Apple downgraded the SSD speeds of the M2-powered 512GB MacBook Pro and 256GB Mac Mini

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When Apple refreshed the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro 13 with the M2 SoC last year, it was met with controversy after the SSD speeds of the base variants turned out to be much slower than the M1 equivalents. Well, the tech giant has been thought to do the same again, this time with the recently released M2 Mac Mini and M2 MacBook Pro models.

As reported by MacRumors, the base M2 Mac Mini with 256GB of storage has slower read and write speeds compared to its predecessor. A teardown by YouTuber Brandon Geekabit revealed it only had a single 256GB storage chip, compared to the M1 Mac Mini’s two 128GB chips.

Like the base model M2 MacBook Air, a single storage chip means slower read and write speeds, as multiple NAND chips enable faster speeds. Accordingly, the base model M2 MacBook Pro 14-inch and MacBook Pro 16-inch also have the same problem as the 512GB storage has a reduction of NAND chips compared to the predecessor.

Both the M2 Mac Mini and M2 MacBook Pro models deliver faster read and write speeds when the storage option is upgraded. So if you’re looking to buy one of Apple’s new M2 models, keep this in mind.

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