The MacBook Pro 2022 debuted at Apple’s WWDC event in June 2022, one of two new flagship MacBooks for Apple’s second generation of silicon: the M2 chip.
Unveiled alongside the new MacBook Air 2022 ($1,199 to start), this latest MacBook Pro is a refresh of the 13-inch model that stays at the same $1,299 starting price and sports a similar design. The real change is under the hood, with Apple advertising an M2-powered specs boost that it claims can deliver up to 20 hours of video playback.
The original M1-powered 13-inch Pro remains one of the best laptops you can buy, so the fact that there’s a new model on the market is potentially a big deal. Here’s everything we know about the MacBook Pro 2022 so far.
MacBook Pro 2022: Top new features
- The big news is of course that the 13-inch MacBook Pro 2022 is powered by Apple’s new M2 chip, which can pack up to an 8-core CPU and a 10-core GPU, with performance that Apple claims improves upon that of the already-impressive M1 chip.
- Expect the same pair of USB-C ports, designed for easy access and now with support for fast charging.
- There’s a new 1080p webcam with what Apple claims is improved performance over last year’s models.
MacBook Pro 2022 release date
The 13-inch MacBook Pro 2022 will ship in July 2022, and you should be able to pre-order one via Apple’s website (opens in new tab) in the near future in either Silver and Space Gray.
The 13-inch Pro 2022 has a starting price of $1,299, putting it right in line with the pricing of its M1-powered predecessor. It’s just $100 more than the $1,199 starting price of its M2-powered sibling, the 2022 Air.
MacBook Pro 2022: Design
The new 13-inch Macbook Pro 2022 has a similar design to its predecessor, the 13-inch MacBook Pro with M1. It sports two Thunderbolt 4/USB-C ports, and either can be used to charge the device, which also supports fast charging.
There’s a new and improved 1080p webcam built into the 2022 MacBook Pro’s display, and Apple claims it should capture better photos thanks in part to the power of the M2 chip.
MacBook Pro 2022: Specs
The MacBook Pro 2022 will be powered by Apple’s new M2 chip, which is configurable with an 8-core CPU and up to a 10-core GPU. Apple claims the M2 chip is capable of up to 18% greater multi-core performance than the M1.
We’ll have to test that ourselves, but if it proves true it’s good news given that the M1 blew us away with its remarkable combination of speedy multi-core performance and power efficiency.
MacBook Pro 2022: Outlook
What we’ve seen of the new 13-inch MacBook Pro 2022 is cause for cautious excitement, as Apple seems to have delivered a new M2 chip with welcome upgrades in performance and power efficiency without messing too much with a successful design.
Of course, we’ll have to get one in for testing to see how much of a difference the next generation of Apple silicon makes in Apple’s latest entry-level Pro. Stay tuned!