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Apple Refreshes MacBook Pro with M2 Pro and M2 Max

Apple has quietly updated its 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros with new M2 Pro and M2 Max processors, promising longer battery life and up to 96GB of RAM in the M2 Max versions. The new laptop is available for pre-order today and will be available on January 24th.

The 14-inch MacBook Pro starts at $1,999 and the 16-inch starts at $2,499. These prices are for the M2 Pro, prices go up to the M2 Max and increase as you add more RAM and storage.

Apple didn’t announce the laptop at its scheduled event, but rather subtly dropped a new video and press release.

The chassis hasn’t changed at all, but there are some significant changes under the hood. The M2 Pro model starts with a 10-core CPU and 16-core GPU (slated to be a 12-core CPU and 19-core GPU), 16GB of RAM and 512GB of SSD storage. The M2 Max laptop starts with a 12-core CPU and 30-core GPU (up to 38-core GPU), 32 GB of memory and 1 TB of storage.

The memory bandwidth of the M2 Pro model is 200 GB/s, double that of the regular M2. Apple claims that his MacBook Pro with the M2 Pro is 20% faster than previous-generation devices at rendering in Motion, 25% faster at compiling in XCode, and up to 40% faster at processing images in Photoshop. doing.

The M1 Max, on the other hand, gets 400 GB/s of unified memory, doubling what the M2 Pro offers, with up to 96GB of unified RAM. Apple claims DaVinci Resolve’s color grading is 30% faster than the previous generation, and Cinema 4D’s rendering effects are 30% faster.

Apple moved wireless from 6 to 6E, and its “more advanced” HDMI port can support a single display at 8K (60 Hz) or 4K (240 Hz). Laptops can support up to four external displays (one per Thunderbolt 4 port and HDMI).

Among the unchanged parts is the Liquid Retina XDR display, 1080p FaceTime HD camera, 6-speaker audio, and MagSafe 3.

(Image credit: Apple)

In addition to the MacBook Pro laptop, Apple will launch a Mac Mini with the M2 and M2 Pro. Pricing starts at $599 for the M2 and $1,299 for the M2 Pro. The latter gets four of his Thunderbolt 5 ports and can support 8K displays. It also gets Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.3.

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