Apple’s entry-level MacBook Pro M2 has slower SSD speeds than its M1 counterpart


Apple’s new base model 13-inch MacBook Pro M2 appears to have slower SSD speeds than its M1 predecessor. MacRumors reports that YouTubers Max Tech and Created Tech both tested the base 256GB M2 model and found that SSD read speeds are around 50% slower than the M1 MacBook Pro with 256GB of storage. Write speeds would be around 30% slower.

Testing was done using Blackmagic’s Disk Speed ​​Test app, and Max Tech even took the 13-inch MacBook Pro M2 apart and found that Apple was only using a single flash storage chip. NAND. The MacBook Pro M1 uses two 128GB NAND chips, and multiple chips can enable faster SSD speeds in parallel.

Other 13-inch MacBook Pro M2 models with larger SSD storage don’t seem to suffer from slower SSD speeds. Another YouTuber with a 512GB M2 model ran tests and found speeds similar to the M1 version, and most reviewers were seeded with fast 1TB models and found no speed issues.

If SSD speeds are a problem for you on the base 13-inch MacBook Pro, you’ll have to shell out an extra $200 for the faster 512GB model. But if you’re up for it, you might want to wait and see what’s inside the new MacBook Air. The base model will cost a little less at $1,199, but if it has slower SSD speeds, there’s an identically priced $1,499 512GB model that will presumably have both NAND chips. Unlike the M2 MacBook Pro, the M2 MacBook Air also gets a big redesign, including new colors, a bigger screen, a 1080p webcam, and MagSafe charging.

We’ve reached out to Apple to comment on the changes to the SSD in the MacBook Pro, and we’ll update you accordingly if we get back to you.


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