You can not see it from the outside. Not even if you look very closely. You need to turn on the laptop, and only when you’re logged in can you conclude that the laptop you have in front of you is actually the device with Apple’s very latest, proprietary processor, the M2. The M2 is, you guessed it, the successor to the M1 processor and, according to Apple, is above all more efficient and graphically more powerful than its predecessor. MacBook Pro 13.3 “is the first laptop that Apple has put that chip in. It is a laptop that does not differ in appearance from the 13.3” MacBook Pro, which Apple introduced eight years ago. Can that design last a few more years, and is the M2 worth upgrading? You can read it in this review.
When Apple introduced the MacBook Pro 13.3 “in 2016, it showed off a laptop with a few striking features. The laptop first stood out because of its Touch Bar, the touch screen that replaced the physical keys at the top of the keyboard. also access peripherals.only using USB-C connections and finally there was the keyboard with butterfly-samples. That keyboard caused problems for many users and forced Apple to apologize. From 2020, the butterfly keys provided space for a regular keyboard scissorsshifts. In appearance, the ‘magic’ keyboard is also the only difference with the previous models.
According to Apple, this design may last for a while, but how timeless is it really? On the one hand, there’s nothing wrong with the exterior of the MacBook Pro. It is an unadorned house made of sturdy aluminum and, as we are used to from Apple, nicely done. You notice this, for example, when you open the screen. This is done with a little resistance, but still enough to hold it in place once opened. When closed, the screen ends nicely dimmed on the C-cover and stays in place thanks to the magnets stored in the housing. The house also feels solid and is not easy to tap anywhere. The screen cannot be rotated.
Still, there are signs of age that the house can no longer mask. Take the top screen edge for example. It is almost one and a half centimeters wide, even wider than the side edges, which have also dropped significantly by 2022 standards. Competitive 13.3 “laptops have millimeter-thick edges, making them more compact and ever lighter. The 13.3” MacBook Pro weighs XX grams, not particularly light for a 13.3 “laptop, and then there’s a Touch Bar in With the introduction of the MacBook 14 “and 16”, Apple basically dropped the touchbar, because if the top models did not have it, what does the Touch Bar do on this cheaper model? Developers will come to the same conclusion and probably will not take it into account account in their software anymore.
As for connectivity, the MacBook Pro user has to settle for two USB-C ports, just like the previous generation. Apple is delivering new MacBook models with a MagSafe magnetic connection, but this model has not yet been taken into account. If your laptop is on the charger, it ‘costs’ you a USB-C connection, while this is not the case with MagSafe MacBooks. The two USB ports support USB 4, but have the same major drawback as the M1 MacBooks; you can only connect one external monitor to it. It may be a 6k screen at 60Hz, but due to a limitation of the chip, more than one screen is not possible, no matter how low the resolution is. You can work around this with DisplayLink adapters, but they have some drawbacks, including the absence of HDCPsupport and compression needed to push the image through a USB cable as quickly as possible.