23 January 2023
Apple has officially unveiled new-generation MacBook Pro and Mac Mini models powered by M2 series processors. The MacBook Pro variants feature new M2 Pro and M2 Max chipsets. You will get M2 and M2 Pro chips with the new Mac Mini.
The new 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro are available with a choice between M2 Pro and M2 Max processors. Apple says M2 Pro has up to 12-core CPU claimed to deliver 20% faster performance over M1 Pro. The GPU is available with up to 19 cores which translates into up to 30% more graphics performance. As for the M2 Max chip, it is similar to the M2 Pro but with a 38-core GPU with 30% higher graphics performance as compared to the M1 Max.
The new MacBook Pro models are available with up to 96GB RAM with the new M2 Max chipset. There are multiple storage variants that go as high as 8TB SSD. The memory bandwidth is 200GB/s and 400GB/s for the M2 Pro and M2 Max chipsets respectively. Apple is claiming up to 22 hours of battery life with the 16-inch model and up to 18 hours with the 14-inch model.
The connectivity options include three Thunderbolt 4 ports, an SDXC card slot, a 3.5mm headphone jack, MagSafe 3 charging, WiFi 6E, and an advanced HDMI port. The latter is capable of supporting 8K displays with up to 60Hz refresh rate and 4K displays with up to 240Hz refresh rate. Both notebooks have Retina XDR displays with a notch, a 1080p FaceTime HD camera, and a six-speaker sound system.
Apple has priced the 14-inch MacBook Pro at $1,999 for the base model. The 16-inch MacBook Pro starts at $2,499 with pre-orders already live for both models. These will be available for direct purchase from January 24th.
Apple has refreshed Mac Mini with new M2 and M2 Pro processors. Its design is the same as the previous version and all differences are related to under-the-hood performances. The M2 is an octa-core CPU with a 10-core GPU and up to 24GB RAM options. It is capable of playing two streams of 8K ProRes 422 video at 30fps or up to 12 streams of 4K ProRes 422 video at 30fps.
The M2 Pro features a 12-core CPU and up to 19-core GPU with up to 32GB RAM. It can play up to five streams of 8K ProRes 422 video at 30fps or up to 23 streams of 4K ProRes 422 video at 30fps. Both chipset models come with two USB-A ports, an HDMI port, a Gigabit Ethernet port with a 10GB option, an upgraded headphone jack to support high-impedance headphones, Bluetooth 5.3, and WiFi 6E. The M2 model has two Thunderbolt 4 ports and supports up to two displays. The M2 Pro model has four Thunderbolt 4 ports and support for up to three displays including an 8K display.
The Mac Mini starts at $599 with the M2 chip and at $1,299 with the M2 Pro chip. Both variants are up for pre-orders with general availability starting January 24th.