The new 13-inch MacBook Pro with the M2 chip will be on sale Friday, June 17th and begin shipping to customers and retail locations on June 24th, respectively. It costs $1,299 for the basic model.
The M2 processor was first introduced at Apple’s developer conference, WWDC, earlier this month, and this is the first computer to ship with the M2 chip inside. Even though an M2 chip is part of Apple’s next-generation MacBook Air, no specific date for its arrival has been disclosed.
The M2 chip has a graphics processing unit (GPU) that has 10 cores, which results in improved graphics performance compared to the M1 chip. It also has the ability to be configured with up to 24 GB of memory, which is beneficial for professionals who need to run a large number of programs and tasks concurrently.
However, the 14-inch and 16-inch models of the MacBook Pro can be configured with an M1 Pro or M1 Max chip, as well as more storage, RAM, processing, and graphics cores than the 13-inch MacBook Pro with M2, which means that individuals who require even more power may be better off with those computers.
The computer, save for the chip, is nearly identical to its predecessor. In addition to having the same display and design as the previous MacBook Pro models, the new MacBook Pro also features Apple’s Touch Bar, which isn’t available on the smaller models. The battery life is the same as well.