The MacBook Pro with Apple’s M2 chip is essentially a tweak to the new notebook, the same laptop as its predecessor, the MacBook Pro 13-inch M1 – not that it’s too much of a surprise.
Of course, the similarities are obvious, and of course from the outside, it looks like an unchanged exterior design between two generations of laptops, the only real difference being the upgrade of the M1 SoC to M2 and the option to select more systems. RAM (24GB if required).
But now, courtesy of an iFixit teardown, we know that from the inside, the M2 MacBook Pro is actually very similar to the M1 version, with the same chassis, display, touch bar, and internal layout, save for a few changes.
Originally, Apple took the MacBook Pro 13-inch with the M1, removed that SoC, then downgraded it to an M2 to replace it, with a few minor updates to other smaller internal components.
Teardown’s iFixit video makes it clear that all cables, stand-offs, screws, grounding pins and more are the same – just a different logic board and some changes to the heat-sink (it has square angles, instead of rounds as seen in the M1 version) ).
So really, there’s just no change, though one thing that’s different is a negative point, sadly. For example, the storage of the entry-level model of the M2 MacBook Pro is actually slower than that of the M1 MacBook Pro, due to the different configuration for the SSD (this is true only for that base model, although not for the higher level version.).
Theoretically, you’ll be able to drop the M2 keyboard into the M1 MacBook Pro, and iFixit has successfully switched this over – the laptop has failed to work, or in particular, the trackpad, keyboard and Touch ID sensor are no more. Working post-swap.
In short, iFixit concludes that it is a “shameless attempt by Apple to block repairs and replacements through software locks”.
Analysis: Print and a Missed Opportunity in General?
It is disappointing that, as iFixit noted, Apple has failed to take advantage of a situation where the M2 MacBook Pro can be improved with better repairability and stability in design.
As a result, this new 13-inch laptop is rather exciting, and obviously looking backwards, a situation that didn’t help that another notebook was recently released alongside it at WWDC – the M2-powered MacBook Air, which is expected to hit the pre. -Order Upcoming – Awaited by many with great interest, and presents a complete redesign for portable.
Interestingly, at WWDC, Apple referred to the MacBook Pro 13-inch as its second best-selling laptop, behind the firm’s top-selling MacBook Air – and given that, it seems rather strange to think of such a small effort. Either a new model has been pushed here.
Maybe it’s tied to a supply chain issue – of course, we’ve previously speculated that the MacBook Air Pro is coming later than the 13-inch, which is already there, due to production issues (in China related to recent lockdowns). Whatever the case, however, the location of the new M2 MacBook Pro and the design issues surrounding the machine are certainly a few more headaches.
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