M2 MacBook Pro: Entry-Level Model With Existing Design, Chipset Upgrade, More – Here Is Everything You Need to Know
Apple’s M1 MacBook Pro could not have been a better upgrade for those wanting a blend of performance and insane battery life. Since shifting to its custom chipsets, things are expected to get better from hereon. We have the 2021 MacBook Pro models for those that desire the very best in portable computing performance, but Apple needs a product that sits right in the middle. According to previous reports, the company may have an M2 MacBook Pro lined up for its March 8 ‘Peek Performance’ event that launches at an attractive pricing structure, and here is everything you need to know about it.
Same M1 MacBook Pro Design, but Here Is Why This Is so Important to the Customer
Like the M1 MacBook Pro, the M2 MacBook Pro is not expected to look any different. What this means is that we will get the same unibody design, large trackpad, high-resolution display, and of course, the Touch Bar. If you missed the Touch Bar because it was lacking from the 2021 MacBook Pro models, Apple is said to retain it on this version simply because it will reuse the same chassis.
From a business perspective, Apple will save tons of money that it would otherwise have spent on designing and mass producing the final product. This strategy also means pricing the M2 MacBook Pro attractively, as the lack of a design change means Apple would not spend excessive amounts on R&D, prototyping stages, and other processes.
Unfortunately, Getting the Touch Bar Also Means You Lose out on Other Upgrades
Sadly, you will lose out on several upgrades present on the 2021 MacBook Pro models. This includes a versatile arrangement of ports such as the SD card reader, HDMI port, and MagSafe connector. Instead, the M2 MacBook Pro will have a set of USB-C Thunderbolt 4 ports on one side like the models currently available on Apple’s website, and the same ports will be used to charge its battery. You will likely get the same 13.3-inch display, with a 2560 by 1600 resolution, along with 500 nits of peak brightness and True Tone support.
Though the new MacBook Pro may not be short on performance, the portable powerhouse will likely miss out on those high refresh rate mini-LED panels present on the redesigned MacBook Pro lineup, but you also have to remember that those models are priced significantly higher. For some, the high refresh rate, different ports selection, and a fresh look does not appear attractive if they have to pay a premium for it.
Sometimes, if you are getting additional performance for the same price, most people will simply ignore its dated design and lack of other features simply because it runs according to their expectations.
M2 MacBook Pro May Also Be Limited in Terms of Unified RAM and Storage
Just because Apple supports up to 64GB of unified RAM does not mean it will give the same treatment to the M2 MacBook Pro. It is possible that just like the M1 MacBook Pro, customers are limited to configuring their machines up to 16GB of unified RAM and 2TB of PCIe NVMe SSD storage. Keep in mind that both memory options will be soldered to the motherboard, so you have no means to upgrade them in the future.
Light to moderately demanding tasks on the M2 MacBook Pro will be a walk in the park for this machine, and there are rare instances where applications will require more than 16GB RAM. Then again, it is always important that you have some headroom because as the years progress, so do the memory requirements of different programs. We may also get the same 58.2Whr battery, which may appear small, but you forget the power efficiency of the Apple Silicon range.
With the M1 MacBook Pro, Apple claimed it could last for up to 17 hours while you are engaged in wireless browsing. With the M2 MacBook Pro, we believe the battery could last for slightly longer, given that the new SoC is said to be mass produced on an improved architecture.
What Improvements Can We Expect From the M2?
Apple’s M2 will not be the direct successor to the M1 Pro and M1 Max, so do not expect the same performance. Instead, it will succeed the M1, so expect slightly better performance than the latter. The M2 may feature an 8-core CPU, with a previous report stating that the chipset will be marginally faster than the M1 and could offer a 10-core GPU option.
With that being said, the M2 MacBook Pro may not deliver significant gains in the CPU department, but it can provide a notable upgrade in the GPU category thanks to the addition of cores. However, Apple is not expected to offer a 10-core GPU option right off the bat. Instead, customers could be paying a premium to get that upgrade.
With the 2021 MacBook Pro, which starts from $1999, the base model offers an 8-core CPU and 14-core GPU, with higher tier options giving you a 10-core CPU and 32-core GPU for the right price, that is. Apple will probably stick to the same strategy with the new MacBook Pro, which is not surprising.
We will have detailed information on the M2 for our readers soon, so stay tuned for that.
A Price That Is More Affordable Than the 2021 MacBook Pro Family
The M2 MacBook Pro could launch at the same price as the M1 MacBook Pro, which is $1,299, and you get 8GB of unified RAM, 256GB storage, 8-core CPU, and 8-core GPU. For $1,499, Apple could bump up that storage to 512GB and offer a 10-core GPU, with the number of CPU cores and unified RAM remaining the same. Of course, customers will have the option to increase the storage amount they need, as well as how much RAM they require, if they are willing to pay Apple’s price.
Rumor has it that the M2 MacBook Pro will be unveiled next week, though a different prediction states that the iMac Pro will launch in its place. Apple’s March 8 event happens in less than a week, so there is not a whole lot of waiting left to see which products materialize and which do not. For customers looking for a middle ground when it comes to a portable package that does not sacrifice performance or battery life, the M2 MacBook Pro will probably cement its position as an improved version of the M1 MacBook Pro.
Not everyone has the financial capacity to splurge money on a high-end M1 Pro or M1 Max MacBook Pro, and that is how the M2 MacBook Pro fills that gap. If you want to know what else is expected from Apple’s March 8 ‘Peek Performance’ event, we recommend checking out our rumor roundup.