Apple’s new 13-inch MacBook Pro M2 base model appears to have slower SSD speeds than its M1 predecessor. MacRumors reports to YouTubers Max Tech and Created by these they both tested the base 256GB M2 model and found that SSD read speeds are about 50 percent slower than the M1 MacBook Pro with 256GB of storage. Writing speeds are reportedly about 30 percent slower.
Testing was completed using the Blackmagic Disk Speed Test app, and Max Tech even disassembled the 13-inch M2 MacBook Pro and found that Apple uses only one NAND flash chip for storage. The M1 MacBook Pro uses two 128GB NAND chips, and multiple chips can enable higher SSD speeds in parallel.
Other 13-inch M2 MacBook Pro models with larger SSD memory don’t seem to suffer from slower SSD speeds. More YouTuber with the 512 GB M2 model performed tests and found similar speeds as the M1 version, and most reviewers they were seeded with fast 1TB models and found no speed issues.
If SSD speeds are an issue for you on a basic 13-inch MacBook Pro, you’ll need to shell out an extra $ 200 for a faster model than the 512GB. But if you’re willing to do that, maybe you should wait and see what’s inside the new MacBook Air. The base model will have a slightly lower price of $ 1,199, but if it has slower SSD speeds, there is a model with an identical price of $ 1,499 512 GB that will likely have two NAND chips. Unlike the M2 MacBook Pro, the M2 MacBook Air also gets a major redesign – including new colors, a larger screen, a 1080p webcam and MagSafe charging.
We’ve contacted Apple to comment on SSD changes in the MacBook Pro and we’ll let you know if we get a response.
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