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Apple MacBook Pro 14″ & 16″ M2 Pro & M2 Max, Mac Mini M2 & M2 Pro Announced

January 18th, 2023 Jump to Comment Section 2
Apple MacBook Pro 14" & 16" M2 Pro & M2 Max, Mac Mini M2 & M2 Pro Announced

Apple has just released two new SoCs (systems on a chip) that are directly integrated into the new 14 and 16-inch MacBook Pro, as well as the updated Mac Mini: the M2 Pro and M2 Max. From the outside, there are no design changes between all the machines and their predecessors. However, on the inside, the new chipsets should give content creators a vast performance update. So let’s take a closer look at all these updates!

Apple launched the first non-Intel powered 14 and 16-inch MacBook Pros in October 2021. M1 Pro and M1 Max SoCs powered these professional laptops. As part of these laptop revamps, the exterior design changed a bit, and several ports, like the MagSafe 3 charging port/SDXC card reader/HDMI output, made their way back. Also, the Touch Bar disappeared, and the Liquid Retina XDR displays with ProMotion support are pleasing for content creators.

In a surprising move, Apple has just updated its 14 and 16-inch MacBook Pro lineup along with the Mac Mini with new chipsets: the M2 Pro and M2 Max.

Apple MacBook Pro with M2 Pro and M2 Max chips

Let’s start with the only hardware update of these new machines, except the M2 SoCs: the HDMI output port has been updated from HDMI 2.0 to HDMI 2.1. What could seem like a minor update is a big deal for content creators and filmmakers. Indeed, with the HDMI 2.1 update, the new 14 and 16-inch MacBook Pro with M2 chips now supports up to four external displays, including an 8K/60Hz display and 4K displays at up to 240Hz.

The M2 Pro is obviously faster and more powerful than the regular M2 version and can deliver an up to 12-core CPU and up to 19-core GPU, together with up to 32GB of fast unified memory.

On the other hand, the top-of-the-line M2 Max SoC can be configured with up to 38-core GPU and the same 12-core CPU as the M2 Pro. Furthermore, the M2 Max has double the unified memory bandwidth and up to 96GB of unified memory.

Both chips also feature a faster 16-core Neural Engine – compared to an 8-core Neural Engine for M1 Macs – and Apple’s powerful media engine.

In short, the 14 and 16-inch MacBook Pro with M2 Pro/Max SoCs are up to 40% faster than the previous generation in apps such as Photoshop.

Also, the M2 Pro features hardware-accelerated H.264, HEVC, and ProRes video encode and decode, “allowing playback of multiple streams of 4K and 8K ProRes video while using very little power,” according to Apple.

The M2 Max has two video encode engines and two ProRes engines, so it should theoretically be up to 2x faster at video encoding than the M2 Pro.

Last but not least, these new M2 Pro/Max are better at managing power than the M1 versions. It means you can get a maximum battery life of up to 22 hours on the 16-inch version, which sounds incredible.

Image credit: Apple

Mac Mini with M2 and M2 Pro chips

Apple’s legendary small desktop computer, the Mac Mini, has also been updated with M2 and M2 Pro SoCs. The M2 version still has two Thunderbolt 4 ports, two USB-A ports, one Ethernet port – 10GbE is still an optional paid upgrade – and one HDMI output port. However, the M2 Pro version adds two other Thunderbolt 4 ports, so it has four Thunderbolt 4 ports in total!

Image credit: Apple

Given the performances of the M2 and M2 Pro SoCs, the latest Mac Mini will be close to (or even exceed) the performances of the Mac Studio with the M1 Max chip.

Price and availability

The 14-inch MacBook Pro with M2 Pro SoC starts at $1,999/€2,399, while the M2 Max version starts at $3,099/€3,699. The 16-inch models start at $2,499/€2,999 with the M2 Pro chip and $3,499/€4,149 for the M2 Max.

The Mac Mini M2 starts at $599/€699, and the M2 Pro version debuts at $1,299/€1,549. I think that the Mac Mini M2 Pro is now one of the best value-for-money desktop machines you can get if you already have your displays and accessories.

All products will start shipping on January 24th, and they can be pre-ordered now.

For more information, please visit Apple’s website here.

What do you think about these new M2 Pro and M2 Max SoCs? Do you consider upgrading your MacBook Pro to these new models? Do you think Apple upgraded the M1 Macbook Pro too quickly? Don’t hesitate to let us know in the comments down below!

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