Apple’s latest MacBook Air M2 recently went on sale in select markets including India. Before you head out to buy it, you’ve done your homework. You know how the new MacBook Air will be useful to you based on its specifications. But there is one thing that Apple has not mentioned yet. Apple confirmed that the entry model of the MacBook Air M2 is slower than the higher versions.
Well, that’s not exactly what Apple said as it would sabotage the MacBook Air M2’s reputation as one of the fastest and most powerful machines ever. Apple confirmed to The Verge that the MacBook Air M2 uses the same storage configuration as the base MacBook Pro M2. While this tells you nothing, several reviewers found that the SSD in the MacBook Pro M2 is significantly slower than in the MacBook Pro M1. This means that the MacBook Air M2 is equally slow.
How slow is MacBook Air M2 256GB?
The Verge reported that the 256GB storage model of the MacBook Air M2 did not perform well in Blackmagic’s disk speed test. Its SSD write speeds were 15 to 30 percent lower than those of the MacBook Air M2’s 512GB model. On the other hand, the reading speed was 40 to 50 percent lower. There is a reason the speed is quite slow. The MacBook Air M2 256GB uses one NAND chip, while the 512GB model as well as the M1 model have two. This change allows almost twice as fast speed.
In the report, the folks at The Verge also reported that the base model of the MacBook Air M2 is only slightly faster than the 2019 Intel MacBook Pro in terms of write speed. But if we talk about read speed, then they are even worse. The kind of data transfer speeds that the base model offers of the MacBook Air M2 is something you’ll find on an entry-level Windows PC. Since reading speed is more important, the MacBook Air M2 is likely to give you a sluggish experience if you throw it at multiple apps and tasks.
How does it affect?
While we haven’t had a chance to review the MacBook Air M2 yet, The Verge’s Dan Seifert in his review highlights that slow speeds can affect file transfers as well as the machine’s overall performance. This is because Macs use the SSD space as temporary memory when the in-built RAM is exhausted. But what does this mean for you as a MacBook Air M2 user?
You won’t notice any major difference between the 256GB and 512GB storage models of the MacBook Air M2. Using apps like Chrome, Safari, Messages, Photos and Music will also be mostly the same on both versions. However, memory-intensive tasks may give you some hiccups. But then that’s not the kind of audience Apple’s MacBook Air M2 is marketed to.
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