Apple has introduced updated 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pro laptops based on M2 Pro and M2 Max processors. New items shine with even longer battery life and higher performance compared to their predecessors.
As part of the new MacBook Pro, Apple offers M2 Pro versions with 10 or 12 cores, depending on the configuration, of which six or eight are productive and another four are energy-efficient. The integrated GPU has 16 or 19 cores, depending on the configuration. According to Apple itself, this CPU is up to 20% more productive than the previous M1 Pro, and the GPU provides an increase of up to 30%. If we compare it to the Intel-based MacBook Pro, we’re talking about an increase of up to 2.5 times.
Higher configurations of the new MacBook Pros rely on the even more powerful Apple M2 Max processor, which also has 12 cores, but a graphics processor that is twice as powerful – up to 38 cores. Compared to the M1 Max, the new model offers a performance increase of up to 30%, and compared to the Intel-based MacBook Pro, the new models can be up to 6 times faster. Especially when rendering in Cinema 4D.
14.2- and 16.2-inch Liquid Retina XDR displays with a resolution of 3024 × 1964 and 3456 × 2234 pixels are new. Screens have a brightness of up to 1600 cd/m2 and support refresh rates up to 120 Hz (the frequency changes dynamically depending on the current usage scenario).
Notebook versions on the M2 Pro will offer 16 or 32GB of RAM with throughput up to 200GB/s, while older models on the M2 Max will offer 32, 64 or 96GB of RAM with speeds up to 400GB/s . s. SSD capacity ranges from 512GB to 8TB. We also note that each configuration has a 16-core neuroprocessor (as part of the M2 Pro or M2 Max itself) designed to work with AI.
The Wi-Fi 6E module and Bluetooth 5.3 are responsible for wireless connections. There are three Thunderbolt 4 (USB Type-C) ports, an SDXC slot, a 3.5mm audio jack and HDMI 2.1 with support for 8K@60 and 4K@240. Charging uses MagSafe 3 with support for 67W, 96W, or 140W charging. Incidentally, according to Apple, the new MacBook Pros offer up to 22 hours of battery life for the 16-inch version and up to 18 hours for the 14-inch version.
The cheapest MacBook Pro on the market is $1,999, and for that price you get a 14-inch version with a stripped-down Apple M2 Pro (10-core CPU and 16-core GPU), 16GB of memory, and a 512GB SSD. You have to pay at least $2499 for a larger 16-inch laptop (also M2 Pro, but 12 CPU cores and 19 GPU cores). The cheapest version of the MacBook Pro with the M2 Max is $3,099 (14-inch), while the most expensive version is $6,499 (16-inch and the maximum memory and processor configuration).