At least 5 new Macs in development at Apple!
Mark Gurman confidently announces that Apple is preparing several Macs, some of which should see the light of day this year. Start with at least two Mac miniswhose technical specifications remain unclear but which will succeed the models with Intel or M1 chips available in stores today.
With this, Gurman also counts on Macbook Pro top of the line. Unsurprisingly, it should here be the 14-inch MacBook Pro and the 16-inch MacBook Pro but with M2 Pro and M2 Max processors under the hood, also following the two eponymous products on offer at the moment. The base price of the most compact version is 2,249 euros, compared to 1,599 euros for the 13-inch MacBook Pro M2.
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Apple would also prepare several devices for next year, with the head of the gondola 15-inch MacBook Air who has been talking about him so much in recent weeks. Mark Gurman had already mentioned the case of such a machine in the past, believing that it could be supported by a 12-inch edition for smaller budgets.
the Mac Prothe most powerful machine marketed by Apple, is a central unit to be installed horizontally or vertically and to which it is absolutely necessary to connect a screen, a keyboard and a mouse.
Potential release schedule
As often, Apple is first expected at the turn in september or even in October for its regular second half keynote. This is where we could discover the technical sheet of the Mac mini and the 14 and 16-inch MacBook Pro.
The $1,199 MacBook Air cuts a lot of corners
The MacBook Air M2 has arrived, and like the M1, Apple has two options to choose from, one with an eight-core GPU and one with a 10-core GPU. We tested both models here at Macworld, and it’s a progressive model starting at $1,499 (the model we tested and browse here has 1TB of storage and 16GB of RAM for $1,899), and the entry-level model has 256GB of storage, which costs $1,199.
That’s quite a big difference in price, which made us wonder what exactly you’ll be getting for the extra cash. It turns out you get a lot.
With two fewer GPU cores, less RAM, and a seemingly suboptimal SSD configuration for read and write speeds, the cheaper MacBook Air faces several hurdles trying to compete with its more expensive siblings. In some cases, we were shocked by its poor performance, but there were also some good surprises.
Read on to find out how the top and entry-level M2 Air met our speed and performance benchmarks. Wherever possible, we’ve included equivalent scores for the 256GB version of the MacBook Air M1 released in 2020 and the quad-core Intel i5 model introduced the same year.
M2 MacBook Air: raw processing power
We started by looking at processing power using Geekbench 5 and Cinebench R23 CPU benchmarks. given that the 2022 Airs has the same processor with the same number of CPU cores, even though the top-end model we tested had twice as much RAM (16GB vs. 8GB).
MacBook Air M1 at 959 € on the refurb
The Apple refurbished products store welcomes a few dozen Macs today. Among the good deals that do not happen often, there is in particular the MacBook Air M1 at 959 €, or 240 € in savings on the new price charged by Apple. There are also MacBook Pro 13″ M1 from €1,229.
Stocks are often very limited, do not delay to place an order. Apple refurbished products are still in pristine condition and come with all original accessories.
Lab – Is the 256 GB SSD of the new MacBooks really slower?
The MacBook Pro M2 and MacBook Air M2 both earned top marks in our tests. The Pro has seen its performance progress, even if the chassis has remained identical to the older generations, and the Air has not only benefited from the benefits of the M2, but also from a more modern aesthetic.
We tested models equipped with 512 GB SSDs and 1 TB of storage, which did not allow us to notice any anomalies in their operating speed when they passed through our lab. However, according to many users, a problem would concern the 256 GB SSDs embedded in the most accessible MacBooks. So we got our hands on a MacBook Pro M2 equipped with a 256 GB SSD to check what’s going on.
As we see under the Blackmagic benchmark, even taking into account a certain margin of error, the result is clear: the SSD of the MacBook Pro M2 256 GB is literally half as fast as its 1 TB cousin, in reading as in writing.
Why and how
How to explain this difference? Apple has decided to integrate a single 256 GB NAND storage chip on its entry-level computers instead of the two 128 GB chips found on the M1 versions. However, two chips operating in parallel are faster than one. We can see in our photo of the interior of the 1 TB MacBook Pro M2 that two modules are present (boxed in red), but we only find one on the 256 GB version. Perhaps the manufacturer has had to adapt to the difficulties in supplying certain components or that it wanted to make economies of scale, but, in any case, it is unfortunate that Apple was not transparent in explaining to users that there is a difference in speeds between SSD sizes.
What impact in reality?
Although the speeds are much lower, the impact in daily use will be almost imperceptible, whether concerning the speed of startup or the opening of applications. On the other hand, it will be more annoying for those who would like to transfer heavy files to an external SSD. In this case, we could only advise you to turn to MacBooks with at least 512 GB of storage.
Apple is working on new MacBook Pros and a Mac mini M2
Apple is about to release a new version of its MacBook Pros. If the high-end laptop from Apple has already had the right to an update during the last edition of WWDC, with the arrival of the M2 chip, other models are still on the way.
MacBook Pro and Mac mini for 2022
If several rumors speak of the arrival of a MacBook Pro at the start of the school year, Gurman believes that it is too early and that Apple will wait until the end of the year to update its device.
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Mark Gurman is one of the most trusted analysts when it comes to Apple today. He has a success rate on his past announcements of 86%, which places him well ahead of Ming-Chi Kuo (72%), the other well-known Apple analyst.