The new MacBook Pro was announced, somewhat out of the blue, at WWDC on June 6, 2022. But it isn’t available to buy quite yet. Right now the relevant button on Apple’s store is labelled “Select” instead of “Buy”, Delivery is listed as Currently Unavailable, and it’s not possible to Add to Bag.
As of June 14 Apple has announced that the M2 MacBook Pro will go on sale on Friday June 17, 2022.
Here’s the first disappointment. Unlike the MacBook Air which launched at the same event, Apple’s new Pro is visually unchanged. It’s the same design as before.
You get the same ports, the same weight and dimensions, the same screen size as before.
On the plus side, that means no notch. On the minus side, that means yet another Touch Bar, at a point when we thought the feature was dead and buried. (Although some rumormongers did see this coming.)
Nothing much has changed on the outside, but plenty has changed within.
Most notably, the 2022 MacBook Pro gets Apple’s new M2 processor chip, which many observers didn’t expect to arrive until later in the year. In terms of cores, the M2 has an 8-core CPU, same as the M1 in the previous model, and is upgraded from 8 to 10 GPU cores. But those numbers don’t scratch the surface of what Apple is promising with this new generation of chips.
“M2 takes the industry-leading performance per watt of M1 even further with an 18 percent faster CPU, a 35 percent more powerful GPU, and a 40 percent faster Neural Engine,” Apple says. “It also delivers 50 percent more memory bandwidth compared to M1.” Of course, it’s easy to bandy around numbers like this, and we’ll have to run a review sample through our lab benchmarks to see for ourselves.
The new Pro also goes much higher in RAM allocation than its predecessor: you can now go as high as 24GB, up from 16GB in 2020. While the size of the battery is the same as before, the machine comes bundled with a slightly faster USB-C charger: 67W, up from 61W. Finally, the new Pro supports Spatial Audio, whereas its predecessor did not.
8GB RAM (configurable to 16GB or 24GB)
256GB/512GB/1TB/2TB of SSD storage
13.3-inch (2560×1600 at 227ppi) Retina display, 500 nits brightness, True Tone
720p FaceTime camera
58.2Wh battery (claimed battery life up to 20 hours of movie playback)
Touch Bar and Touch ID
2 x Thunderbolt/USB 4 ports
3.5mm headphone jack
Stereo speakers (with support for Spatial Audio)
802.11ax Wi-Fi 6
30.41 x 21.24 x 1.56cm; 1.4kg
One final note about the spec: while the 14-inch and 16-inch models support two or even three external displays, the 13-inch M2 MacBook Pro officially supports only one, up to 6K at 60Hz. Fortunately we’ve got a workaround for those who’d like to connect two or more external displays to an M1 or M2 Mac.
A solid rather than spectacular update to the MacBook Pro, then. But how much will it set you back? Here’s the pricing for the two starting configurations:
13-inch MacBook Pro (2022) with M2, 8GB RAM and 256GB SSD: $1,299/£1,349
13-inch MacBook Pro (2022) with M2, 8GB RAM and 512GBGB SSD: $1,499/£1,549
As mentioned above these aren’t available to buy just yet. But once they hit the stores, we’re optimistic that third-party retailers will find a way to offer a discount, and you’ll find the lowest prices in our roundup of the best MacBook Pro deals.