Apple is quite ambitious with the M2 processors it introduced last year. MacBook and iPad models with the new M2 processors also fill this claim with their performance. However, an interesting claim has been made about Apple’s MacBook Pro model, which claims to improve in each generation.
MacBook Pro surprises with low SSD performance
Recent tests revealed that the 14-inch M2 MacBook Pro has a slower SSD than the model introduced last year. In BlackMagic’s Disk Speed Test, the 512GB SSD in Apple’s latest flagship hit a read speed of 2,970 MB/s and a write speed of about 3,150 MB/s. On the other hand, the model with the M1 Pro processor, released in 2021, has a reading speed of 4,900 MB / s and a writing speed of 3,950 MB / s.
The 14-inch M2 MacBook Pro, introduced in 2023, exhibits approximately 39 percent slower read and 20 percent slower write speeds than the model released in 2021. The reason behind this is stated to be the number of NAND cells.
Accordingly, the 512GB SSD of the older generation M1 MacBook Pro has four NAND storage cells, while the M2 Pro has two. Although these cells have higher capacity, they seem to lag behind in write and read speed.
For a while, Apple has included fewer NAND cells in the storage of MacBook models. That’s why both the 256GB M2 MacBook Air and the 13-inch MacBook Pro offer slower storage than the M1 versions.
It is understandable that Apple is trying to save money on these models, which can be described as entry-level. However, let’s say that we find it quite surprising that Apple follows a similar policy on the 14-inch M2 MacBook Pro.
Apple promises very high performances in its devices with M2 Pro and M2 Max processors. On the SSD side, such a performance drop can annoy MacBook Pro users. So what do you think about Apple’s SSD policy on MacBook models? You can share your views with us in the comments section.