The good news is that this is the same price the earlier MacBook Pro 13-inch (M1, 2020) launched at, which means you’re essentially getting an upgrade from the M1 to the M2 chip for free.
The M1 was Apple’s revolutionary first attempt at making its own computing chip, rather than relying on Intel to provide the processing power. It offered excellent performance and long battery life, and led to a resurgence in MacBooks – and we’re not talking just in sales, but also within Apple itself. The company had felt for a while like it was more interested in iPhones and iPads, but the M1-powered MacBooks (and Macs) seemed to reinvigorate Apple’s passion for its computers.
As with previous models, there are various configuration options available with the MacBook Pro 13-inch (M2, 2022), such as upping the unified memory to either 16GB (which is a new choice with the M2 chip), as well as to expand the storage up to 2TB. The base model comes with 256GB, which is a bit on the low side these days, especially for workstations that will be used for creative professionals, who often use large files, so paying more for a larger SSD could pay off.