When you go for the entry-level model of the 13-inch M2 MacBook Pro, you have to take into account a specific problem. The 13-inch model, which offers a 256 GB SSD, has slower read and write speeds than the same version from the previous generation. This is apparent from tests by various YouTube channels.
Max Tech and Created Tech, among others, took a closer look at the M2 MacBook Pro and came to that conclusion. The testers used the Blackmagic Disk Speed Test app for this. The results show that the SSD in this base model has a read and write speed of approximately 1,450 MB per second.
M2 MacBook Pro is slower?
Is that a big problem? You can speak of that. Compared to the base model from the previous generation, this is, for example, a difference of fifty percent in reading speed. In addition, the writing speed is also thirty percent slower. Those are not numbers that make you happy when you buy a new MacBook Pro.
For the time being, it seems that only the base model suffers from this. The M2 MacBook Pro with a 512 GB SSD has read and write speeds that are comparable to the same M1 models. But you have to spend a few hundred euros extra for that, which now almost feels like an obligation.
Why is Apple doing this?
It’s not clear why Apple is doing this. You could explain this by the persistent chip shortages in tech land, but that cannot be the complete story. The company has been asked for comment by American media, but unfortunately there is no response at the time of writing.
When a computer has a slow(er) SSD, certain tasks can take longer to complete. In general, the performance is a bit less. Even if you want to copy files to an external drive, it takes a little more time. Hopefully Apple has a good reason for this.
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