Macs with M2 chips have just gained in versatility. Released just a few weeks ago, Apple’s machines are now capable of running a Linux system, if you’re ready to make a few concessions.

The beginnings of Linux compatibility on Apple Silicon

The team developing the Asahi Linux distribution announced that the system was already compatible with the new MacBook processor, at least partially. Specially designed to run on Apple Silicon chips, Asahi Linux caused a stir in 2021 by announcing partial compatibility with Apple’s new architecture. From there, the work to adapt the system to the new M2 chips could be done relatively quickly. The system is also compatible with the Mac Studio M1 Ultra.

“After a marathon of just 12 hours, Linux was booting up on the M2 with USB compatibility, NVMe, battery management, wifi, and more! With a few extra days of work, we were able to make the keyboard/trackpad work“, details the team in charge of the project. Important features are still missing, such as hardware acceleration or full compatibility with USB-C ports on Apple computers. Wifi and Bluetooth are also quite finicky. It is therefore relatively inadvisable to install Asahi Linux on your Mac if you do not know what you are doing. But the fact that the OS works properly with most MacBook components is still great news.

Good news for sustainability

The development of Asahi Linux on Apple’s ARM architecture opens the door to broader compatibility with other Linux distributions. Based on the work done by the community, other operating systems may flourish on Apple’s Silicon chips. We can imagine that in a few months/years, more mainstream OSes like Ubuntu or Linux Mint will be easily installed on Apple machines.

MacBook Air M2 SSD is 30-50% slower than the M1 version

Indeed, with its M2 chip, the device has unprecedented power for such a model from the Apple brand. But in addition to this chip, Apple has worked a lot on the design of its new MacBook Air. Completely revised, the latter has regained all its meaning: light, portable, but powerful.

But while everyone had already studied the design and the chip of the device, the disassembly of the MacBook Air M2 had never been done. In the recently released video, the YouTuber offers a thorough and thorough teardown of the device.

Storage as the only difference?

If overall the design of the MacBook Air M2 resembles that of other MacBook Airs in a few details. Indeed, the model with a storage capacity of 256 GB has only one NAND part. As usual, Apple has always placed 2 such chips in its devices.

A unique SSD chip for the MacBook Air M2

On this new MacBook Air, like on other devices from the Apple brand, the storage chip is soldered to the motherboard, which makes it almost impossible to upgrade these devices, such as adding a second NAND chip. .

For the moment, Apple has given no explanation concerning this choice of components. Some dissatisfied users have tried to contact the after-sales service of the Cupertino company to request answers without obtaining more information from Apple.

14-inch and 16-inch Apple MacBook Pro M2 could arrive as soon as this fall

The Apple MacBook Pro M2 14 and 16 inches this fall? That’s what Mark Gurman thinks he knows.

Less than a year after formalizing the Macbook Pro equipped with a 14 or 16 inch panel, Apple is preparing to offer a new generation for these devices, a generation that could arrive this fall.

The Apple MacBook Pro M2 14 and 16 inches this fall?

According to Mark Gurman, the design and functionality of these new devices should “most likely stay the same” as Apple introduced a new design in this range last year to add MagSafe charging, more ports and better screens. The most important change would therefore be the introduction of the M2 versions of the M1 Pro and M1 Max chips that the Apple brand offers on its current models. “Expect a heavy emphasis on graphics, as with the standard M2 chip,” said Mark Gurman of these highly anticipated chips. On the 2022 MacBook Air, graphics performance was around 35% better with the 10-core GPU.

That’s what Mark Gurman thinks he knows

Although the Cupertino company hopes to be able to market its new MacBook Pros somewhere during the fall, Mark Gurman specifies that the American giant could also postpone their release until spring 2023. “Given the constant difficulties with the supply chain, it It’s hard to know exactly when these machines will be available,” he said. These new Macs are among a “deluge” of products that the Apple brand plans to launch next year.

MACBOOK AIR M2 SHARES NEW MACBOOK PRO’S SSD PROBLEM

The base model (8GB RAM, 256GB storage) has a single NAND chip for internal storage, while other storage capacities use two chips. This gives the new MacBook Air M2 slower read and write speeds than the older Air M1 – the same degradation present on the new MacBook Pro.

Dave2D on YouTube has included more specific drive benchmarks in their video review. The new 256GB MacBook Air has read speeds of around 1450MB/s, while the previous 256GB Air and the 512GB versions of the new Pro and Air all have twice the performance, at around 2900 MB/s.

MacBook Air M2 disassembly

Opening this new MacBook Air has been made easier: there are now only four screws at each corner of the chassis. Inside, the main components and the motherboard are as usual located on the top of the computer, while the bottom is dominated by large battery cells above and next to the trackpad. Thanks to the flat chassis, Apple can again use classic cells (and no longer in tiers to adapt to the old bevel), and the new MacBook Air thus has a 52.6 Wh battery instead of 49.9 Wh on older models.

The main components are covered by a metal plate covered with a kind of thermal sticker; remember that there is no fan on this machine. This plate can easily be unscrewed to access the very compact motherboard. This disassembly confirms in any case the presence of a single SSD on the 256 GB models, which thus display lower speeds than the 512 GB models (and more) which integrate two chips dedicated to storage. Note that the ports of the MacBook Air M2 are modular, which will facilitate their repair in the event of failure or breakage.

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