First MacBook Pro with speedy M2 chip now in Apple stores [Updated]

First MacBook Pro with speedy M2 chip now in Apple stores [Updated]

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The updated 13-inch MacBook Pro keeps its compact form factor but gains capabilities with the M2 chip.
The updated 13-inch MacBook Pro keeps its compact form factor but gains capabilities with the M2 chip.
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An updated MacBook Pro – the first laptop to run on the powerful new Apple M2 processor – hit store shelves Friday morning. The chip makes it the fastest 13-inch notebook in Apple’s lineup.

The company unveiled the M2 chip  three weeks ago at its Worldwide Developers Conference. It also took the wraps off the first two laptops to run on it: the just-launched MacBook Pro and a redesigned MacBook Air that is coming in July.

13-inch MacBook Pro is the first with M2 chip

The wraps came off the Apple M2 processor at WWDC22. It’s the second in the M-series, and offers an 18% faster CPU, a 35% more powerful GPU and 40% faster Neural Engine than the M1. And the first computer to get it is the 13-inch MacBook Pro.

Reviews of the just-launched notebook show that it’s up to 25% faster than the M1-based version from 2020.

“The 13-inch MacBook Pro [features] incredible performance, ProRes acceleration, up to 24GB of memory, and up to 20 hours of battery life — making our most portable pro notebook even better,” said Greg Joswiak, Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide marketing, in a press release after the WWDC22 keynote.

Aside from the new chip, the new Apple laptop is a blast from the past. It is one of the last with a Touch Bar, as it’s essentially the same model Apple released in 2020 with an M1 processor. There are none of the design features from the 2021 MacBook Pros, like MagSafe or an HDMI port. But the new Mac laptop does have a Magic Keyboard, not an unreliable butterfly keyboard.

How to order

The 2022 version of the 13-inch MacBook Pro with M2 is in Apple retail stores now. In many areas, it’s ready to pick up today.

Apple is also taking orders for on its website. Plus, it can be ordered through the Apple Store app and through Apple Authorized Resellers.

Pricing starts at $1,299 and goes up with additional RAM and storage.

Stay tuned for the M2 MacBook Air

While the 13-inch MacBook Pro is the first out of the gate with the M2, quite a few people surely will wait for the MacBook Air with the same processor. It measures just 0.44 inches (11.3 millimeters) thick, but there’s room for a 13.6-inch screen, MagSafe and a 1080p webcam.

Trying to decide between the two? Don’t miss Cult of Mac‘s guide: M2 MacBook Air versus M2 MacBook Pro.

Source: Apple

We originally published this post on June 14, 2022. We updated it when preorders went live, and again when the notebook reached Apple stores.