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Apple | MacBook Pro M1 with 13 inches: Upgrade to M2 would be possible – if Apple wanted to | macbook

Apple’s new 13-inch MacBook Pro with M2 chip looks almost like a twin to its 2020 predecessor. It is surprisingly similar from the inside, as shown by a first teardown of the machine presented at the beginning of June, which was carried out by the repair specialist iFixIt.


Accordingly, Apple has really held back with the innovations – whether for cost reasons or because of the ongoing delivery problems in China remains unclear. As the teardown shows, almost every component corresponds to those of the previous model – with one big exception: Instead of the M1 SoC, the accelerated M2 Apple silicon is installed. However, Apple has managed to accommodate the M2 on a motherboard of the same design, despite the slightly larger die.

The second change concerns the 256 GB SSD in the entry-level model of the MacBook Pro 13 M2: According to the first benchmarks, it works much more slowly than before. The reading and writing speed measured with Blackmagic’s Disk Speed ​​Test is only around 1450 MB/s for the permanently integrated 256 GB SSD. For comparison: With the 256 GB memory in the MacBook Pro 13 inch M1 and MacBook Air M1 (both built in 2020), Mac & i was able to measure read and write speeds of almost 2300 MB/s and 2750 MB/s respectively. In the new MacBook Pro 13 M2, Apple uses a single NAND flash memory chip instead of the two 128 GB memory chips in the predecessor, which run in a kind of hardware RAID mode and speed up the system. If you want a faster SSD, you should bite the bullet and treat yourself to the 512 GB variant for 230 euros more.


Due to the great hardware similarities, it would be possible to easily convert a 2020 MacBook Pro 13 M1 into an M2 variant – something that Apple simply doesn’t have. But this MacBook is not a modular laptop either. iFixIt tested the exchange among themselves and found that there were problems with the trackpad and the Touch ID fingerprint sensor. The latter must be married to the motherboard and with the trackpad, some tasks seem to have been moved to the SoC in the M2. Accordingly, the operation of a zombie MacBook Pro is not possible.

“Apple’s previous arguments about the impossibility of upgrades between generations always had to do with the fact that the sizes within the chassis were different – or there were cost or manufacturing limitations. Now how do we explain that?”, iFixIt puts the rhetorical in its teardown Question. In fact, there is no answer for this. Apple missed the chance to make the system truly sustainable.

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