It seems like just yesterday when Apple unveiled their recent line-up of products and with the start of the new year, the tech giant promises more exciting upgrades to come starting with their latest next generation of MacBook Pro and Mac mini built with their all-new M2 Pro and M2 Max chips.
Aimed at taking the breakthrough power-efficient performance of Apple silicon to new heights, the M2 Pro and M2 Max SoCs (systems on a chip) promise to bring you pro performance and game-changing capabilities in the Mac mini, 14-inch, and 16-inch MacBook Pro respectively.
The M2 Pro chip scales up the architecture of its predecessor (the M2 chip) to deliver an up to 12-core CPU and up to 19-core GPU together with up to 32GB of fast unified memory, while the M2 Max chip builds on the capabilities of M2 Pro with an up to 38-core GPU, double the unified memory bandwidth and up to 96GB of unified memory. Both chips also feature enhanced custom technologies that include a faster 16-core Neural Engine and Apple’s powerful media engine.
Here’s a closer look at the improved capabilities of the upgraded MacBook Pro and Mac mini with the new M2 Pro and M2 Max chips.
Equipped with M2 Pro and M2 Max, the MacBook Pro will now be capable of transforming pro workflows across a wide range of disciplines that range from art to science to app development. If you’re looking to upgrade from the Intel-based Mac models, this new MacBook Pro model would bring you more dramatic improvements in performance, battery life, connectivity, and overall productivity while maintaining performance when you’re plugged in or on battery.
The MacBook Pro with M2 Pro features a 10-core or 12-core CPU with up to eight high-performance and four high-efficiency cores to provide 20% greater performance over the M1 Pro. Alongside the 200GB/s of unified memory bandwidth and up to 32GB of unified memory, you will be able to tackle large projects and run multiple pro apps with fast speed.
A next-generation GPU with up to 19 cores provides up to 30% more graphics performance with a 40% faster Neural Engine to speed up machine learning tasks like image processing in Adobe Photoshop by up to 80% — which is up to 40% faster than the previous generation of MacBook Pro. The powerful media engine also better reads the most popular video codecs to accelerate video playback and encoding while using very little power.
Those looking for a model that can better handle intensive tasks can opt for the MacBook Pro with M2 Max, which pushes workflows to the extreme with a much larger GPU (of up to 38 cores) and delivers up to 30% greater graphics performance than the M1 Max. With up to 96GB of unified memory, you’ll be able to enable intensive graphics workloads such as creating scenes with extreme 3D geometry and textures or merging massive photographic panorama.
In addition to the connectivity options already in the current models of the MacBook Pro, both types of MacBook Pro will also feature the Wi-Fi 6E for faster wireless connectivity as well as more advanced HDMI to support 8K and 4K displays.
The new MacBook Pro with M2 Pro is priced from $3,599 (14-inch) and $3,899 (16-inch) while the MacBook Pro with M2 Max is priced from $4,499 (14-inch) and $4,999 (16-inch).
Both models are available to ORDER from 19 January 2023 and will be available in Singapore beginning 3 February 2023.
Built with the new M2 Pro chip, the Mac mini gets a pro-level performance upgrade for the first time, giving you the ability to run fast high-performance workflows with even more unified memory and advanced connectivity which includes support for up to three displays. Paired with Studio Display and Magic accessories, the Mac mini will provide a phenomenal desktop experience that will take your productivity and creativity to the next level.
Compared to previous generations, the all-new Mac mini with M2 Pro features up to a 12-core CPU with eight high-performance cores and four high-efficiency cores along with an up to 19-core GPU, 200GB/s of memory bandwidth and supports up to 32GB of memory. The Neural Engine has also been upgraded to be 40% faster than the M1, speeding up ML tasks like video analysis and image processing.
The addition of a powerful media engine enables the Mac mini to speed through the most popular video codecs while using very little power to simultaneously play up to five streams of 8K ProRes 422 video at 30 fps or up to 23 streams of 4K ProRes 422 video at 30 fps. Creators can now seamlessly work in Multicam too with multiple camera formats, including ProRes video, while gamers can enjoy up to 15x faster gaming performance than the fastest Intel-based Mac mini.
In addition to the improvement in hardware, the Mac mini with M2 Pro provides four Thunderbolt 4 ports, two USB-A ports, an HDMI port, a Gigabit Ethernet port with a 10GB option, an upgraded headphone jack for high-impedance headphones, Wi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth 5.3, and supports up to three displays including an 8K display — a first for the Mac.
The new Mac mini with M2 Pro starts at $1,849 and is available to ORDER from 30 January 2023.
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