That the Cupertino company is in the habit of launching “identical” products on the outside, and radically different on the inside, is something that doesn’t really surprise us either. There is a large list of Apple products that might look the same, but have a price difference that makes us suspicious.
Once again, Apple does not tell you the secrets behind the huge price jump that exists between Macs with different storages, and we are not just talking about capacity. Thus, the simple fact of opting for a 256GB or 512GB version can also make a big difference in performance.
This was already happening in 2012 between the 128GB MacBook Pro 13″ and the 512GB one, for some reason that no one could understand, far from what might seem logical, the lower storage option had a significantly lower read and write rate than the which offered the 512GB version.
In this order of things, with the new MacBook Air M2 they soon realized that this tactic was being perpetuated over time, the SSD mounted by the version with less storage had significantly lower performance than previous versions.
The same has happened with the Mac Mini M2, where eWe found that the 256GB version has a single chip (instead of two in parallel), and therefore offers even 50% lower performance which versions with higher storage.
It’s unbelievable but true, especially considering that after the processor and GPU, the hard drive is perhaps the main contributor to system performance. That’s how Apple tarnishes the work of the M2 processor for those who have not decided to pay the additional cost of 230 euros implicit in expanding the memory to 512GB, since you not only improve storage, but also performance. Something that they don’t tell you while you buy it, in fact, Apple barely mentions it anywhere… did you know?