What is really new about the cheapest MacBook Pro 2022 (view at Amazon) is the M2 chip and the associated option of integrating a maximum of 24 instead of just 16 GB of RAM as desired. The rest, however, was taken over unchanged from the predecessor. Display, webcam, touch bar – everything is already known and not revised. Can so much unimaginativeness on the part of Apple work?
MacBook Pro 2022: Apple’s new Air is the problem
The first test reports have now been published and they paint a clear picture of the MacBook Pro. This computer is no longer really a pro, at least when you compare it to the larger models (14 and 16 inches). But they also cost a lot more. Customers will then probably weigh up between the new MacBook Air 2022 and this “in-between”. In this race, the cheapest MacBook Pro could lose. Here’s how WIRED’s Brenda Stoylar describes it:
“If you just need a good, new laptop, you should wait for the upcoming MacBook Air. It’s got a slightly larger, more modern-looking screen, better webcam, better speakers, and fast charging—all in an overall lighter package (and great colors!). This MacBook Pro remains an awkward child of the middle and doesn’t offer nearly enough to be worthwhile.”
Devidra Hardawar from Engadget sees it similarly. For him, the computer is somehow out of date, as he explains in the following video:
Prime discipline of the Pro model
The bottom line is that the first testers are anything but convinced of this strange computer between the MacBook Air and the “real” models of the MacBook Pro. A wonderful Apple laptop on its own, were it not for the new and more promising MacBook Air. However, there is one category in which the inexpensive Pro is completely convincing – the runtime. In the test, Jacob Krol from TheStreet was even able to surpass Apple’s advertised values (translated):
Most notably, our battery test exceeded the 20 hours of video playback promised by Apple. In our test, the 13-inch MacBook Pro lasted 23 hours and 15 minutes on a 4K playback test. I also set the brightness to 50% and turned off the network connection during video playback. That’s pretty impressive, and in day-to-day use it’s hard to silence the MacBook Pro.
I could easily use the 13″ MacBook Pro for a full day and got around 18 hours of full use.
Perhaps the better choice for many users:
The bottom line: If you can wait, then maybe you shouldn’t strike just yet. Just wait for the reviews of the new MacBook Air. It won’t be available until next month at the earliest, when Apple wants to launch the computer. On paper, however, there is already more to be said for the Luftikus.