Analyst and insider Ming-Chi Kuo has revealed new details about the upcoming 15-inch MacBook Air due in 2023. This laptop has been mentioned before by other insiders. The specialist believes that Apple may begin mass production of a 15-inch laptop in the second quarter of 2023, the presentation seems to take place around the same time. And the appearance on the market should be expected by the middle of the year.
Note that the insider’s tweet does not include the word “Air” after the product name “MacBook”. The source believes that the new laptop may simply be called the MacBook, although the official name may change.
As for the internals, it was previously said that the 15-inch MacBook will be offered in configurations with M2 Pro or M2 Max processors. Now Kuo claims that the novelty can be released in versions with M2 and M2 Pro processors. The first version will receive a 35W power adapter, the second one will receive a 67W power adapter.
Kuo also mentions that he hasn’t heard of any plans to mass-produce a 12-inch MacBook, as previously mentioned by Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman.
Overall, Apple was considering releasing a 15-inch MacBook Air as early as 2021. But 12-inch laptops were no longer produced there in 2019, this model turned out to be too weak. True, then it was built on an Intel processor, which required good cooling.
Previously, Kuo said that Apple will not show a mixed reality headset at WWDC 2022
Apple’s mixed reality headset will be more powerful than many laptops. She will receive SoC Apple M2
Apple’s mixed reality headset should get the M2 single-chip system. Bloomberg journalist Mark Gurman thinks so.
Earlier it was said that the headset will receive SoC M1, but apparently Apple has changed the configuration. It is also worth remembering that the current leaks speak of two platforms, and the second will be responsible for processing data from the device’s numerous sensors.
The headset will receive M2 with 16 GB of memory, that is, the performance of the device will be higher than that of many laptops on the market. At the same time, various rumors suggest that Apple has previously encountered the problem of overheating of the headset, so such a powerful platform, apparently, is also a minus.
At the moment, the headset is expected to be introduced in early 2023. It is also likely that for the first time Apple will show it at an event in the fall, but the device will enter the market next year.
More than 16 hours of continuous work – this is the autonomy of the new MacBook Pro 13 on M2
Apple laptops, thanks to Apple Silicon processors, stand out for their incredible autonomy. The latest MacBook Pro 13 based on the Apple M2 SoC is no exception.
The Verge journalist decided to check how long the new MacBook Pro will last in the mode of a full-fledged working system, when there is no goal to squeeze the maximum autonomy out of the PC.
The test started at 20:00. The author launched a browser with a dozen tabs, Spotify and set the brightness to 50%. Later on, the load on the PC increased as additional applications were launched, including Google Docs, After Effects, Instagram, Swift Playgrounds 4 game, PugetBench, Lightroom and so on. It is also worth noting that from 2:13 to 8:15, while the author was sleeping, YouTube was running on the laptop.
As a result, around 12:30 the laptop still turned off. He worked 16 hours and 30 minutes. The load at the same time quite corresponded to some conditionally average. If limited, for example, to the browser and typing, the laptop will probably last even longer.
The new Apple M2-based MacBook Pro has half the SSD speed of last year’s Apple M1-based NGA model
Following the release of Apple’s new 13-inch MacBook Pro based on the Apple M2, the $1,300 base model with a 256GB SSD was found to have significantly slower read/write speeds compared to the equivalent previous generation model.
YouTube channel Max Tech and Created Tech tested this version with the Blackmagic Disk Speed Test app and found that the SSD read and write speeds are about 1450 MB/s, which is about 50% slower when reading and about 30% slower when writing. compared to a 13-inch Apple M1-based MacBook Pro with a 256GB SSD.
Max Tech results:
- 13″ MacBook Pro (M1/256GB) Read Speed: 2900
- 13″ MacBook Pro (M2/256GB) Read speed: 1446
- 13″ MacBook Pro (M1/256 GB) Write speed: 2215
- 13″ MacBook Pro (M2/256 GB) Write speed: 1463
Upon disassembly, the new 13-inch MacBook Pro with 256 GB of memory was found to have only one NAND flash chip, while the previous model had two NAND chips of 128 GB each. This difference probably explains why the new model has a slower SSD: multiple NAND chips in parallel provide faster speeds.
Perhaps this decision is due to lower costs and / or lack of components. Apple has not yet commented on the situation.
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