air, including switching to the new MagSafe power connector and adopting a design much more in line with the much more powerful 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Air. Last year. – inch MacBook Pro range.
That wasn’t the case with the 13-inch MacBook Pro. This model remains visually unchanged from its predecessor. You would have a hard time telling the two models apart when looking at them.
Of course, the MacBook Pro M2 has a lot more to offer inside, thanks to upgraded Apple Silicon. That gives it a 10-core GPU and up to 24GB of unified memory. In comparison, the M1 version only featured an 8-core GPU and exceeded 16 GB of RAM.
M2 MacBook Air vs. M2 MacBook Pro
The MacBook Pro M2 will start at the same $1,299 price as its predecessor, which will net you the base model with 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD. That’s $100 more than the equivalent MacBook Air M2, though. that, as with last year’s M1 models, the entry-level version only offers an 8-core GPU. You also won’t get the new 35W Dual USB-C adapter in the base package.
However, with the 13-inch MacBook Pro, you also give up the MagSafe port, high-resolution 1080p webcam, quad-speaker sound system, and other design improvements.
The MacBook Air M2 even offers a slightly larger screen – 13.6 inches versus 13.3 inches – thanks to the adoption of the same notch design as the 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros.
What you get in the M2 MacBook Pro is essentially the same as what the M1 MacBook Pro offered over its MacBook Air counterpart: active cooling to deliver sustained performance for intense gaming or serious video editing workflows .
The 13-inch MacBook Pro is also the only Mac to retain Apple’s somewhat controversial Touch Bar. For some people, that might be reason enough to opt for the more traditional design.
Should I upgrade from the MacBook Pro M1?
One thing that seems certain is that the MacBook Pro M2 doesn’t offer much that would force users of the M1 version to upgrade.
The main differences between the M1 and M2 models are the improved performance of the M2, including the two additional GPU cores, and the higher maximum memory capacity. If you found 16GB too limited, the 24GB M2 version might give you the extra headroom you need.
If you’ve opted for the 8GB MacBook Pro M1, this could also be a great opportunity to upgrade to something with a larger capacity. There’s no realistic way to upgrade an Apple Silicon Mac’s RAM, so the only way to get more is to buy a brand new MacBook.
Otherwise, the differences between the MacBook Pro M1 and the MacBook Pro M2 are relatively minor. The screen, camera, built-in speakers and overall design are identical. The M2 chip offers a better media engine that includes ProRes and ProRes RAW support, but that won’t make much of a difference to people who don’t work with those formats. There’s also support for Spatial Audio with dynamic head tracking when using a set of compatible AirPods, and you can plug high-impedance headphones into the 3.5mm jack.