The new entry-level M2 MacBook Pro is virtually the same as the previous generation model in every way. Only new and a highlight is the new M2 chip. Or to put it another way: Apple installed a 2022 chip in a 2016 MacBook.
The Verge ran some benchmark tests with the M2 MacBook Pro and its M1 predecessor, but also the M1 Pro chip of the 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro. In the singlebench, the M2 achieves a value of 1584, the M1 1519 and the M1 Pro 1532. The M2 even “beats” the M1 Pro here. The ratios are straightened out again in the multi-core: M2 8689, M1 7729 and M1 Pro 12363.
CNET rightly notes that that the true comparison will come: when the M2 MacBook Air comes out. This only gives a closer look at the efficiency and performance of the M2 chip in a machine that is completely fanless.
M2 MacBook Pro: boring and superfluous
All reviews focus on the M2 chip. This is not surprising since the M2 MacBook Pro is virtually identical to the M1 MacBook Pro. It features the same design, the same Touch Bar, the same ports, and the same limitations. One of the most significant limitations remains: the M2 – like the M1 before it – is limited to an external display.
So almost everyone comes to the same conclusion that the M2 MacBook Pro is a welcome upgrade to the M1. Battery life is impressive at around 17 hours, performance is great thanks to the M2 chip and support for up to 24GB of RAM, and high load performance can be sustained a bit longer than before.
However, the design is getting old. Not only because of the upcoming release of the redesigned MacBook Air, the 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models introduced a new design language over the past year. The TouchBar is a thing of the past in 2022 and just as redundant as the 13-inch MacBook Pro, which is a little cheaper than the upcoming M2 MacBook Air, but rarely better.
Via The Verge