M2 MacBook Air is quite similar to the 13-inch MacBook Pro in its first benchmark test

M2 Macbook Air is quite similar to 13" old Macbook in first Benchmark Test

Initial Geekbench 5 results for the MacBook Air's M2 chip have surfaced, suggesting that users should see the same performance as in the new 13-inch MacBook Pro for general use. 

The first wave of  Apple Silicon M2-equipped devices, the updated MacBook Air, and the upgraded 13-inch MacBook Pro are likely to differ in performance due to cooling variations. However, an early benchmark of the  MacBook Air M2 seems to indicate that many users may not perceive the difference. 

According to  Geekbench 5 results spotted by Twitter user "Mr. Macintosh", the  MacBook Air M2 results first appeared in the benchmark tool's online browser. Running on Friday, the results for "Mac14.2" showed a single-core score of 1,899 and a multi-core score of 8,965. 

Results match results found by AppleInsider in a review of the 13-inch MacBook Pro. In the same tests, the MacBook Pro scored 1,928 in the single-core test and 8,990 in the multi-core test. 

Despite the slight difference in results between the two chips, the benchmarks show little difference in performance between the models, at least in day-to-day usage. 

Tools like Geekbench are explicitly designed to be included in the workflow, resulting in simulations that are closer to everyday workflows than running extensive processing. 

The MacBook Pro's active cooling means it will outlast longer processing sessions with better heat management than the passively cooled MacBook Air. At the same time, users looking for high performance with minimal tweaking will tend to choose more powerful systems to start with. 

For frequent use for low-processing tasks, the MacBook Air is still the better choice of the two models.