Apple's new 13-inch MacBook Pro is a little tough to recommend given the options in Apple's lineup, but that doesn't change the key takeaway: The new second-generation M2 chip doesn't disappoint.
But the real story is that this is the first laptop to be released with the second-generation ARM-based processors for Macs. The M2 is an exciting follow-up to the already impressive M1 and a promising herald of what's to come with future Macs carrying the "Pro" moniker.
There's just one major difference between the 2022 13-inch MacBook Pro and the 2020 model it replaces: The new machine sports Apple's second-generation M2 system-on-a-chip instead of the M1. We'll spend most of our time here on that, but let's get a few other key details out of the way.
Starting at $1,299, the laptop offers two base storage configurations: 256GB, or 512GB for an additional $200. You can upgrade further to 1TB or 2TB for a substantial price bump.