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Apple MacBook Pro review (13-inch, 2022)

I’D SAY WHEN I UNBOXED THE NEW MacBook Pro 2022, I WAS AT LEVEL TWO ON A SCALE OF ONE TO TEN (ONE BEING LEAST EXCITED). A device that is essentially nothing more than a processor update is difficult to get enthusiastic about.

Despite its modest size, this 13-inch laptop used to seem like a powerhouse. Now it feels aimless. Apple did not include the improvements it added to the high-end MacBook Pro models from the previous year, including a more streamlined design, a 1080p webcam, reduced bezels around the display, and a MagSafe charger. Strangely, a lot of these updates were also applied to the brand-new, less expensive MacBook Air, which utilises the same M2 processor as the 13-inch MacBook Pro. What’s going on there?

It is an odd addition to the MacBook series. The brand-new 13-inch MacBook Pro is certainly functionally sound. The Butterfly keys that were so problematic are no longer there, and it performs superbly and has dependable battery life. The Touch Bar is retained on just this one MacBook out of the complete series (er, if you like that). I believe it’s reasonable to anticipate more from Apple at the price of $1,299.

A Recycled Approach

A popular internet joke claims that because Apple had an excess of the MacBook Pro 2020 models, it simply switched out the M1 CPU for the M2 chip and called it quits. In the event that this were the reality, I… wouldn’t be shocked. Both are quite similar.

A 13-inch LCD screen, a 720p camera, a Touch ID sensor, the famed Touch Bar, two Thunderbolt/USB 4 ports, and a 3.5-mm headphone jack are all there along with the identical chassis. The addition of high-impedance headphone compatibility in the audio connector is really the only difference. If you plug in high-quality headphones, you’ll be able to hear music with a little bit greater fidelity.

The M2 chip is the largest improvement, although it isn’t immediately obvious. The M2 is a follow-up to the M1, and it has two extra GPU cores—10 total—than the M1—for improved graphics performance. Apple has upped the size of its RAM from 16 to 24 gigabytes. If you’re buying the 13-inch Pro, you might as well upgrade the RAM to the maximum level even though it will cost you an additional $400.

Here’s the issue. If you decide against upgrading your MacBook Pro, the new MacBook Air will provide comparable performance for less money. (Plus all the extras, like a 1080p webcam and four speakers.) The MacBook Pro costs $1,699 when the RAM is at its maximum capacity. The 14-inch MacBook Pro base model and all of its enhancements, including a wider range of ports, are available for $300 extra.

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Although the M2 may seem superior, it is only a base-level processor compared to the M1 Pro, M1 Max, and M1 Ultra that power the MacBook Pro models costing more than $2,000 USD. It’s simple to be persuaded by Apple’s statistics, which brag that the M2 processor has a 40 percent quicker neural engine and a 35 percent more powerful GPU than the M1 processor. But most professionals need more computer power, so it’s not nearly enough. (Unlike the M1 Pro and higher, the M2, like the M1, still only supports one external display.)

The M2 worked efficiently. The most of the time, I had no problems. It seemed a little sluggish on busy days when I had approximately 20 tabs open in Google Chrome and many programmes running on the system at once; there was some latency while changing amongst browsers and windows, and I occasionally encountered the dreaded rainbow wheel.

I altered one stream on the timeline after adding 4K Pro Res files from the iPhone 13 Pro to Final Cut Pro. I added a few built-in effects and a mild colour grading, and I noticed some stuttering all through. Although I didn’t actually edit the video much, this MacBook Pro had trouble with even the smallest colour tweaks (and the rainbow wheel made a few appearances).

The editing of pictures using programmes like Adobe Photoshop and Pixelmator felt much more fluid. As I changed sliders, added a little rotation, and tweaked colours, the Mac occasionally stalled. However, it persevered through several layers and effects to reach the intended effect—without the fans ever kicking in.

The MacBook Pro can consume somewhat more electricity over extended periods of time while the fan is running. Additionally, it offers a little longer battery life than the 13-inch MacBook Air.

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