At its WWDC 2022 keynote presentation today (June 6), Apple unveiled a new 13-inch MacBook Pro model. In this article we spill the beans on the launch, covering its launch date, specs, design and more.
The new Pro was unveiled alongside the 2022 M2 MacBook Air.
The new MacBook Pro was announced, somewhat out of the blue, at WWDC on June 6, 2022. But it isn’t available to buy quite yet. Right now the relevant button on Apple’s store is labelled “View pricing” instead of “Buy.”
We’re not sure exactly when this will change, but Apple says it will arrive “next month.” So clear some space in your budget for July 2022.
Here’s the first disappointment. Unlike the MacBook Air which launched at the same event, Apple’s new Pro is visually unchanged. It’s the same design as before.
You get the same ports, the same weight and dimensions, the same screen size as before.
On the plus side, that means no notch. On the minus side, that means yet another Touch Bar, at a point when we thought the feature was dead and buried. (Although some rumormongers did see this coming.)
Nothing much has changed on the outside, but plenty has changed within.
Most notably, the 2022 MacBook Pro gets Apple’s new M2 processor chip, which many observers didn’t expect to arrive until later in the year. In terms of cores, the M2 has an 8-core CPU, same as the M1 in the previous model, and is upgraded from 8 to 10 GPU cores. But those numbers don’t scratch the surface of what Apple is promising with this new generation of chips.
“M2 takes the industry-leading performance per watt of M1 even further with an 18 percent faster CPU, a 35 percent more powerful GPU, and a 40 percent faster Neural Engine,” Apple says. “It also delivers 50 percent more memory bandwidth compared to M1.” Of course, it’s easy to bandy around numbers like this, and we’ll have to run a review sample through our lab benchmarks to see for ourselves.
You can read more about the M2 in our guide to the new MacBook Air, which has the same processor.
The new Pro also goes much higher in RAM allocation than its predecessor: you can now go as high as 24GB, up from 16GB in 2020. While the size of the battery is the same as before, the machine comes bundled with a slightly faster USB-C charger: 67W, up from 61W. Finally, the new Pro supports Spatial Audio, whereas its predecessor did not.
- M2 processor
- 8GB RAM (configurable to 16GB or 24GB)
- 256GB/512GB/1TB/2TB of SSD storage
- 13.3-inch (2560×1600 at 227ppi) Retina display, 500 nits brightness, True Tone
- 720p FaceTime camera
- 58.2Wh battery (claimed battery life up to 20 hours of movie playback)
- Touch Bar and Touch ID
- 2 x Thunderbolt/USB 4 ports
- 3.5mm headphone jack
- Stereo speakers (with support for Spatial Audio)
- 802.11ax Wi-Fi 6
- Bluetooth 5.0
- 30.41 x 21.24 x 1.56cm; 1.4kg
A solid rather than spectacular update to the MacBook Pro, then. But how much will it set you back? Here’s the pricing for the two starting configurations:
- 13-inch MacBook Pro (2022) with M2, 8GB RAM and 256GB SSD: $1,299/£1,349
- 13-inch MacBook Pro (2022) with M2, 8GB RAM and 512GBGB SSD: $1,499/£1,549
As mentioned above these aren’t available to buy just yet. But once they hit the stores, we’re optimistic that third-party retailers will find a way to offer a discount, and you’ll find the lowest prices in our roundup of the best MacBook Pro deals.