I think its going to transform the tech industry revolutionize our concept of a laptop as we know it, im just kidding the new macbook pro is exactly the same as the previous macbook pro look at the screen. Look at this keyboard, theres, even a touch bar. They literally didnt change anything that is on the outside. On the inside. There are a couple of differences. Specifically, there is now a 24 gigabyte memory option, increased memory bandwidth. The headphone jack now supports a few more types of headphone. The charger is a little bit more powerful, oh and theres, a new processor, the m2, which is the m1, but with a couple additional gpu cores and apple claims, some other performance improvements, so models of the 13 inch m2 macbook pro start at 12.99. For an 8 core cpu and 10 core gpu, 8 gigabytes of unified memory and 256 gigabytes of storage, this review unit is 18.99 for the 10 core gpu 16 gigabytes of unified memory and one terabyte of storage. It is significantly cheaper than a 14 inch macbook pro with the more powerful m1 pro inside. That device has at minimum a 14 core gpu and it would cost 21.99 for comparable specs. The 14 inch pro is an incredible laptop, but its going to cost more money than a lot of folks want to pay. So since the m1 and the m2 versions of the 13 inch macbook pro are the same in almost every other way.
The question for me as a reviewer is pretty simple: how much better is the m2 than the m1 to answer this question? I know some of you will want to see benchmarks. We did run a bunch of those and i will spoil the surprise for you, because its not really a surprise. The processor is about as much of an improvement over the m1 as we expected it to be. That is the cpu results are somewhat better. The gp results are, in some cases, substantially better, but these numbers are not going to be useful for everyone, and i dont expect theyll be particularly useful to this macbooks target demographic. The reality is that the m1 was already really good and while many professionals do care about performance gains beyond that point, someone like me might not necessarily so. I also tried all kinds of tasks from my daily workload on the m2 macbook and the m1 macbook side by side to figure out how big of a difference, someone like me might actually expect to see Music. The services that i use most often during my work day without exception – are google docs and google sheets im generally using intel machines at work, and i often run into slow down when im working in big files. So, using the two side by side, the m2 was actually a lot faster, like a few seconds faster to open up a 350 page, google doc. That was the most.
In your face, improvement i saw during this testing. My spreadsheets, with hundreds of rows, were also noticeably faster to scroll through on the m2, and the newer macbook was also quicker to swap between tabs and run calculations again, its not like the m1 is slow, but i did see a difference here. Gaming is another area where i saw a significant difference, which makes sense since the m2 has more gpu cores. The previous macbook ran shadow of the tomb raider at an average of 20 frames per second, while the m2 device averaged 29 frames per second, which is close to a 50 increase. That is the sort of difference i noticed. While i was watching the benchmarks run, i dont expect most macbook shoppers to be running aaa games on them all the time, but these results do speak to the extent of the improvements that apple has made. But those were the only two tasks where i really saw a difference. In my workload when i was playing around in swift playgrounds 4, which is apples fun little program where you can practice coding, the m2 was a smidge faster to load some new interfaces, but they were both fine and when making an image black and white in photoshop And adding a lens flare, which is just a thing i do with photo. Sometimes please dont judge me. My editing. Experiences on the two macbooks were literally identical. Lightroom same deal, i used audition to add some cpu heavy effects to an audio clip and the m2 was very, very slightly faster to complete them, but everything else like playback and hopping through the track.
That was exactly the same. The m2 did beat the m1 on the puget systems benchmark for premiere pro, but that didnt translate to our real world export test, where we didnt see a sizable difference in export time. Premiere can be weird about those sorts of things, though so thats hard. To conclude, too much from, i will also report that the macbook was able to sustain these heavy loads for long periods of time. Its 30 minute cinebench score was actually a bit higher than its 10 minute cinematic score, which is not something you see all that often results were also the same, regardless of whether the device was on power or battery, which you never see with windows laptops, and i Never heard the fans not even when i was running games or cinebench now this was all true of the m1 device as well im, just letting you know that none of that has gone away or gotten worse with the m2, which is certainly good. Now i can already hear you all in the comments section, but what about professional video editors? What about vfx people and engineers and architects im going to address that very clearly. If you are one of those people, you should be buying the 14 inch macbook pro with the m1 pro or m1 max. That device is a bit more expensive than this one, but the types of stuff that you folks are doing will be hugely impacted by the m1 pros extra gpu course.
The 14 incher has displayed significant gains in things like export time and playback speed. Compared to what this 13 incher can achieve now, these results would make it easy for me to tell you that the m2 macbook pro isnt too much better than the m1, if it werent for the battery life, this m2 macbook pro does not die. Ive never said this about a laptop before i was not able to run this devices battery down during my testing period from the results i am seeing, i would expect it to last around 17 and a half hours, which is not actually too far from the 20 Hours apple promised in its keynote remember im being somewhat hard on this thing: ive been photoshopping, ive been auditioning, ive been lightrooming and even tomb raidering at various points and im still consistently seeing over half the battery left after eight to nine hours of consistent use. That is longer than we saw from the m1 pro models, and it is much longer than we saw from the m1 macbook pro. That is a category topping lifespan, and it means that a lot of people will likely be able to use this thing. For a couple days, without touching the charger, while not everyone needs a laptop that will last that long, there certainly are people for whom those eight hours alone are worth paying for. So, at the end of the day, there are two questions i need to answer for you about the m2 macbook pro first is the m2 better than the m1.
The answer is yes and on gpu benchmarks, its a big yes, but the m1 was already so fast that many workloads probably dont, need more and second, should you buy it the answer that is pretty much the same as it was for the m1 model. I actually think the most plausible audience for this laptop is people like me. Its people, who dont need the 14 inch model and probably cant, afford the 14 inch model, but who do need a machine that can do things here and there in photoshop, lightroom and the like. I think this is a good model for us and the battery life is a huge factor, but there is one thing worth considering before you put in your order: the new macbook air. There is an m2 powered macbook air coming soon with similar performance, as well as all kinds of other benefits, a better webcam, a better keyboard, mag, safe and a whole new design. If you can wait, i suggest you wait. We will need to sort out who should buy the air and who should buy the pro once weve gotten our hands on that. So good luck with that future monika. In the meantime, if youre able to wait and see what the new m2 error is going to bring its probably worth waiting, can i just say one more thing: it is so frustrating that apple has one computer called the macbook m1 pro and a processor called the M1 pro, but the m1 macbook pro doesnt have the m1 pro in it, the m1 pros and a totally other laptop called the m1 macbook pro and apple.