Apple’s MacBook Pro M2 comes more than a year and a half after its M1-based predecessor. The new device has an absolutely identical design, but there are several key differences between the two machines that may make it an upgrade worth considering for some users, though it may not for many customers.
The 13-inch MacBook Pro is often chosen by those who need active cooling for better sustained performance, better battery life than a compact MacBook, or simply like the Touch Bar, with devices offering more than the MacBook Air. Highly priced, but well below. -end MacBook Pro models. Apple outlines at least six major differences between the now discontinued MacBook Pro M1 and the new MacBook Pro M2:
M1 MacBook Pro
- M1 chip with 8-core GPU
- 8GB and 16GB integrated memory configurations
- 68.25 Gb/s memory bandwidth
- 3.5mm headphone jack
- 61W USB-C Power Adapter
m2 macbook pro
- M2h chip with 10-core GPU and dedicated media engine
- 8GB, 16GB and 24GB integrated memory configurations
- 100 Gb/s memory bandwidth
- 3.5mm headphone jack compatible with high impedance headphones
- 67W USB-C Power Adapter
- Made with more recycled materials.
M1 vs M2
The main difference between the current 13-inch MacBook Pro and the previous generation is its Apple silicon chip. The M1 chip, introduced in November 2020, is based on Apple’s A14 Bionic chip. On the other hand, the M2 is apparently based on the A15 Bionic chip. While both chips have an octa-core CPU with four performance cores and four efficiency cores, the cores in the m2 offer moderate performance and efficiency gains. The M2 also adds two additional GPU cores.
According to Apple, the 13-inch MacBook Pro is about 40 percent faster than the previous generation when working with RAW images in apps like Affinity Photos or playing graphics-heavy games like “Baldur’s Gate 3.”
Like the M1 Pro, the m2 features a media engine to encode and decode hardware-accelerated H.264, HEVC, ProRes and ProRes RAW video. The M1 chip does not have a dedicated media engine.
Apple says this dramatically speeds up video workflow on the latest MacBook Pro, allowing users to play up to 11 streams of 4K and up to two streams of 8K ProRes video. Users can convert their video projects to ProRes almost three times faster than before.
Both the m1 and m2 can be configured with either 8GB or 16GB of integrated memory, but the m2 offers an additional 24GB of top-tier memory option. As a result, memory-intensive and multitasking workflows, such as working with large assets, benefit from the 2M2 chip. Additionally, the m2 has a memory bandwidth of 100 Gb/s compared to 68.25 Gb/s, meaning the latest MacBook Pro can access more memory faster.
High Impedance Headphone Compatibility
The 13-inch MacBook Pro continues to offer better speakers and microphones than the MacBook Air, along with higher dynamic range and “studio quality.” The MacBook Pro m2 further enhances the audio credentials of the device with support for high-impedance headphones such as the high-end 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros, which could be a significant upgrade for some audio professionals.
The MacBook Pro m2 comes with a 67W power adapter for slightly faster charging as compared to the 61W power adapter of the previous model.
The previous 13-inch MacBook Pro was free of many harmful substances, met Apple energy efficiency standards, and used wood fibers in packaging from recycled sources or responsibly managed forests, but the MacBook Pro device using the M2 100 further reduces the impact of environmental protection. Percent recycled rare earth elements in the case magnets and 100 percent recycled tin in the main logic board solder.
The MacBook Pro M2 offers minor updates compared to the previous generation model, and most aspects of the device remain the same. Typical audio and video workflows will benefit from improvements in the 13-inch MacBook Pro, as will anyone needing more than 16GB of memory or higher memory bandwidth, but it’s unlikely that everyday users notice a substantial difference .
Given that it’s only been 18 months since Apple released the MacBook Pro M1h and the M1 chip is still offered in the iPad Air, iPad Pro, Mac mini, and iMac, the MacBook Pro M2 probably doesn’t deserve to come straight. Modeling and preparation for the future are unlikely to be a major factor at this stage. Most 13-inch MacBook Pro customers may want to wait longer between updates for more significant improvements.
The MacBook Pro M2 is better suited for buyers who are upgrading from an older machine, rather than the 2020 M1 model. Headed by the m2 chip, the device’s series of minor improvements offer a good overall package for these buyers, ensuring that they get a slightly more modern and capable machine.