The M2 Pro and M2 Max laptops from Apple’s new generation of MacBook Pros, which feature the company’s more advanced updated chipsets, have been announced for release.
Apple claims that professional users will benefit from even more power-efficient performance and longer battery life thanks to next-generation pro silicon. The MacBook Pro now has a battery life of up to 22 hours, making it the longest Mac battery life ever.
“MacBook Pro with Apple silicon has been a game changer, empowering pros to push the limits of their workflows while on the go and do things they never thought possible on a laptop,” says Greg Joswiak, Apple’s Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing.
“Today the MacBook Pro gets even better. With faster performance, enhanced connectivity, and the longest battery life ever in a Mac, along with the best display in a laptop, there’s simply nothing else like it.”
A 10- or 12-core CPU with up to eight high-performance and four high-efficiency cores gives the MacBook Pro with M2 Pro up to 20% more performance than the M1 Pro. Additionally, Apple claims that the new model has up to 32GB of unified memory and unified memory bandwidth of up to 200GB/s, which is double that of the M2 model.
Apple claims that the MacBook’s next-generation GPU, which has up to 19 cores and provides up to 30% more graphics performance, and the Neural Engine, which is 40% faster, speed up machine learning tasks such as video analysis and image processing. This is good news for power users.
The MacBook Pro with M2 Max has a next-generation 12-core CPU with up to eight high-performance and four high-efficiency cores that deliver up to 20% more performance than M1 Max. It also has a media engine that is more powerful than M2 Pro and can accelerate media playback and transcoding by twice as much as with M2 Pro.
In addition, the more powerful MacBook has a much larger GPU with up to 38 cores and 30 percent better graphics performance than the M1 Max. Additionally, it has unified memory bandwidth of 400 GB/s, which is twice as fast as M2 Pro.
The two new MacBooks also have better connectivity features, such as Wi-Fi 6E3 for faster wireless connectivity and HDMI, which is more advanced and can support up to 240Hz for 4K displays and 60Hz for 8K displays. These add to the MacBook Pro’s existing connectivity options, which include an SDXC card slot, three Thunderbolt 4 ports for fast connections to peripherals, and MagSafe 3 charging.
Beginning in February of 2023, the MacBook Pro with M2 Pro and M2 Max will be available in Australia, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Macau, New Zealand, and Singapore.
The new 14-inch MacBook Pro with M2 Pro will cost $3,199 AUD inclusive. NZD $3,699 plus GST GST, with a price tag of $2,959 AUD inclusive for the education version. NZD $3,419 plus GST GST.
The new 16-inch MacBook Genius with M2 Master will be accessible beginning at AUD $3,999 inc. NZD $4,599 plus GST GST, with a starting price of AUD $3,679 inc. for the education version. NZD $4,229 including GST GST