It seems that reviewers with early access to the new Apple MacBook Air are busy evaluating the performance of its new M2 processor, as evidenced by the flood of Mac 14,2 scores on Geekbench.
Not surprisingly, the M2 in the fanless MacBook Air scores in the same ballpark as the M2 inside the MacBook Pro 13, which has a single fan. Geekbench is a fast benchmark and it does not stress the chipset and it in turn does not generate enough heat to cause throttling.
However, some early M2 reviews showed that the new processor is getting hotter than the M1 and this may lead to poorer sustained performance. These tests are based on the single-fan MacBook Pro 13 and are likely to lead to the same result on the fanless MacBook Air.
But we expect the MacBook Pro 14 and 16 laptops to be well-equipped to handle the new chip once it gets to them.
The new MacBook Air on the left, the new MacBook Pro 13 on the right
The MacBook Air went on pre-order on July 8 and ships from July 15, a few weeks after the old-fashioned M2-equipped MacBook Pro 13. In addition to the upgraded processor (which has an 18% faster CPU, and 35% faster GPU), Air is slimmer, brings a new 13.6-inch 2560x1664px IPS LCD with 500 nits brightness, MagSafe and two USB-C ports and a new 1080p webcam.