Following the release of the 13-inch M2 MacBook Pro, reviewers discovered that the base model notebook with 256GB of storage has significantly slower SSD speeds than the M1 13-inch MacBook Pro and M2 models with more storage.
In a video comparing the new 13-inch MacBook Pro to the previous generation, Max Tech notes that the 256GB M2 model benchmarks at 1446 MB/s read and 1463 MB/s write. Compare that to the M1 MacBook Pro at 2900 MB/s read and 2215 MB/s write.
Apple has confirmed to The Verge that users will notice the slower SSD speeds on the base model M2 MacBook Air as well. This is because the company is using a single chip to deliver 256GB of storage, rather than two chips.
Apple spokesperson Michelle Del Rio provided the following statement on the matter:
Thanks to the performance increases of M2, the new MacBook Air and the 13-inch MacBook Pro are incredibly fast, even compared to Mac laptops with the powerful M1 chip. These new systems use a new higher density NAND that delivers 256GB storage using a single chip. While benchmarks of the 256GB SSD may show a difference compared to the previous generation, the performance of these M2 based systems for real world activities are even faster.
Despite Apple's statement, some tests do indicate a real world difference due to the slower SSD. We'd suggest springing for the M2 MacBook Air with 512GB of storage.
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