In addition to the redesigned M2 MacBook Air, Apple also revealed the 13-inch MacBook Pro with the M2 processor under the hood at this year’s WWDC conference. The new MacBook Pro is already in stores, so it’s only fitting that it get the usual shredding treatment. This is where the repair experts at iFixit come in.
New slide in the old look
Thanks to iFixit, we can now take a closer look at the internal components of the new 13-inch MacBook Pro to see what has changed compared to the 2020 model. Spoiler alert: Next to the M2 chip, nothing has changed next to it.
At first glance, the outer case is identical except for the model number printed at the bottom. However, the EMC number is different, and this is the only way to distinguish the two devices from the outside.
Inside, iFixit noticed some differences in the logic board and heatsink. For example, the heat sink on the M1 still has slightly rounded edges. However, these are just details. However, it got interesting when iFixit made a panel swap.
The teardown team actually removed the M1 board from the previous model and the M2 board from the new model, then installed the M2 module into the older machine. Unsurprisingly, it worked! However, due to the replacement, the device stopped working. When switching processors, basic elements such as Touch ID and the keyboard will not work.
The lack of generational upgradability appears to be limited by the firmware, as the hardware itself is interchangeable. It’s not known if this is a deliberate limitation on Apple’s part, but given the company’s past actions, it’s likely.
iFixit also refers to SSD read and write speeds, which were criticized in the first tests. As mentioned earlier, the M1 MacBook Pro has two 128GB flash cards with a capacity of 256GB, while the M2 has a single 256GB flash chip. The M1 MacBook Pro with a 256GB capacity thus offers more parallel than the M2 MacBook Pro with the same capacity. So the SSD for the base model M2 MacBook Pro with 256GB runs a little slower than its counterpart with the M1 chip. iFixit suspects that Apple has gone this route due to a lack of components. It’s not pretty, but it’s clearly a reality we’re living in right now.
Waiting for MacBook Air
While the 13-inch MacBook Pro with the M2 chip is already available, the M2 MacBook Air is scheduled to launch in July and is expected to be a more exciting device for consumers. The new MacBook Pro remains a pretty good device, thanks in large part to the M2.
The M2 includes some features previously only found in premium members of the M1 chipset family. It has a higher performance in 4K video encoding and decoding and supports faster LP5 memory – and this memory can be a little higher, so the maximum memory for M2 can be up to 24 GB, compared to 16 GB in the M1.
Meanwhile, early benchmarks show that the MacBook Pro’s M2 chip runs at 3.49GHz, compared to the M1’s 3.2GHz chip. The M2 single-core performance is about 11.56 percent faster than the M1 chip, while the multi-core performance is about 19.45 percent faster.