The first generation of Apple Silicon has been around for a few months. While everyone is still waiting for an M1X MacBook Pro, we are excited about the next generation of Apple Silicon.
It will be exciting to see if Apple can fix the shortcomings of the first generation M1 chips. Because while Apple's M1 MacBooks are really great machines, they are far from perfect.
So here are seven features we'd love to see when Apple releases an M2 MacBook.
1. Mini LED display for the M2 MacBooks
Laptop makers are gradually introducing mini-LED and OLED laptops, and we want Apple to come on board too. Given that Apple has already implemented this display technology on its iPads, it would make perfect sense.
Sure, this can make the MacBook thicker, but the visual differences would be significant. The screen would be brilliant for viewing HDR content with deep blacks and vivid colors. Mini LED displays are also typically much brighter than their IPS counterparts.
Liquid Retina XDR on the MacBook could also entice many existing users to upgrade. It's expensive, but the difference makes it worth the extra money.
2. Better GPU performance
We have nothing to complain about in terms of the CPU performance of the M1 chip, but the main thing is that the graphics performance is lacking.
Despite its eight GPU cores, the M1 MacBook Pro was outperformed by the older 16-inch MacBook Pro in the Geekbench 5 Metal GPU test. This means that the 16-inch MacBook Pro is still ideal for GPU-intensive tasks, but we also want to catch up or overtake Apple in the graphics department.
We're not sure how Apple will accomplish this. Doubling the number of GPU cores can help what the alleged M1X chip is supposed to deliver. It's a whole different ballpark for the M2 chips, but we'll see if Apple has any tricks up its sleeve later this year.
3. Thunderbolt 4 and better port placement
Thunderbolt 4 has been available on Windows laptops since late last year, but Apple didn't add it to its M1 MacBook lineup for some reason. While it doesn't offer any speed improvements over Thunderbolt 3, it does offer functional advantages like the ability to connect two external 4K displays to your Mac.
Therefore, this time we would like support for Thunderbolt 4 with the upcoming M2 chips.
Another element that is pretty annoying about the M1 MacBooks is port placement. There are two USB-C ports right next to each other. The problem here is that one of the ports cannot be used when you plug in a dongle or a USB hub. Sometimes you may even have trouble connecting two thick USB cables.
Apple can avoid this by simply moving one of the ports to the other side of the MacBook, presumably next to the 3.5mm headphone jack. Or they could just be a little bit spaced.
Of course, adding more ports is another easy solution if your listening, Apple!
4. MagSafe charging and larger power adapters
Let's bring back the good old days of MagSafe. Introduce a new proprietary connector and name it MagSafe 3.
For those who don't know, these magnetic connectors were originally introduced as a safety measure. The MagSafe charger is held in place with magnets so that when you pull it out of the socket, it will disengage without damaging the cable or affecting the position of the MacBook.
Users didn't have to worry about tripping over the charging cables and dropping their expensive MacBooks.
Considering how Apple reintroduced MagSafe as a charging accessory for the iPhone 12, now is the perfect opportunity to bring the feature back to MacBooks.
Apple also bundles the 30 W power adapter with the M1 MacBook Air. For this reason, charging takes much longer compared to the MacBook Pro, even though the battery is smaller.
For most of us, time is money. So we'd love to see bigger power supplies for the entire M2 MacBook lineup.
5. More RAM with LPDDR5
Right now you get 8GB of LPDDR4X RAM using the default configuration on any of the current M1 Macs. If you need more storage, you'll have to spend an additional two hundred dollars and configure it from Apple's website.
While 8GB of unified memory is still perfectly fine for most tasks, professional users certainly need that extra RAM for intense workloads.
By switching to LPDDR5 RAM, Apple can provide 12 GB of unified storage with each M2 chip. That's quite a step that prosumers may notice when they're working on their Macs.
Apple's current crop of M1 Macs includes 16GB of RAM. We'd love to see higher 32GB storage options that video editors, music producers, and other professionals would like.
6. An improved FaceTime camera
Thanks to COVID, video calls are more popular today than ever. It's one of the most important ways to connect with loved ones no matter where you are. Unfortunately, we're still sticking to a 720p FaceTime camera in 2021. Video resolution hasn't been updated in nearly a decade, and it's time for a change.
We really need 1080p FaceTime HD cameras in the next M2 MacBooks, just like the M1 iMac. This would significantly improve the video quality on FaceTime calls.
7. Cheaper hardware configuration options
Customizing an M1 MacBook is costly. With Apple now in complete control of the hardware, it charges a premium for hardware upgrades.
The worst part? Mac components are not user-upgradeable, which means you cannot get third-party RAM cheaply. Basically, when you buy the Mac, you're stuck with what Apple has to offer.
While most people would be okay with this, given how integrated all of the hardware is, we can't stand the price of memory and RAM upgrades. They cost $ 200 for each level.
For example, let's say you've decided on the $ 999 base model M1 MacBook Air. You'll have to spend another $ 800 if you want 1TB of storage and 16GB of RAM, which is outrageous.
This is a long way to go, but we want Apple to cut the upgrade cost to under $ 150 with the M2 MacBooks. This would actually encourage more users to buy custom MacBooks instead of sticking to the default configuration.
All eyes on the second generation of Apple Silicon
The first-generation M1 chip did what it wanted: it showed the world what Apple Silicon is really capable of. It got people talking and getting interested in MacBooks again. However, like any other first generation product, it wasn't perfect.
Will Apple learn from its mistakes, make improvements and take Apple Silicon to new heights with the M2 chips? Only time will tell.
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Hamlin is a full time freelance writer who has worked in the field for over four years. Since 2017 his work has appeared on OSXDaily, Beebom, FoneHow and others. In his spare time, he either trains in the gym or takes big strides in the crypto room.
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