Apple announced the new M2 MacBook Pro in early June, with the same design as the M1 variant. While there aren’t any new design variants, the M2 chip brings the needed performance gains to the table. However, the base model is still slower than the M1 MacBook Pro due to the single NAND flash memory chip. According to iFixit’s new M2 MacBook Pro teardown, Apple simply recycled the old hardware and added a new chip. Scroll down to read more details on this topic.
The teardown of the new M2 MacBook Pro shows similar internals and component layouts as the M1 MacBook Pro
iFixit’s latest teardown reveals the inside of the new M2 MacBook Pro, which compares to the last generation M1 MacBook Pro. All in all, Apple hasn’t changed anything inside apart from the processor. Apple has reused the M1 MacBook Air case as both models are identical in design. Aside from that, I attach it noted that even the bottom cover of the new M2 MacBook Pro is identical to the version launched in 2020. Both models have the model number “A2338” engraved on the bottom and the same FCC ID. That means Apple simply recycled the old hardware with a new chip on board.
When MKBHD unboxed the M2 MacBook Pro, it became clear that even the packaging is the same as its predecessor. The Cupertino giant simply updated the packaging with a sticker listing the specs over the old markings. With the M2 MacBook Pro Teardown, almost all internal components, connectors and screws are the same as the last generation model with an M1 chip. While some chips are changed, they are in the same location as the M1 MacBook Pro.
The teardown also reveals that the M2 MacBook Pro’s heatsink has square corners, but this doesn’t affect functionality. While removing the logic board is easy, there is a possibility that internal components can be easily damaged if the correct tools are not used. iFixit also attempted to replace the M2 MacBook Pro’s logic board, but it renders the device unusable because the keyboard and trackpad are unresponsive. A YouTuber also tried his luck upgrading the M1 MacBook Pro with an M2 chip, but the experiment failed.
The video also noted that the single NAND flash memory chip in the M2 MacBook Pro slows data transfer speeds compared to its dual NAND chip predecessor. In terms of repairability, Apple has made it difficult for users to repair the device themselves. Apple may add the M2 MacBook Pro to its self-repair program for easier repairs. You can watch the teardown video below for more details.
While the new MacBook Pro features a brand new chip from Apple, we’re still waiting for the M2 MacBook Air. The new MacBook Air was revealed at the company’s WWDC 2022 in June, featuring a brand new design and the new M2 processor for improved performance and presented battery life. It remains to be seen how the M2 MacBook Air will fare against the M2 MacBook Pro.
We’ll keep you posted on the latest updates, so stay tuned for more details. That’s all folks. Share your valuable takeaways on the M2 MacBook Pro teardown in the comments below.