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It's officially Friday, June 24 in New Zealand and Australia, which means it's the launch day for the 13-inch M2 MacBook Pro. Customers in New Zealand and Australia are always the first to get their hands on new devices due to time zone differences, and the M2 Macs are no exception.

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M2 MacBook Pro models are beginning to arrive to customers who pre-ordered the machine last Friday, and new MacBook Pro owners will likely soon be sharing their experiences with the updated M2 chip on the MacRumors forums, Twitter, and other social networks.

New Zealand does not have Apple Stores, so customers in Australia will be the first to be able to pick up an M2 MacBook Pro. Stock in Australia will give us an idea of what we might be able to expect from other stores worldwide. A spot check shows the stock M2 MacBook Pro models available for purchase at multiple stores in Australia, but custom configurations with upgraded unified memory and SSDs will not likely be available in stores.

Following New Zealand and Australia, sales of the MacBook Pro will begin in Asia, the Middle East, Europe, and then North America.

The 13-inch M2 MacBook Pro features the same design as the prior-generation model, and the M2 chip is the only upgrade. The M2 chip features the same 8-core CPU as the M1, but with an upgraded nine or 10-core GPU.

Are you getting a new M2 MacBook Pro today? Let us know what you think in the comments.

Article Link: First M2 MacBook Pro Orders Arriving to Customers in New Zealand and Australia
 

Shirasaki

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Why would you ever order this machine on day 1? The M2 MBA is a much better value, or even the M1 Pro base config 14-inch MacBook Pro....

Please explain what is so compelling about this product, other than the fact that it includes the M2 chip and can be shipped sooner than the M2 MBA.

Thanks,
Tried and true design. Touch Bar for those who needs it. Has a fan. No notch. Sturdier than MacBook Air.

These machines exist for a reason, however niche it might be. Heck, Apple might refresh it with M3 next year or so. Who knows.
 

tripleburst

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Why would you ever order this machine on day 1? The M2 MBA is a much better value, or even the M1 Pro base config 14-inch MacBook Pro....

Please explain what is so compelling about this product, other than the fact that it includes the M2 chip and can be shipped sooner than the M2 MBA.

Thanks,
Bingo! There's really no other reason or maybe they're fine with the design.
 

ian87w

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Why would you ever order this machine on day 1? The M2 MBA is a much better value, or even the M1 Pro base config 14-inch MacBook Pro....

Please explain what is so compelling about this product, other than the fact that it includes the M2 chip and can be shipped sooner than the M2 MBA.

Thanks,
It might only mean that the M2 MacBook Air availability might be an issue early on, with the M2 MacBook Pro being the easier to find in stock model as its production simply reused the old chassis.
 

anshuvorty

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Tried and true design. Touch Bar for those who needs it. Has a fan. No notch. Sturdier than MacBook Air.

These machines exist for a reason, however niche it might be. Heck, Apple might refresh it with M3 next year or so. Who knows.

I would argue that the TouchBar is a negative - it has its own firmware that can get bricked during a software update and the only recourse is to ship it to Apple, which will then replace the entire motherboard.

An entire motherboard replacement, just because the Touchbar firmware corrupted itself during a software update (the Touchbar firmware is called iBridge).

You won't have the same reliability problems with the other Apple laptop designs because they include a function row and no additional firmware.
 
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Shirasaki

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I would argue that the TouchBar is a negative - it has its own firmware that can get bricked during a software update and the only recourse is to ship it to Apple, which will then replace the entire motherboard.

An entire motherboard replacement, just because the Touchbar firmware corrupted itself during a software update (the Touchbar firmware is called Bridge).

You won't have the same reliability problems with the other Apple laptop designs because they include a function row and no additional firmware.
Well. That can Be a concern. But at the same time, it is the most cost efficient option for Apple to bring a laptop sitting in between 14” MacBook Pro and MacBook Air, unless they think this 13” lineup has no Reason to exist anymore.

Also, somewhere in this forum mentions a possibility of companies signing contract with Apple to offer these types of computers and how easy it might be to approve an upgrade instead of going for a brand new chassis etc.
 

UltimateSyn

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Tried and true design. Touch Bar for those who needs it. Has a fan. No notch. Sturdier than MacBook Air.

These machines exist for a reason, however niche it might be. Heck, Apple might refresh it with M3 next year or so. Who knows.
Sturdier than MacBook Air? Who told you that?
 
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I was hoping the M2 would be as big of leap from the M1 as the M1 was from Intel chips. 20% isn't enough to justify the cost.
that's not reasonable ,a chip coming one year after can't be this much better

if u say its been about two years,well ,yes ,but one is based on a14 and the other on 15,thats why i call it a year
 

jav6454

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Why would you ever order this machine on day 1? The M2 MBA is a much better value, or even the M1 Pro base config 14-inch MacBook Pro....

Please explain what is so compelling about this product, other than the fact that it includes the M2 chip and can be shipped sooner than the M2 MBA.

Thanks,
Because people find value in them to the dismay of readers like you.
 

Freeangel1

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They should get them first. MAN. everything is so expensive over there.

Cant buy a house in Australia for anything less than half a million dollars. most likely more than that.
 

Jeeg

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would be great if anyone that gets one of these M2 Macs could check if it supports 4k120Hz because currently my 16" M1 Max doesn't support it.
 

fooobar

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Why would you ever order this machine on day 1? The M2 MBA is a much better value, or even the M1 Pro base config 14-inch MacBook Pro....

Please explain what is so compelling about this product, other than the fact that it includes the M2 chip and can be shipped sooner than the M2 MBA.

Thanks,

no notch => that alone is reason enough for many.

but also, it has touchbar for people who want it. plus longer battery life. and a fan for cooling if needed.

wish it had magsafe & more ports, but oh well - that's apple for 'ya! 🤷‍♂️
⬆️ (both of these can be addressed with add-ons though...)
 

CJF93

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Why would you ever order this machine on day 1? The M2 MBA is a much better value, or even the M1 Pro base config 14-inch MacBook Pro....

Please explain what is so compelling about this product, other than the fact that it includes the M2 chip and can be shipped sooner than the M2 MBA.

Thanks,
Some people just don't like to wait lol. To each their own.
 
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