On Friday, June 17, Apple will open pre-orders for the 13-inch MacBook Pro. It’s the first Mac to feature Apple’s next-generation M2 processors, followed by the redesigned MacBook Air next month. But while it might seem like a “new” device, the MacBook Pro actually packs a lot of older features that we thought Apple had discontinued. So should you buy one? Here are five reasons why you might want to wait.
It’s more expensive than the MacBook Air M2
Although Apple hasn’t raised the price of the M2 MacBook Pro, it’s still in a tight spot when it comes to pricing. Starting at $1,299, that’s $100 more than the next MacBook Air with a larger screen and similar processor (8-core GPU vs. 10-core GPU). The MacBook Pro comes with more storage (512GB vs. 256GB) and a better cooling system, which will allow faster speeds for longer durations, although most users probably won’t notice.
True pros, however, will likely be better suited to the M1 Pro and M1 Max models of the 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros. They’re more expensive, sure, but you get more screen, better battery life, and more build-to-order options.
It has Apple’s older design and display
The 13-inch MacBook Pro has long used the same classic design, and there’s really nothing wrong with that. Yet now that Apple has shaken up the model with the 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pros and the redesigned MacBook Air, the wide bezels of the 13-inch MacBook Pro look downright dated.
There is also the display. The 13-inch MacBook Pro lacks Apple’s new Liquid Retina technology, which brings more color and rounded corners to match design contours. It’s still a nice screen, but compared to other Pro models with the XDR and the MacBook Air M2, it’s not quite as good. Plus, it’s not the smallest in Apple’s lineup since the MacBook Air grew to 13.6 inches.
Ports are missing
Apple and the ports discussion go hand in hand, but it would be fair to say the company’s mea culpa last year which saw the reintroduction of an SD card reader, HDMI and MagSafe on the 14-inch MacBooks and 16 inches. The pros have been well received by consumers and professional users.
On the MacBook Pro M2, however, you get none of that. The M2 model has the same ports as last year: two Thunderbolt/USB 4 ports and a 3.5mm headphone jack with support for high-impedance headphones. Even the MacBook Air M2 has better port options with the addition of MagSafe (so you don’t have to use a USB-C port for charging). Of course, if you’re using a docking station with your laptop, that won’t be a problem, but we still prefer having MagSafe.
The camera is always 720p
Apple had somewhat scoffed at its unwavering commitment to the 720p FaceTime HD camera that has graced Macs for years, but last year it finally saw it catch up with the times and replace it with a 1080p sensor. on 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros. . As expected, the MacBook Air M2 also got the best camera hardware, but the 13-inch MacBook Pro didn’t.
Sure, once macOS 13 Ventura arrives, you’ll be able to use your iPhone as a webcam with Continuity Camera, but that’s no excuse for having a terrible webcam in 2022.
Better models are coming
Although there is always an argument that saving your money will get you a much better product later, this has traditionally been more of a concern for phone or tablet purchases. Now that Apple is (almost) all-in on Apple Silicon and the next-gen M2 has arrived, there will always be a question of whether or not to wait a few months for the next round of upgrades.
While we never really know what the future holds, it seems pretty sure that another MacBook is on the way soon. There are rumors of a 15-inch model on the way as well as an M2 Pro/M2 Max update to existing MacBook Pro models. This is something to consider before losing $1,299 right now.
But… the Touch Bar
Other than the processor, there’s nothing new in the new MacBook Pro. That means it’s still the last MacBook, probably ever, to have a Touch Bar. So if you like it, there is no other model that has it. And honestly, now that we don’t have it on the high-end MacBook Pros anymore, we kind of miss it.