The first machine with Apple’s second-generation M2 System-on-a-Chip is available to order now. Although it won’t arrive until June 24th, you can buy the new 13-inch MacBook Pro today. Apple is also now selling its new dual-port USB-C charger through its online store.
The 2022 refresh of the 13-inch MacBook Pro uses the same design and has the same features as its 2020 predecessor, which used the M1 chip. The only significant difference is the inclusion of the M2, which Apple says can be up to 40 percent faster than the M1 on some tasks.
The laptop starts at $1,299 for a configuration with 256GB of solid-state storage, and there’s also a $1,499 configuration with 512GB. Beyond these base configurations, you can further customize the 13-inch MacBook Pro with 8GB, 16GB, or 24GB of storage and upgrade to 1TB or 2TB of storage. Upgrading later is not possible, so these decisions must be made at the time of purchase.
Although this is Apple’s first M2-based computer, it likely heralds many more to come. Next up is the redesigned 13-inch MacBook Air, due out sometime next month. This computer will inherit some of the design language of the 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro, with a larger screen, a screen notch, and no Touch Bar.
Apple hasn’t announced any other M2 machines beyond that, but it’s certain that the M2 will come to the 24-inch iMac, Mac mini, iPad Air, and iPad Pro based on the devices that came with the M1 the previous generation. Additionally, Apple is likely to develop faster cousins of the M2 for higher-end devices like the MacBook Pro and Mac Studio, as seen in the previous launch’s M1 Pro, M1 Max, and M1 Studio. However, we do not have a timeframe for these launches.
Bottom: One of the designs of Apple’s new dual-port USB-C charger.
As previously mentioned, today is also the first day of availability of Apple’s new dual-port USB-C charger. That was announced alongside the MacBook Air, but Apple is already selling two variants of the charger, although the MacBook Air is weeks away. Both variants are 35W chargers with identical specs, and both cost $59. One has an identical design to the MacBook chargers we’ve seen over the past few years, while the other has the new collapsible design we saw at WWDC 2022 – that’s the only difference as far as we can tell.
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