Apple unveiled the new M2 chip during WWDC 2022, with the company claiming to see an 18% increase in CPU performance on the existing M1.
And with the new chip comes new hardware, with the company announcing not one but two new laptops; MacBook Air M2 and 13-inch MacBook Pro M2.
But how do these two laptops compare? Continue reading to find out how these devices differ, as we will look at prices, design and specifications. It is important to note that we have not yet had the opportunity to test any laptops, so we will not reflect on performance until we release them for testing.
Prices and availability
The MacBook Air M2 has a starting price of $ 1199 / £ 1249 and is expected to be released in July, although we do not yet have a specific release date.
Meanwhile, the MacBook Pro M2 has a starting price of $ 1299 / £ 1349 and has the same launch date window as the MacBook Air.
Starting with the MacBook Air M2, Apple replaced the wedge design of the previous MacBook Air M1 with an all-aluminum body that is thin at the edge. The laptop is 11.3 mm thin and weighs only 1.2 kg.
It comes with Thunderbolt 3, USB-C 4, USB 3.1 and a 3.5mm audio jack, along with a MagSafe port that will allow the laptop to charge while using a secure magnetic connection. It also has a new and improved 1080p webcam.
It includes Apple’s Magic Keyboard and can be found in four colors: silver, cosmic gray, midnight and starlight.
The MacBook Pro M2 is available in only two colors – Silver and Space Gray – and comes with the same setting of Thunderbolt 3, USB 4, USB 3.1 and 3.5 mm audio jack, although the Pro model again lacks a MagSafe charging solution. Unfortunately, the 13-inch MacBook Pro is also limited to a 720p webcam.
It also has the same Magic Keyboard with backlight and has retained the design of the Touch Bar, although it lacks the cutout of the display from the Retina display, choosing a cleaner and simpler look.
The 13-inch MacBook Pro M2 is also slightly thicker and heavier than the Air, weighing 15.6 mm and 1.4 kg, respectively. This is because the Pro is equipped with a fan to keep the CPU running more efficiently, while Apple has made a fanless design with the MacBook Air.
Both laptops have the same Liquid Retina display technology. The MacBook Air has a 13.6-inch LED-backlit screen with a natural resolution of 2560 × 1664 of 224 pixels per inch (PPI). Apple claims that the Air M1 can reach up to 500 nits of brightness and also comes with True Tone technology.
The MacBook Pro has a slightly smaller 13.3-inch screen with the same LED backlight technology, a natural resolution of 2560 × 1600 and a PPI of 227. Apple claims to have the same 500 nits of brightness and support for millions of colors as well as packaging True Tone technology.
No laptop takes advantage of the Mini LED technology you’ll find in the more expensive 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro laptops.
Both laptops have the latest M2 chipset, which is the latest processor in the Apple Silicon range. Looking first at the MacBook Air M2, it comes in two different flavors, which you can see below:
- 8-core CPU, 8-core GPU, 16-core Nerual Engine
- 8-core CPU, 10-core GPU, 16-core Nerual Engine
As you can see, the main difference between these variations is the number of GPU cores, with the second option packing more cores and probably better for creating content.
Apple claims that the new Air has an 18% increase in CPU performance and a 35% increase in GPU performance compared to the M1-powered MacBook Air.
The Air M2 can be configured with up to 24GB of RAM and up to a 2TB SSD, with Apple claiming a battery life of 18 hours during movie playback. It also has Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.0 technology.
The MacBook Pro M2 comes with only one chip option: an 8-core CPU, a 10-core GPU, and a 16-core Nerual Engine. In the same vein as Air, Apple claims there will be a 35% improvement in graphics performance as well as an 18% increase in CPU performance.
Since we weren’t able to test any laptops, we can’t confirm this, but it’s likely that the MacBook Pro will be a little faster just because it has a fan that keeps the CPU cool and running at top speed.
The Pro must have a battery life of 20 hours during movie playback and can be configured for up to 24GB of RAM and up to 2TB of storage. It also has Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5 technology.
Since we haven’t tested every laptop completely, we can’t make any specific comments on which device is better. However, the MacBook Air looks a little more attractive, judging by the specs. It has more color options, a sleeker design, a superb webcam and a more affordable price.
The 13-inch MacBook Pro has a slightly longer battery life, according to Apple, while turning on a fan should result in slightly faster performance.
But since both laptops pack the M2 chip, both seem viable options for everyone after a fast performance machine. Follow Trusted Reviews for our reviews, as we will test the performance of both laptops.