The M2-powered MacBook Pro, which was announced in this year’s edition of the WWDC, is now available via Apple Stores. Flaunted as a next-gen machine, the MacBook Pro with M2 chip has been labelled by iFixit as a recycled laptop with a new processor.
Based on the new clip uploaded from the company popular for their teardown videos, it has been revealed that the 13-inch M2 MacBook Pro (2022) is essentially a recycled 13-inch MacBook Pro M1 model from 2020. In terms of design and construction, the 2022 MacBook Pro is pretty much unchanged from the 2020 model.
This means you get the same old display, mics, speakers, and webcam. You might think it could sport a different body shell but no, it’s the same old one. In fact, even the chassis number of the new MacBook Pro matches that of its predecessor.
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In addition to these similarities, it is apparent that the bottom panel screws and most internal components are also similar to the previous generation. Similarly, popular tech YouTuber MKBHD recently pointed out how Apple simply applied stickers over M1 boxes to use them for the MacBook M2 (2022).
According to iFixit, the newer model takes a hit in SSD performance. As opposed to two NAND chip in the MacBook Pro M1 (2020) model, the latest model settles for a single NAND chip. With everything taken into account, you may want to consider the more affordable MacBook Air M2 model, which is expected to hit the stores in mid-July.