The only notable change to the 13-inch MacBook Pro is the M2 chip, which includes an 8-core processor and a 10-core graphics processor. Apple said the M2 chip has an up to 18% faster processor, up to 35% faster GPU and up to 40% faster Neural Engine compared to the M1 chip. The new 13-inch MacBook Pro has the same design as the previous model, including a touch bar and two Thunderbolt 3 ports on the left side of the device.
The headphone jack of the new 13-inch MacBook Pro also gains support for high-impedance headphones, as do the 14-inch and 16-inch models.
Thanks to the M2 chip, the 13-inch MacBook Pro can be configured with up to 24 GB of unified memory, while the M1 chip has a maximum of 16 GB of memory. Like the previous model, the notebook also supports up to 2TB of SSD storage.
Pricing for the 13-inch MacBook Pro in the United States continues to start at $ 1,299, with space gray and silver options available.
Many reviews agreed it was worth the wait for the redesigned MacBook Air with an M2 chip, which Apple says will be available in July. The new MacBook Air starts at a lower $ 1199 price point and comes with newer hardware like MagSafe charging, a 1080p camera, thinner bezels around the display, physical function keys, and more.
However, one notable difference between notebooks is that the MacBook Air is fanless, while the MacBook Pro has an active cooling system that provides consistent performance for users with more demanding workflows.
If you just need a good new laptop, wait for the upcoming MacBook Air. You get a slightly larger, more modern screen, a better webcam, nicer speakers, and fast-charging support, all in an overall lighter body (and fun colors!). This MacBook Pro remains an awkward middle kid and doesn’t bring in enough to be worth your time.
Seen in a vacuum, the MacBook Pro 13 is a great laptop with exceptional performance and unbeatable battery life, qualities that put it in front of some PC rivals. Zoom out and it’s hard to see where this model fits into Apple’s portfolio. The most direct rivals of this entry-level Pro are not the premium versions, but the MacBook Air. Not only does the Air have a lower starting price, it has a larger display, better webcam, four speakers, cooler color options, a slimmer body, and the benefits of a traditional shortcut line.
It would be the perfect device for someone like me – were it not for the new MacBook Air. This new MacBook Air, also powered by the M2, is coming soon. This will be, as far as I can tell from Apple, the same price as the M2 MacBook Pro for the same specs most of the time (they even out at $ 1,499). But unlike the MacBook Pro, the M2 MacBook Air has been significantly redesigned and includes all sorts of new features – including new colors, a larger display, a 1080p webcam, and especially MagSafe – that this device doesn’t have.
Chin has shared several benchmarks by comparing the new 13-inch MacBook Pro to its predecessor with the M1 chip. The Geekbench 5 results confirm that the new 13-inch MacBook Pro has up to 18-20% higher multi-core performance than the previous model.
StreetJacob Krol said the new 13-inch MacBook Pro offers even more impressive battery life compared to the previous model:
It’s worth noting that our battery test beat the promised 20 hours of video playback that Apple had promised. In our tests, the 13-inch MacBook Pro ran for 23 hours and 15 minutes with the 4K playback test. I also set the brightness to 50% and disabled connectivity during playback. It’s quite impressive, and in daily use, it’s hard to make your MacBook Pro die.
I could easily have a 13-inch MacBook Pro for a full day of use, which is about 18 hours of full use, and the laptop can sit on standby for days.