Oops, Apple Has Done It Again: The New MacBook Air Is Limiting Performance

If you were struggling to decide between the newly released MacBook Air and MacBook Pro models with M2, some information has come to light that may push observers to the limit, after the new MacBook Air is revealed to accelerate its own performance by up to 25 % under prolonged workloads.

These results come from The Verge’s opinion (opens in new tab) of the new MacBook Air, in which a 30-minute multi-core test loop was run to more accurately portray how the device would handle lengthy and demanding tasks, rather than using a benchmarking app like Cinebench R23. These benchmarks are useful, but because of their short duration, they cannot accurately reflect real-world performance.

The fanless design is the likely culprit, with the machine forced to throttle its own performance to reduce the risk of overheating, and it’s worth noting that the 13-inch MacBook Pro with M2 didn’t encounter the same performance issues during the same tests. , as it has a single cooling fan to help reduce temperatures under load.

Another thing to consider if you’re on the fence is that the M2 MacBook Air has slower SSD speeds, probably to try and keep manufacturing costs down, but combined with the loss of performance this should show that while they contain the same chip, Air and Pro are different for a reason. If you need to run applications for a longer period of time, like editing and rendering video footage, it would be better to buy the 13-inch MacBook Pro (M2, 2022) or even the larger 14-inch or 16-inch M1 Pro and M1 Max Models.

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This news will likely upset some Apple fans, as the MacBook Air was definitely the hottest model of the two M2 releases, but don’t let one very specific area of ​​its performance dissuade you from buying one – as long as it really is the right fit. for your needs.

If you’re looking for an affordable entry-level Macbook, you’d be better off buying the older version of the MacBook Air (M1, 2020), especially if you can wait until Black Friday sales.

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