Apple’s updated 13-inch MacBook Pro with the M2 chip, announced at WWDC 2022, will ship faster than we were initially told.
Apple initially said that the 2022 13-inch MacBook Pro would be released in July, but the company has just informed us that it is indeed scheduled to be released in June.
Punters will be able to pre-order the 13-inch MacBook Pro M2 worldwide from June 17th, which is this Friday, with the devices coming to customers from June 24th.
Apple also reminded us that the new MacBook Pro for 2022 will be available on the Apple Store website and app and at authorized retailers.
The main difference with this updated MacBook Pro is the inclusion of that M2 chip, which is an 8-core CPU (4 performance plus 4 efficiency cores) along with a 10-core GPU. Apple claims the M2 is 18% faster than the M1 and offers really impressive battery life with 20 hours of video playback (two hours more than the MacBook Air with M2).
Review: Wait – why is this the first M2 laptop released?
Speaking of the MacBook Air (M2, 2022), that was the big reveal in terms of laptops for WWDC 2022, but it’s the 13-inch MacBook Pro – which keeps the design the same, and doesn’t see much in the way of change, save the addition of the M2 chip and the option to run on 24GB of RAM – which we’re getting first.
More eyes are on the new MacBook Air, naturally, as it represents a major revamp in terms of being thinner and lighter, with a larger (and brighter) screen, and as we’ve noted in our hands-on preview, looks like another laptop success for Apple already. . But it won’t be here until July, so there’s still a bit of a wait for this device – and looking at ample feedback, there’s a good chance some buyers will actually wait for the Air instead of jumping on the 13-inch MacBook Pro M2.
There was certainly a bit of concern as to why Apple didn’t prioritize the MacBook Air here, but the fact that the 13-inch MacBook Pro isn’t much different from its predecessor and therefore Apple may have a number of components still available for production, may be the reason this Pro model is released so quickly. Considering the MacBook Air M2 might be more affected by recent supply chain difficulties and of course demand for the Pro model won’t be anywhere near the same level as the new MacBook Air with M2.